I’m living in a new zip code these days. I am no longer a true “Minneapolite”, although I plan to hold onto my 612 cell number. This January, Alex and I bought a new house outside of our beloved Nordeast. And though I’m still transitioning a little, I’m happy that our new home has brought me a little closer to some of my ol’ favorites in St. Paul like Great Waters Brewing Company.

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Great Waters has been around since 1997, giving it a little edge over the shiny new breweries popping up around town. Over the last 17 years, Great Waters has become a favorite spot in downtown St. Paul. Its casual environment, quaint cobblestone patio, and floor to ceiling windows keep me coming back, not to mention the brews!


The reason to check out Great Waters is the beer. Period. Brewed with water from its own well and pushed and pulled with just the right care, the beers stand out among the other players in town. My favorites are the St. Peter Pale Ale and the Golden Prairie Blonde Ale, both frequently on tap. In the winter, I also enjoy some of their cask conditioned ales served at the just the right temp, 52 degrees. The Black Watch Oat Stout is where it’s at. And better news yet… On happy hour, house-brewed pints are just $2.50. Yes, two dollars and fifty cents. CHEAP! Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than willing to pay good money for a good beer, but saving a few pennies never hurt anyone.

Pita hummus beans

Great waters nachos


Happy Hour runs weekdays from 3-6 p.m. In addition to the beer specials, there are a variety of small plates on special for $5. The portions are small, but just enough for an after work snack. The Rasta Wings are dynamite – seriously, the heat will kick your Midwest-mild butt. For a more tame snack, try the Black & Brew Pate.

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Cheap eats + beautifully brewed beer = a winning weeknight. Add a stop just down the road at Candyland… homerun!



After work hang. Casual environment for HH with colleagues or friends.

I’d say mediocre. Not bad, but definitely not the reason that keeps me coming back.

The focus is on the beer brewing, not so much the food styling.


They use basic flavor profiles making some simply tasty food.

Value for Dollars

$2.50 in-house brewed beers. Need I say more?

Great Waters Brewing Company

426 Saint Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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