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Great Waters Brewing

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Great Waters BrewingGreat Waters Brewing

Type: Brewery, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(651) 224-2739 | map

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Reviews by feloniousmonk:
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I can't recall exactly how many times I've visited Great Waters over the past several years,... more than five, less than 10? But this review is written after a major first, the first time I checked into the pub after biking all the way from my home in downtown Minneapolis. Not, as it turns out, an impossible feat, but quite a long, exhausting trip! And one I'll attempt again, before summer leaves us.

My last stop in was over 9 months ago,(by bus) and this trip was urged on by reports of a new brewer creating better, more bold and adventurous beers. Is it true? Yes, almost...

But, later on that. Of the pub. A nice place, smack downtown St. Paul (not having biked in before, I was surprised how easily I found it), well-run, with many appeals, and many variances, as well. I've received indifferent, okay, and superior service, for one. This time, excellent, very attentive, well-versed in the beers, my every need anticipated and requited. Didn't always happen like that. I've also had mediocre experience with the food, this time I chose a slightly pricier entree, a roast duck breast with wild rice and vegetables, and was very happy.

So, the food is good, sometimes, the service, sometimes, the atmosphere is okay, nice art on the wall, especially when it's tavernjef's photography up there. This is a business that occupies an ideal niche for downtown StP, kind of like the Rock Bottom in downtown Mpls, but not corporate...a great meeting place, eating place, but also unique in offering their own creations in the beer department...which leads us to the next part.

I've reviewed their beers from my notes, or growlers, before, and noticed something...the regular beers, not so outstanding...the new ones, the seasonals, and specialties can be quite nice. And now there's someone new at the mash paddle and the results, to me, are mixed. I missed the much-loved Imperial IPA, but loved the Cask IPA..their new one, an American IPA, debuted with no fanfare, and was merely okey-doke...a new hefe weizen was unsatisfactory, and the mild ale was quite nice. Seems like the cask brews were better than the pushed, and they have more than anyone else around.

So, if I were to be glib, I'd peg GW as having not quite the great beer supply as Town Hall, and yet certainly not as expensive as Barley John's, definitely worth trying while in St. Paul, and I will be back again and again, to show my support and enjoy the occasionally tasty beers!

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Photo of rorjets
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Came upon this Brew Pub in downtown St Paul and thought it was worth a visit on a perfect summer day. It is on the corner of a pedestrian mall, which meant a table outside overlooking a street of people instead of cars. The brewery is in the old Hamm Building, a beer I remember from my younger days ('the beer of sky blue waters'). The waiter told me that it has a special artisan well beneath the building that Hamm had used, and now is being used by Great Waters. I believe it! I had a flight of all ten beers offered, a great deal at $14 for 10 three ounce samples. The beers were consistently good -was it the water? Who knows, could have been the wonderful vibe of being outside on a gorgeous summer day enjoying beer. Nonetheless I would go back in a heartbeat.

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Photo of couchsitta
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TrePackDog
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.98/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 TooGood
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jakemn91
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of MattMorin
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of Lostbeer35
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of 952melvin
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
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 Robdiesel21
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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

Photo of Taybeh
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of coombski
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ilafan
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BigAl18
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of maedhros09
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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%
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 Fargrow
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Great Waters Brewing in Saint Paul, MN
Brewery rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 336 ratings
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