Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Selin's Grove Brewing CompanySelin's Grove Brewing Company
Based on:
50 Beers
1,354 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 111
Visits: 161
Avg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

119 N Market St
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 17870
United States
phone: (570) 374-7308

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Reviews: 111 | Visits: 161
Photo of AngryDutchman
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My hometown brewpub. World class, consistent top-quality beers, both standards and seasonals. Beer engine as well as kegs and as authentic a Colonial experience as you will find anywhere. American Pale Ale, Shade Mountain Stout and Wit compare with anyone anywhere. Small but memorable.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I had the opportunity to stop here while passing through on business and if you're not watching closely, it would be easy to miss. The bar area is in the downstairs of the building, small and intimate, yet cozy. If you are a hop head their IPA is amazing. The food menu is solid with sandwiches, appetizers and salads. The only downside is the location because Selinsgrove is "off the beaten path" so to speak but well worth the short drive south of I-80 to get there. Recommended stop.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Years ago, the wife and I drove from Harrisburg to Buffalo and fell in love with the mighty Susquehanna. So now that we live in Philadelphia PA, a trip to the area was a must.

We caught a sunset by the river and then stopped in Selinsgrove. The brewpub is in an old, quaint building in the main thoroughfare, down the stairs and into a cozy, dimly-lit space. Something like drinking a beer in an old colonial tavern.

They had 13 taps plus 1 cider when I visited, but 5 of the handles had kicked, including a Sour Peche aged two years and a Kriek Sour Cherry. They offer 4-oz pours, I like that. I tried the Triple, Extra Stout and Centennial IPA. Other styles on tap include Cream, Scottish, Wit, Porter...

We liked the food even better than the beer. Lots of veggie options! Portabella sandwich was great, and the local cheese plate the wife ordered was outrageous. Local honey to die for, and so was the bread.

I would come back for the food more than the beer, but all in all a good experience.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2

I went there today for the first time this afternoon. Really nicely done basement bar, beautiful, subtle woodwork and brick. A few beer lovers at the bar talking beer.
The beers I had were outstanding. Cream Ale and Stout. The Snake Drive Stout really stood out. It was hopped up a bit over most Irish stouts and the charred malt was very in your face. Perfectly balanced, smooth and drinkable.
The service was great. Beer savvy bartenders who know beer. Very attentive and seemed to enjoy their job!
The selection rating took a hit because they were out of throne beer I went there to try.
The food is not bad but the selection is very vegetarian leaning…I like meat! There were only a small number of meat containing dishes and they were cold cut sandwiches and a Gyro. I had the Gyro, it was not great but I wouldn't go there hungry again.
Overall this place lived up to the hype as a great central PA beer destination!

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Photo of Beerparrot
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stepping into the past is what it's like to eat and drink here. You can just imagine candles burning brightly as plans for the American Revolution are laid out with good food and grog. We did a beer samples and finished the evening with a chocolate dessert and some great beers.

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Photo of CptBlackBeerd
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I love this place. In the basement of a 200 + year old mansion. Great little patio with torches and hops growing on a trellis in the summer. And the beer is always top notch. They make some wonderful sours and darks.

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Photo of Lucular
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here last night on my way up to Rochester. Only had one beer, the Framboise, which was amazing. I really wanted to try more beers (and they're all available as 4-oz pours for $1-2) but since I was driving it'll have to wait for another time. Didn't try any food but people seemed to be enjoying it. Located in a rustic, historical building. I can't wait to stop again and sample more of their beers.

Edit after visit 9-4-2015: Tried 7 more of their beers including Saison de Peche (delicious!) and my wife and I ordered food as well. We ordered 3 of the (enormous) soft pretzels which were served with spicy mustard. I'd prefer beer cheese dip, but the mustard was fine. My wife got the BLT which was served on a brioche bun with potato salad on the side; both were above average. Service was good so I'm bumping my rating up a couple of notches.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

There's a reason this is THE place to be, and it starts with the atmosphere and ends with the menu. By far the best place in the area to get a drink. I only visited briefly, so I can't speak to how consistent everything is quite like the locals can, but I loved everything they had when I was there and would definitely trust going back.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Could have sworn I reviewed this place a few years back. Perhaps it got lost, or I failed to hit the review button.

I've been coming here wich 2007, when my daughter entered Susquenahha University in town. Just love the place.

Atmosphere is always excellent. A small pub feel on the main street through town. , with low ceilings, lottsa beams. The perfect home from home for an Brit like me. Small and larger tables inside and out, many with old church pews as seating. Place is small, so can get pretty packed at times. Try to hit on off hours. Open Weds-Sun, early closing on Sunday.

Bar area is small. Staff was sometimes a problem in the early years I was coming here, but has been exceptional for many years now. All are helpful and knowledgable about both beer and food. Parking is on street, or a small parking area behind thee pub. This lot gets full quickly in the evenings. Be careful not to park in the adjacent parking for the Doctors offices. They ticket and tow. I've never found it difficult to get closeby street parking, even at busy times.

Quality and selection here is also excellent. Some solid year round offerings, with a good number of rotating brews, and more recently, special one-off beers. Usually 7-10 beers on tap. Sometimes run low, because of the small batches they brew, and a run on one can lead to some cross offs on the menu. They do have a website, where you can check availabilty, but it isn't always up to date. (though the list will have an "as of". date) Call ahead if there is something particular you hope to find.

Food can be anywhere between fantastic and just okay. Mostly around the very good mark. Weekly specials are where they really shine. Recently had a lamb stew which led to me clamoring for an extra serving. Some of the sandwiches could use a litle extra seasoning. But you can build your own sandwich fom the menu list, which is fun to do. They also use a lot of local produce and cheeses.

Overall, I wish I lived closer (75-90 minutes) My daughte graduated in 2011, so I don't have an extra reason for coming here. Oh, wait, of course,...

The beer!

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Photo of Coach_Dog
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place has a great atmosphere: small, loaded with personality, and more taps than you'd expect for the size. It was tucked away on the main street of a small town (or at least on the small town side of the road it's on on the other side of a bridge). The staff was very nice, if maybe slightly inattentive (SLIGHTLY). I only tried the IPA, which was good enough that I felt that buying a growler was necessary.

Overall, this place is certainly worth a visit.

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Photo of philerman
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Went here on Mother's Day 2014. Atmosphere is sort of clubby, in the basement of a former PA Governor's residence. They had 10 beers on tap plus a cider Otto's in State College. Tried everything they had and found the Kriek (easily a five starrer), Cream Ale and Organic Pilsener to be the tops. They'll fill anyone's growler but no bottles (thought I'd seen one somewhere). Food is mainly sandwiches with a rotating entree (good, non-seafood Jambalaya). Definitely worth a detour if you're headed to mid-PA.

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Photo of crag
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Love this place, great atmosphere of local and college guests. Food items are unique and carry a local flair. Beer selection is great with several items rotating through their menu. Gets very crowded most any day or time of year. Nice outdoor seating. They'll fill growlers.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The interior of this pub (downstairs in the basement on the backside of the building is small, intimate, and dimly lit but there is a small dining room area and some outdoor seating. The crowd is friendly though a little eclectic like the decor/furniture.

The beers were well poured but in my opinion, I think the lines were not the cleanest and could use with being cleaned a little more frequently. The beers had decent heads, were served at a proper temperature, and used proper glassware including snifters for stouts/casks.

The selection was fairly average here - there were about 7 beers available (looked like they had crossed out about 5 other beers from the menu because they were out). Not a lot of different styles represented and not a lot of summery styles.

The food was pretty good - I personally just had some of the beer pretzels but the other person in my party had the curried chicken salad which was very good.

I thought the prices were pretty reasonable but as I stopped while passing through, I cannot comment on how it compares to other places in the area.

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Photo of OwsleyStanley
4.21/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Unfortunately, I live 100+ miles from this wonderful establishment. If I lived in Selinsgrove, I would be a very happy regular. As it stands, I'm a frustrated fan. The people who work there are friendly and knowledgable. The crowd is affable and you will always find a good conversation. The menu is relatively small, but what they do is done well. The basement atmosphere is perfect, if a bit too small. It's worth booking a room at a nearby hotel so that you can enjoy a long day in this great place and quaint town.

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Photo of JennyRuth81
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

Known locally as simply "the Brew Pub," the Selin's Grove Brewing Company is the hub of town. The small space, located in the bottom of a historic limestone mansion on Market Street, provides an intimate (read dimly lit) atmosphere for adults who want to drink adult beer. In a town populated mostly by college students who want quarter drafts of Miller, the Brew Pub is where an interesting mix of eclectic locals and visitors from around the country who come to enjoy delicious brews. These beers won't make the top 50 list of BA, but anything on tap offers solid quality everytime. 5-7 choices sit alongside their homebrewed root beer (non-alcoholic) and hard cider is usually on tap too. Wines from the local Shade Mountain Winery are also available.

You can sit outside under the hops they use in the beer! Or you can sit inside, and every table is different, picked up at local antique/flea markets. Complimenting the beer is the delcious food, trending towards organic and healthy (wraps, chilis, salads, etc...), nothing fried and soaked in oil. The freshness of the food brings out the cripsness of the beer.

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Photo of TomCat
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Regular customer of SBP. Considering the size of the Brew House (Garage out back of Pub)and Pub itself this is one of the best spots you will find for miles around Selinsgrove. You will see the owner and Brew Master in the Pub on a regular basis. Their craft beers are always excellent and they change the beers fairly often. (A draw back for some) The Stout, Porter and IPA cannot be beat, period! This is a spot for great beer 1st, atmosphere 2nd and food 3rd. That being said this is without question the very best Brew Pub around. Be careful when SU is in session. The college guys and gals fill the SPB and finding a spot to sit can be quite challenging.

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Photo of chetw
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Good food and beer. My only complaint is they don't keep their best beers on tap. Its a long drive from were I live to the brew pub so it would be nice to keep their highest rated beers in their rotation.

They don't have a big menu but the food is very good. The beer that I had when I was there was good to very good. Although as I already stated the ones rated highest on this site were not available.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Took a road trip here with some friends over the weekend. The brewpub is located right along the main road in the town, very easy to access from the road or if you choose to you can find additional parking behind the building. The pub is located underneath a chiropractor's office. It's a very quaint and tiny little place. There is some outside seating in addition to the indoor seating and bar area. The lighting is dim, really enjoyed that. It was a quiet place during the late lunch hour when we arrived. The service was friendly and very helpful. The selection of food was better than the beers at that specific time. We ordered a cheese plate to start off with our first round of beers and got sandwiches ordered right after that. They only had 3 beers on tap... I was expecting at least 6 so I was a little bummed by that. The beers were good but not as good as the food. The whole thing was pretty affordable in my opinion. Overall it's a really nice place and chances are if I lived closer I would be there a lot more often.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

If only so many other brewpubs could be just like this. Small, quaint, and with a load of personality. This place is amazing. Upon first stepping inside, you get this sense that you are in a special place. The service was fine and the beers were quite good. I tried several different ones and they all showed very nice brewing ability. Took a growler of the IPA with me and it was quite nice. If you are anywhere near this place, then you owe it to yourself to check it out. I wish I lived closer so that I could visit more often.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I made a point to stop here on the way to Pittsburgh. It's a really nice little place with a tidy, rustic, organic, quasi-colonial, craft-fair/antique shop feel to it, much like the entire town (despite the seemingly large amount per capita of adult bookstores and shops seen on the way there). There's a small bar and a fair amount of seating inside, lots of wood and dim lights. Since the dog was with us though, we sat outside, where there are a few tables in a cozy and comfortable setting. Laid back and quite enjoyable.

They had a very nice selection of house brews on tap, with one or two cask-conditioned, with enough style variety to please almost anyone. All beers were solid. I always love to see pour-size options at brewpubs, and these guys gave the choice of 4, 8, 12oz., and full pours. Excellent.

Food was decent, but the stuff we had was pretty much diner quality. Good diner, and quite tasty, but still not really above and beyond.

Now despite my appreciation for the laid-back aspect, I have to say the service was really slow and uncomfortable. I suppose the staff was friendly enough, but it was almost like they were not at all experienced in restaurant/bar service, which is a bit hard to believe considering the place has been open for well over a decade. And it was mid-day, and they didn't seem understaffed, so it's not like it was slammin' busy. But anyway, if that's my only complaint, then it's still not too bad overall. And to be fair, I'm used to sitting at a bar, where there's almost always someone standing right there that can see your empty glass and potentially fill it. If this service was at the bar, I'd give it a 2.5-3, but since we were out on the porch, I'll generously do 3.5.

Prices were all decent, and we actually ended up spending more on merch than we did on lunch. So basically a German growler (empty) and a pint glass cost more than two wraps, a generous sampler flight, and two 8oz. pours.

Great little gem of a place, and worth the trip if you're doing any kind of PA beer venture, whether it be from the west to Philly, from the east to Pittsburgh, from the north to Harrisburg, or from the south to Williamsport. Nowadays, since my original visit/review, I attempt to get out here at least once year.

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Photo of nh2032
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Review from a visit on 2/5/11. A really nice space in the basement of an old house in downtown Selinsgrove. Low ceilings and great atmosphere.

The Beer - a little disappointed that they were out of SNAFU IPA, Framboise, APA, and Love Buzz, my 1st 4 choices, by the time that we got there. I was still able to try the White Horse Porter (really good), Dubbel (good), and Oatmeal Stout (disappointing compared to the reviews on BA). It is really nice that they offer 4 oz, 8 oz, and full pints of all the offerings and for very reasonable prices. I also got a growler of the Scottish Ale to go which was still very good when I opened it a week after getting home.

The Food - I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food. We had the nachos for an appetizer and they were very good. I had a roast beef sandwich on a pretzel bun for my entree which was excellent. My wife enjoyed her BLT as well.

Service - our waitress was good, but she was stretched very thin trying to serve at least 6 different tables on a busy Saturday afternoon. They could certainly use more help and I imagine they are much more attentive at slower times.

Overall, a great brewpub. Good beer and good food, just wish they could brew in greater quantities so that they wouldn't run out as often - very disappointing to drive so far and be out of the brews you were anticipating.

Updating after my recent visit on 10/14/11. When we saw pumpkin was on tap we made the drive down. The selection seemed much better than our last trip - 7 or 8 beers on tap, 2 on the beer engine although one kicked before my order could be filled. Food was really good again, especially considering how small the kitchen area is. For a Friday afternoon it was pretty busy and service was somewhat slow, but can't fault them too much for that.

Update after my visit on 3/3/12. Beer is still the highlight for me, but the menu was redone is just as good or maybe a little better than before. A lot more vegetarian options now.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Selin's Grove sits in the walk-out basement of an antique house built of limestone blocks, in a historic section of downtown. Inside, the pub continues the colonial Pennsylvania feel with simple, poorly lit spaces, old style wooden tables and chairs. The atmosphere seems authentic - you almost expect to see Ben Franklin stroll in for a pint of grog!

Service was efficient and cheerful. I arrived a little before 5 PM on a Saturday to a pub that was about 1/2 full. Within a 1/2 hour there was no-vacancy and a waiting line at the door. I was impressed with how the staff managed to keep the seated patrons served while negotiating with those who were waiting for reservations, or to fill to-go orders.

The printed beer list during my visit was about 1/3 crossed out in red marker. Although Galaxy IPA was still listed and described, it had kicked a few days earlier and Olde Frosty had taken its place. A lot of the more special beers had kicked and had not been replaced. I definitely got the impression that beers kick pretty frequently and the staff was too busy to keep the list up to date. Perhaps the brewery is too small to keep everything consistently stocked as well. On the other hand, everything seemed very fresh!

Food selections were sandwiches, salads and a soup and one hot selection of the day (jambalaya today). All were fresh, well prepared, and presented on heavy ceramicware, seemingly in concert with the colonial theme.

I drove out of my way to use Selinsgrove as a stopping place for a multiday trip just to visit this pub. I was not dissapointed and would go out of my way to visit again, hoping to find a few more specialties not yet sold out.

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Photo of sawsyon
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We needed to be near Selinsgrove to get some specialty wood and always check BA for brewpubs nearby (why, oh why don't you have 'show all in the area' mapping function?!?), and found the Selin's Grove. With the outstanding reviews all around we had to try (as if it would take much to convince us).

The brewpub is in the lower level of a historic 18C house that was once home to a PA governor, and has a rustic colonial theme. The bar room is under the main house and is relatively dark, low-ceilinged, and welcoming. There is one corner with a fireplace (not functional, I think), about a dozen tables in this room and a small bar that could seat perhaps 10 people). The back room is brighter with a gas franklin stove, windows that look out to the garden courtyard, and has only 7 tables (only one 2-top and two 6-tops, with the rest being 4-tops). So overall it is quite a small place and if there were 40 people it would feel hopping; I'd be surprised if you could get 100 in there.

Our server, who is also a airline attendant for his regular job, mentioned that the brewhouse is the carriage house out back and that we were there at a particularly plentiful time in terms of taps. They had 12 beers on tap, though apparently sometimes is is more like 6, so we were blessed. The service was quick and friendly. Always interested in eavesdropping, we heard three guys taking a road trip from Boston to Seattle and hitting brewpubs on the way (oh to be young again!), some locals who clearly knew the server, and a number of local businesspeople in for lunch. Most telling though, is that in the small room where we were sitting, of the 6 parties that were there, three of us had growlers ready to be filled as we left.

I'll rate the various beers here under each one we had, but I should just say that the food was really, really good. Not high-end or phroo-phroo, but hearty, flavorful, and just made you feel you had a really good lunch for a reasonable price. The cock-a-leekie soup was wonderfully home-made with big chunks of chicken. Their brewhouse bread was a moist, soft dense and chewy semi-whole wheat. My wife's comment was that the biggest problem was that the butter was too cold and wouldn't spread easily (rough life!).

The lunch menu is mostly sandwiches and wraps. They like their Monterey jack cheese (shows up on a lot of them), and their deli meats were fresh and generous. My pita was wonderfully soft. My wife had the Scotch beef pie, which was ground beef and vegetable in a double crust in a 8" bowl. It was quite nice, though asked for a bit of salt and pepper. My potato salad curiously was mayonnaise and mustard-based, but was tasty enough. They were pushing the homemade desserts but we, umm, well, we drank our dessert (see the review of the Framboise!). We'd happily go back for the food if we were in the area, but the beers--oh the fabulous beers--will definitely draw us back.

I can unhesitatingly recommend the Selin's Grove Brewing Co. for lunch and for their beer. Our server mentioned that they do get packed in the evenings, though mostly an older crowd (the students at the local Susquehanna Uni. apparently don't frequent it, so it is faculty and townies), and I can imagine that it is wonderfully friendly and lively then. We'll be back whenever we can find an excuse to be traveling the Susquehanna north of Harrisburg. Worth the drive, definitely!

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Photo of DWolf
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Simply put, this place is OUTSTANDING. The atmosphere is rustic and comfortable. I'd add the word cozy, as well - as in it's small, so plan on a wait or to stand if you're arriving at a popular time. More importantly, almost everything brewed tastes GREAT. The food is simple, but fresh and fufilling. The only thing I'd change is to require that they have their popular brews on tap, as you would expect they would, especially the IPA. Is this too much to ask? They tendeth to runneth out too frequently, unfortunately. But, I guess that speaks to this place's popularity as well.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

In the basement of a stone house, right off the main strip in small town Selins Grove sits this great little brewery. Exposed stone, brick and wood coupled with the dim lighting, wooden tables and old hearth provides one of the coolest, natural atmospheres in all of my beer travels.

8 or so beers on tap, 2 on cask and one on nitro at most times. The IPA and the seasonal fruit beers are not to be missed. Most others are true to style with nice little twists. 2oz, 4oz, 8oz small pours available for most brews 14oz or 16oz depending on the style for a full pour. Growler fills available on most brews. Prices were great for the beers with only 2-3 special items being more than $5.

Food list made up of mostly sandwiches and other small items. A great cup of vegetarian chili to please even the stingiest carnivore. Fresh deli meats and fresh breads make for great sandwiches, no matter which of the dozen or so you choose from. Service was good.

Atmosphere and brews alone make this well worth a day trip from anywhere in PA.

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
96 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.