Selin's Grove Brewing Company

Selin's Grove Brewing CompanySelin's Grove Brewing Company
Selin's Grove Brewing CompanySelin's Grove Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

119 N Market St
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 17870
United States

(570) 374-7308 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Sep 03, 2005
More User Reviews:
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Brew_ski from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Jul 17, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This small brewery is located in downtown Selinsgrove, Penna. It features both indoor and outdoor seating. The bar area is small and dimly lighted and has the feel of an old fashioned Pennsylvania tavern. The outdoor area is also small but pleasant. There is another room with tables. The food is well-prepared and tasty. There are 7-8 beers on draught. The quality of the beer ranges from okay to excellent. The servers are friendly. Overall, this establishment is a nice place to enjoy fine, locally produced beer. I particularly enjoyed the outdoor seating.

Jun 04, 2017
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Corburk from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Mar 07, 2017
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logicalparadox from New York

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Cozy, dimly lit, quieter than most, but still laid back and comfortable. Locals seem nice. We brought our 2 year old and she was acting up a bit at first (yeah, we're "those people"). I'd say it's probably not the best of places for toddlers or restless kids, but it's otherwise family friendly. Ambiance is real quaint and has a log cabin kind of feel.

What to say? The beers are AWESOME. Everything we had here (and we tried it all) ranged from good to great to OMFG. Two, not one but two, beers we had here were rated close to 5's and had me thinking "this might be the best *whatever* style beer I've ever had. With my ratings over 1,000, that's a feat these days.

Service was good, but not outstanding. Food came out quickly.

The beers on tap should be enough to satisfy anyone's preferences. When I went they had a pilsner, a marzen, cream ale, scotch ale, a pumpkin, pale ale, IPA, stout, and so on. They only thing that is hit or miss is the English Beer Machine thingy... basically it's natural carbonation served warmer than typical, in the English style. Awesome option to have at all, but sadly wasn't available at the time.

Food is pub food, but very good pub food. The pretzels are awesome (as they should be in PA!). We got some pastrami sliders on pretzel rolls that really hit the spot and paired perfectly with our beers. For what it is, it's great.

Nov 30, 2016
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heddar33 from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Nov 12, 2016
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JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Love this place, dark with plenty of character. Lunch on a Thursday afternoon consisted of me at the bar with a few local regulars telling stories. Good variety of beer, not a pumpkin fan but their Pumpkin Ale on Nitro is a must try if you are in the area. Food menu is mostly vegetarian and deli meat based, what I had was quite good though. Will always stop by when I'm in the area in the future.

Nov 01, 2016
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sbeaver_44 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Jul 31, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped in here last week while on vacation with the family. Old stone building entrance in the back. About 4 tables outside where we sat and maybe twice as many inside with a small bar along the back wall. This place is tiny. Somewhere around 15 on the tap list but almost half were crossed out including everything with Pale in the name. I later found out there was a brew fest in town and maybe thats why their menu seemed so sparse. Anyhow I had a sampler and the beer that was available was top notch! The menu is small but varied and interesting, hummus of the day, and my sandwich were quite good. Great value and attentive staff, I'd be a regular if I lived a bit closer.

Jul 18, 2016
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mfowler314 from New York

4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I love this place!!! Charming old-world Tavern feeling inside but limited seating so you may have to wait a bit for a table.... but the wait is worth it. Staff is very friendly and helpful when answering questions about the beer. The beer is outstanding (especially the Dunkelweizen!) and the food is very good,too.

May 08, 2016
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nikole from Delaware

4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The best part besides the beer is the atmosphere. Very old underground english pub kind of feel. The beer is amazing and the food is fresh and local.

Jan 26, 2016
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Devman171 from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Nov 15, 2015
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barflybastard from Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -36.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Oct 23, 2015
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Brewski from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Oct 22, 2015
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AngryDutchman from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My hometown brewpub. World class, consistent top-quality beers, both standards and seasonals. Beer engine as well as kegs and as authentic a Colonial experience as you will find anywhere. American Pale Ale, Shade Mountain Stout and Wit compare with anyone anywhere. Small but memorable.

Sep 26, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I had the opportunity to stop here while passing through on business and if you're not watching closely, it would be easy to miss. The bar area is in the downstairs of the building, small and intimate, yet cozy. If you are a hop head their IPA is amazing. The food menu is solid with sandwiches, appetizers and salads. The only downside is the location because Selinsgrove is "off the beaten path" so to speak but well worth the short drive south of I-80 to get there. Recommended stop.

Sep 14, 2015
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Years ago, the wife and I drove from Harrisburg to Buffalo and fell in love with the mighty Susquehanna. So now that we live in Philadelphia PA, a trip to the area was a must.

We caught a sunset by the river and then stopped in Selinsgrove. The brewpub is in an old, quaint building in the main thoroughfare, down the stairs and into a cozy, dimly-lit space. Something like drinking a beer in an old colonial tavern.

They had 13 taps plus 1 cider when I visited, but 5 of the handles had kicked, including a Sour Peche aged two years and a Kriek Sour Cherry. They offer 4-oz pours, I like that. I tried the Triple, Extra Stout and Centennial IPA. Other styles on tap include Cream, Scottish, Wit, Porter...

We liked the food even better than the beer. Lots of veggie options! Portabella sandwich was great, and the local cheese plate the wife ordered was outrageous. Local honey to die for, and so was the bread.

I would come back for the food more than the beer, but all in all a good experience.

Aug 31, 2015
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mobius71 from Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Aug 27, 2015
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Uniobrew31 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2

I went there today for the first time this afternoon. Really nicely done basement bar, beautiful, subtle woodwork and brick. A few beer lovers at the bar talking beer.
The beers I had were outstanding. Cream Ale and Stout. The Snake Drive Stout really stood out. It was hopped up a bit over most Irish stouts and the charred malt was very in your face. Perfectly balanced, smooth and drinkable.
The service was great. Beer savvy bartenders who know beer. Very attentive and seemed to enjoy their job!
The selection rating took a hit because they were out of throne beer I went there to try.
The food is not bad but the selection is very vegetarian leaning…I like meat! There were only a small number of meat containing dishes and they were cold cut sandwiches and a Gyro. I had the Gyro, it was not great but I wouldn't go there hungry again.
Overall this place lived up to the hype as a great central PA beer destination!

Aug 08, 2015
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blubrew from Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Jul 22, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jul 21, 2015
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TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jun 23, 2015
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Profchaos20 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

May 31, 2015
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JMFP from Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

May 10, 2015
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Apr 10, 2015
Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
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