Great Waters Brewing

Great Waters BrewingGreat Waters Brewing

Type: Brewery, Eatery, Store

426 St. Peter Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102
United States

(651) 224-2739 | map

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

one of those big downtown old brewery establishments that doesnt feel real personal, sort of like a hotel bar or something, it has that vibe to it i guess. beautiful structure though, right downtown, dim lit inside like a steakhouse, a big street patio opens right up to a cool little buzzing corridor, very pleasant out there, im sure they get a lot more business from working people downtown and passers by than they do from specifically beer people, but the beer wasnt bad at all. i didnt really care for the saint nelson ipa, i didnt think it had enough of the nelson hop qualities about it for the name, but the blonde ale was easy drinking and well made. seems almost like it could be a chain, it isnt. they had a substantial list of house beers, maybe 15 or so of them, and an expansive food menu as well. i had a very mediocre salad, but other food leaving the kitchen looked better. one of those places to really only ever go once for me, i dont think they offer a unique enough experience in terms of the beer, but its worth checking out at least once if you are in the area. maybe a good lunch spot in the summer time.

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Photo of 952melvin
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Nice feel in the St Paul down town, good food and service. Nice view on a cold winter night after dark, site next to the windows and enjoy the view and brew.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I think of Great Waters as a decent but fairly average brewpub. The beers aren't very bold but rather tend towards the easy and drinkable side. I haven't ordered much food besides apps. Service was a little spotty, but friendly. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of pat61
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

I like sitting out on the patio in summer having a beer. While I am not a great fan of their beer, there are usually at least a couple that are good. The food is burgers and sandwiches and bar food. Some of it is good.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Great Waters Brewing Company opened back in 1997--one of the first brewpubs in the Minnesota and up until about a year ago, one of only about 4 that have remained in business over the years. The brewery is in the Historic Hamm Building on St. Peter Street in downtown St. Paul. I enjoyed walking past some of the old buildings after leaving the pub. There is a pedestrian mall that abuts Great Waters and provides an outdoor seating area for warmer weather. When we visited the temperature outside was just warming up and the Ice Patio from the Winter Carnival was just starting to melt. I would love to be served a pint at the ice bar some time! Yes we Minnesotans are incredibly weird. Parking is at several area ramps as well as metered street parking (meters are free on Sunday!)

The restaurant itself takes up a sizable area with a large bar at the entrance and a spacious dining area off to the right of the main entrance. The bar itself is no shiny newfangled bar imported from Ireland, but rather a well-used working-man's bar-top. The place has high ceilings and plenty of space to spread out in and get comfortable. One can also see the small brewery through some logoed glass behind the bar. The wall-paper and decorations are a bit dated, but not in need of desperate overhaul like some places I've been to. The ambiance fits exactly with what this place is--an unpretentious and serviceable bar and restaurant.

Where the newer brewpubs are trying unusual menus to differentiate themselves, (pizza, haute cuisine, smoked sandwiches,) Great Waters has a pretty old-school brewpub menu of sandwiches, burgers, pastas and salads. They do have some fancier items like steak and duck breast on the dinner menu as well, but I can't speak to them at this point. While I appreciate fancier foods, I'm also just as happy having a nice burger or some chicken wings with my ale! I've had food here several times over the years and have not had a bad experience with it, other than the fact that those Rasta Wings are not "Minnesota Hot", they are "Jamaica Hot!" On this most recent trip we arrived during Brunch on a Sunday and Sj got the Eggs Florentine, while I ordered the patty melt with fries. The burger was done exactly to my specifications and my meal was exactly what I was in the mood for.

Great Waters has an impressively large tap list of house brewed beers. I ordered the full sampler to try them all and ended up with 10 different beers! Their standard beers like the Saint Peter Pale, Brown Trout and Golden Prairie Blonde, were all decent and much better than I remember them. The seasonals were interesting with a very flavorful and malty O'Byrne's Irish Red leading the pack. But where the beers really shone for me were in the cask conditioned ales. Firkins and casks have been getting more popular the last few years but these guys have been serving these for over a decade now! I did not love the House Ale--it tasted a bit metallic to me--but the Joe Moment Mild and the Invidia Barleywine were very tasty and made the most of the smooth mouthfeel and warmer temp of the cask serving method. And by far the best beer I had there was the Blackwatch Oatmeal Stout. This is the beer I ordered a pint of once I had worked my way through all those samples, and may be one of the very best oatmeal stouts I've ever had!

Overall I had a very pleasant experience at Great Waters, with tasty food, many good beers, and a great time hanging out with friends. This type of place is really where the craft beer movement came from and it is worth it to pay homage to the folks who have been slowly and steadily educating our palates over all this time. If you haven't had much experience with English cask conditioned ales, you owe it to yourself to check this place out--and get a pint of that Blackwatch! Oh, and they have a nearly up to date tap list on line so you can get a good idea what's on tap before you head over!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Great Waters Brewing was located in the heart of St. Paul in an old building on an old square. Inside the building was old school industrial feel with nice tables as well as outdoor seating. The quality of the food was ok....the beer was quite good. The service was great and to kick things off my six year old spilled chocolate milk everywhere and our server handled it like a champ! The selection for food and beer was outstanding. The food was good to borderline great. Some of the items were great and others not so much. The value was good.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great location. Close to the St. Paul Hotel, Children's Museum and the arena. Nice looking interior. Modern pub look with a long wrap around bar. Seating is a little cramped but not too bad. The beers are pretty good. Most are English style and are well done. They offer a sampler of all their beers. Great Waters has about half their beers on cask and the rest are regular taps. The service was pretty good. It was pretty good and we were just their for drinks but our servers was attentive and helpful. They had 9 different beers on tap that nice - mostly English style but they had a Belgian Bruin that was very nice, too. Did not try the food, but they had some nice looking options - plus a kids menu for those with children. All in all this is a nice brewpub in the heart of downtown St. Paul.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.28/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Whenever I find myself thirsty in downtown St. Paul I stop my Great Waters. The atmosphere is clean, and inviting. I can get quite loud inside though, but they do have a great patio area for when the weather is nice. The beer is usually top notch. They always seem to have eight to ten of their own beers being poured. They have three permanent cask ales that are very well priced. They also rotate quickly through there seasonals, and have something new on tap every time I stop in. The food is top notch. I would go there simply for the food. For the most part it is standard bar fair, but done really well. Pricing for both beer and food leans toward the more inexpensive side of the spectrum especially for the quality you are getting. Overall, I highly suggest Great Waters to anyone wanting a good meal, or a good beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

stopped in last sunday for some soup and sandwich and beers..was seated immediately and was told what the tap and cask selection were and our waitress knew her stuff ,,the brew pub is next to the hamm bldg and park square theater on a pedestrian street to one side, lots of seating inside with a few big screen tvs ..the soup and sandwich were good and the two taps i had were also good..they sell growlers and have a full menu selection..its a nice pub in a nice location,, some interesting beers on the chalkboard..i will go back if in the area but would not make it a go to destination

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Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Its like an old school cafe. The bar is pretty small, but they had a decent selection of liquor and scotches. About 8-10 different beers on tap, four of witch were on their english style beer engines. I've only been there a few times (great to go before Wild games) and the last time we were there, it was happy hour; $2.50 pints and half price apps, can't go wrong with that. Bartenders were a little quiet, but warm up to you if you ask them questions. Got a little sample of their English mild which was pretty tasty, but opted for their Sans Pantalons instead since I wanted to get a little more buzzed for the Wild game.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

After a marathon what better way to celebrate than some good food and micro-brew beer. G.W.B. is easy to get to from the interstate but parking can be a bit trim, but that wasn't the case on a Sunday afternoon. For being located in a downtown metro area I was expecting the decor to be more rustic but it was nice and bright with large windows to view the street and area high-rises. For beer there is about a dozen choices, my only issue is that most of them look and taste very similar, even though the styles were different. I chose the Myna Bock because it has the most punch flavor wise. The food menu has great variety, I can get American, Continental, Latin, Asia, plenty of different tastes. It's the first place in a while I've seen that has duck on the menu. Our waitress was very attentive until she got assigned another job. Overall it's a nice place that I'll definitely revisit when I'm in "The Cities"

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a nice airy space in the historic Hamm building in downtown St. Paul. It almost looks like the space used to be part of the lobby. The ceilings soar at least 20 feet and there are massive windows on two sides to let in light.

There are two distinct areas and both share the common bar and both have plenty of tables for groups. The brewing equipment is behind glass and located where a back bar would be. It smelled good as they were brewing the day I was there.

The paint scheme is cream with forest green accents. The bar top is the only downside. It is covered in the same linoleum my grandmother had on her kitchen floor....

I found the service to be Friendly and informative. The can be a bit slow due to the work load, but an extra couple of minutes is easy to forgive when the folks are trying and engaged. They were very free with samples, which is always nice to see.

The brewpub had a nice sized happy hour crowd. They have tunes in the background, but they are almost drowned out by the buzz of conversation. There are enough TVs, so you could catch a game while grabbing some beers and food.

They were offering 6 house taps plus 3 (!) cask beers. I enjoyed a solid APA, a nice mild brown on cask and a tasty mild/bitter on cask. Unfortunately the cask oatmeal stout was past its prime.

They have a good menu with some unexpected options. I went traditional and had a good 1/2 burger with mushrooms blue cheese and Canadian bacon. Fries were just ok. Ask for their house made beer mustard.

I can easily recommend a stop if you find yourself in this part of St. Paul.

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Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Post breakfast during lunch hours already setting the tone for what's left of the day fleeting fast. This, the stay fairly close day with nominal traveling involved breather. I'll surely make up for it tomorrow and tomorrow, and the day after that. For now, it's back to the backup city Minneapolis keeps around just in case...

Fed the meter on North St. Peter and had to trek back a bit to this grand, nearly century old brick & limestone building of awesome ornamentation. Entered off the corner through the big vestibule entrance with barrels, sacks of malt, and plants with sprawling vines atop. Cavernous space with high high high framed ceilings with blended duct work, beige walls over wood slat lowers, deep green trim & moldings, and 4x4 block floor tilings with thick black crisscross borders. Giant windows on both walls off the corner and canopied outside. Rows of sunken spots above and some mounted glass lamps. Flatscreens in the corners and a space on the wall for projection screen action. A potted plant or two, a few shirts displayed for sale, and a framed "Western" jersey from an NHL all star game.

"L" shaped spotty gray formica topped wood bar with a copper foot rail spanning both rooms seating nearly a dozen and a half on green leather chairs. Logoed glass front brewroom behind the bar with a copper kettle or two and a 3 sided, ½ a hex barback counter space below with a row of 8 taps on a single tower. 4 handpumps 2 & 2 off to the left with stacked glassware of all sizes and shapes, and tiered booze & wine, and fridged growls to both sides of center. Small festive gourds displayed here and there, if only (Evil) Davo could be here to enjoy the season.

A dozen and a half tables square sitting mostly angled here overlooking a side seating pen outside. A dozen and a half tables there amidst caged treeing & bubble lampposts along a brick lined strip of pedestrian mall space. And through to the side room, where lies the main stretch of he bar with a Hamms bear painting on the windows of the brew room windows and wine & booze tiered below. A dozen+ tables sit between the bar and front windows, and further along, a narrower side side room seating pretty much the same; framed St Paul pen & ink prints and paintings displayed here for sale.

Tap selections are displayed on a blackboard off the corner. I will opt for the sampler, currently offering 6 house beers (St Peter Pale Ale, 5.5%, nicely balanced; Golden Prairie Blonde, 4.8%, grainy with some light hoppiness; Brown Trout Brown Ale, 5.8%, some roastiness, caramel & chocolatey; Hauch Von Rauch Hefe, 5.2%, band-aid on banana; Tightey Whitey Wit, 5.25%, good wit, coriander & orange; Rye PA, 5.25%, dry hopped, nice spiciness, piney & fruity, good bitterness), and 3 cask beers (New Centurion Mild Ale, 5.2%, darkish, a bit of roastiness; Great Waters House Ale, 4.8%, a good, clean bitter; Black Watch Oat Stout, 5.8%, oaty, some good chocolatey, nutty roastiness). Tighty Whitey Wit, Rye PA & New Centurion Mild Ale are the best of the lot. And it looks like they keep the Ace Pear Cider as well.

Upwards of 4 cask beers on at any one time here, interesting. Happy hour pricing offers a 10 ounce glass for $.99 and a pint for $2.50, so you can loophole maximize the effort in a pair of 10 ouncers for $2, versus paying $.50 more for 4 ounces less otherwise. Pretty sneaky, sis.

Clean, comfortable, inviting place, although the "shared with the rest of the building" bathroom scenario is a bit strange, but I guess that makes them running out of toilet paper someone else's problem. Chuck amok behind the bar friendly and attentive, and we talked with the Town Hall kitchen kids barside with us for a bit. Food they do but we're not in that place yet and Witz has some German meat place he's been going on about. Beer was good overall ('cept for that bananaid Rauch Hefe) and there's a most amazing malt aroma wafting about, it does smell lovely.

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Photo of mwagner1018
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Recently went here for dinner with my girlfriend. I had read some reviews, and checked out their beer selection in preparation for my trip across the river to St. Paul. I was really looking forward to the adventure....

It was a Saturday evening...we arrived...waited to be seated...decided to take a spot outside on their patio...I checked out the chalk board at the bar and didn't see any beers that I had anticipated trying...but I understood's a brew pub with a rotating selection. We were seated...then came our server...she was was horrible...she had no clue about passion for what she was doing...I asked her what the cask special was...and she said it was like a Belgian Beer..., with no more description than that....and before I had a chance to have her clarify...she said oh, you aren't ready...."I'll be back in a minute".... "what"....?? I got on beer advocate on my blackberry and looked up, by the name she gave me...turns out the special on cask was an English Mild...pretty similar to her description right!!

Anyway...the food was pretty good and the "Mild" on cask that I had was a decent beer, and having come from the service industry with years of experience in bar tending and serving...I understand that there are some people just not cut out for the job...but at a brew pub...I expect more...that the people at least know about the beers they are asked to should be the heart and soul of the operation...

We will be going back to try it again...but...what a bleh experience that one person can make...when you are so excited to try some new craft beers...

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Photo of Chaz
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I've been visiting this place infrequently since it first opened and was happy to stop in for brunch on a recent Sunday morning - hard to pass up a $2 bloody mary if you have a liking for those, eh?

Seriously though, the beer is the draw here and for good reason: Bob D crafts some very fine brews! I'm probably not the biggest fan of cask ale*, but a pour of the silky-smooth and multi-textured Blackwatch paired well with this morning's board of fare, and complimented a nice black cup of coffee particularly well.

Although it's somewhat cavernous when lightly-peopled, I've always enjoyed Great Water's space in the Hamm Building. The big windows facing 7th Place and Landmark Center give it a very inviting and inclusive sense of place.

There's good food and even better beer here, and with a little something for everyone on the menu (and moreover, with prices that surprised me in a good way!)

Service was very good as always, even though I flustered the waitress a bit with a couple of questions relating to the brews available (she had not been on-shift in a while so it was all very understandable.)

I'm already looking forward to my next visit - I may even break with (recent) tradition and take home a growler or two: that Tartar Control IPA is something else!

*Folks, I am a heathen. I actually enjoy canned Hamm's... out of a can!

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Great Waters is like Flying Dog to me.

Both tend to build beers that have more mass-appeal. That's perfectly fine to me.

I like Great waters because they have decent happy hours, and the service is good, and the beers are good. I think more places should brew their own beer so I support Great Waters for doing it.

So yeah, not bad, not bad, I enjoy going there. I think the only reason I give this place more of an "average" score is only because the Twin Cities has quite an exceptional list of places with fantastic service/selection.

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Photo of jera1350
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Only been to Great Waters once. Decent place to get some micro brews. The atmosphere is okay. It feels to wide open. It's set up like one room with a small bar and several tables. Booths are much more cozy and private, which this place does not have any of. Good friendly service. The former owner was working behind the bar this particular night and was very friendly. He knew brew and even gave us some samples of their beers to try. Nice selection of their own brews. Nothing real unique on the particular night we were there. Would go back again, but there are other places I would choose first.

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Photo of kbaker91
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is an establishment I want to love, but for several reasons, I cannot give it more than an average grade. I have been to this brewpub several times, each visit has been similar.

The room itself is not large, appears to be set more for for seating patrons at tables than to belly-up at the bar. Each time I have been here, it has been fairly busy. Not that this is a bad thing, but I prefer to sit at the bar. Perhaps if I paid a visit on 'off-nights' for the Xcel nearby I would find a spot at the bar. The beers themselves are decent, always selections on cask which is a bonus. I have never had any beer here that has made me want to go out of my way to return for it. The food is good, but not worth a trip by itself. Again, nothing to write home about. Never have had any problems with the service; some servers seem to know a lot about the beer selection, some not so much. Never have had a rude or inattentive server, so cannot complain. Bonus points for the patio in summertime, which is lovely.

Overall, a nice place to go before hockey games or concerts at the Xcel Energy Center. If you find yourself in downtown St Paul, worth a visit. Simply not enough here to warrant a specific trip from elsewhere, however.

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Photo of loytomaki
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I go to this place fairly often, as I live within a mile of it and it is a nice place to walk to when the weather is being nice.

The atmosphere is pretty good, if at time a little "bright" and sterile feeling. I believe this is because it functions more as a restaurant then a bar. Yes one of the selling points is the unique beer, but there is a lot of dinning room space and it feels pretty family friendly. This is not a bad thing, but it is nice to know what to expect.

On that note, the food is usually quite good. Last summer I had a butternut squash ravioli with prosciutto on top that was fantastic. They also have a couple appetizers to try out.

The beer is usually quite good, with occasional bouts of greatness. I do not think I have ever had a bad beer here, but some were simply good. They have a selection on cask all the time.

Their happy hour specials are good enough, as of the time of this posting they sell pints during happy hour for 2.50, on Tuesdays they offer 1/2 pints for a buck. That would be a good day to sample, I went there this week to do that but unfortunately there was a hockey game downtown so they only kept the "normal" 2.50 pint deal for happy hour but not their Tuesday special. This was upsetting because they had a few interesting beers I really wanted to try, but i did not want t get drunk. That said, 2.50 a pint is q very good value for the Imperial Wit they had on tap, or the Red. I also enjoy their house beer on cask (they serve it both ways).

The service is usually quite good, the Bar tenders tend to be either very friendly, or sometimes quite, but in my experience never rude and always helpful.

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Photo of Greggy
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

After visiting Heimies Haberdashery (highly recommended) we swung into great waters for a brew. The place was a little sterile and didn't have much for vibe going on. We hopped onto the bar and had to request a beer description sheet. After getting the sheet, we picked our beers but had to wait a bit as the main bar man was dealing with growler fills. I won't say our barman was bad, but he just seemed distant and really wasn't social. He grabbed the beers.. that was about it. I had a the dark mild on cask which I found to be pretty good, although a touch to sweet, and also had the solstice stout, which had the same characteristic of being a touch to sweet. After our beers, we paid, and cashed out. If I'm at Heimies again, which I will be, I might stop in to try another beer, but it probably won't be a destination for me.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have gone to the Great Waters Brewing Company quite a few times but when I was in recently I made it a point to jot down some notes to do a review for this site. I must first of all state that the establishment is family friendly. I usually go in with my children after visiting the Minnesota Children's Museum and not only do I always feel welcome, but the staff gives the impression that they enjoy the children being there. Most recently we went with a large group and 5 children and they still didn't flinch.

As for the actual food and beer. . . it is great. The beer list is always expansive and they have several cask beers as well as several pushed beers at all times. This recent visit there were 4 of each and it was probably the most limited I have ever seen the beer list. Variety is not a problem as the list is constantly changing. They were apparently brewing the day I was there as I could smell the grains cooking somewhere off in the back. The atmosphere and appearance is very bright and appealing. Even the times I have been in during the evening the lighting is adequate to make it feel more "upscale" and not some dive bar. Don't get me wrong, dive bars have a time and place, but I really like the bright and professional atmosphere at Great Waters. It is a very large facility that occupies the Historic Hamm Building in downtown Saint Paul. The bar area is separate from the dining room but the only difference is that the Happy Hour specials are for the bar area only. The bar area has adequate seating for any size group however as I have been in with a group that numbered over 20 and we sat at two long sets of tables (we had a reservation for that one). The service is always great and there are certain individuals that I see regularly that you get the feeling have an awful lot invested in the success of the business. There is a patio right outside of the bar area which is probably important for some as Minnesota restaurants are smoke free. There are tables on the patio for those who choose to dine al fresco. The bathrooms are actually down a hallway in the building and there are certain times on certain days that you need a key. That is probably the only thing that one could try to complain about at this establishment. I was even with a party once that switched from the dining room to the bar to secure happy hour specials and while I was slightly embarrassed the staff didn't tip their hand as to whether they minded or not and actually went on to make us feel quite comfortable. I will review some more beers from here as well, but need to organize my own notes and catalog them first. I can say nothing but good things and believe its a place that any beer lover would truly enjoy.

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Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nicely located in downtown St. Paul. Parking is available on the street or in the several ramps scattered around the area. Stopped by on a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon and surpisingly busy for a late lunch. Had a couple of their cask offerings which I enjoyed. The food is good with a wide selection. Service was excellant and friendly. Great Waters is the place to go for excellant cask offerings. The only downside is that I ordered the IPA and they ran out when the bartender went to pour my serving so I will have to come back in the future to give it another go.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This was my second trip to Great Waters over the past year. I've always liked this place due to its lovely location in downtown St. Paul. Its a great place to sit outside and have a beer during the summer. Unfortunately it wasn't quite that warm on my visit this time. They have a nice variety of beers. The best thing is that they usually have about 4 or 5 cask offerings. I started w/ their cask mild, Mr. Smooth. What a great beer to start with. It was dead on perfect for the style and very sessionable. My wife and I shared a plate of pub fries for the appetizer. They were ok, but a little over cooked. While we were having our fries, I tried their Rye Summer Ale (forget the name). It was pretty good. It had a nice summery feel to it, but it wasn't really what I was in the mood for. Hopefully they still have it in July, it will definitely hit the spot then. For my meal I had the Southwest Chicken salad. It was ok. For some reason I don't usually equate buffalo wing sauce with a southwest dish. Nonetheless, it was pretty good. I finished the night off with a Tarter Control IPA. Maybe the buffalo sauce burned my taste buds, but this wasn't the most flavorful IPA I've ever had. I'd like to try it again sometime however.

In summary, Great Waters is in a fantastic location in beautiful downtown St. Paul. A great place to have a brew in the summer. Its also close to the Excel Energy Center, so definitely stop by before any event there. The beers are all pretty solid, but the main drawing factor for the true beer geek is their cask offerings. The selection of cask beers is great and they do a great job on these. The food was ok, but definitely not the reason I would go here.

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Photo of Mdog
3.63/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped in for an early Saturday supper. It was surprisingly busy for about 5pm but I got a table right away. I had checked the website before my visit but unfortunately the Imperial Wit was no longer on tap. I had a cask IPA which was good, and a Scottish ale which seemed very buttery for the style.

I had a bacon cheeseburger and onion rings which were tasty and reasonably priced.

The service started out a little slow but improved through the visit.

A nice place, very good happy hour pricing and usually several cask beers to choose from. I really should come here more often!

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Nice open bar area, overlooking the walkway outside, nice patio area.
Very good beers, and the selection of cask beers is always appreciated, sometimes I have a harder time finding a beer I really want with what I am eating. Food is very good and well priced for the portions you get. Service has always been good for me here, wheather I am at the bar or sitting at a table. Happy hour pricing is excellent.

My only complaint is the redundency of their beer menu, but I am not going to complain too much as what they do they do it well.

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Great Waters Brewing in Saint Paul, MN
3.74 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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