Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Selin's Grove Brewing CompanySelin's Grove Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.97/5
Based on:
50 Beers
699 Reviews
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 106
Visits: 156
rAvg: 4.33
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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Photo of smakawhat
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just off Market street sits a small tavern like establishment. If you go behind it you will find a place to park you car instead of leaving it on the main road which has a two hour limit. Pass through a small courtyard to a door and you are inside one of the most unique taverns I have the ever been in.

Inside is quite dark with a lot of wood. Staff is incredibly courteous to help you with the selections from the brewer. After trying a few, my only complaint was that I couldn't drink them all.

As I mentioned here the atmosphere is top notch. The place is filled with locals all coming in for their regular pints. One guy is simply known as King Henry, another is a charming lady who is great to talk to, heck she even buses the bar for the staff sometimes!!! The place allegedly has a ghost! And it feels like it too. What more do you want?!

The brewer's beers are real solid to make a long story short. Occasionally there are special seasonals that he makes as well, and plenty of growlers to be sold, although they will limit fills to leave beer for inside consumers and will not growler fill anything on nitro.

The food is pretty basic but with touches off homemade care. The bread on my sandwich had to be homemade as it just crumbled around the bacon. But the biggest surprise food wise is the inexpensive pretzels which are made and baked on the premises.

The pretzel is hands down the best one I ever had anywhere in Pennsylvania. It's dough is soft and warm with bread sweet chewiness. It is to die for. If you come you have to get a pretzel. I could have ate them all day!!!

The other thing that makes the experience so wonderful for me is that coming from the DC area everything priced here is just a bargain. Having quality brew at 3.50 a pint is a big change from 7 to sometimes 12 in the places I frequent.

I loved this place it is everything I look for in a tavern and it has more. Great stories, history, charm, feel, exceptional beer I wish it wasn't a three hour car ride to get there. I would go every day if I could I love this place! (2,068 characters)

Photo of prdstmnky
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Made the trip up on 7/31

Atmosphere: Interesting place, seems its simply a house that was converted into a brewpub. Small, cozy, laid back atmosphere. Its very dimly lit, almost too much so (that would be my only complaint).

Quality: Quality is great - the beer was phenomenal and the food I had was delish.

Service: No complaints, always had a beer in front of me, food arrived in a very timely manner. Very well run operation.

Selection: Lots of different beer options, though nothing on cask that day which was slightly disappointing. Food menu was somewhat simple but expected.

Food: Can only speak for what I tried - I had a bowl of ham / green bean / potato soup that was very hearty and quite tasty. Certainly something Id have again and recommend.

Value: Reasonably priced, boarding on inexpensive. I would have spent much more at a random craft beer bar/pub, and the quality wouldn't have been close to this experience.

Great brewpub, plan on making it back in the fall (and Im sure many times in the future) (1,024 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Came here on a recent road trip with the girlfriend.

Selin's Grove brewpud is actually a house in a little out-of-the-way village. Very homely and very charming. There's a seating area in the back yard and the main dining area is actually the living room with the bar in the dining room. Very dimly lit all over. Like a great place to hide out and drink amazing beer. There's board games you can play too!

The beer was served in appropriate glassware and at the right temperature. An addition of .5 points for how amazing their offerings really are.

Servide was decent. The place was small and it seemed like it never really gets packed out. Still though, we were able to order in a timely manner, got our food and drinks quickly, and got our checks quickly when we left.

Selection is pretty good. With about 8-9 house beers on tap and 1 on cask. Again, +.5 for how good all the beer was.

The food is surprisingly good. I got the shrimp wrap and was able to taste the roast beef sandwich (served on a pretzel bun) and both were amazing. The shrimp wrap was one of the best that I've had and the pretzel bun does something to the roast beef that's really magical. Plus, they had a selection of beer ice cream and other beer-related deserts. Can't beat that!

About $4.50 for a pint and around $10-$12 for entrees. Very reasonable prices, especially considering the overall quality of the food and drinks.

Selin's Grove is not a big name by any means but its definitely a hidden gem in my eyes. For a lover of small, quiet, quaint brewpubs (see my review of Alpine), this is right up my alley. Their beers are out of this word and the atmosphere and area just add up to a can't miss place. (1,699 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited here for the second time on 2011-07-23.

It'd been a couple of years since my wife and I stopped here on our way back from hiking the waterfalls at Rickett's Glen. On that day, we sat outside on the small patio-garden and had a delicious vegetarian meal and glasses of the extraordinary Kriek. My wife tried to order a growler to take home but as luck would have it, we got the last two glasses in the last keg. Ah well.

Yesterday, I noticed a Facebook update that Kriek was on-tap. My wife is in India buying silks for her fiber art. Not wanting to miss this fine brew, I drove 90 minutes to the brewery and got there as they opened.

This time, I sat inside at the bar. I ordered a Kriek and 8oz glasses of their newly-created Sour Red and well-rated IPA. You can read my reviews but suffice it to say, the Kriek is the standout.

The woman tending bar recommended the Italian-vegetable-pasta-sausage soup of the day, which was spicy and satisfying. She knew the beers well and offered interesting comments and stories about them and other beers from around the country.

While eating, sipping my beers and jotting down notes, I had a chance to chat with some fellow patrons who were also quite beer-knowledgeable. Our bartender joined in these conversations making it a homey, relazed atmosphere. This is a small place with good-great beers that made me feel welcome on this Sunday.

I ordered a growler of Kriek to go and just as it was topping off, it kicked. The bartender wiped it off, handed it to me and told me that was the last of the last keg. I appreciated the irony. This growler is now sitting well-sealed and unopened in my fridge awaiting my dear wife's return from India. (1,699 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been going to SGB for several years and was confused why I never took the time to write a review, well lets remedy that now.

I remember the first time I visited, I drove past the location at least twice having not noticed it based on the picture listed here. The sign for the brewery really blends in with the rustic building. Parking out back can be a bit of an issue during busy hours and driving a large truck makes for a real pain trying to maneuver into the parking spaces available outback. Before you even walk in, the atmosphere is awesome and much like a beer garden. Depending on the season, hop bines are growing all over the property. A few places to sit outside and inside is rustic with seating made up of chairs and benches. At times the lighting seems a bit dim but it is cozy and inviting.

The quality of beer pouring out of this establishment is fantastic. I am not even a fan of fruit beers but the ones made here are unreal in the way they are fresh and natural tasting. I always find myself going to the brewpub for a pour each time they are released. Their pumpkin ale on nitrogen might be one of my most sought after seasonal brews...ever. There is a usual lineup of roughly 5 beers that can almost always be found on tap and a few rotations based on season offer a pleasant change of pace and variety. Total tap selection comes out to roughly a dozen draft options and 2 hand pumps. However, I have never seen both hand pumps in operation at the same time and of the 12 taps, 1 or 2 of them are usually dried up and one of them is dedicated to a nitro pour.

The food here is a bit of a let down. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with anything I have ever had to eat here, it is just slightly frustrating when you are in the mood for something warm to eat. The selection is quite lacking which is understandable I guess considering the small scale they are working with. The menu consists of mainly cold cut wraps, sandwiches, cheeses and a variety of appetizers which are quite tasty and which are what I find myself gravitating towards each time I want something to eat. There is always a daily special which consists of something different and a soup.

The service is typical. It has its good and bad moments. When sitting at the bar, you get the most attention. While sitting in the dining area, you can find yourself sitting with an empty glass longer than you might like. Regardless, the wait staff is attentive and does their best checking up on you and making sure you are happy. This is a must see establishment. If you find yourself in the area and you don't stop to check it out or have a pint, there is something wrong with you. (2,683 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A - Small... Quaint... Simple... Well kept... Inviting... Good background music in the bar area where they rotate through current CDs (Mumford & Sons and Anders Osborne)...

Q - Quality was across the board as this seems to be a very well run establishment... The beer is top notch... The food is more than adequate given their limited footprint... The venue itself is pristine and well kept...

Ser - Service was very good... No complaints... We received ample attention on a busy afternoon... Server was courteous and attentive... Very helpful at checkout with multiple growler fills and t-shirt requests...

Sel - This is a very small little place and while the food menu was somewhat limited, it suited this place very well... We were in on a busy Saturday afternoon and no one seemed to mind... The beer choices were varied and all of up most quality...

F - Food was simple and basic... Some nice appetizer choices and a good selection of cold sandwiches... No real hot food to speak of... I personally recommend the artichoke dip in bread bowl and vegetarian chili... The sandwiches were average...

V - Walked out the door after 3 pints, 3 half pints, 2 meals, 1 appetizer, with two filled growler (one brought with and one purchased) and t-shirt for just under a $100 buck before the tip so I can't complain, especially given the top notch quality... (1,361 characters)

Photo of jp11801
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

On a sleepy Saturday I ventured up to Selin's Grove from Carlisle to check this place out. I was very excited and brought a few growlers with me based on the ratings the brew pubs beers received.

I arrived in town quickly located the place, this town is a great place for a day visit and it's a really nice ride from the Harrisburg area. The bar is in the basement area and I opened up to a quaint pub like atmosphere. I took up a seat at the bar betwena few locals chatting about the beer festival that had sold out in 4 hours the previous day or so. Nice overall bar atmosphere.

The service was friendly and fast and just what you would expect from a smallish PA town. The bartender had a great smile and sense of humor and was having a great time with the locals that were there. Not a beer expert but this is not that kind of place. They make beer but its not really a beer establishment like a 20 tap place would be.

Selection was limited to what they brew I tried a Stout, the IPA and the Scotch Ale. Up first the IPA and I was really excited to try it as I was expecting to fill my growler with this. It was ok not my style of IPA as I like more of a hop presence. I was let down based on my expectations but it was an ok beer. The stout was next and it was a nice representation of a dry nitro stout. I finished up with the Scotch Ale and overall it was my favorite although thi style is normally not a go to for me.

I skipped on food and headed back to Enola/Hamden for lunch and a pint. Overall it is worth the trip but I do feel the beers get a local ratings lift. If you are in the area definitely stop by or take a nice ride north from Harrisburg to give it a try. (1,685 characters)

Photo of sudzweasel
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 3/27/11 and was immediately taken with the atmosphere of the place. Cozy bar area with a small sitting room to the left and a small dining room off the bar. Quaint, several hundred year old basement in a former governer's mansion from what the server told me. The beer I had - a triple, IPA and pale ale were of excellent quality - we did not eat as we had head out. Could have easily stayed and made a day of it. The staff was very attentive and the locals had plenty of stories about the area ...and the staff. Funny stuff. We drove out of Harrisburg on 15N to get to this place and then we did not want to leave it as it seemed a perfect little hangout. I bought one of their distinctive growlers and filled it with IPA before I left. The growler was a bit pricey for glass but I could not leave without it. You can see how they look on their website. (865 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Selin's Grove is a quaint little place in the middle of the town of Selinsgrove, on the bottom floor of an old mansion. Slightly confusing to get to, but we got there in the end. 7 beers on tap and 2 on cask. I had the framboise (a little too sweet), IPA on cask (not balanced well and SUPER sweet), and the porter (fantastic). My buddies each split up the other 6 beers, including a wee heavy (way too boozy), oatmeal stout (fantastic), dubbel (not my favorite style), brown ale (alright, nothing special), dunkelweizen (alright), and a cream ale (loaded with corn). The vibe of the place was really nice, very laid back...no college kids, which was a blessing giving that Selinsgrove is a college town. Didn't try the food. My only knock on the place was that it was HOT. Not sure if that's just how they roll with how small it is, or if they had the heat turned up, but it could be a sauna come July. The beers were also really cheap. A dollar for a 4 oz pour of the standard beers? Giddy up! Will definitely be back again.

EDIT: a second visit this October, and I tried the food this time. My chipotle chicken wrap was on another level, and something I'll be eating every time I come here. Fantastic (1,204 characters)

Photo of eagles22
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Selins Grove brewery is my favorite watering hole. They always have fresh beer on tap and the service is always wonderful. Me and my girlfriend go here often and we are always pleased with the beer and service..the framboise is exceptional as one of there winter offering and so is all there other fruit beers and can't forget there IPA and cream ale.

The food is mostly sandwhiches which are fantastic and also they have great soups esp potato and leek! They also offer 4oz pours of there brews which is nice because they usually have around 8to10 beers on tap.

This place is top notch one of the best kept secrets of PA!!

Thank you SGB!! (643 characters)

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a no brainier must visit place if you are anywhere in the area because its like taking a step back into history. Upon coming in the basement double doors I feel like I am going to belly up to the bar with some colonial soldiers and have a pint of bitter. The atmosphere is dim lit and has stone walls and large wood plank beams holding up the ceiling. All the tables remind me of something you would see at a persons house not the typical "restaurant" styled tables. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable and love talking beer. Every time I visit there is at least 6 or more drafts on and they all blow me out of the water especially the Kriek and Oatmeal porter. All their food seems to be rather healthy and non traditional pub fare which makes the experience ever better, great wraps, and hummus. This place is a must see and you will be glad you stopped by for good beers and reasonable food prices , and a great time. (939 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Popped in this place during my tour of central Penn with Thorpe429. This looks like (and I imagine probably is) an old colonial house converted into a bar. We sat at a table as the bar was full.

Our waiter bussed a table and took our order for a pint very prompty and returned immediately with our beers. He filled our growlers as well very promptly and gave us our check so we could be on our way...very promptly.

The costs of the beers were reasonable, they offered about 10 different beers in a variety of forms, nitrogen, draft, cask, and overall it was a nice location. I would definitely head up there again in the future. I enjoyed it. (645 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been really looking forward to taking a trip out to selins grove for a long time-and finally made it out there in September!

This is located in the basement/lower floor of a very old establishment in Downtown Selinsgrove. There is a nice porch/garden seating area outside.

The place is rather small on the inside-and very colonial. Think of a pub in revolutionary war times and this is what you get. Old brick, laterns, etc. The bar is immediately inside the enterance and a small dining area is located in the room behind the bar.

It was a crowded friday night when I visited and although our server was helpful and attentive-it was very busy. The menu is a lot larger than the website lets on. Our food was deleicious.

The beer here is top notch-which is why this place has a good rep. There wasn't anything super-special on tap the day I was there as the place was going to be closed in two days. I had the IPA and the Hefeweizen-both were wonderful. I was looking forward to the tripel-but missed it by a beer.

This is definately a must stop place in PA! (1,070 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

First time visiting this place. I went in with pretty high expectations after reading reviews. I would say overall I wasn't disappointed but I wasn't extremely impressed either. The place was alot smaller than expected but had a cozy local-watering hole feel to it. However, it was more expensive than most small town brew pubs, especially for central PA. The food here is clearly an afterthought. The menu is small and unappealing with no real pub food to be found. I get the feeling that if it weren't for PA laws, they wouldn't even serve food. The soft pretzel and mustard was pretty good though and the local cheese plate was decent, but pricey. Selection was pretty good for the size of the place. After having the sampler, I decided on a growler fill of the IPA and the Baltic Porter. Only after getting my bill did I realize the porter was a staggering $20 for a 2L takeout. It was good but I would've picked something else at a more reasonable price if I had checked the price sheet. The IPA, the Baltic and the Saison de Peche, which had great flavor, were top notch. However, I thought their other brews were rather pedestrian and overpriced. Especially the organic pilsner, which was my least favorite. That said, alot of their highly regarded brews like Framboise, Wee Heavy and Kriek were not available while I was there, so I'll visit again to get the whole experience. Despite it's shortcomings in a few areas, I can recomend this place because the IPA is reason enough to stop in. (1,497 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited the pub about a month ago. Just getting around to writing my review now.

Vibe/Atmosphere: A little hard to find from the main street. Actually drove right by it the first time. Wish I would have found out about the parking lot in the back the first time. I will be using that on future treks up there. Set in an old building is this gem of a brewery. Going down a set of steps leads you into the garden and the lower level/basement of the building revealing the actual bar area. The bar is small with seating for 10-12 and a few side tables. There are a few tables outside in the garden area as well.

Quality: The food was made with quality ingredients, most of which are from the local area. The beer is top notch as well. Not really sure what more quality you would need.

Service: Service was good. They only had one server on when we went up so she was a little busy. Every time my glass was empty I was asked if I would like another. It took a little while to order the food but that was mostly my fault because I didn't know what I wanted, being my first visit and all.

Selection: A very good selection of 8-10 beers upon my visit. I started with the Phoenix Kriek, which in my opinion is the best beer they make. It was sublime. I got two growlers to go. Went with an IPA for the meal, in my opinion their second best beer, and it was not as good as the first time I had it but still good. Finished the trip off with a Barrel Aged Wee Heavy from the hand pump. What a way to finish, almost like liquid caramel. One of the best BA wee heavy's I have ever come across.

Food: Food was good. I got a spicy pretzel sandwich. Wish I could remember the name of it, oh well. It tasted great and I will definitely get it again in the future. I also got to try some of the soft pretzel, since it is huge, and it was awesome as well.

Value: Prices were a little high but not too bad. The food was a tad expensive but the beer prices were pretty spot on for what you get. I have seen a lot worse.

Overall a great brewpub that deserves all the hype it gets. I will be going back up as much as I can. (2,108 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Vibe/Atmosphere: The place was hard to pick out from the street, with only a small sign that blended in rather well with the surroundings. A narrow pathway leads down to the lower level/basement of the building revealing a darken and cramp setup more akin to someones basement bar. The bar area was small with seating for 10-12 and a few side tables. Seating in the so-called restaurant was limited as well and very cramp, about the size of your average living room. Tables and chairs are squashed together, tables are bare and wooden and the overall appeal was one of a rustic unkept cabin set out in the woods. More of a dark college hangout if that's your thing, was mine 10-15 years ago, but offered little flair and not really a family place or one I would go to eat lunch at, even though I did with my family. Things are noisy inside, even for a Saturday lunch crowd. If your going to grab a few beers with your buddies then this is suitable, but not so much for those looking for family or lunch as their menu is extremely limited and unappealing.

Quality: Had a chance to sample 2 beers and took one to go growler. Their Saison de peche and stealth triple were absolutely fantastic, wish I could say the same about the growler of ipa I was stuck with. Their oatmeal stout sounded tasty and most of the other offerings got good reviews as well. Overall a nice supply of quality beer, not so much quality experience.

Service: Here is where I beg to differ from most. The place was packed for a Saturday lunch, by that I mean all 6 tables inside and 4 tables outside. We were outside. Two waitress seemed to be on hand and were unable to tend much attention and had to seek them out several times. Service was slow, sat about 15minutes after first seating before she even came around to take a drink order. Usually not to concerned about service and generally lax, but just think I was stuck with a uncaring waitress as compared to others who gleam about the service. A cold sandwich ordered took 25 minutes to arrive and was certainly nothing to rave about. Their kitchen is most likely not more stocked then mine. The waitress didn't take the time to even ask how things were and if you wanted something had to stop her on the way in the door. A quick reply and set down of your request was about all you could hope for. Again she just looked disinterested in even being there and maybe just got a bad server on a bad day, others seemed to have no problem.

Selection: A very good selection 8-10 different styles on hand, tripel, ipa, saison, and stout. Wide variety gets good regards here.

Food: Mixed feelings here. Very limited menu but was warned of this going in. I just didn't know how limited, didn't see any typical bar food like hamburgers , fries, but rather just an assortment of cold sandwiches with a simple side dish that was pricey (about $8 for a turkey bacon) but have to say the quality of the meat was very good as was the mustard and crunchy bacon. The food was pricey for what it was worthy so don't expect to much here. However the pretzels at 3 for $6 got you a big serving with again a nice mustard sauce.

Value: Prices for the food were pricey, a bit of a reach. The price for the beers were a bit pricey as well ($6.50 for the peche & $6 for the tripel) with a eye opening $29 refill for the saison de peche (but very tempting after you have it). The triple was $17 and the ipa was $14 a bit more reasonable, until you tried it at least. For comparison I live in NJ and these prices are common in my area, expected a bit less here, but it is a college town so soak mommie and daddies money for all its worth I guess. Also I purchased a growler at One Guy (Berwick brewing) the week before for $8. The saison I would of gladly paid for, the ipa was disappointing, and most likely my fault for not sampling beforehand. All in all paid $60 for 2 drinks, 1 growler of ipa, salad, 3 pretzels and a turkey bacon sandwich, take it for what its worth.

End Musings: Great quality beer, well worth the trip and a decent hang out place for the college crowd but you will pay the price. Go on a sunny day if you want to eat, nice being outdoors and chances of getting a table in limited seating area is slim to none. Can't imagine this place packed on a Friday night when the small crowd here was more then enough. Wouldn't recommend this as a family place (Bullfrog was much nicer with a much better menu and atmosphere for that) so I would venture up the road a bit. But if your young, like the dark, cramp seedy bar scene but with top quality beer then this works for you. (4,605 characters)

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A- It was hard to find at first it's in a basement of a building and the entrance is in the back of the property.But the landscape is beautiful and the inside is nice as well.

Q- Very rustic looking with all the brick work and old church pues for bench seating. I thought that was clever.

S- Wonderful service very helpful.

S- They had a good selection of beers only try 3 on my first visit.

F- The food was awesome very tasty.From the soup to the sandwich wrap very yummy.

V- The price was reasonable.Worth another trip again. (532 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

10/08/10 REVIEW (3rd Visit) a4.0, q4.5, s4.0, s4.0, f3.5, $$$

Stopped into Selin's Grove today with grassblue on our Northern-Central PA road trip. We arrived around 1:15pm on a Friday and found the place to be painfully empty. Our server (didn't catch her name but it might have been Kim) was very nice, polite, attentive, and showed some beer knowledge. Upon request, she also recommended that we check out Berwick Brewing on our way home and she hit the nail on the head with that recommendation. Tap selection was good as ever at Selin's Grove considering every line available had something on. Also, there was little to know redundancy in style on the lines. Some brews offered at this time include: Hop Nouveau, Saison Peche, Fest, Cream Ale, Hefeweizen, Baltic Porter, IPA, Pilsner, etc.

07/16/10 REVIEW (2nd Visit) a4.0, q4.5, s3.5, s4.0, f3.5, $$$

Second visit went a lot smoother than the first visit. I made sure to ask many more questions of Heather this time before deciding to take the trek over with beerloco. I had her confirm that they not only had Phoenix Kriek on tap, but that they had more kegs available for tapping in case that one kicked.

When we arrived we sat in the dining room this time instead of at the bar. Our server Lynn was pretty fun and laid back. She was a touch forgetful but good spirited about it.

The brews I tried were really enjoyable...especially the Wit, the Kriek, and the Barrel Aged Wee Heavy. Besides those gems, I also sampled the cream ale, the organic baltic porter, the Goldings Special Bitter, the Pilsner, etc.

The food menu is extremely limited...mainly a few appetizer platters, some sandwiches, and maybe 3-6 entree choices. I had a sandwich that was good but also felt like something I could make at home and I'm no chef.

07/09/10 REVIEW (1st Visit) a4, q4.5, s2, s3.5, fn/a, $$$

After calling to confirm that Phoenix Kriek was available today and that it wasn't a bad idea to drive 3 hours each way to get some growlers, I took the drive out and the Kriek kicked after depositing 20oz's in my first of three growlers. The lady looked in the back, came out and said oops, then announced to the bar that it was the only Phoenix Kriek keg they had available for the moment.

This disappointment comes fresh off the heals of last weekends disappointment with this place. Last weekend I had a room at the inn across the street reserved. I called the bar the night before and they confirmed having 5 brews on tap. The next morning I drive to Bullfrog for the El Diablo Deluxe release and somebody at the release tells me that Selinsgrove's brewer is off for 2 weeks and they only have 2 beers on tap! WTF is up with this place? Decent beer but they don't seem to know how to manage a business. The brewer and the staff do not communicate enough (probably because he is married to one of them LOL!) and forget about anticipating a customers needs. This place can't even have the brewer go on vacation for 2 weeks and keep 5 beers on tap on Fourth of July Weekend, let alone double check the stock room to make sure that the beer you just advised wouldn't run out tonight won't run out tonight. Even despite the website which says in big bold red letters "Please call first before making a special trip for a special beer" well I did call first and you were lazy about checking. 6 hours of my life, $40 worth of gas, and a terrible 2nd impression (after a bad first impression the week before) is what your nonchalant attitude cost me ladies. Nor did I enjoy your lack of knowledge about beer.

Even when calling on the phone for information, the two women who screened the calls (and were behind the bar when I arrived) were quite aloof and wishy washy about answering questions. I was going to chalk what I've seen from them in the past week up to inexperience and growing pains, but in doing some research I found that this establishment was opened in 1996. This surprises me because it seems to be run like an establishment that is in its fledgling stages of development.

Bellyaching aside, the place itself was pretty cosy and both the Kriek and the IPA were enjoyable. I'd like to also note that they were served at the proper temperature which is a huge plus in my book. One of my pet peeves is a place that has enough attention to detail to arrange an amazing tap list/brew highly nuanced craft beers, but has the beer pour way too cold. The bar seats about 10, plenty of indoor tables to go around, and a few outdoor tables too. (4,502 characters)

Photo of rosybottom
3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Its taken me quite some time to review this place, and mostly because I kinda have a 2nd home in NYC, and its night and day.

Briefly, Selsin's Grove Brewing Co. doesn't really make good beer. Fact is, the beer pretty much sucks and it wouldn't be even sellable in New York. For a pretty dead town, though, I guess its the only place to get local beer. I just wish they would learn how to cook better.
The food is OK, but no more than that. Do not eat their specials, the experimentation is beyond laughable. Its like they don't even use a recipe book. I mean, a sandwich is OK, can't really screw that up. Service is friendly with that local feel, but doesn't have the kind of efficiency I have grown accustomed to during my visits to Manhanttan.
Thats about it. Just an average to below average place to grab a bite and a beer. We don't "Love" it. (851 characters)

Photo of bwd110
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for dinner en route to Darklord Day 2010.

Situated on what appears to be the main street equivalent of a quaint out of the way PA town. Parked on the street and made our way down the outside steps to the back of the building, which opened up to a small outside eating area and the brewpub's parking lot. Complete with hop vines.

Very small, rustic bar area inside, with a few tables and a small dining room in the back. Very casual, comfortable and again, rustic atmosphere. Seated ourselves and a waitress, who was extremely attentive all night, presented us with the food and beer menu.

Beer: Many selections in terms of styles and serving size. 4oz, 8oz, Pint, etc. This was extremely helpful in our mission to taste most or all of their offerings and still be able to continue on our road trip. All the beer was fantastic! Our personal favs were the Organic Baltic Porter and Scottish Ale.

Food: A notch better than your average pub fair, and all creatively put together. I had a roast beef sandwich on a pretzel bun with pepperjack cheese and I think a chipotle spread. Extremely tasty! Very reasonably priced.

Finished up with a couple growlers and T-shirts. Did a good bit of eating and drinking, add on 2 growlers and 2 shirts and our total tab was still under $100...

Great place, good food, spectacular beer. (1,338 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped by on our trip home from PSU. SGBC is incredibly easy to locate in downtown Selinsgrove and the pub itself is downstairs, towards the back of the building. Plenty of parking on the main street or behind the pub itself.
A handful of tables as you walk up to the pub...not a large space, but we ate outside and did not feel cramped in the least.
Small, dark bar inside w/ a handful of tables and another dozen or so in the main dining area.
Service was a bit slow at first, as it took almost 15 minutes to get our first beer ordered, but our server was super friendly and she made up for the lost time with solid service thereafter.
Excellent selection of beers, as I opted for a few samples of their Ambition, a Belgian Strong Pale, Stealth Triple and Baltic Porter, with all of them fantastic...no real winner. My wife had the American Pale Ale, which was just as enjoyable. I went with the Oatmeal Stout as my full beer and was less than impressed with this offering. Typically a style I enjoy, but IMO, this one lacked in body and had no roasty flavor....actually detected some diacetyl, so unfortunately this one was a miss for me.
The food was just as solid as the majority of beers....incredibly fresh ingredients and plenty of choices. Had the spinach artichoke dip (actually in a bread bowl) and a pretzel to soak up some of the sampled beer. Curried chicken salad w/ almonds followed and I was quite satisfied. Beer prices were unbelievably reasonable @ $1 or $2 for samples, depending on specialty or abv and full pints were $3.25 to $4.50...wow.
All in all, a great 1st experience and would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area. (1,654 characters)

Photo of Lebarfski
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a beautiful little pub if you have the opportunity to visit. It is in the basement of a home which was owned by the 3rd governor of Pennsylvania, Simon Snyder. I was disappointed there was no beer on the hand pumps, we were told that they were trying to get one going but it was wild had to bleed some carbonation off. Nevertheless, the IPA was awesome, rich and a creamy head, well hopped. The oatmeal stout was also exceptional, with plenty of chocolate overtones and a rich, creamy finish.

The food was very good. The soup fo the day was a curried coconut chickpea which was delicious. The sandwiches are great and filled with meats. I was very diappointed in the service. If you're not a local, be prepared to get ignored. It was some time after arriving that we were recognized (we were at the bar), and I had to ask for menus. Overall though, great beer and food at a reasonable price. (900 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

rolling southbound on my way home after some work in N. Central PA, a detour to hit Selin's Grove was a no-brainer - the sign was a bit tough to spot on a street with lots of other drop down signs, but keep an eye out for it after the bend on N. Market into downtown, and follow the stairs down and around to the back of the house

as mentioned before, Selin's is located in the kitchen basement of the mansion of the 3rd governor of PA, and it retains much of that original feel, lots of old wood and stone, a dark and cozy place that would be perfect to hole up in for a few hours with friends, but just as comfortable for a solo lunch stop, the kind of place where you feel free to make yourself at home, one of the more unique brewpub atmospheres I've encountered, and it's certainly hard to imagine anything better

the service was great, one lady seemed to be taking care of the entire place, and she was extremely accommodating and helpful

there were 8 items on the menu at the time of my visit - usually 9 but the coffee stout was fresh out, the natural choice for a lunch accompaniment was the firkin St. Fillian's Wee Heavy weighing in at 12%, and fantastic stuff it was

went with the Chili Changa for lunch - vegetarian chili wrapped with greens and tomato inside a tortilla and topped with salsa and sour cream, my side of choice was the apple slaw, both turned out great

lunch and a 10 oz high abv beer came out to just around $12

great experience - will swing by again whenever possible and would recommend a stop here to anyone (1,546 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Simply put this is the best brewpub I've ever been to. The only thing I can't believe is that it took me so long to make it here. The best way I can describe the atmosphere is cozy. We went on a freezing cold December day and it was perfect. I can imagine, however, that if I went during the heat of summer it might seem dark and I might have a different opinion, but I loved the inside of this place. They had 8 beers on tap the day we went, although it should have been 9 because the Solstice Dubbel had just kicked. All were outstanding, even the Selin's Cream. Framboise, Hoppy Monk, Organic Pils, Stealth Triple were all excellent. Snafu IPA was out of this world good. Service was prompt and attentive, and the food was also excellent. We had the chili, a cheddar ale soup, some pretzels and a few sandwiches and it was all great and very reasonably priced. Menu is a litlte small but that's ok. I think we left with 4 growlers and I will definitley be going back soon. A fantastic brewpub. (996 characters)

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I'd read about Selin's Grove for a few years, badly wanting to try it but it was just never quite convenient to my route. Finally got around to it on a recent trip home to see family over Christmas. Damn!

It was a gorgeous day, uncharacteristically warm for late December, & the drive up 11/15 right next to the river was a lot of fun. Got there & really loved the quaint, unassuming atmosphere of the place, kind of tucked away. The low ceilings & cozy, warm atmosphere were very inviting. Loved the big fireplaces & the fact that everything is pretty much visible no matter where you're seated.

The service did not impress at first -- had to wait about 10 minutes before anyone came to greet us & take orders, but I give some slack. It looked like they were understaffed, & this at least gave us some time to scope out the environs. I'd love to sit outside on a summer evening. It was also nice to see family with kids, groups of friends celebrating birthdays, & the owners walking & talking warmly with customers. Unpretentious place, not full of yuppies like in the city, but without a small-town barfly contingent either.

The waitress was very friendly, & we ordered a full sampler: 9 on tap at the time, including 4 Belgian styles (hoppy abbey ale, dubbel, tripel, & framboise), the cream ale, porter, oatmeal stout, IPA, & organic pils. Not a weak link among them! This had to be the best pub-brewed beer I've ever had. Very hard to pick a favorite, but after finishing the sampler I grabbed a pint of the Hoppy Monk, another sample of oatmeal stout, & my wife & I agreed to take home a growler of the porter. Slam dunk!

The food was very good as well, I was very into the beer-cheese soup, & the apple slaw that came with my sandwich stood out as (I assume) an example of Pennsylvania-German fare.

As we got ready to leave, we struck up conversations with nearby patrons (there was a Steelers game in progress, & those around us were happy to share the score). Overall a great experience: great beer, great atmosphere, a real one-of-a-kind place. I can't wait to come back, & would definitely go out of my way to do so.

EDIT: Visited several times since & had much prompter service, but wish a host or hostess would take names vs. each party for themselves. I'll adjust the score up a half point. (2,312 characters)

Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
96 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.