Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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3.1/5 rDev -28.9%
This review will go against all of the others, but if one reads my previous reviews I am a honest person. First the beer,and lets remember thats what it is all about. The beer is excellant in my opinion, I tried the IPA and the pilsner both very impressive.
The atmosphere is a cellar in an old mansion, and that what it looks like, I would like to say it had a special feel or attraction to it but just a cellar in an old mansion.
I sat at the bar, at the far end where I could look directly into the kitchen, there were only four other people at the bar but the bartender was terrible. I waited for my first beer and finally a server from the dining room came and served it to me, the bartender did take my food order, a pretzel sandwich which is what everyone was eating while I was there, but when It came out from the kitchen it sat on the counter, and sat there some more and finally the server from the dining room came and served it to me. The bartender just looked over and said "sorry". For my second beer, you guessed it, I orderd it and was served by the dining room server. For those who have been here before this is a small bar and any bartender should be able to handle it with ease.
I drove almost a day out of my way to stop here, what a disappointment, also the traffic on the main highway 11/15 was the worst I have seen for a small town since Destin Fl. I stayed in the next town over and because of the traffic did not go back in the evening.
I will be traveling east again this fall and Selinsgrove will not be a stop.
02-16-2008 19:18:02 | More by VegasBill
3.18/5 rDev -27.1%
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.
06-27-2010 16:39:12 | More by rosybottom
3.38/5 rDev -22.5%
This is a tough place to find. First of all, it is in the middle of nowhere. Secondly, it is the basement of a building and has a rear entrance that is tucked away.
The quality is tough to judge. The beer is great and the food, not so much.
Service was attentive, but then again, I sat at the bar. The bartender did an excellent job of explaining the beers and letting me sample. Very generous pours.
Selection is limited. They do have two hand pumps but they weren't in use while I was there. The did have a kriek, but I didn't really enjoy it. The Grizzy is just incredible. It is a coffee infused oatmeal stout. The coffee is a special brew from an affiliated cafe. Just awesome.
Don't got here for the food. Menu is very limited and I didn't think the what they had was that great.
The pricing of the beer was reasonable. I thought the food was overpriced.
If gas wasn't so damn expensive, I would definately go back for the beer.
11-10-2007 04:27:39 | More by brantadid
3.45/5 rDev -20.9%
Went Sat. October 27th specifically for the Kreik.
A: Cool looking place with an old rustic feel. Couple of tables near the bar, and a few in another room. Got there around 12:30 and it was just beginning to get busy.
Q: Beers were very good, food was good also. They really seem to put time into their food as well as their beers. Good quality products. Non-smoking, even at the bar, is a GREAT quality establishment.
S: Service was REALLY SLOW. The place only seats about 10 or so tables, so there's really not that many people there at one time. I can honestly say that I've never experienced slower service. It was our first time and we were not treated any different as the college kids that go all the time.
S: The main reason I went was for the Kreik and possibly some engine-driven beers. I couldn't get either. They had about 7 beers available. The 5 beers I had were very good, though. I highly recommend the PUMPKIN ALE.
F: Sandwiches were really good. Portions were small but they were good. We also got a cinnamon pretzel. Cheap and good, with caramel dip.
V: Beer value is great and the food value is decent. I will return for more experiences.
edit: My mistake not checking the website first. The Kriek isn't available until December. Thanks to BA Deuane for pointing this out and coming to bat for this place. Review edited, but I stand by my service rating.
10-28-2007 16:00:27 | More by guinnessfan
3.5/5 rDev -19.7%
Driving along the endless lost highway that is I-80 from Ohio on back to NYC, I convince the beer gal that we can zip on down to Selinsgrove for a late lunch/early dinner. She's always game, that beer gal, God bless her.
After driving around the Susquehanna River valley for a while trying to find the right exit to take for the place, we finally come upon it and realize that if we had just taken that road there... it's actually quite easy to get to. Parked in front of the building on Market St., but the entrance to the pub is actually down some stairs, through a pretty garden, and around the back of the building in the basement.
Took a minute for our eyes to adjust to the dark, cave-like atmosphere, but it is a comfortable old drinking hole, one where you can really feel the history of the building. The place is fairly small, a few nooks and crannies here and there, about an 8-seat bar in one room with a few additional tables, around the corner are two other smallish rooms with a few scattered tables, as well as the bathrooms and another entrance/exit to the back parking lot area.
We split a sampler of beer, seven of them. Unfortunately three beers that sounded pretty good (kriek, Hoppy Monk, and Pilsner) were scratched off the menu. Casks were kicked too. We had a cream ale, their decent take on a light american adjunct beer; the Scottish style ale, which had a nice caramel note but fell a little short in roastiness and carbonation for me; Belgian triple, which was very nice, smooth, big but well-hidden alcohol with serious coriander notes; White horse porter (nitro), which was smooth and darkly sweet, but a little disappointing, again lacking in the counterbalancing roasty or hoppy bitterness; an F.S.B. (Fuggles special bitter), which really disappointed me, very estery with notes of banana, a severe lack of hoppiness, honestly plain garbage; and the IPA, which was quite good.
We split a plate of nachos, which were far worse than we could have made ourselves if we had stopped at a nearby grocery store and cooked them on the hood of our car; and we each got a sandwich, made our own by picking from the ingredient list - -she had a smoked turkey something or other, which she really liked; and I had a bacon-avocado-roast beef-cheddar on a "pretzel" bun. Unfortunately I got roasted red peppers instead of roast beef (!?), which didn't turn out half bad, but wasn't what I wanted. The pretzel bun was very tasty. Accompanying potato salad was mediocre.
Everything was really cheap, so that was good.
I can see how this place would be really popular with the locals, and it's not always about the beer -- a good atmosphere and friendly staff (which they were) are always a selling point. But as a brewpub, this place falls far short of the reviews I've read on here, and is not worth going far out of your way to visit. If you sort the Beerfly by brewpubs in Pennsylvania, this comes out on top. If that's the case, Pennsylvania is in a bad way indeed.
07-27-2007 15:38:55 | More by bultrey
3.55/5 rDev -18.6%
Made the long drive out to try their Pumpkin Ale. I was really looking forward to this trip. Got there ~5pm on Saturday and they were packed. Smaller place inside with not many tables or spots to sit. Looks like they have a lot of taps, but they ran out of 3 of them and didn't put anything else on. I hear they ran out of the Pumpkin Beer shortly before we got there, and had to call someone to find out where it was and put it back on. I really liked the inside and would love to come back during a non-crazy busy time to fully enjoy it. Service was lacking as it took forever to get beer (even though we were sitting at the bar). I'll have to give this one a second chance if I'm ever up in this neck of the wood again.
11-11-2008 19:40:27 | More by hopdog
3.58/5 rDev -17.9%
I have known about Selin's Grove for many years, sampling their beers at the Split Rock beerfest many years ago. This was the first time I was able to get to the pub after spending several days at Knoebels Park with my family (it was about a 25-30 minute drive based on the fact I did not know where the hell I was going!). After locating the place; my wife, young son, and I found an outside table due to the small tables available and the music that was loud for the kid. It looked like a nice space. Small bar with 8 or so stools and two real small eating areas. The menus offering were fair considering the size of the place; the three of us had no problem finding something (even the boy). The food was good and worked well with the beers I ordered. I tried the IPA, the Porter, and the FSB. All were tasty and well done. Before I went there, I read some reviews and I also would have liked to try something from their beer engines, but they were not up. If you don't use them - lose them. I misplaced my tasting notes, so there you go....
The service was my only problem. I think the server we had was overwhelmed. She was really nice and nailed all of our orders, but my son's food came out with ours and by then he was on the edge of being done there. From start to finish, we were there over two hours and had alot of downtime between sitting, ordering, eating, and going. It will not prevent me from giving this place a great word and it was worth the time finding and investing if you are looking for a small, honest little brewpub in the center of the state.
07-29-2007 17:03:53 | More by mobud
3.7/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
08-23-2010 23:12:12 | More by beerthulhu
3.71/5 rDev -14.9%
The interior of this pub (downstairs in the basement on the backside of the building is small, intimate, and dimly lit but there is a small dining room area and some outdoor seating. The crowd is friendly though a little eclectic like the decor/furniture.
The beers were well poured but in my opinion, I think the lines were not the cleanest and could use with being cleaned a little more frequently. The beers had decent heads, were served at a proper temperature, and used proper glassware including snifters for stouts/casks.
The selection was fairly average here - there were about 7 beers available (looked like they had crossed out about 5 other beers from the menu because they were out). Not a lot of different styles represented and not a lot of summery styles.
The food was pretty good - I personally just had some of the beer pretzels but the other person in my party had the curried chicken salad which was very good.
I thought the prices were pretty reasonable but as I stopped while passing through, I cannot comment on how it compares to other places in the area.
08-17-2013 13:19:29 | More by dbrauneis
3.8/5 rDev -12.8%
Off the beaten track on the 15 North, this place requires a commitment of time and good travelling weather. It can be combined with a pub tour up to Williamsport. There is ample nearby parking, just look out for the number which I think would be hard to see at night. Inside were the regulars, whom are all glad to see each other. There were 9 taps, only their own, and 2 casks with nothing on. The place consists of a few rooms in an old house, one loaded with games which is a nice touch. The prices were reasonable for drink or food. Server was a mother hen who knew naught of beer but that there are hops in it. The beers wre above average, there was almost no info around, and you had to read the tap yourself, a little sign over it in the back.
05-03-2007 14:52:14 | More by Sammy
Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
96 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.