Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +14.7%
I LOVE THIS PLACE! When I die, I'd like to end up in a place like this.
Excellent, non-smoking environment. Very quaint and cozy. In the basement of the Gov Snyder Mansion. Bar has about 8 seats and then there are tables in that room and another room, plus outdoor seating on 3-4 tables if you need to smoke.
They only serve their beer and wine. They normally have at least 6 taps going plus Barleywine.
I sampled all their beers and I honestly like them all, but usually order the Scottish. They made an Apricot one a few years ago that was excellent. I think they've done Blueberry the past few summers.
The food is unbelievable. Freshest ingredients around. Don't expect fried food here. Its all fresh and good. Sandwiches, nachos, chili. They are very vegetarian friendly.
You can take growlers of their beer with you for reasonable prices...$8 for the regular beers.
Worth a special trip. I get here about once a month and wish it were more often. My favorite brewery to date.
05-22-2004 20:24:07 | More by MsRogueRed
4.95/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
06-18-2006 16:15:45 | More by Beerquester
4.9/5 rDev +12.4%
On this beautiful autumn day, a trio of BAs (Davo, ububru and I) decided to make a roadshow to Selin's Grove Brewpub in Selinsgrove, PA. This wonderful brewpub is in the old kitcken area of the 18th century mansion of Gov. Synder. It is truly quaint and beautiful with this elequent bar and dining area (no smoking and TVs, etc.) There also is a lovely outdoor seating area. It was my first visit, but Davo's and ububru's second visit. Believe me, we will all be back again.
This place is about craft beer at its finest and some truly delicious food that is a notch or two above your normal pub grub. For example, they make six different choices of their own bread. Their menue is truly diverse and unique; a vegetitarian friendly establishment. We all enjoyed our lunches.
But this place is really all about their brews. Steven Leason and Heather McNabb have truly mastered the skill and passion to make some outstanding brews on their 3-bbl system. There were NINE brews on tap and one cask-conditioned brew!! The line-up included a cream ale, hefeweizen, scottish ale, IPA, a Belgian style kriek, ocktoberfest, porter and oatmeal stout. The primary interest was their Harvest Ale (known as Hop Nouveau Pale Ale).
Their Havest Ale was both on draft and cask-conditioned. Believe me it doesn't get any better than this!!
Everyone one of these brews was a home run!! We were some very happy, grinning dudes sampling and tasting all these brews. The Harvest Ale used over 20 pounds of fresh hops that are grown by Steve and Heather at the brewpub. The cask-conditioned version was fabulous. For me, the most unusual, but extremely tasty brew was the very intense, but enticing sour cherry kriek. At 7.5% abv, it was truly delicious, but scary stuff.
We all got growlers of our favorites, thanked the great staff and told the regulars how lucky they were to have this jewel of a brewpub in their backyard. Look forward to my next trip. Hope you all have an opportunity to visit this "diamond in the rough."
10-12-2003 01:36:11 | More by rotsaruch
4.88/5 rDev +11.9%
Whilst leaving this brewpub I asked myself a very serious question. Have I just found the perfect brewpub? I than answered my own question with a resounding, probably! The atmosphere of this place really sets it apart. Located in the basement of a 19th century mansion you really can't ask for more. Tons of old wood, creaky floors, long corridors, nooks, crannies, and everything else one looks for in the atmoshere of a homely, old-styled pub. As others mentioned you really get a speakeasy feel whilst sipping brews in this place. The fact that it is in a very small town in the middle of nowhere makes the experience even more surreal. The quality of the food and beers here was ridiculous. 9 beers were on tap for our visit, as well as an amazing home-made rootbeer. The brews on-tap here ran through the whole style spectrum of beer and there was not one dud in the bunch. On tap today were the following fine ales: Captain Selin's Cream Ale, Fireside Brown (Nitro), Scottish Ale, IPA, Solstice Dubbel, Razzmerry Ale, Dunkleweizen, Whitehorse Porter, and Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout (Nitro). As mentioned all were awesome. With the IPA being my personal fav. Apparantly it will be on cask from this Wedensday according to the brewer here. The beers are all amazingly priced, and growler fills are available as well, with this place selling those lovely Koch swing-top growlers as well. The food was also awesome, a very vegetarian/vegan friendly menu with exceptional pricing as well. The quesadillas we had were amazing, and they lay out some free pretzels for everyone as well. The good stuff too, Rold Gold nuggets:-) Service was very fast, courteous and informative as well with some very interesting conversation to be had with one of the many proud locals who know what a huge gem they have here in this brewpub. Apparantly the brewer, Steve and his wife Heather are the owners and sole brewers since this brewpub opened up over 8 years ago. Wow, are they doing an amazing job here or what!? And they just upgraded to a bigger brewing system recently as well so 8 or 9 brews will always grace the taps here. A special barleywine and imperial stout are sometimes available as well, and a special brew will be released when Heather delivers her twins. No-one knows what it will be yet, but when her first child was born Steve brewed an Imperial stout in honour of the occasion. This place is amazing, and definately stands up against, or above, all of the most highly regarded brewpubs here on BA. Yeah SPH and McKenzies are amazing, but this place may even surpass them! any way you slice it this is definately one of the top three brewpubs that I have ever been to in my limited travels. My assumption, however, is that this is probably one of the three best brewpubs in the US, or perhaps the world! Stop what you are doing, go on mapquest and plan your trip here. You *will not* regret it!
01-11-2005 00:45:31 | More by francisweizen
4.83/5 rDev +10.8%
I've been to SelinsGrove twice now. The first time I thought that I was just thirsty and that's why the beer was so good. The second time I did a thorough tasting of what they had to offer. There was not a single beer that I would classify as average. The two best were the Oatmeal Stout and the Tripel. The stout was as good as any that I've tried. It was full-bodied with excellent lacing. The Tripel matched many of the real Belgians. A truly excellent beer. The Hefe-weizen was very representative. The biggest disappointment was that they had nothing on the hand pump. They told me to come back later in the fall for their Barleywine on the handpump. Can't wait.
Edit: Since I have a student at the University, I have been here a number of times since this review. Each time, I find another brew that is better than the last. They harvested their own hops this year and made a terrific, hoppy ale that they had on the handpump. In addition, the menu continues to impress--very fresh, nothing mediocre.
The food here is above the average brew pub fare. I especially liked the Pennsylvania pretzel sandwich but get it with the brie, really great. Soups, salads, and sandwiches were all above average.
Edit: I've been considering that I need to upgrade this review, but it always seemed close until two trips this summer. The Stealth Tripel and the Mai Bock are so delicious that I couldn't ignore the slight I've given the quality of Steve's beer. Also, the service would be underrated at 4.5. I still would like to see a few more taps, and I hate when a tap is empty. It seems like such a waste. Steve is turning out some fantastic beers for the beer engine.
09-29-2003 23:06:31 | More by rdrummer
4.81/5 rDev +10.3%
Regular customer of SBP. Considering the size of the Brew House (Garage out back of Pub)and Pub itself this is one of the best spots you will find for miles around Selinsgrove. You will see the owner and Brew Master in the Pub on a regular basis. Their craft beers are always excellent and they change the beers fairly often. (A draw back for some) The Stout, Porter and IPA cannot be beat, period! This is a spot for great beer 1st, atmosphere 2nd and food 3rd. That being said this is without question the very best Brew Pub around. Be careful when SU is in session. The college guys and gals fill the SPB and finding a spot to sit can be quite challenging.
02-28-2013 14:30:45 | More by TomCat
4.79/5 rDev +9.9%
Love this place, great atmosphere of local and college guests. Food items are unique and carry a local flair. Beer selection is great with several items rotating through their menu. Gets very crowded most any day or time of year. Nice outdoor seating. They'll fill growlers.
03-18-2014 15:10:17 | More by crag
Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
96 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.