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Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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Place Score: 97
Ratings: 150
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.37
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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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I LOVE THIS PLACE! When I die, I'd like to end up in a place like this.

Excellent, non-smoking environment. Very quaint and cozy. In the basement of the Gov Snyder Mansion. Bar has about 8 seats and then there are tables in that room and another room, plus outdoor seating on 3-4 tables if you need to smoke.

They only serve their beer and wine. They normally have at least 6 taps going plus Barleywine.

I sampled all their beers and I honestly like them all, but usually order the Scottish. They made an Apricot one a few years ago that was excellent. I think they've done Blueberry the past few summers.

The food is unbelievable. Freshest ingredients around. Don't expect fried food here. Its all fresh and good. Sandwiches, nachos, chili. They are very vegetarian friendly.

You can take growlers of their beer with you for reasonable prices...$8 for the regular beers.

Worth a special trip. I get here about once a month and wish it were more often. My favorite brewery to date.

Photo of Beerquester
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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4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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."

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4.89/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of francisweizen
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Whilst leaving this brewpub I asked myself a very serious question. Have I just found the perfect brewpub? I than answered my own question with a resounding, probably! The atmosphere of this place really sets it apart. Located in the basement of a 19th century mansion you really can't ask for more. Tons of old wood, creaky floors, long corridors, nooks, crannies, and everything else one looks for in the atmoshere of a homely, old-styled pub. As others mentioned you really get a speakeasy feel whilst sipping brews in this place. The fact that it is in a very small town in the middle of nowhere makes the experience even more surreal. The quality of the food and beers here was ridiculous. 9 beers were on tap for our visit, as well as an amazing home-made rootbeer. The brews on-tap here ran through the whole style spectrum of beer and there was not one dud in the bunch. On tap today were the following fine ales: Captain Selin's Cream Ale, Fireside Brown (Nitro), Scottish Ale, IPA, Solstice Dubbel, Razzmerry Ale, Dunkleweizen, Whitehorse Porter, and Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout (Nitro). As mentioned all were awesome. With the IPA being my personal fav. Apparantly it will be on cask from this Wedensday according to the brewer here. The beers are all amazingly priced, and growler fills are available as well, with this place selling those lovely Koch swing-top growlers as well. The food was also awesome, a very vegetarian/vegan friendly menu with exceptional pricing as well. The quesadillas we had were amazing, and they lay out some free pretzels for everyone as well. The good stuff too, Rold Gold nuggets:-) Service was very fast, courteous and informative as well with some very interesting conversation to be had with one of the many proud locals who know what a huge gem they have here in this brewpub. Apparantly the brewer, Steve and his wife Heather are the owners and sole brewers since this brewpub opened up over 8 years ago. Wow, are they doing an amazing job here or what!? And they just upgraded to a bigger brewing system recently as well so 8 or 9 brews will always grace the taps here. A special barleywine and imperial stout are sometimes available as well, and a special brew will be released when Heather delivers her twins. No-one knows what it will be yet, but when her first child was born Steve brewed an Imperial stout in honour of the occasion. This place is amazing, and definately stands up against, or above, all of the most highly regarded brewpubs here on BA. Yeah SPH and McKenzies are amazing, but this place may even surpass them! any way you slice it this is definately one of the top three brewpubs that I have ever been to in my limited travels. My assumption, however, is that this is probably one of the three best brewpubs in the US, or perhaps the world! Stop what you are doing, go on mapquest and plan your trip here. You *will not* regret it!

Photo of rdrummer
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

There's a reason this is THE place to be, and it starts with the atmosphere and ends with the menu. By far the best place in the area to get a drink.

Photo of Rizzy17
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TomCat
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of crag
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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.

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...

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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 bwd110
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of philerman
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
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