My first impression of Great Waters was its attractive, upscale decor. During the summer you can enjoy your beer in their outdoor patio area. The food is excellent and large selection of beers brewed on-premise is impressive. Those who appreciate Real Ales are in for a treat. The quality of the beer is solidly above average, though not outstanding. With the demise of nearby Vine Park brewing, this your only brewpub choice in the city and a worthy one at that.
Visited on a recent trip to St. Paul. Big lofty space in an old building. Bar is a little disjointed with a huge column dividing it. Outside seating also available. Arrived during happy hour - $2.50 pints - can’t beat that! Good selection, including a nice IPA and several hand-pumped selections served at cellar temp. All brews I tried were well made and very tasty. Service was good and so was the food. Try the walleye!
Nice clean and big place, seems very classy. I was there on a weekday night so it wasn't very crowded. The brewer himself came out when he saw me rating beers and introduced himself, he seemed like a friendly guy who didn't hesitate to answer all my questions. A good variety of beers, too.
This place seems to have improved nicely over the past 3 years. The service rules, the food is decent, and the beers seems somehow better. I really would like to see these guys continue to exist and prosper.
Visited here on a rainy weekend in late April ’06. Nice downtown setting with a great view of Rice Park and the Landmark Building. Had about ten on tap, four on cask, the the rest "on push" as they call it. All were above average - especially enjoyed the Blackwatch Oat Stout. Served much warmer than usual, which was appeciated, especially by my wife. The food was about average considering the price - but you are paying for the downtown location. Crowds were a bit sparse, hopefully it was just becuase of the nasty weather.
Highly impressed by the fact that they had four separate cask beers on tap. I’m not typically a big cask person, but having the opportunity to try four different styles together was a great learning experience. Beer-wise, decent selection and generally pretty good quality, but I appreciate the fact that there were a variety of more subtle styles on the menu and not the becoming-usual swath of imperial stouts and barrel-aged monstrosities. Nice atmosphere here and the bar staff were friendly and helpful. Didn’t get a chance to try the food, but I’ll get that on my next trip.
Came on a Thursday for lunch. Hard to find parking (we had to pay $5 at a parking garage). Located in a beautiful part of Saint Paul, just minutes from the capital. Service wasn’t that good at first, as it took a while to have our order taken, especially since it wasn’t that busy when we got there. The sampler was for eight beers, but they only had seven available at our stop, so the bartender gave us a half-pint of our favorite one to make up for it. I was a big fan of their Full Broadside India Pale Ale. Food wasn’t that great, although I’ll give them a break since I wasn’t too hungry. It costs about what you’d expect at a downtown brewpub in a business district.
Visited on 05/31/2009. Helpful, Friendly and knowledgable staff. Immediately brought out water with the sizable sampler offered. Pretzels were hot, fast and tasty. Very open bar with the brewery located behind a glass window visible behind the bar.
Definitely a modern brewpub. Very good food, suprisingly better than the standard fare I’ve found at pubs. The beer is quite nice. I haven’t had anything that really made me cringe. Unfortunately, they have about 7 standards and the seasonals do not rotate all that frequently. Brews tend to stay on tap a while. Even still, it’s certainly worth a trip. Just don’t expect to be able to taste half their brews in two weeks. Oh, great patio too.