Selin's Grove Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.99/5
Selin's Grove Brewing CompanySelin's Grove Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

119 N Market St
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 17870
United States

(570) 374-7308 | map
selinsgrovebrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
51
Ratings:
1,479
Reviews:
744
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
174
Reviews:
117
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
7.14%
 
 
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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After reading about Selin's Grove Brewing Co. on Beer Advocate, and then hearing about their fantastic brews from a friend who's originally from Selinsgrove, my wife and I decided to make the hour-long trek to this little brewpub. Our trip was postponed by a tractor trailer accident on Rts. 11/15 from the Harrisburg area, so we got there about an hour after our planned destination time.

Parking didn't seem to be a problem. Several parking spots were available right on the main street, and since there were no meters, the parking was free. The garden scenery made for a nice little walk down to the establishment, which is in the basement of an old governor's house. Once inside, I was surprised by how small the bar and dining areas were. The ceiling was also quite low. However, the décor provided a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, as if we were drinking at a friend's home bar in his basement. We decided to take two end seats at the bar, and soon we were greeted by a friendly female bartender. The first thing I usually do is look for the taps, but there was a beer menu right at my seat, so I decided to peruse the very nice selection of house brews offered by the folks at Selin's Grove. I really wanted to try everything, so I opted for the sampler tray. Unfortunately, they were out of their seasonal Pumpkin Ale, as well as the Kreik, both of which I wanted to try. But what I really made this trip for was their signature Nouveau Hop Ale, which was coincidentally on cask as well as tap. All in all, there were nine taps in addition to the cask, including the following:

Captain Selin's Cream Ale - smooth cream ale with golden color and a hint of corn in the finish
Scottish Ale - malty but lighter in color than other Scottish style ales I've had
Organic Pale Ale - nice balance of sweet and hoppy flavor with a hint of blackberry
Market St. Fest - copper colored lager much like Oktoberfest, but slightly sweeter
IPA - strong hop aroma and spicy, bitter finish
Wilder's Hefe-weizen - nice fluffy head... very nice wheat beer!
White Horse Porter - tasty malty flavor
Shade Mountain Oatmeal Stout - deep black stout
Hop Nouveau - on cask; made with 60-lbs. of hops grown on premises. This beer was actually not as hoppy as I had anticipated. Finish was quite unusual and surprisingly a bit sweet.

The sampler tray was served in 4-oz. glasses with the corresponding number underneath the glass, so I knew what I was drinking. My favorites were the Organic Pale Ale and, of course, the Hop Nouveau (on cask) which had a surprising sweet finish. My wife and I also enjoyed the Cream Ale very much, and I ended up taking home a growler.

In addition to our drinks, we also got an appetizer and dinner. For the appetizer, we chose the hummus, which was served with pita bread. Very good! My dinner choice was based on the recommendation of two regulars sitting next to us at the bar: the "Chili Changa," a wrap stuffed with three-bean vegetarian chili, cheese, salsa, sour cream and lettuce, served with homemade, organic tortilla chips. My wife made a "Built Your Own Sandwich" with a variety of ingredients including pumpernickel bread, roast beef, jalapeno jack cheese, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, chipotle mayo, and avocado. The food was excellent and the portions were large. Overall, it was a very good value for money. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable as well.

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend Selin's Grove Brewing Co. if you are a local or someone looking to take a road trip to sample some fantastic craft brews. Their prices are very reasonable (hey, it's the Coal Region) and the beer is excellent. The 4-oz. sampler glasses were only $0.75 each, and pints ranged between $2.75 and $3.50. My basic growler was only $3.00 plus $8.00 to fill up. The food was mostly pub fare, with appetizers, sandwiches, soups and salads. You can check out their menu ahead of time at their web site. I will definitely return!

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Editor's note: Over the last several years, this place seriously has become my very favorite place (on Earth, perhaps?) so I am upgrading my original scores to reflect my current view of Selin's Grove. This place is about as "Beer Mecca" as you can get!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brew_ski
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of logicalparadox
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Vibe:
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.

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

Selection:
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:
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.

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Photo of heddar33
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of JNForsyth
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of sbeaver_44
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of mfowler314
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of nikole
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Devman171
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of barflybastard
2.78/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of Brewski
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AngryDutchman
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of mobius71
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

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Photo of blubrew
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of TedStrosser
4.34/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Profchaos20
3.95/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of JohnParadee
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of tdm168
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,479 ratings.
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