Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 1,201
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 102 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A 2 hour drive through some quiet green PA countryside including a traffic slow down thanks to a broken van, an almost-run-in with a female driver falling asleep at the wheel, a heavy rain shower, passing a big dead black thing (bear!?) finished with a pleasant drive alongside the Susquehanna River. Soon after my interest was piqued by the Sunbury Power Generation Station at Shamokin Dam it seemed like BA Erica had skillfully orienteered us into the small town of Selinsgrove. We hooked a left to park the car at the back of what looked like a typical wooden private house. The small parking lot has an outside Garage which actually contains the Brewery.
A small sign and winding path runs up to the roadside frontage, but dont the mistake we did and walk up it from the back, for the frona level is empty. The path is actually intended to lead *from* the roadside frontage and *down* to the back of the establishment that houses the Selins Grove Brewing Company. A small secret garden encompasses a smaller outside seating area that had two or three round tables and a few garden furniture type seats, these all lead to the back door entrance, one floor down from the roadside.
As you enter there is a fantastic looking stone built Inglenook fireplace to your immediate left which contains a stove and many old (seemingly original) black pots & pans. In front of this beautiful fireplace is a high back wooden bench which fronts a small area that contains two wooden tables and a few chairs. The stone floor leads your right. The bar sits against a back wall, a door to the left of this leads to a small room which housed the cellared Kegs. The wooden L-shaped bar has a handful of stools that line the edge. To the immediate right a wooden staircase leads upstairs, presumably to the empty room we saw earlier. An additional room opposite the bar at the back of the building houses more tables and seemed popular with those wanting food with their beer with some privacy away from the bar. The whole interior has a very dated historic look to it, the ceiling is basically the wooden floor above, and although it has obviously been replaced at some point, it has been done sympathetically. Some empty Belgium beer bottles line the stairs, and plenty of Photos decorate the walls.
Behind the bar, twelve black attachments were fitted with eleven black flip taps in a large white panel, one of which had a longer proboscis then the others, the classic Nitro-tap which served the Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout. Two large ebony handled Angram Beer Engines sit high on the Bar near the entrance to the small Kitchen, they had the East Kent Pale Ale and IPA hooked up to them.
Service was a little patchy, good at times, slow and inattentive at others. Initially Erica ordered an IPA from the Cask, but before she completed her sentence the woman at the bar had just picked up the first words and quickly turned and started pouring the IPA from one of the eleven taps before she had chance to absorb the whole sentence. No big deal but it was a strange start. We stayed here for a few hours though and it all evened out, and all in it was a very pleasant experience. Small smaples and half pints are avilable, but I majored in Pints most of the time, sampling the Weizenbier (OK but annoyingly served with a lemon without me asking for it which was at odds with what the Menu stated), East Kent Pale Ale (nice), India Pale Ale (solid but English like), Maibock (a tad too thin and sweet), Scottish Style Ale (very nice) and Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout (a real treat). Sadly the White Horse Porter had a little round decal on it which indicated that it had run out (bugger!). However they did have a specialty beer on, the Pêche Saison raised interest from both Erica and I ..sadly it failed to live up to its mouthwatering name, turned out to be a tad sweet not really Saison like at all. Finished with a strangely named Captains Selin's Cream Ale...why did I think of Captain Pugwash when I had this!?
Food is of the healthy organic variety; Deli like sandwiches, wraps, salads. No complaints, the Chicken Curry Salad was superb, I wiped the bowl clean, very tasty indeed. Erica had a large sandwich which she failed to finish because of the serving size. Fresh and tasty fare and good value.
A *Big* Thanks to BA Erica for the patient ride out here, it was most certainly worth it and greatly appeciated. Selin's BC is Impressive and Highly Recommended, well worth a road trip if you fancy the drive.
Last Visit: Saturday 27th August, 2005.
09-03-2005 04:15:24 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Well, what a trip this was up the Susquehanna River an hour that Sulldaddy and I took a few days ago.
There's a small parking lot around back (rear entrance), but I parked on the street to which isn't a big deal. Walking in, it was almost like going back in time and walking into Grandmas basement. The brewpub is located in the basement of a house, which is only half-occupied, and the bartender did tell me that the restaurant part will be expanded upstairs eventually. Pretty dark, the bar is a small L-shaped bar, with only 7 stools around it, which 5 were occupied. A few tables sit behind the stools against the wall, and in another room is more restaurant seating...very quaint and quiet. Dave Matthews plays lightly in the background. Behind the bar are 2 handpumps along with 9 other taps, along with a nitrous tap, which was Oatmeal Stout.
I looked at the menu, and decided to imbibe a little, as well as devour a very tasty turkey and bacon sandwich on multi-grain bread with a side of 'tater salad and a pickle. The sandwich was very good for a $7 pricetag, and they didn't skimp on the meat...very hearty sammich! Sulldaddy talked me into chips and salsa before that, while we both consumed a few yummy beers at about $2.50 a pint (i think). All the beers i tried were good, along with the food i ate!
The bartender was fairly knowlegable about all of the beers they had, and was very nice. Not busy enough to have crap service, and I doubt it woulda been anyways.
Weird note: On my way to the bathroom, I was looking at a hanging picture outside to which I notice a very special person in a few of them...MICHAEL JACKSON...no, not the moonwalking freak, OUR MICHAEL JACKSON!!!
A great place to stop. They also fill any growler you bring in for pretty cheap, to which all the beers we had there we enjoyed!!! I'll definitely go back soon!!!
08-22-2005 03:38:01 | More by Fish113d
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I visited this pub with fellow BA and buddy fish113d. The brewpub is around the back of a house and in the basement. Nice signage on main street with parking on road or around back.
Walking in there are 3-5 tables and chairs for outdoor dining and drinking.
Through the entrance is a L shaped bar with about10-12 stools. There are several table and chair sets and a few booths.
The decor is sort of revolutionary war era beam and post walls. THere are some photos of the owners with various beer folk around the walls and some empty bottles of belgian beers as decoration as well.
There was a selection of board games to chose from as well to play if it isnt too busy. Cool idea!
There were two beer engines on the bar and a lineup of 8-9 draft lines plus a nitrous stout. The beers were a porter,IPA, Stout, Scottish ale, cream ale, maibock. I missed one or two, but not every line was running and the tripel was out. They had the IPA and an East Kent IPA on cask.
Food reminds me of Deli meets brewpub. Tons of coldcut sandwich options, plus some vegetarian choices. I had a great ham and bacon sandwich. Sweet selections for toppings including sprouts, avacado, and cucumbers, on top of the usual stuff.
Also used organic corn chips which is always cool in my book.
THe beers were great. Had teh east kent and cream ale in house and growlered up the porter and scottish. THey will let you fill any growler you want. Some of the bigger beers cost a little $$ in growler, but it is worth it. That is the only reason I rated value a little high, but I would and will pay it again.
This is an easy 50 minute drive from HArrisburg and well worth the drive if you are visiting the area.
Great little secret in North central PA!!
08-22-2005 00:59:40 | More by sulldaddy
4.55/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This brewpub, in the basement of the old Governor Snyder Mansion, has a neat cozy, comfy feel to it as soon as you enter. It has a log cabin like appearance, with wooden plank floors, a low wood ceiling, and what appears to be the original cooking hearth in the bar area. There are about 15-18 tables, and 8 seats at the bar.
The locals were very friendly and knowledgeable about the operation of the brewpub. They all knew Steve, the brewer, and his trials and tribulations with trying to keep things running smoothly. The actual brewery is in a shed accross the street in the rear, a 7 bbl. system.
The nights we were there, there were 10 beers and one rootbeer on tap. The two casks were, alas, not in use. :-(
I came home with four growlers, only one of them bought there. I can't imagine a better brewpub. The food was very good, (perhaps a little eclectic), the service was very good, and the beers were good to great. Selinsgrove is a must visit for any beerflying to be done in Pa.
07-03-2005 19:58:51 | More by jakester
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Cool place on the main drag, set in the basement of an old building. A little dark with there being a shortage of windows, and the place rreminded me of an 18th century pub. 10 taps with every beer being decent with no problems. Food was decent but we were just there for sandwiches. What was suprising was the $1.50 half pints that were available, so you could really rotate through the beers without difficulty. the only drawback when we were there was that there was only one barkeep and no other serving help at the time so things were a bit slow, but she did try her best. I do recommend this place for the beer especially.
07-03-2005 16:21:30 | More by vladtheimpaler
4.88/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Whilst leaving this brewpub I asked myself a very serious question. Have I just found the perfect brewpub? I than answered my own question with a resounding, probably! The atmosphere of this place really sets it apart. Located in the basement of a 19th century mansion you really can't ask for more. Tons of old wood, creaky floors, long corridors, nooks, crannies, and everything else one looks for in the atmoshere of a homely, old-styled pub. As others mentioned you really get a speakeasy feel whilst sipping brews in this place. The fact that it is in a very small town in the middle of nowhere makes the experience even more surreal. The quality of the food and beers here was ridiculous. 9 beers were on tap for our visit, as well as an amazing home-made rootbeer. The brews on-tap here ran through the whole style spectrum of beer and there was not one dud in the bunch. On tap today were the following fine ales: Captain Selin's Cream Ale, Fireside Brown (Nitro), Scottish Ale, IPA, Solstice Dubbel, Razzmerry Ale, Dunkleweizen, Whitehorse Porter, and Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout (Nitro). As mentioned all were awesome. With the IPA being my personal fav. Apparantly it will be on cask from this Wedensday according to the brewer here. The beers are all amazingly priced, and growler fills are available as well, with this place selling those lovely Koch swing-top growlers as well. The food was also awesome, a very vegetarian/vegan friendly menu with exceptional pricing as well. The quesadillas we had were amazing, and they lay out some free pretzels for everyone as well. The good stuff too, Rold Gold nuggets:-) Service was very fast, courteous and informative as well with some very interesting conversation to be had with one of the many proud locals who know what a huge gem they have here in this brewpub. Apparantly the brewer, Steve and his wife Heather are the owners and sole brewers since this brewpub opened up over 8 years ago. Wow, are they doing an amazing job here or what!? And they just upgraded to a bigger brewing system recently as well so 8 or 9 brews will always grace the taps here. A special barleywine and imperial stout are sometimes available as well, and a special brew will be released when Heather delivers her twins. No-one knows what it will be yet, but when her first child was born Steve brewed an Imperial stout in honour of the occasion. This place is amazing, and definately stands up against, or above, all of the most highly regarded brewpubs here on BA. Yeah SPH and McKenzies are amazing, but this place may even surpass them! any way you slice it this is definately one of the top three brewpubs that I have ever been to in my limited travels. My assumption, however, is that this is probably one of the three best brewpubs in the US, or perhaps the world! Stop what you are doing, go on mapquest and plan your trip here. You *will not* regret it!
01-11-2005 00:45:31 | More by francisweizen
5/5 rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
I LOVE THIS PLACE! When I die, I'd like to end up in a place like this.
Excellent, non-smoking environment. Very quaint and cozy. In the basement of the Gov Snyder Mansion. Bar has about 8 seats and then there are tables in that room and another room, plus outdoor seating on 3-4 tables if you need to smoke.
They only serve their beer and wine. They normally have at least 6 taps going plus Barleywine.
I sampled all their beers and I honestly like them all, but usually order the Scottish. They made an Apricot one a few years ago that was excellent. I think they've done Blueberry the past few summers.
The food is unbelievable. Freshest ingredients around. Don't expect fried food here. Its all fresh and good. Sandwiches, nachos, chili. They are very vegetarian friendly.
You can take growlers of their beer with you for reasonable prices...$8 for the regular beers.
Worth a special trip. I get here about once a month and wish it were more often. My favorite brewery to date.
05-22-2004 20:24:07 | More by MsRogueRed
4.63/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
This was an incredible brewpub. It sits within the basement of an old stone house. There is a nice bar with several tables scattered throughout two rooms. Some of the booths have old church pews as benches. The atmosphere is very relaxed. The lighting is low and you feel like staying for hours. The service is great and the beers are awesome. I had a chance to try the IPA, the Stout, the Doppelbock, and the Porter. All were above average and I would like to have them again. The food was great too. Lots of vegetarian choices. Mostly sandwiches and wraps made up the menu. I can't say enough good things about this place. A very exceptional choice for dining or for drinks. The only improvement would be more space so more people could enjoy the fine ales. They also have two beer engines!
01-25-2004 02:43:06 | More by Maestro
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is a great non-smoking brew pub in the basement of an early 1800s mansion. One of the first governors of Pennsylvania lived there. When you go into this place, it feels like you have walked back in time and are going into a roadside tavern. They are only open Wednesday through Saturday and seating is limited. The menu is also quite limited, but the quality of the food and beer more than make up for these minor set backs. They have a constantly changing menu of beer to chose from. Their standards include a Scottish Ale, a Cream Ale, a Porter, one of two Stouts and normally a Pale Ale or ESB. Also, depending on the season, there are normally two to four other selections ranging from Wheat beers to Tripels and Barley Wines. Some of their selections are cask conditioned. Almost everything they make is outstanding. I especially like their Hefe-Weizen, Oatmeal Stout, Kriek and Porter. I highly recommend that if you are ever near Selinsgrove, you find the back basement door to the Governor Snyder Mansion and prepare yourself for some good times.
12-02-2003 19:37:00 | More by tnornhold
4.75/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
After reading all the superlative reviews and laudatory comments on Selinsgrove Brewing we left for our fall brewtour with high expectations. We arrived to find an establishment that has not made the mandatory concessions to the mainstream beer drinker. This is a pub for the true beer lover. No smoking throughout, no radio or blaring televisions, no watered down lagers on tap. Just a small, intimate, rustic basement bar and restaurant serving exemplary beers and some fine cuisine. Eight of the nine taps were pouring on our visit. The beers were fresh and spot on style. It's hard to pick a favorite, but the Kriek was superb. The restaurant serves a bunch of appetizers, myriad sandwiches and one hot entree special. I had the kielbassy with cabbage, apples and sweet potatoes and thought it excellent. Plenty of oversized sandwiches should please most palates.
Heather gave us a tour of one of the smallest brewhouses I've ever seen. Hard to believe they can produce so many styles from such a small area. Service was friendly and efficient. Really seemed like the locals have called Selinsgrove Brewing their own. Everything came together to make this one of our most memorable brewpub visits yet. Worth going out of your way for.
10-20-2003 22:20:17 | More by QXSTER1
Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
96 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.