Great Waters Brewing

Great Waters BrewingGreat Waters Brewing
Great Waters BrewingGreat Waters Brewing
Brewery, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

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Ratings by rorjets:
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Reviewed by rorjets from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.
Jul 11, 2017
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.97 by U2Chaser from North Dakota

Oct 15, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by runwild99 from Minnesota

Aug 10, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by Noelito76 from New York

Jun 02, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by couchsitta from Minnesota

May 01, 2017
Rated: 3.05 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

Jan 26, 2017
Rated: 3.24 by TrePackDog from Minnesota

Sep 02, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by Mdodge8837 from Minnesota

Aug 26, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.
Jun 18, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by TooGood from Minnesota

Jun 09, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Feb 28, 2016
Rated: 3.03 by MattMorin from Illinois

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 3.8 by Lostbeer35 from Maryland

Nov 17, 2015
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Reviewed by 952melvin from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
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.
Oct 19, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by Robdiesel21 from Michigan

Sep 24, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota

Sep 14, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jul 21, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by Taybeh from Minnesota

Jul 20, 2015
Rated: 4.33 by coombski from Maine

Jul 14, 2015
Rated: 3.7 by Ilafan from Minnesota

May 10, 2015
Rated: 3.23 by BigAl18 from Minnesota

Apr 25, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Apr 15, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by PlatonicOtterLuv from Minnesota

Mar 05, 2015
Rated: 3.35 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Feb 23, 2015
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Reviewed by maedhros09 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.
Jan 23, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.
Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 4 by Fargrow from Michigan

Oct 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by BeerSnobRobinson from Minnesota

Oct 03, 2014
Rated: 2.96 by frDan from Oregon

Sep 25, 2014
Rated: 4 by Davit from California

Sep 11, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by 3fdread from Illinois

Jul 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by HoppyHopperton from Minnesota

Jul 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by KAF from Iowa

Jul 08, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mothman from Minnesota

Jun 28, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Dwarven_Ale from Minnesota

Jun 18, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by timlyon from Arizona

Jun 18, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by DaveMiller from Minnesota

Apr 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by heytomcat from Minnesota

Mar 27, 2014
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Reviewed by Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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!
Mar 17, 2014
Great Waters Brewing in Saint Paul, MN
Brewery rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 336 ratings