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Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Selin's Grove Brewing CompanySelin's Grove Brewing Company
BA SCORE
97
world-class

133 Ratings
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Active Beers: 53
Beer Ratings: 1,272
Beer Avg: 3.99
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
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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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Bouder32, Oct 26, 2013
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BeerCon5, Sep 23, 2014
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SDhome, Jul 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

MsRogueRed, May 22, 2004
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4.95/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

Beerquester, Jun 18, 2006
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4.9/5  rDev +12.1%

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."

rotsaruch, Oct 12, 2003
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4.89/5  rDev +11.9%

BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +11.7%

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!

francisweizen, Jan 11, 2005
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4.83/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

rdrummer, Sep 30, 2003
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4.81/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

TomCat, Feb 28, 2013
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4.79/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

crag, Mar 18, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +9.4%

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...

PopeDX, Nov 15, 2006
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4.78/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

StoutHearted, Nov 15, 2006
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4.78/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

bwd110, May 03, 2010
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4.76/5  rDev +8.9%

Went here on Mother's Day 2014. Atmosphere is sort of clubby, in the basement of a former PA Governor's residence. They had 10 beers on tap plus a cider Otto's in State College. Tried everything they had and found the Kriek (easily a five starrer), Cream Ale and Organic Pilsener to be the tops. They'll fill anyone's growler but no bottles (thought I'd seen one somewhere). Food is mainly sandwiches with a rotating entree (good, non-seafood Jambalaya). Definitely worth a detour if you're headed to mid-PA.

philerman, May 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

DaveGood, Dec 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

After reading all the superlative reviews and laudatory comments on Selinsgrove Brewing we left for our fall brewtour with high expectations. We arrived to find an establishment that has not made the mandatory concessions to the mainstream beer drinker. This is a pub for the true beer lover. No smoking throughout, no radio or blaring televisions, no watered down lagers on tap. Just a small, intimate, rustic basement bar and restaurant serving exemplary beers and some fine cuisine. Eight of the nine taps were pouring on our visit. The beers were fresh and spot on style. It's hard to pick a favorite, but the Kriek was superb. The restaurant serves a bunch of appetizers, myriad sandwiches and one hot entree special. I had the kielbassy with cabbage, apples and sweet potatoes and thought it excellent. Plenty of oversized sandwiches should please most palates.
Heather gave us a tour of one of the smallest brewhouses I've ever seen. Hard to believe they can produce so many styles from such a small area. Service was friendly and efficient. Really seemed like the locals have called Selinsgrove Brewing their own. Everything came together to make this one of our most memorable brewpub visits yet. Worth going out of your way for.

QXSTER1, Oct 20, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

jacwomyn, Jan 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Simply put, this place is OUTSTANDING. The atmosphere is rustic and comfortable. I'd add the word cozy, as well - as in it's small, so plan on a wait or to stand if you're arriving at a popular time. More importantly, almost everything brewed tastes GREAT. The food is simple, but fresh and fufilling. The only thing I'd change is to require that they have their popular brews on tap, as you would expect they would, especially the IPA. Is this too much to ask? They tendeth to runneth out too frequently, unfortunately. But, I guess that speaks to this place's popularity as well.

DWolf, Jan 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

ridgeline23, Feb 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

DNICE555, May 28, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

Was just here yesterday and realized I hadn't reviewed this yet. What a crime.

Atmosphere: You're not going to find a cooler place to have a few beers. Very authentic place. Located in the lower floor of the former Governor's Mansion. Dark, cool, serene. It's a real experience that I can hardly describe. Very unique. No TVs, light music playing in the background (usually CDs or a bartender's iPod).

Quality: Fantastic. The beers are absolutely some of the best you'll ever have. Everything is very well presented.

Service: Typically great and friendly service. The bartenders are all fun to talk with and joke around with...usually at my expense. They're always on top of things, but it can get a little iffy when there's a huge crowd. That's not the fault of the servers, that's just the nature of the place. Might be a good idea to call ahead to make sure there's not some event going on...the place fills up in a hurry.

Selection: Usually, they have 6-8 brews on tap. Sometimes, you'll see 4 if they have a busy weekend. It's truly hit-or-miss. I'd say the selection is excellent 75% of the time and the other 25% is "OK". There's two hand pumps. They do have Root Beer and local wines in addition to beer. No liquor.

Food: The food is great! They have no fryers, so it's all good stuff. They have a daily dessert, soup, and entree special. Everything is extremely fresh and tastes great. The sandwiches are excellent. They also have a great selection of vegetarian foods. You'll love it. I promise.

Value: Very reasonable. Tons of bang for your buck here. The menu items hover around the $5-9 range. The beers are typical...$3.50 or $4 a pint. You can also ask for a 10oz glass which runs about $2. You won't break the bank, and you'll love everything you order.

Overall: You'd have to be a truly miserable person to have a bad time at Selinsgrove Brewing. The beers are awesome, the food is great, and the pub itself is just a gem. I guarantee you'll be engaged in conversation with total strangers who will become new friends. If you're anywhere near this place (it's 45 minutes from Harrisburg), it is a MUST stop.

Edwin, Jun 08, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

ggaughan, Jul 16, 2006
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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

number1bum, Jan 04, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

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!

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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!

ffejherb, Nov 12, 2006
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Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
97 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.