Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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Reviews by ffejherb:
4.7/5 rDev +7.8%
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
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4.26/5 rDev -2.3%
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,...
08-01-2014 15:31:49 | More by MikeWard
Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
96 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.