Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Active Beers: 58
Beer Ratings: 1,205
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 102 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ffejherb:
4.7/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
After reading about Selin's Grove Brewing Co. on Beer Advocate, and then hearing about their fantastic brews from a friend who's originally from Selinsgrove, my wife and I decided to make the hour-long trek to this little brewpub. Our trip was postponed by a tractor trailer accident on Rts. 11/15 from the Harrisburg area, so we got there about an hour after our planned destination time.
Parking didn't seem to be a problem. Several parking spots were available right on the main street, and since there were no meters, the parking was free. The garden scenery made for a nice little walk down to the establishment, which is in the basement of an old governor's house. Once inside, I was surprised by how small the bar and dining areas were. The ceiling was also quite low. However, the décor provided a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, as if we were drinking at a friend's home bar in his basement. We decided to take two end seats at the bar, and soon we were greeted by a friendly female bartender. The first thing I usually do is look for the taps, but there was a beer menu right at my seat, so I decided to peruse the very nice selection of house brews offered by the folks at Selin's Grove. I really wanted to try everything, so I opted for the sampler tray. Unfortunately, they were out of their seasonal Pumpkin Ale, as well as the Kreik, both of which I wanted to try. But what I really made this trip for was their signature Nouveau Hop Ale, which was coincidentally on cask as well as tap. All in all, there were nine taps in addition to the cask, including the following:
Captain Selin's Cream Ale - smooth cream ale with golden color and a hint of corn in the finish
Scottish Ale - malty but lighter in color than other Scottish style ales I've had
Organic Pale Ale - nice balance of sweet and hoppy flavor with a hint of blackberry
Market St. Fest - copper colored lager much like Oktoberfest, but slightly sweeter
IPA - strong hop aroma and spicy, bitter finish
Wilder's Hefe-weizen - nice fluffy head... very nice wheat beer!
White Horse Porter - tasty malty flavor
Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout - deep black stout
Hop Nouveau - on cask; made with 60-lbs. of hops grown on premises. This beer was actually not as hoppy as I had anticipated. Finish was quite unusual and surprisingly a bit sweet.
The sampler tray was served in 4-oz. glasses with the corresponding number underneath the glass, so I knew what I was drinking. My favorites were the Organic Pale Ale and, of course, the Hop Nouveau (on cask) which had a surprising sweet finish. My wife and I also enjoyed the Cream Ale very much, and I ended up taking home a growler.
In addition to our drinks, we also got an appetizer and dinner. For the appetizer, we chose the hummus, which was served with pita bread. Very good! My dinner choice was based on the recommendation of two regulars sitting next to us at the bar: the "Chili Changa," a wrap stuffed with three-bean vegetarian chili, cheese, salsa, sour cream and lettuce, served with homemade, organic tortilla chips. My wife made a "Built Your Own Sandwich" with a variety of ingredients including pumpernickel bread, roast beef, jalapeno jack cheese, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, chipotle mayo, and avocado. The food was excellent and the portions were large. Overall, it was a very good value for money. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable as well.
In conclusion, I would definitely recommend Selin's Grove Brewing Co. if you are a local or someone looking to take a road trip to sample some fantastic craft brews. Their prices are very reasonable (hey, it's the Coal Region) and the beer is excellent. The 4-oz. sampler glasses were only $0.75 each, and pints ranged between $2.75 and $3.50. My basic growler was only $3.00 plus $8.00 to fill up. The food was mostly pub fare, with appetizers, sandwiches, soups and salads. You can check out their menu ahead of time at their web site. I will definitely return!
Editor's note: Over the last several years, this place seriously has become my very favorite place (on Earth, perhaps?) so I am upgrading my original scores to reflect my current view of Selin's Grove. This place is about as "Beer Mecca" as you can get!
11-12-2006 01:18:57 | More by ffejherb
More User Reviews:
3.84/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
05-24-2014 18:44:19 | More by Coach_Dog
4.76/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
05-13-2014 00:57:02 | More by philerman
4.79/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
03-18-2014 15:10:17 | More by crag
Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
96 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.