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Selin's Grove Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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: 60
Beer Ratings: 1,236
Beer Avg: 3.97
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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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%

Day 110.

The third of 3 beer festivals I was intent on hitting this year, State College. It's a good haul, more than halfway across PA and I'm certainly not doing it the morning of. I've got a few conference calls Friday morning but we can head out afterwards, late morning or early afternoon. It should afford us time enough to hit a brewpub or two en route. Posted signs along the roadway reading "Aggressive Driver High Crash Area" as you head towards Selins Grove from I-80, and I thought "Don't know what that's about but it doesn't sound good. I'd better speed up through here and get out of this area quickly". Whew!! That was close...

Set down a little path and around back of this old stone house, you enter through an outside garden of sorts, flora galore amongst the half dozen tables there. Very not brewpubbish. You're in a cellar room with old beams and planks above. A small "L" shaped bar seating 7 runs half the room, with a handful of adjacent tables below the windows on the wall separating the bar area from the dining room and along the large brick fireplace housing a wood stove in it's belly. It's got a neat old colonial feel about it. Dangling chain lamps, ancient framed brewhouse drawings, a vintage clock, pine cones and old pics on the mantle, and small lamps on the tables. The dining room holds a half dozen tables running around another wood stove. Brick floors and wood planks, board games and bathrooms gender ID'd with beer trays.

A single row of a dozen taps behind the bar on the wall and a pair of handpumps on the bar. Hey, do you have one of those, oh, where, you know, you get to try all the beers, they come in little glasses, yeah, what's that called, a what, say that again, it's a what, a sam-pl-er? Yes, that. I would like to try that please. Only 10 of 12 taps were on (the Triple and Coffee Stout were off). Soooo, the Cream Ale, clean, lightly hopped, very nice; the Scottish, a solid malt bomb; the Hefe, all banana, very nice; the Pils, spicy hoppiness, crisp; the MaiBock, nice strong Helles, German malts; the Special Bitter, malty, hop bite, big body; the IPA, spicy, hoppy; the Porter, molasses, licorice maybe; the Organic Baltic Porter, a big alcohol bite; and the Oatmeal Stout, silky & smooth. Standouts were the Cream Ale, Hefe & Porter. Also the cask Special Bitter, big, big alcohol. And they make a root beer too.

Luncha-time. I had the Jambalaya, 'cause it's a funny word to me and I like saying it aloud with a silly inflection whenever afforded the opportunity and Phil said of his Pretzel Hamwich, "It was quite good". We sat at the bar and talked for a while with some of the regulars. They offered up, "You really ought to try the..." and I'm like, "Yeah, it's on my sampler". It took me a while to get to be wondering, "Where's the brewing equipment?" A small 7 barrel system is housed in a carriage house out back. Views in on it from the street.

Cozy, comfortable, friendly, good beer, Selin's Grove.

slander, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

This is yet another place that I just do not get to often enough, largely due to a dearth of public transportation to and from this area. Booo to PennDOT! The term "rustic" gets thrown around a good bit, but this place is it. It is located in the basement of a stone house right on North Market Street, which also doubles as PA Routes 11 & 15. It is so convenient as to make me shake my head in wonder that I cannot get a bus up here, from say, Harrisburg. Ach du lieber!

If you visit, and you park at street level, you head down a short flight of stone steps, arriving at a vine covered archway. Passing through, you come to a small patio with wrought iron tables and chairs and you are at their front door. There is a table with bench seating just inside the door and the one bench has a high back which faces the doorway, To the left of this table is a brick fireplace with a small, working potbelly stove inside.

They use a lot of exposed brick and wood as part of the decor, including exposed beams, especially in the overhead. They also display a good many antiques. To the hard right of the doorway is the teeny-tiny eight-person bar. The taps are in front of the left side, two (!) handpumps in the center, and to the right, behind a pair of shutter doors,is the kitchen. Directly behind me, while seated at the bar, were a couple of tables, one of which seemed designed for Valentine's Day, with two heart-shaped wrought iron chairs.

Headed aft, behind a false wall with a wood and glass doorway, is the restaurant area. The walls are exposed stone and mortar with a brick fireplace in the center of the room. Along the left wall is a wheelchair- friendly ramp that leads to the lavatories. On the wall, along this ramp, is a small wooden cabinet with books and board games (as if you couldn't entertain yourself on your own).

The brewhouse is now out back, in a stand-alone building and includes the former Foundry Ale Works' equipment. This is a change from the first time that I visited and the brewhouse was still to the left of the bar, inside of a room now used for storage.

There is a great sense of camraderie here. The locals have really embraced this little brewpub and Steve and Heather always make visitors feel welcome. I love their sammiches, especially the ham on a pretzel bun, which just screams Central PA. Fully worth visit after visit (if you can get here on your own).

woodychandler, Apr 19, 2006
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%

A 2 hour drive through some quiet green PA countryside including a traffic slow down thanks to a broken van, an almost-run-in with a female driver falling asleep at the wheel, a heavy rain shower, passing a big dead black thing (bear!?) finished with a pleasant drive alongside the Susquehanna River. Soon after my interest was piqued by the Sunbury Power Generation Station at Shamokin Dam it seemed like BA Erica had skillfully orienteered us into the small town of Selinsgrove. We hooked a left to park the car at the back of what looked like a typical wooden private house. The small parking lot has an outside Garage which actually contains the Brewery.

A small sign and winding path runs up to the roadside frontage, but don’t the mistake we did and walk up it from the back, for the frona level is empty. The path is actually intended to lead *from* the roadside frontage and *down* to the back of the establishment that houses the Selin’s Grove Brewing Company. A small secret garden encompasses a smaller outside seating area that had two or three round tables and a few garden furniture type seats, these all lead to the back door entrance, one floor down from the roadside.

As you enter there is a fantastic looking stone built Inglenook fireplace to your immediate left which contains a stove and many old (seemingly original) black pots & pans. In front of this beautiful fireplace is a high back wooden bench which fronts a small area that contains two wooden tables and a few chairs. The stone floor leads your right. The bar sits against a back wall, a door to the left of this leads to a small room which housed the cellared Kegs. The wooden L-shaped bar has a handful of stools that line the edge. To the immediate right a wooden staircase leads upstairs, presumably to the empty room we saw earlier. An additional room opposite the bar at the back of the building houses more tables and seemed popular with those wanting food with their beer with some privacy away from the bar. The whole interior has a very dated historic look to it, the ceiling is basically the wooden floor above, and although it has obviously been replaced at some point, it has been done sympathetically. Some empty Belgium beer bottles line the stairs, and plenty of Photos decorate the walls.

Behind the bar, twelve black attachments were fitted with eleven black flip taps in a large white panel, one of which had a longer proboscis then the others, the classic Nitro-tap which served the Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout. Two large ebony handled Angram Beer Engines sit high on the Bar near the entrance to the small Kitchen, they had the East Kent Pale Ale and IPA hooked up to them.

Service was a little patchy, good at times, slow and inattentive at others. Initially Erica ordered an “IPA from the Cask”, but before she completed her sentence the woman at the bar had just picked up the first words and quickly turned and started pouring the IPA from one of the eleven taps before she had chance to absorb the whole sentence. No big deal but it was a strange start. We stayed here for a few hours though and it all evened out, and all in it was a very pleasant experience. Small smaples and half pints are avilable, but I majored in Pints most of the time, sampling the Weizenbier (OK but annoyingly served with a lemon without me asking for it which was at odds with what the Menu stated), East Kent Pale Ale (nice), India Pale Ale (solid but English like), Maibock (a tad too thin and sweet), Scottish Style Ale (very nice) and Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout (a real treat). Sadly the White Horse Porter had a little round decal on it which indicated that it had run out (bugger!). However they did have a specialty beer on, the Pêche Saison raised interest from both Erica and I…..sadly it failed to live up to its mouthwatering name, turned out to be a tad sweet not really Saison like at all. Finished with a strangely named Captains Selin's Cream Ale...why did I think of Captain Pugwash when I had this!?

Food is of the healthy organic variety; Deli like sandwiches, wraps, salads. No complaints, the Chicken Curry Salad was superb, I wiped the bowl clean, very tasty indeed. Erica had a large sandwich which she failed to finish because of the serving size. Fresh and tasty fare and good value.

A *Big* Thanks to BA Erica for the patient ride out here, it was most certainly worth it and greatly appeciated. Selin's BC is Impressive and Highly Recommended, well worth a road trip if you fancy the drive.

Last Visit: Saturday 27th August, 2005.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 03, 2005
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4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Selin's Grove is a tiny little brewpub, tucked away in a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere. And yet, they've made a big splash. I was working at Yard's when I first met Heather and Steve. They were interested in the "FrAnKenBrew" system that Tom and Jon had put together. Well, they went on to put their own together. Heather's parents own the building, which makes the whole thing possible, but they've certainly come alot further than that. There's a laid-back feel to the place, and a bit of a healthy, vegetarian menu (which I like!), and the beers follow suit. Alot of variety, alot of styles, alot of flavor. There's always something different on tap. Very cool place, but far out of the way for most people. However, it's worth a very long trip to get there!

NeroFiddled, Jul 27, 2002
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3.8/5  rDev -13%

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.

Sammy, May 03, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

The firs, and on the next day our last, stop on our central PA beer tour, and the one we were most looking forward to. Can't imagine how it would live up to our high expectations but Selin's Grove did.

Selins' Grove is located on the lower level of a two story building in the center of Selinsgrove. A 10 seat bar right inside the main door is surrounded by a few tables in the bar with a small dining room behind. All in all, the pub probably holds about 50 people.

I don't believe I have ever been to a brewpub that had 12 beers on tap that were all at least good, and sometimes great. Vickie loved the tripel, I really enjoyed the IPA (though it was apparently less citrusy than recent iterations) and the Framboise (not your college girlfriend's framboise, more like a tart Blushing Monk) also stood out.A good cream ale, a tasty pils, a fine brown ale. As our friend/BA legend Deuane predicted, not a dud in the bunch.

This was the first, but not the last stop in the trip, to feature fresh and local cuisine. Vickie enjoyed the local cheese selection. I found the curried chicken salad pita to be quite tasty as was the apple slaw that accompanied it.

We are working on a plot to pick this brewpub up and move it closer to our house. So get there while it's still in Selinsgrove.

HV

sholland119, Jan 14, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%

I made a point to stop here on the way to Pittsburgh. It's a really nice little place with a tidy, rustic, organic, quasi-colonial, craft-fair/antique shop feel to it, much like the entire town (despite the seemingly large amount per capita of adult bookstores and shops seen on the way there). There's a small bar and a fair amount of seating inside, lots of wood and dim lights. Since the dog was with us though, we sat outside, where there are a few tables in a cozy and comfortable setting. Laid back and quite enjoyable.

They had a very nice selection of house brews on tap, with one or two cask-conditioned, with enough style variety to please almost anyone. All beers were solid. I always love to see pour-size options at brewpubs, and these guys gave the choice of 4, 8, 12oz., and full pours. Excellent.

Food was decent, but the stuff we had was pretty much diner quality. Good diner, and quite tasty, but still not really above and beyond.

Now despite my appreciation for the laid-back aspect, I have to say the service was really slow and uncomfortable. I suppose the staff was friendly enough, but it was almost like they were not at all experienced in restaurant/bar service, which is a bit hard to believe considering the place has been open for well over a decade. And it was mid-day, and they didn't seem understaffed, so it's not like it was slammin' busy. But anyway, if that's my only complaint, then it's still not too bad overall. And to be fair, I'm used to sitting at a bar, where there's almost always someone standing right there that can see your empty glass and potentially fill it. If this service was at the bar, I'd give it a 2.5-3, but since we were out on the porch, I'll generously do 3.5.

Prices were all decent, and we actually ended up spending more on merch than we did on lunch. So basically a German growler (empty) and a pint glass cost more than two wraps, a generous sampler flight, and two 8oz. pours.

Great little gem of a place, and worth the trip if you're doing any kind of PA beer venture, whether it be from the west to Philly, from the east to Pittsburgh, from the north to Harrisburg, or from the south to Williamsport. Nowadays, since my original visit/review, I attempt to get out here at least once year.

Rifugium, May 19, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

The family decided to make a visit to SGBC as a pre-delivery getaway (the family expands on 3/14).

A: The brewpub is located in the basement of a old home in downtown Selinsgrove. The walkway, from Market Street, is a nice fauna-lined jaunt. The restaurant has a bar area and a dining area. We chose a table in the bar.

Quality: Food exceeded expectations and the beer was very enjoyable (see all my reviews of their beers). Service was lackluster at times, as I'll elaborate below.

Service: We were seated for 10-15 minutes before being acknowledged and waited another 5 minues after that to actually be visited. After the bad start, things improved slightly but not enough to warrant even an average rating.

Selection: Probably 60% of the beers on their list were off (at least they were marked with an 'X' denoted a kicked status). Luckily the oatmeal stout, IPA and porter were on and I found all three to be winners.

Food: Food was surprisingly good. It was pubgrub, but the sandwiches are pleasing and the pretzels were big and great, accompanied by a strong heady horseradish mustard.

Value is very high. Lunch for 3 adults and 1 kid, including 4 pints and 1 growler was under $60.

Follow-up: A post-football weekend visit on a Sunday yielded great service, fast and friendly without any of the problems previously noted. That was enough to bump service from 2.5 to 3.5 and quality from 3.5 to 4.0.

akorsak, Mar 03, 2007
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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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4.29/5  rDev -1.8%

If only so many other brewpubs could be just like this. Small, quaint, and with a load of personality. This place is amazing. Upon first stepping inside, you get this sense that you are in a special place. The service was fine and the beers were quite good. I tried several different ones and they all showed very nice brewing ability. Took a growler of the IPA with me and it was quite nice. If you are anywhere near this place, then you owe it to yourself to check it out. I wish I lived closer so that I could visit more often.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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

blackie, Mar 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

BillRoth, Nov 11, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

dbrauneis, Aug 17, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -5%

I recently vistited Selin's Grove Brewing Company w/ my homebrew club - The Lancaster County Brewers after a bar crawl to Williamsport.
After walking and drinking, playing pool in Williamsport I had developed an appetite, so when we arrived at Selin's Grove it was late and the anticipation was high.

The atmosphere is very inviting with a very colonial feel that sucks you in right away. There is a fire place and wooden benches w/ cozy seeting and old stone and pottery that just has a charm you have to see.

The quality of beverages and food was excellent and everything tasted was fresh and delighted my taste buds. The menu is epicurean and certainly does not lack imagination. The cheese plate alone got my mouth salivating.

The selection was very good even though several offerings had just run out when we arrived around quarter til ten. I felt the service was great since all the questions were answered promptly and even though we were jovial from most of the day enjoying other breweries and beer bars there was high attetntion to detail.

The food menu was perfect for my taste although it did not seem to extravagant. The food I ordered hit the spot which was a wrap w/ chipotle mayo and smoked turkey. Others enjoyed hot food and again the cheese plate w/ green apples was very tasty and include a goat or sheeps milk cheese that mughugger ordered and went quickly.

I consider this a real gem north of where I live and can't wait to return. I found the pricing to be very reasonable and had nothing but good feelings as I left full and contented.

Slatetank, Mar 29, 2008
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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

Not only one of the best brewpubs in PA but in the USA. This place is THE quintessential village brewpub. I have been going here for fourteen years and have only once had a beer that I thought "bad". Guess what...it was never made again!

The menu is smiple with deli style sandwhiches and wraps and a weekly special that usually is VERY interesting plus the soups are almost always tasty. I have taken many people here over the years and have never had one come away unhappy. The beers are top notch, the ambiance is classic and the homey pub feel is unescapable.

The only way you will not like this place is if you like lots of TV's (there are none), smoke (none of that either) and have no taste for quality microbrewed beers. If you find yourself within an hour (or more) of this place do yourself a favor and GO!

Deuane, Jun 23, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to Deuane for taking me to this gem on the way back from BullFrog.

I have heard about this place from local BAs before but never made it out there since I live pretty far away. Well after one visit that will surely change. When we pulled up I was expecting a large building or a massive garage with tanks roped off. Instead this brewpub is housed in a really cool colonial style home(?) built around 1750. Lots of stone and old wood as well as low ceilings.

It is very dark, especially in the bar area, even during the day which adds to the atmosphere of this historic building. As soon as you walk in there is a small bar area with a large tap list posted behind and a small seating area. The main dining room is in a separate small room which was really quaint and comfortable. I felt like I was eating in someone's house rather than a restaurant, albeit with about fifty other people.

The food was excellent and the service was very prompt. I ordered something called a hamwich which is pretty self explanatory but it came with the best potato salad I've ever had. It was made with a spicy brown mustard base which was delicious. It was gone in a matter of seconds. Thinking about it now is making my mouth water.

I only had one beer, their Peche Saison but it seemed like they had a good variety of styles. A little bit of something for everyone's taste. The Peche Saison was one of the best fruit beers I've ever had, very similar is texture and flavor to the New Glarus fruit beers.

I loved this place and will definitely be back again. Hopefully sooner than later. Highly recommended!

corby112, Oct 06, 2009
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4.44/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

orangesol, Aug 29, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Kegatron, Nov 02, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%

In the basement of a stone house, right off the main strip in small town Selins Grove sits this great little brewery. Exposed stone, brick and wood coupled with the dim lighting, wooden tables and old hearth provides one of the coolest, natural atmospheres in all of my beer travels.

8 or so beers on tap, 2 on cask and one on nitro at most times. The IPA and the seasonal fruit beers are not to be missed. Most others are true to style with nice little twists. 2oz, 4oz, 8oz small pours available for most brews 14oz or 16oz depending on the style for a full pour. Growler fills available on most brews. Prices were great for the beers with only 2-3 special items being more than $5.

Food list made up of mostly sandwiches and other small items. A great cup of vegetarian chili to please even the stingiest carnivore. Fresh deli meats and fresh breads make for great sandwiches, no matter which of the dozen or so you choose from. Service was good.

Atmosphere and brews alone make this well worth a day trip from anywhere in PA.

rfgetz, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Gatordaddy, Dec 05, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

VegasBill, Feb 16, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

This place is truly a diamond in the rough. It's a bit off the beaten path, but by far my favorite beer destination in the state of PA. The atmosphere is wonderful, a bit reminiscent of an old European pub. The food is incredible- creative, flavorful and fresh.

Most important, however, is the beer. They have a wonderfully diverse selection of house brews that cover a range of styles... and their products are consistently top-notch. I am not a big IPA fan, and I still found Selin's Grove's IPA to be very enjoyable.

If only this beer were commercially distributed... I would go broke stocking up on it! At least I can take a growler out of there after a visit.

jgasparine, Jul 23, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

I visited this pub with fellow BA and buddy fish113d. The brewpub is around the back of a house and in the basement. Nice signage on main street with parking on road or around back.
Walking in there are 3-5 tables and chairs for outdoor dining and drinking.
Through the entrance is a L shaped bar with about10-12 stools. There are several table and chair sets and a few booths.
The decor is sort of revolutionary war era beam and post walls. THere are some photos of the owners with various beer folk around the walls and some empty bottles of belgian beers as decoration as well.
There was a selection of board games to chose from as well to play if it isnt too busy. Cool idea!
There were two beer engines on the bar and a lineup of 8-9 draft lines plus a nitrous stout. The beers were a porter,IPA, Stout, Scottish ale, cream ale, maibock. I missed one or two, but not every line was running and the tripel was out. They had the IPA and an East Kent IPA on cask.
Food reminds me of Deli meets brewpub. Tons of coldcut sandwich options, plus some vegetarian choices. I had a great ham and bacon sandwich. Sweet selections for toppings including sprouts, avacado, and cucumbers, on top of the usual stuff.
Also used organic corn chips which is always cool in my book.
THe beers were great. Had teh east kent and cream ale in house and growlered up the porter and scottish. THey will let you fill any growler you want. Some of the bigger beers cost a little $$ in growler, but it is worth it. That is the only reason I rated value a little high, but I would and will pay it again.
This is an easy 50 minute drive from HArrisburg and well worth the drive if you are visiting the area.
Great little secret in North central PA!!

sulldaddy, Aug 22, 2005
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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

smakawhat, Oct 09, 2011
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4.06/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

drabmuh, Dec 13, 2010
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Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
97 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.