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Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Selin's Grove Brewing CompanySelin's Grove Brewing Company
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1,279 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 150
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
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119 N Market St
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 17870
United States
phone: (570) 374-7308

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon around 12:30. Walked around back into the darkest bar I have ever been to. Take into account it was very sunny and bright outside. My eyes needed to adjust. My group and I sat at the small eight seat bar. We ordered a sampler to split. The Razz and Cream ale really stuck out as great beers. When the sampler was done I ordered a full cream ale to drink. Really enjoyed that beer.

The bartender/owner was very attentive to us. She spoke on end about each beer and was able to answer all of our questions with a smile. She made the experience very enjoyable.

The food was great also. The menu leans toward sandwiches but the curry chicken salad I had was amazing to say the least.

Stop by here if you can. You won't regret it.

Photo of mobud
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I have known about Selin's Grove for many years, sampling their beers at the Split Rock beerfest many years ago. This was the first time I was able to get to the pub after spending several days at Knoebels Park with my family (it was about a 25-30 minute drive based on the fact I did not know where the hell I was going!). After locating the place; my wife, young son, and I found an outside table due to the small tables available and the music that was loud for the kid. It looked like a nice space. Small bar with 8 or so stools and two real small eating areas. The menus offering were fair considering the size of the place; the three of us had no problem finding something (even the boy). The food was good and worked well with the beers I ordered. I tried the IPA, the Porter, and the FSB. All were tasty and well done. Before I went there, I read some reviews and I also would have liked to try something from their beer engines, but they were not up. If you don't use them - lose them. I misplaced my tasting notes, so there you go....

The service was my only problem. I think the server we had was overwhelmed. She was really nice and nailed all of our orders, but my son's food came out with ours and by then he was on the edge of being done there. From start to finish, we were there over two hours and had alot of downtime between sitting, ordering, eating, and going. It will not prevent me from giving this place a great word and it was worth the time finding and investing if you are looking for a small, honest little brewpub in the center of the state.

Photo of bultrey
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Driving along the endless lost highway that is I-80 from Ohio on back to NYC, I convince the beer gal that we can zip on down to Selinsgrove for a late lunch/early dinner. She's always game, that beer gal, God bless her.

After driving around the Susquehanna River valley for a while trying to find the right exit to take for the place, we finally come upon it and realize that if we had just taken that road there... it's actually quite easy to get to. Parked in front of the building on Market St., but the entrance to the pub is actually down some stairs, through a pretty garden, and around the back of the building in the basement.

Took a minute for our eyes to adjust to the dark, cave-like atmosphere, but it is a comfortable old drinking hole, one where you can really feel the history of the building. The place is fairly small, a few nooks and crannies here and there, about an 8-seat bar in one room with a few additional tables, around the corner are two other smallish rooms with a few scattered tables, as well as the bathrooms and another entrance/exit to the back parking lot area.

We split a sampler of beer, seven of them. Unfortunately three beers that sounded pretty good (kriek, Hoppy Monk, and Pilsner) were scratched off the menu. Casks were kicked too. We had a cream ale, their decent take on a light american adjunct beer; the Scottish style ale, which had a nice caramel note but fell a little short in roastiness and carbonation for me; Belgian triple, which was very nice, smooth, big but well-hidden alcohol with serious coriander notes; White horse porter (nitro), which was smooth and darkly sweet, but a little disappointing, again lacking in the counterbalancing roasty or hoppy bitterness; an F.S.B. (Fuggles special bitter), which really disappointed me, very estery with notes of banana, a severe lack of hoppiness, honestly plain garbage; and the IPA, which was quite good.

We split a plate of nachos, which were far worse than we could have made ourselves if we had stopped at a nearby grocery store and cooked them on the hood of our car; and we each got a sandwich, made our own by picking from the ingredient list - -she had a smoked turkey something or other, which she really liked; and I had a bacon-avocado-roast beef-cheddar on a "pretzel" bun. Unfortunately I got roasted red peppers instead of roast beef (!?), which didn't turn out half bad, but wasn't what I wanted. The pretzel bun was very tasty. Accompanying potato salad was mediocre.

Everything was really cheap, so that was good.

I can see how this place would be really popular with the locals, and it's not always about the beer -- a good atmosphere and friendly staff (which they were) are always a selling point. But as a brewpub, this place falls far short of the reviews I've read on here, and is not worth going far out of your way to visit. If you sort the Beerfly by brewpubs in Pennsylvania, this comes out on top. If that's the case, Pennsylvania is in a bad way indeed.

Photo of jayw414
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This little gem is located out in the middle of nowhere... but it's well worth the trip.

The atmosphere was really very nice. It was difficult to find the place, tucked in the basement of a larger building with a rear entrance. Once you enter, though, you feel like you're home. The dark colors, low ceilings and stone fireplace make the place feel very cozy. Regulars welcome each other and newcomers with warm smiles and enthusiastic discussions about local breweries and beer distributors.

Their beers were terrific; quite a good selection. I was particularly impressed with a coffee-infused stout. It was a limited batch made from a special brew of coffee from a local cafe.

They have two hand pumps, but they were not being used during my visit. I see from other reviews that this is a very common occurrence.

I was disappointed with the food menu; I was expecting something more substantial than a sandwich, but I guess the focus is on the beer.

All in all, this is a great little place, and if you're in the area it definitely warrants a stop.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Off the beaten track on the 15 North, this place requires a commitment of time and good travelling weather. It can be combined with a pub tour up to Williamsport. There is ample nearby parking, just look out for the number which I think would be hard to see at night. Inside were the regulars, whom are all glad to see each other. There were 9 taps, only their own, and 2 casks with nothing on. The place consists of a few rooms in an old house, one loaded with games which is a nice touch. The prices were reasonable for drink or food. Server was a mother hen who knew naught of beer but that there are hops in it. The beers wre above average, there was almost no info around, and you had to read the tap yourself, a little sign over it in the back.

Photo of dherling
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Our first stop on the way out to Three Floyd's for DLD. Outside was a very nice looking place, I think there is outdoor seating, would make a nice place to enjoy a brew on a sunny summer afternoon. Inside had two rooms, a bar area and a diing area. It looks like you could order food in either. We sat in the dining area and enjoyed a sampler, some food, and a live band, no cover. Service wasn't amazing, but certainly wasn't bad at all. Food was tasty, but small portions. Price was certainly affordable though. Beers accross the board were decent. Wasn't overly impressed by the organic baltic porter, and the Olde Snafu was our favorite of the evening.

Photo of joeskirkie
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

So I play bass for this band that was booked to play at Susquehanna University. It was a pretty damn good set but what I enjoyed most about the weekend was the "pre-gig lunch" and "after party" held at the Selin's Grove Brewing Company.

It was a very cozy place. It's fireplace, variety of board games, and friendly and knowledgable staff made for a very inviting atmosphere.

I'll admit I only tried two beers when I was there, because the choice was basically between an English Bitter, an IPA, and three Stouts., and I wasn't in the mood for Stouts. The Bitter and the IPA were very very good though.

I also noticed two cask taps. Unfortunately nothing was on cask at the time but it's good to know that they're there.

The kitchen closes aruond 10pm. But their sandwhiches are pretty damn good, and they make probably the best pretzel I've had in Centeral Pennsylvania.

Needless to say I wouldn't mind another gig in Selinsgrove.

Photo of dmamiano
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

When first entering the place, my initial impression was of question. I wasnt sure if I was going to spend any length of time there. The place was very crowded and quite warm.
We placed our name on the list to be seated and had a seat at the bar to start exploring the beers offered.
My initial apprehension was quickly put at ease. The service was outstanding form the bar keep and the patrons were extremely welcoming and friendly.
After a 30 minute or so wait, we were led to our table to start the dining experience.
Started off with the humus appetizer that was absolutely memorable. I then had a veggie wrap with home made chips( outstanding), then settled in to relax and enjoy all the beers currently on tap. All very good by the way, although I dont want to talk beer in this forum.
The service was fantastic, and after a couple of more hours and a few more brews, we ordered the pretzel appetizer for a late dessert.
All I can say is they as well were great and the spicey mustard served along with them complimented the hot, soft pretzels perfectly.
Price was also very reasonable.
The place is a must visit. It was great. I cant wait to go back some time and maybe even bring my wife along.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

We had planned on visiting here on our way up to the Taming of the Brew. It was actually our third stop on a 5 destination beer weekend.

The menu when viewed online nearly scared away from visiting since the typical burger and fries pub food was nowhere in sight. Really a health-conscious menu if you ask me. We decided to visit after all and boy were we glad.

The beers were all above average, with the Tripel taking best of show that night. The Dunkelweizen was good as well and the Scotch ale and Baltic porter were also notable.

The food was out of this world. Really a classy menu at a fair price and everything was of high quality. The Hummus plate, the soup of the day and the roast beef sandwich on a pretzel roll were just fabulous! Based on how busy this place was very early on a Friday evening I'm assuming this is always the case.

We did have to wait for a table at the bar and though crowded the service was quick. Not always with a smile but efficient at least. Customer base is varied but the folks were all very friendly and we were welcomed as out-of-towners by a couple of the regulars.

All said, after eating an appetizer, soup, sandwich, and then a plate of hot pretzels later on and drinking several beers each, our party of three got out with an $80 tab before tip. Pretty reasonable.

Atmosphere is tight and cramped which makes it very homey. The bar area is worse than the other dining area as far as space goes but is does lend a lot of character to the place.


Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After reading akorsak's review, either he had a bad day or they just didn't like him...

Hmm...but anyway...

Visited on a Sunday afternoon with ba Deuane, his wife Carolyn, and some of their friends. Very easy to find...take the Selinsgrove exit off 11&15, make a right at the stop sign, and it will be on your right (there are signs in town).

Very cozy atmosphere...I felt like I was in an 1800's tavern. Nice-sized bar with several wooden tables surrounding it (next to the fireplace); there is also a separate section for seating/dining.

There were 9 tap selections, 2 of which were already kicked (the Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout and Dunkelweizen). Still available were the Scottish Ale, GSB, IPA, Stealth Tripel, Cream Ale, Porter, and Stout.

My wife had the Cream Ale, which was respectable...then she moved to cider. I thoroughly enjoyed my selections - started with the GSB, then the Snake Drive Stout. I took a water break, then returned with an IPA and finished with the Stealth Tripel. They were all wonderful brews, and seemed to get better as the night went on.

We each had a sandwich for dinner...all sandwiches are $6.95 and there was a very good vegetarian-to-meat ratio; both of our meals were tasty. Service was very good...Deuane knows everyone there, so that might have something to do with it!

They sell their beer in growlers, for those interested. Tap prices are very good - $2.75 for 'regulars', $3.25 for 'specials'.

I'm very glad I got the chance to make it up here again...its been awhile. Definitely a spot worth going out of your way for.

Photo of akorsak
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The family decided to make a visit to SGBC as a pre-delivery getaway (the family expands on 3/14).

A: The brewpub is located in the basement of a old home in downtown Selinsgrove. The walkway, from Market Street, is a nice fauna-lined jaunt. The restaurant has a bar area and a dining area. We chose a table in the bar.

Quality: Food exceeded expectations and the beer was very enjoyable (see all my reviews of their beers). Service was lackluster at times, as I'll elaborate below.

Service: We were seated for 10-15 minutes before being acknowledged and waited another 5 minues after that to actually be visited. After the bad start, things improved slightly but not enough to warrant even an average rating.

Selection: Probably 60% of the beers on their list were off (at least they were marked with an 'X' denoted a kicked status). Luckily the oatmeal stout, IPA and porter were on and I found all three to be winners.

Food: Food was surprisingly good. It was pubgrub, but the sandwiches are pleasing and the pretzels were big and great, accompanied by a strong heady horseradish mustard.

Value is very high. Lunch for 3 adults and 1 kid, including 4 pints and 1 growler was under $60.

Follow-up: A post-football weekend visit on a Sunday yielded great service, fast and friendly without any of the problems previously noted. That was enough to bump service from 2.5 to 3.5 and quality from 3.5 to 4.0.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

By far the most fabulous place on my brewery tour around the Harrisburg area. Perhaps one of the most fabulous breweries, period. First impression was the old-inn atmosphere, which resembled General Lafayette in the Philly 'burb area, without the modern touches. The bar itself was in a small room, with a fireplace and some old wooden tables on one side, and a tiny, fireless kitchen tucked away behind the bar. No TV, so the dim lighting had a nice old-timey feel. The bar had many patrons coming and going, but really filled up later in the evening due to an event at the local university. There was also a nice-sized dining area behind the bar. I noticed a bunch of board games on shelves in that area, so people must hang out here for hours, and I don't blame them.

We ordered a sampler and nursed that for a while. I was disappointed to see the Triple and Kriek not on tap, but they made up for this with their heavenly Pumpkin Ale. I don't know how they did it, but they managed to bottle a whole pumpkin pie, complete with whipped cream and cinnamon, and have it look innocently like beer. Also unique was their Grizzly Stout, made with coffee from a cafe up the street. I had to order a second helping of both the Pumpkin and the Grizzly. None of the beers were high in alcohol, the most ABV I saw recorded was 7%. All the better to enjoy more beer!
As the place filled up with university folk, the bartenders and waitresses were very frazzled, and even forgot to bring us some things after we ordered them, but they remained friendly throughout, so it was easy to be understanding they were overwhelmed by the crowd. Plus, they still managed ot keep checking on us despite everything going on, so any mistakes were soon remedied. Not once did I see them lose their patience with anyone.
It was hard to choose what to eat from their menu, since everything looked delicious. We went with some appetizers: a hummus platter and artichoke and spinach dip. The hummus was OK, not great, (it needed some spices or at least some olives for more flavor) but the pita bread was thick, warm and very good. The dip was fantastic and nothing could persuade me to stop eating it until it was all sopped up with the bread bowl pieces.
The best thing about this place: the prices. Honestly, they could be charging so much more, but don't you dare tell them that! A half pint costs a buck and some change, a full pint is a dollar more than that. Growlers are three bucks (with beer!) unless you want the fancy "drunken man" growler, which is $20, if I recall rightly. I picked up some swag with the Selin's Grove logo on it and managed to come out of the whole trip after spending hours there for only $100 for two people!
I am insanely jealous of anyone who lives within walking distance of this place.

Photo of PopeDX
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The main focus of the mega 2 day central PA brewery tour, and the second stop. What a quaint little town in the middle of nowhere. We parked out front and walked around the side of the building then in the basement entrance in the back. The coziest place ever waited inside. A couple of tables and a fireplace to the left, a table to the immediate right and an 8 seat bar straight ahead. A smaller room back and to the right has a few tables and the bathrooms, along with board games and things for the kiddies to play with.

We slip up to the bar and get the sampler. 10 beers...none of the Kriek that the illustrious Mr. Bryson brought to my quiz night at the Grey Lodge that made this the place we just had to go to at some point (we were later told it's a summer seasonal), and none of that Tripel I've heard so much about (just bad timing). In fact, the biggest beer they had was a 7%er. Most were around 5%, and all were so crisp and bright and clear. All stellar examples of their styles. The cream ale may have been my favorite, which sounds so weird to say...but it was just fantastic. A slightly sweet roundness compliments the corn flavor (which actually works fantastic here), never thought a cream ale could be like this...but it fit the style perfectly. They also had an organic pale ale, a fresh hop ale (made from their homegrown hops, also on cask), an IPA, all 3 of which were just so juicy. Rounding out the list were a hefe, a porter, a stout, a pumpkin beer (second only to Defiant's), a coffee-infused version of their stout...uh...and the rest! Again, all tops in their styles...I've never been to a brewpub where every single beer excited me until here.

The service was very good even though they were swamped (picked the wrong weekend to go...parents weekend at nearby Susquehanna U.). We snacked on the hummus, which was good but nothing special, and the artichoke and spinach dip, which was great. I'm not that into artichoke or spinach dips, but this one was all cheese, real quality. It was served in a bread bowl, with the cut-out bread cut into cubes for our dipping enjoyment.

And the prices! $2.75 for a pint! We had a sampler, 5 half-pints, the aforementioned food and filled 3 growlers and spent $100, including tax and tip. That'd be a fantastic price if the beer were crap, this is far from it...

Photo of ffejherb
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped here labor day weekend with my wife her brother and his wife.It was a small little nice older community couldn,t find the place made a u-turn in the middle of town up on to the curb almost in a yard.The yard of selin's grove,parked there right in frount of the place.There was a little sign in the yard and one high up on a pole on the side of the road.The entrance was around the rear of the house.It was a old coloniel,old farmhouse style building.There was a trelis of hop vines a couple tables to sit outside,it was pouring rain.Inside a nice wooden bar a couple stools and small wooden tables. A room off to the right older wooden tables and chairs and a fireplace I felt like I was in somebodys house very homey and cozie. Sat down odered some appetizers and a sampler of their beers they made there. Only beer there the taps were on the wall behind the bar with hand drawen sighs over them. There was a pale ale,scottish ale,wheat, ipa,pilsner,stout,belgium trippel,porter they were all good.The table was covered when the waitress came.When we were done with the sampler I didn't know what beer I wanted.I ordered a ipa and couldn't stop drinking it.Ended up taking 2 growlers with me. The food was good kind of vegitarian.Ihad a fish on pita bread and vegi chili which was awesome.Everbody was friendly had a great would definitly recomed this place.

Photo of slander
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Day 110.

The third of 3 beer festivals I was intent on hitting this year, State College. It's a good haul, more than halfway across PA and I'm certainly not doing it the morning of. I've got a few conference calls Friday morning but we can head out afterwards, late morning or early afternoon. It should afford us time enough to hit a brewpub or two en route. Posted signs along the roadway reading "Aggressive Driver High Crash Area" as you head towards Selins Grove from I-80, and I thought "Don't know what that's about but it doesn't sound good. I'd better speed up through here and get out of this area quickly". Whew!! That was close...

Set down a little path and around back of this old stone house, you enter through an outside garden of sorts, flora galore amongst the half dozen tables there. Very not brewpubbish. You're in a cellar room with old beams and planks above. A small "L" shaped bar seating 7 runs half the room, with a handful of adjacent tables below the windows on the wall separating the bar area from the dining room and along the large brick fireplace housing a wood stove in it's belly. It's got a neat old colonial feel about it. Dangling chain lamps, ancient framed brewhouse drawings, a vintage clock, pine cones and old pics on the mantle, and small lamps on the tables. The dining room holds a half dozen tables running around another wood stove. Brick floors and wood planks, board games and bathrooms gender ID'd with beer trays.

A single row of a dozen taps behind the bar on the wall and a pair of handpumps on the bar. Hey, do you have one of those, oh, where, you know, you get to try all the beers, they come in little glasses, yeah, what's that called, a what, say that again, it's a what, a sam-pl-er? Yes, that. I would like to try that please. Only 10 of 12 taps were on (the Triple and Coffee Stout were off). Soooo, the Cream Ale, clean, lightly hopped, very nice; the Scottish, a solid malt bomb; the Hefe, all banana, very nice; the Pils, spicy hoppiness, crisp; the MaiBock, nice strong Helles, German malts; the Special Bitter, malty, hop bite, big body; the IPA, spicy, hoppy; the Porter, molasses, licorice maybe; the Organic Baltic Porter, a big alcohol bite; and the Oatmeal Stout, silky & smooth. Standouts were the Cream Ale, Hefe & Porter. Also the cask Special Bitter, big, big alcohol. And they make a root beer too.

Luncha-time. I had the Jambalaya, 'cause it's a funny word to me and I like saying it aloud with a silly inflection whenever afforded the opportunity and Phil said of his Pretzel Hamwich, "It was quite good". We sat at the bar and talked for a while with some of the regulars. They offered up, "You really ought to try the..." and I'm like, "Yeah, it's on my sampler". It took me a while to get to be wondering, "Where's the brewing equipment?" A small 7 barrel system is housed in a carriage house out back. Views in on it from the street.

Cozy, comfortable, friendly, good beer, Selin's Grove.

Photo of Tbone
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is the best brewpub I have been to in PA, and worthy of going out of your way to visit. Whether your passing through the central PA on the 76, 78, or the 80, you should get off on the 11/15 and go to Selins Grove.
The town is a quaint little village, and the pub is in the basement of a stone house.

It has a very old world beer cellar vibe inside. The place is full of regular locals, and the staff is very friendly.

The beer selection was very impressive, especially for such a small place. They had about 11 beers on tap and a couple repeated on the beer engines.
On 6/08/06, the beers included a Pilsner, Cream Ale, Scottish, Hefeweizen, IPA, Porter, Chipotle Porter, Dry Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Maibock, and Tripple.

We ordered a taster set of the whole lineup, and every beer ranged from good to exceptional, without a single dud. Every beer had great body and the perfect level of carbonation (I find most places overcarbonate).

The Scottish had that biscuity quality of the style (it was not a wee-heavy nor a smokey Scottish). The Chipotle Porter was a solid, full bodied and roasty porter with a notable but not overdone smokey heat in the aftertaste. The Maibock had a very true-to-style taste, but a little sweeter and more intense on all dimensions than most, weighing in at 7.7%. The Tripple was bubblegummy, peppery and not too sweet particulary (we got a growler to go).

The food was solid and fresh, healthier and more interesting than most pub food and more like homecooking, but definitely not on par with the beer.

This place is worth a trip. The most well planned pub crawl in either Philly or Pitt might not result in as wide a variety of high quality draft beer as spending the whole evening at Selins Grove. If you don’t buy that, its only about a half hour south of which I did not make it to, but is one of the top ranked PA Brewpubs on BA.

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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited SGB the other day with my wife. Since we were passing through town, I had to visit based on all the positive beerfly reviews I had looked over. Just walking down the steps from the street to the front door you get a sense that this place is very layed back and has a very cool atmosphere. If it was not over 90 degrees on this day we would have sat out in the patio and enjoyed the sights and sounds but it was hot so we opted for the AC inside. The atmosphere inside is very rustic and comfortable. All through our dinner we could hear different parts of peoples conversations about beer, whether it be about Monk's or Nodding Head in Philly, ABC in Harrisburg, DFH in DE or Shangy's in Emmaus. It shows that the other patrons are beer lovers as well which made us feel comfortable from the start.

Our waistress was very friendly and very attentive. My wife ordered a glass of local wine and I ordered their beer sampler which based on availability included 10 of the 12 beers that were listed on the menu. The tripel has just kicked and the Goldings Special Bitter was out. The 10 that I had were all very good and they place a piece of plain blue paper under the glass and write the number of the beer that corresponds to the number of the beer on the menu. Very nice idea. I tried their Cream Ale, Grizzly Stout, IPA, Maibock, Scottish Style Ale, Shade Montain Oatmeal Stout, Whire Horse Porter, Wilder's Weizenbier, their Pilsner and the Organice Baltic Porter. All were worth another try and I did on some. The Heffe kicked after I wanted a growler fill which was a shame because it was very good. The sample only cost $8 and was well worth it.

The food is also very good and others have commented in their reviews but they have a larger menu than I expected based on reading the previous reviews. They have a handful of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees and sides. I chose a pretzel hamwhich with swiss that was very good and came with a side of pasta. Also good. My wife had a sandwich on 12 grain bread that had cheddar, sunflower seeds, mayo and lettuce and tomatoes that was stellar as well.

I was going to get a growler filled with one of their beers but the regular screw top bottles that are $3 to buy and $8, $11 or $14 to fill based on the beer you choose. Since they were out of the screw tops I purchased a nice German style 2 Litre growler that had a cool pewter handle and a SGB medallions. Can't wait to crack into my Maibock today.

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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Not only one of the best brewpubs in PA but in the USA. This place is THE quintessential village brewpub. I have been going here for fourteen years and have only once had a beer that I thought "bad". Guess what...it was never made again!

The menu is smiple with deli style sandwhiches and wraps and a weekly special that usually is VERY interesting plus the soups are almost always tasty. I have taken many people here over the years and have never had one come away unhappy. The beers are top notch, the ambiance is classic and the homey pub feel is unescapable.

The only way you will not like this place is if you like lots of TV's (there are none), smoke (none of that either) and have no taste for quality microbrewed beers. If you find yourself within an hour (or more) of this place do yourself a favor and GO!

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4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Having learned the news that this pub was voted #13 out of the top 50 best places to drink beer I was not surprised. The owners Steve and Heather do a great job of producing excellent beer in a friendly, comfortable setting, an historical stone governor's mansion that must be over 200 years old!

I consider myself fortunate to live only about an hour away from this establishment, and it has always been worth the drive. I have never had a bad beer here. Although many of the beers would likely win gold metals in many national contests the owners choose instead to maintain a low profile and put all their energy into producing the finest possible product for the customer. The new brewhouse, still on the property, seems to have solved the capacity problem, so that there are many selections offered on tap throughout the year.

A trip here a few days ago was very rewarding. There were 11 beers on tap. I am usually happy to see a porter or a stout on the list at most brewpubs, but they had 4 at this time! Outmeal Stout, Snakedrive Stout, Whitehorse Porter, and a special limited edition: Chipotle Porter. This chipotle porter was not nearly as hot as the Hot Shot Pilsner they produced last summer. The taste profile started out as a regular porter but then at the very end the heat kicked in. Although I usually consider hot pepper beers as somewhat of a novelty, this one was very drinkable and after having a pint of it could have ordered another if it were not for other good beers to try!

Perhaps my favorite beer this vist was the MaiBock. This was exceptional, the best MaiBock I ever remember drinking. Flawless. What more can I say. This beer greatly impressed even some noninitiated guests who were with me . I did not try (due to high alcohol content) the Belgian Tripple that was available, but based on past experience, the belgian-style beers produced here are always top quality. The Scottish Ale also was a winner. My friend took home a growler of this one.

On to some of the more lighter beers of summer. The cream ale, usually always on tap, was good. India Pale Ale was very good as well and was also offered as cask conditioned. Usually I prefer the cold and carbonated version, but for some reason this time the hops seemed to be coming through a lot better with the cask-conditoned version so I liked that one better.

Lastly, I enjoyed the classic summer beer- a refreshing hefeweizen in a tall wheat beer glass while sitting at an iron table in the shady back courtyard, watching the hops growing only a few feet away. These hops will be harvested by hand and used to brew some end of summer specialties.

I especially enjoy Selinsgrove Brewing for the friendly, slow-paced atmosphere. A great place to sit down and have some refreshing top-quality beers and talk with old friends (or make some new ones with other friendly customers). A word of caution though: no burgers and fries served here, just a variety of delicious healty food selections, and don't expect incredibly good small batches of specialty beers to hang around forever.

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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is yet another place that I just do not get to often enough, largely due to a dearth of public transportation to and from this area. Booo to PennDOT! The term "rustic" gets thrown around a good bit, but this place is it. It is located in the basement of a stone house right on North Market Street, which also doubles as PA Routes 11 & 15. It is so convenient as to make me shake my head in wonder that I cannot get a bus up here, from say, Harrisburg. Ach du lieber!

If you visit, and you park at street level, you head down a short flight of stone steps, arriving at a vine covered archway. Passing through, you come to a small patio with wrought iron tables and chairs and you are at their front door. There is a table with bench seating just inside the door and the one bench has a high back which faces the doorway, To the left of this table is a brick fireplace with a small, working potbelly stove inside.

They use a lot of exposed brick and wood as part of the decor, including exposed beams, especially in the overhead. They also display a good many antiques. To the hard right of the doorway is the teeny-tiny eight-person bar. The taps are in front of the left side, two (!) handpumps in the center, and to the right, behind a pair of shutter doors,is the kitchen. Directly behind me, while seated at the bar, were a couple of tables, one of which seemed designed for Valentine's Day, with two heart-shaped wrought iron chairs.

Headed aft, behind a false wall with a wood and glass doorway, is the restaurant area. The walls are exposed stone and mortar with a brick fireplace in the center of the room. Along the left wall is a wheelchair- friendly ramp that leads to the lavatories. On the wall, along this ramp, is a small wooden cabinet with books and board games (as if you couldn't entertain yourself on your own).

The brewhouse is now out back, in a stand-alone building and includes the former Foundry Ale Works' equipment. This is a change from the first time that I visited and the brewhouse was still to the left of the bar, inside of a room now used for storage.

There is a great sense of camraderie here. The locals have really embraced this little brewpub and Steve and Heather always make visitors feel welcome. I love their sammiches, especially the ham on a pretzel bun, which just screams Central PA. Fully worth visit after visit (if you can get here on your own).

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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I am a little late in writing this review for the Selin's Grove Brewing Company since the time I visited Labor Day ’05. After many hours spent looking for an excuse to make the 3 ½ hour drive to the brewpub often described as the best, I finally found it. So when the wife and I set out on an extended weekend camping trip, I managed a slight detour. An easy to find location right on Market St. in the center of Selin’s Grove stands the old converted Governors Mansion. There is plenty of parking in the back but I was able to find parking on Market Street. The entrance is located downstairs in the back of the house in the basement. Since it was a beautiful sunny day it took me a minute for my eyes to adjust to the dimly lit interior. Upon entering the brewpub this place was definitely starting to live up to its fame. The bar area was decorated in an early colonial style to match the age of the building with its uneven wood floors, massive stone fire place and exposed wood ceiling joists. Since we beat the lunch crowd we were able to grab a table right by the bar. With 10 beers on tap we decided to try the $7 sampler and what a sampler it was. Almost all of the beers were excellent but some of the more memorable selections were the double bock, oatmeal stout and the triple. The menu was surprisingly diverse with its offerings and provided a fair amount of vegetarian options. Our server was friendly enough but the service was somewhat slow at times due to the lack of staffing combined with the growing number of patrons. It is not often that I leave a brewpub with 3 growlers but with excellent beers and a price that can’t be beat, I couldn’t help myself. This is certainly a place I would go out of my way to go to visit again and I definitely rank this brewpub at the top.

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4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

There are a couple regular beers here that could easy win any competition they enter in my opinion. They are solid but interesting enough for me to get them over and over. There are also a few seasonals tossed in throughout the year. My favorite season comes around Christmas when they make their Razz Merry Ale. Simply amazing.

When you are sitting in this place on a cold winter night, you could clearly imagine George Washington coming in out from the cold to rest. It is hard and old. Amazing atmosphere for drinking good beer. The summer months are also nice, sitting outside, looking at the hops growing over the enterance arch.

The food is tasty and the people are generally awesome. Sometimes it gets a little slow because the place is so small, but most of the time you get great service quick.

The best brew pub I've ever been to and a must-go if you are ever in the Selinsgrove area.

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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

As part of a business trip to Central PA, I made it a point to schedule some time to visit this palce...especially since I (literally) was driving right by it.

I guess my initial reaction upon parking is....how in the HELL does this place survive? I mean, it's not like the establishment itself is located in or near any metropolis. It's pretty much in the middle of a very small town in the middle of nowhere.

Very charming, quaint interior. Dark...with lots of wooden beams and unfinished brick floor. Not a chintzy, "ye old pub", trying-to-appear-rustic-but-coming-off-as-'manufactured'-feel. Very warming...like a great place to have a pint during their frequent winter snowstorms. Grab a pint and sit by the fire.

I was the only person in the place when I arrived. Immediately, I was greeted by the owner's wife (I think) and the guy who delivers the pretzels (which were awesome) and bread. Very friendly and chatty (but not in an obtrusive way). Main bar area has about a half-dozen tables, with a 10 or so seat bar. Side dining area has another half-dozen tables. It really filled up during the 90 minutes I was there. Struck up a conversation with a lawyer on his way home...he loves the Porter and I convinced him to try the coffee stout. Many "regulars" filtered in...most known by the staff by first name.

11 taps (2 of which were nitro) plus two cask offerings. Only one beer was out during my visit. Broad spectrum of offerings: saison, cream ale, stealth tripel, IPA, grizzly stout, hop nouveau, O-fest, porter, East Kent IPA, stout, plus a barleywine and hop nouveau on cask. Everything was very fresh and tasty. I had the casked nouveau (see my reviews for comments), IPA, tripel, and grizzly stout.

Opted for a bowl of the mushroom soup made with some of the...um...Captain's Cream (Ale).

Prices were cheap: 1/4 pints from $0.75-$1.50. 1/2 pints from $1.50-$1.75. Pints from $2.75-$3.25. Growlers to go ($3 for the 64oz. growler), with prices for fills ranging from $8-12.

Simply an amazing place. Nothing pretentious or flashy. Just a very solid and diverse lineup of beers, diverse menu, and friendly staff (and fellow pubbers). Anyone living or traveling anywhere near this place should visit. You'll be very glad you did.

10/3/06 Update: This place just rocks. Gotta bump up the atmosphere and food (their pretzels are, without a doubt, the BEST pretzel you'll ever taste. I'm not kidding.) a notch or two. How lucky am I to live within 20 minutes of this place?

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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Well the first time I was here, I think it was in December 2004, I was quite sick and the weather was bad and wintery. So I felt I couldn't write a proper review at that time. I don't even think I could drink any beer!! I do remember though that the service was excellent and the staff were very friendly, probably because there were maybe only 5 people in the whole place that day. I took in enough of the place through the haze of cough syrup and cold medicine that I knew I'd have to get back here someday when I felt better...

...And so I did, the last weekend of August, a much nicer day for weather, though we did go through a few rainstorms, and I felt much better. I had along with me TheLongBeachBum, who insisted on acting like we were going to die every time I hit the brakes. Other than that it was a nice, sometiems senic, 2+ hour drive along I-80. They have a small parking lot in the back of the place, which I didn't notice the last time I was here. From there you walk into the place through the back, which is a floor below street level in the front of the building. As you walk to the entrance, you go through a little archway into an shrubbery-enclosed garden area with a stone patio and a few tables with umbrellas. We were both really hungry, and I remembered the last time getting a bowl of pretzels when we sat down, so I was all excited when I saw some guys at an outside table munching on pretzels. So we went in, sat down- no pretzels!! Oh well. The interior is dim and almost entirely wooden. Wood bar, wood beamed ceiling, wood chairs, wood staircase to your right as you're sitting at the bar. A huge brick fireplace with some cast iron tools and a kettle I think in there, some stone walls I think, most of it keeps it's old charm but is also well-restored. The taps come out of the wall behind the bar, and are labeled clearly, except for the sad-face stuck over the Porter label, indicating it's out. It just looks like a circle so we didn't know what it meant.

They had about 10 or so taps on, and 2 handpumps, so no shortage of selection. From Captain Selin's Cream Ale, which kept making us laugh, to the Peche Saison (very sweet and not Saison-y, but I liked it!!) to the Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout (too smoky). You can get varying sizes as well, which I always like, that way I can try more things and still do the 2+ hour drive home! They've got pints, half pints, 4 oz. (half half pints?), pitchers and 23 oz. wheat beer glasses. Nice.

Service was questionable- the bartender seemed pleasant enough but also seemed to be in her own world at times, or just not looking our way for a good amount of time. I first ordered IPA on cask, and I got an IPA on tap. No big deal, but people should listen!! I gave Service a 4.0 because of the 1st time I was there. The beers were excellent- I think between us we tried everything but the Porter, which was out :(.

Food was great- they have a *very* veggie-friendly menu, which made me happy, I went with the hummus sandwich on a pita, which was huge and overstuffed and I could only eat half of it. So Mr. Darren ate most of the hummus out of the other half when he was done with his salad. The hummus seemed to be homemade, it was so good!! Great fresh food, washed down with great fresh beer, it was a good time.

Overall it's a great place to visit at least once, it's in a charming small town the middle of nowhere (to me) but well worth the drive. If you're up for a road trip, I highly recommend a visit.

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
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