Selin's Grove Brewing Company

Selin's Grove Brewing CompanySelin's Grove Brewing Company
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Selin's Grove Brewing CompanySelin's Grove Brewing Company

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

119 N Market St
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 17870
United States

(570) 374-7308 | map

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Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

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Photo of number1bum
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Simply put this is the best brewpub I've ever been to. The only thing I can't believe is that it took me so long to make it here. The best way I can describe the atmosphere is cozy. We went on a freezing cold December day and it was perfect. I can imagine, however, that if I went during the heat of summer it might seem dark and I might have a different opinion, but I loved the inside of this place. They had 8 beers on tap the day we went, although it should have been 9 because the Solstice Dubbel had just kicked. All were outstanding, even the Selin's Cream. Framboise, Hoppy Monk, Organic Pils, Stealth Triple were all excellent. Snafu IPA was out of this world good. Service was prompt and attentive, and the food was also excellent. We had the chili, a cheddar ale soup, some pretzels and a few sandwiches and it was all great and very reasonably priced. Menu is a litlte small but that's ok. I think we left with 4 growlers and I will definitley be going back soon. A fantastic brewpub.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I'd read about Selin's Grove for a few years, badly wanting to try it but it was just never quite convenient to my route. Finally got around to it on a recent trip home to see family over Christmas. Damn!

It was a gorgeous day, uncharacteristically warm for late December, & the drive up 11/15 right next to the river was a lot of fun. Got there & really loved the quaint, unassuming atmosphere of the place, kind of tucked away. The low ceilings & cozy, warm atmosphere were very inviting. Loved the big fireplaces & the fact that everything is pretty much visible no matter where you're seated.

The service did not impress at first -- had to wait about 10 minutes before anyone came to greet us & take orders, but I give some slack. It looked like they were understaffed, & this at least gave us some time to scope out the environs. I'd love to sit outside on a summer evening. It was also nice to see family with kids, groups of friends celebrating birthdays, & the owners walking & talking warmly with customers. Unpretentious place, not full of yuppies like in the city, but without a small-town barfly contingent either.

The waitress was very friendly, & we ordered a full sampler: 9 on tap at the time, including 4 Belgian styles (hoppy abbey ale, dubbel, tripel, & framboise), the cream ale, porter, oatmeal stout, IPA, & organic pils. Not a weak link among them! This had to be the best pub-brewed beer I've ever had. Very hard to pick a favorite, but after finishing the sampler I grabbed a pint of the Hoppy Monk, another sample of oatmeal stout, & my wife & I agreed to take home a growler of the porter. Slam dunk!

The food was very good as well, I was very into the beer-cheese soup, & the apple slaw that came with my sandwich stood out as (I assume) an example of Pennsylvania-German fare.

As we got ready to leave, we struck up conversations with nearby patrons (there was a Steelers game in progress, & those around us were happy to share the score). Overall a great experience: great beer, great atmosphere, a real one-of-a-kind place. I can't wait to come back, & would definitely go out of my way to do so.

EDIT: Visited several times since & had much prompter service, but wish a host or hostess would take names vs. each party for themselves. I'll adjust the score up a half point.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite places to go and happy to that I can easily pass through Selinsgrove on the way to Penn State football weekends. Both my wife and I have said that we only wish this place was closer to our house.

A little gem tucked away in the basement of the building it occupies. The inside is so cool, with stone walls and hardwood floors. The tables are nestled around a couple of fireplaces. Reminds you of being in a pub a long time ago.

The beer and food are both top notch. The food is very good given the limitations that they have with kitchen size, etc. They do NOT have typical bar fare (wings, burgers, etc.) but instead they have a sandwich menu and some slightly ecletic items (hot curry chicken soup for ex). Everything I have had has always been good.

The beers are all top notch and have tremendous craft at their core, even when considering that the majority of the beers are relatively low ABV. The fruit beers are the most expensive but all are tremendous. The base lineup (the IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Pils, etc. are all solid). They do growler fills for everything that is not on nitro pour. The nitro beers are especially delicious and seem more like beer shakes given the lightness and creaminess that the nitro produces.

The service is somewhat spotty at times, largely attributed to the fact that it is popular.

All in all, probably my favorite place to spend a lazy afternoon on the way to State College. Richly deserves the praise it receives. The beer fest in the Summer is also top notch and a must get to as well.

Bravo to the staff and owners of this truly great place!

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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!

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Photo of jgasparine
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Edwin
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Was just here yesterday and realized I hadn't reviewed this yet. What a crime.

Atmosphere: You're not going to find a cooler place to have a few beers. Very authentic place. Located in the lower floor of the former Governor's Mansion. Dark, cool, serene. It's a real experience that I can hardly describe. Very unique. No TVs, light music playing in the background (usually CDs or a bartender's iPod).

Quality: Fantastic. The beers are absolutely some of the best you'll ever have. Everything is very well presented.

Service: Typically great and friendly service. The bartenders are all fun to talk with and joke around with...usually at my expense. They're always on top of things, but it can get a little iffy when there's a huge crowd. That's not the fault of the servers, that's just the nature of the place. Might be a good idea to call ahead to make sure there's not some event going on...the place fills up in a hurry.

Selection: Usually, they have 6-8 brews on tap. Sometimes, you'll see 4 if they have a busy weekend. It's truly hit-or-miss. I'd say the selection is excellent 75% of the time and the other 25% is "OK". There's two hand pumps. They do have Root Beer and local wines in addition to beer. No liquor.

Food: The food is great! They have no fryers, so it's all good stuff. They have a daily dessert, soup, and entree special. Everything is extremely fresh and tastes great. The sandwiches are excellent. They also have a great selection of vegetarian foods. You'll love it. I promise.

Value: Very reasonable. Tons of bang for your buck here. The menu items hover around the $5-9 range. The beers are typical...$3.50 or $4 a pint. You can also ask for a 10oz glass which runs about $2. You won't break the bank, and you'll love everything you order.

Overall: You'd have to be a truly miserable person to have a bad time at Selinsgrove Brewing. The beers are awesome, the food is great, and the pub itself is just a gem. I guarantee you'll be engaged in conversation with total strangers who will become new friends. If you're anywhere near this place (it's 45 minutes from Harrisburg), it is a MUST stop.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Was here earlier today with Deuane and Carolyn.

What a place! SGBC is in downtown Selinsgrove, a nice, quaint town, The vibe here is great! A nice sitdown dining area, the usual bar, and a great outdoor seating area. We sat outside, where our waitress was very attentive, prompt and friendly, despite being the only person to bus all our tables on a rather busy Mother's day + Susquehanna U graduation weekend, just great service. The selection was great, with plenty of great beers on tap. I had 4 different beers (see my reviews) and all were good at the very least, and their IPA is a beautiful thing. Food is good too - their black bean and sausage soup was great, as was the curried chicken salad in whole wheat pita. While not a gastronomic experience, the food is MORE than adequate, and very tasty. Prices were great too - $3.25+ pints, $7 sandwiches - just a great, great value. $20 got me a 2-course lunch and 2.5 pints. Awesome.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in to Selin's Grove on a Central PA pub crawl for lunch and was very very impressed. It reminds me of an old bed and breakfast. I walk in, and immediately notice the relaxed atmosphere. It's a little dark inside, but once your eyes adjust it's very relaxing. The bar is a little small, and with a couple people sitting there can be a bit crowded. Dining area is very nice, plenty of room (our group of 6 had no problem getting a table). The food was simple and very good (you have to try the apple cole slaw!) - perfect for lunch.
The beer...awesome! The cream ale was light and refreshing, the IPA was fresh and full of hoppy goodness. The best part is that they offer various size glasses so you can sample all the beer without filling up or getting too tipsy. Growler fills are cheap, but does take a bit of time. I will absolutely be making the trip again.

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Photo of bosco7
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I had been postponing my inevtiable trip out to Selin's Grove Brewing Co. for months now. Finally got a chance to make it out there. The brewery is located in the basement of an old building in the downtown area. Very quaint and tastefully decorated little pub, a little cramped but very nice feel to the place. Stone walls and hardwood ceilings give it a colonial feel I suppose.

The beer is good to extraordinary. I had the sampler which included all 12 or so beers on tap and on engine. Most were very good like the Pale Ale, Dunkelweizen, Oatmeal stout, and Cream Ale. The 3 belgians (Wit, Trippel, and Framboise) they had on tap were simply outstanding especially the Framboise.

Food was surprisingly excellent for having not much more than soups and sandwiches. I had the turkey bacon sandwich and potato salad and it was excellent.

Prices could be a little expensive especially for there specialty beers. I was considering a growler of the framboise until I saw the 31 dollar price tag.

Good beer, good food, and good atmosphere. Must visit.

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Photo of Kolsch
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here on a late sunny Saturday afternoon.

Selinsgrove itself is a neat little town about 20 minutes from Bucknell University. The Brewpub is in the bottom part of a row house along Main Street. There is parking in the back and also off the main street out front.

Atmosphere: Inside d├ęcor is dark English like with lots of wood and no TV's. Small and cozy and very conducive to actually having a conversation with someone.

Quality/Selection: At least 12 taps. All beers under 6%ABV except the IPA. Our party of 4 tried the IPA, Pale Ale, Framboise, Brown, Wit and Cream Ale. All were solid offerings with the Wit and Framboise being the standouts. I inquired about the hand pumps but the server said they had nothing on at the moment but would probably have something later in the evening.

Service: was good, no complaints.

Food: did not try but would definitely want to next time. Almost everyone there was eating, so it must be good.

Overall, this place receives a lot of hype and I had high expectations going in for the first time. I do have to say, it does live up to its reputation as Brewpub that is actually about the beer. Central Pennsylvanians' are blessed to have so many quality beer establishments within an hour's drive of each other. Can't wait to visit again.

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Photo of sholland119
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I came here primarily to try their renown Pumpkin Ale when it was released. A small, cozy pub. Not many seats at the bar but lots of small tables. Anyway, they had 8 taps on when I was there (2 super top notch beers--Pumpkin Ale and Saison de Peche and the rest were average). Decent pricing, but I can't comment on how it compares to other bars in the area. The food was really good, especially the spinach dip. Lots of organic options too. Anyway, it was a pretty cool place and I'd definitely recommend making the trip!

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Photo of hopdog
3.55/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of davide169
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Not quite sure how I missed reviewing this place. I've been here 3 times now even though it is a good 2 hours away and very much worth it.

As others have mentioned this is right on Main Street but in the basement of the building. Parking can be found on the street or in the small parking lot in the back. If you park in the back during the summer months you may notice the hop plants growing up the fence.

As you walk up you notice how small and quaint it feels. There are a small number of tables outside and if the weather is nice its just a wonderful place to sit and enjoy some beer and food. The inside is quite dark because of the basement nature and that the windows that look outside are mostly shaded by trees. This just adds to to the nice simple nature of the place though.

At any given time there seems to be at least 10 beers on tap of varying styles. All have always been quite good. The food is also top notch as well. Everything seems to come from local sources and is always quite fresh.

If you find yourself out in this area, this is a don't miss. If you have a day free for a nice leisurely drive, yet another reason to travel out here.

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

Selins Grove Brewing is an excellent example of a microbrewery, emphasis on the "micro". Set in the basement of an old house on Main Street, you could easily miss this place if you didn't know where to look. Consisting of 2 rooms and a patio, 8 barstools, and only 15 or so tables, this place gets crowded pretty quickly, but definitely is worth the wait.

SGB has a wide variety of beers and styles, all brewed on premises. Belgians, stouts, fruit beers, IPAs, there is something for everyone, even the non-beer drinker will enjoy the homemade Root Beer. With about 14 possible taps, 2 of them being for casks, it's not unusual to find a few empty at any given time, but there is bound to be something else to wow you into a style.

Because the place is small, there isn't much wait staff, but they bust their butts and do so with a smile on their faces, and are always chatty and enthusiastic. Who couldn't be excited when you serve such wonderful brews?!

The food selection is not your average pub fare. Everything is more on the healthy side, with no deep fried offerings to partake in. Vegetarians will easily find something to enjoy, and their sandwiches and salads are fantastic. The weekly specials are always enticing and delicious and have you wishing they'd find a permanent spot on the menu.

With such a small location and great beers, food, staff, and patrons, it's easy to feel home at SGB, and may have you finding yourself in the small town of Selinsgrove more often than you would have ever thought.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Found this place when I tagged along with my girlfriend on a Fresh Air Fund trip. Had her drive me from Bloomsburg and I hung out all day until she returned. Quaint place, former governor's mansion in the basement. You go through the front yard and down past a patio into the rustic setting. Mostly wood veneer within. Excellent IPA and tripel as well as a stoudt and don't forget the rootbeer mixed with Captain Morgans. They make their own bread there and as Bronx boy, I'm a sucker for anyting homemade. Bartender was quite knowledgeable and let me read "PA Microbrew" book while I quafed samples of all that was on tap. Growlers beyond cheap and If I was on my own would have bought 3 or 4. The students of Susquehanna U are blessed to have this gem in their town.

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

I'm happy that Selin's Grove Brewing (or SGB) is only a little over an hours drive from my house. I try to go there whenever I get the chance. Many people claim this is one of the best brewpubs in the country, and I can see why. First off, it is NON-SMOKING. A huge plus. Like other reviews have said, the bar is rustic and cozy. When the weather is nice, you can sit out on their patio. The beer is always fresh and unfiltered. The only problem is, sometimes the selection suffers because they can not keep up with demand and that leaves a few tap handles with nothing but air flowing from them. Prices are reasonable. Anywhere from .50 cents for a 4-5oz sampler up to $6+ for the Kriek (highly recommended). The food is usually pretty tasty as well as a good value. A lot of the items on the menu such as cheeses and produce are procured from local artisans and farmers. Another plus. Definitely worth a stop if you are anywhere remotely close.

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Photo of VegasBill
3.1/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of DIM
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am absoluely in love with this place! I went with the girlfriend on saturday afternoon for my second visit. We arrived at about 3:30, which is a perfect time because this is a small place and it gets crowded at night. The low ceilings, coupled with the small floor space give this place a warm inviting atmosphere. There is no smoking and best of all, NO TVs! This encourages people to (gasp!) talk to one another. The menu has mainly lighter offerings such as wraps, sandwiches, soups and salads. If you aren't looking for a heavy meal the menu is great, combing fresh ingredients in imaginative ways. The staff all seems to be super friendly and the beers of course are fantastic. Since they are a small operation it seems to be fairly common for a beer or two to be out as was the case on saturday. No worries though we still had around ten to pick from. My girlfriend had their Abbey Trippel, one of the few styles she likes and was very impressed. I had and loved both the Organic Baltic Porter and their casked barleywine. They do offer growler fills, even filling mine from another brewery. If you are anywhere nearby this place is absolutely worth the trip.

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Photo of brantadid
3.38/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.45/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I live about an hour and a half north of Selinsgrove, and yet if I could convince my fiancee that we had nothing to do around the house every weekend, I'd easily make the drive once a week down here. This place serves some of the freshest beer you'll ever taste. Anyone who'll call me crazy for driving an hour and a half for a pint of Organic Baltic Porter obviously hasn't tried it.

The restaurant is located in the basement of the old governor's mansion, and it's spectacular. Everything looks very antique, in a faded-yet-preserved sort of way. Be warned before you drive any great distance to visit Selin's Grove - it is VERY small. There are only about 10 tables(14 if you count the few outside), which makes for an intimate, but very tight-fitting atmosphere. If you're coming around the dinner hour, you may be waiting quite a while to be seated. You can always grab a beer and wait at the bar, but if all eight seats are taken, you'll be bumped into by every passing waitress and guest in the place. I recommend coming in the early afternoon on a Sunday, as we've waited the least amount of time in those instances.

The menu is limited to soups, sandwiches and the like. I've tried a number of sandwiches, and they've all been fantastic. Everything is fresh; even the organic corn chips taste as if they were made earlier in the day. If you're just in the mood for a snack, the soft pretzel is a must. It spills off the plate, and is served with spicy mustard. It goes very well with a beer sampler. Ahh, the beer...

I'm not sure if it's the water they use, the ingredients they choose, or if maybe they've just got a knack for brewing, but every beer I've ever had tastes as if it's the first out of the keg, tapped just moments before I ordered it. If I had to pick a favorite, gun to my head, I'd choose the Organic Baltic Porter. Silky smooth, with hints of roasted coffee, toffee, and just a TOUCH of chocolate.

Selection is my only complaint. They have a small operation, and run out of their beers frequently. We visited four times before we were able to try the IPA. Once, before making the trip, I called to make sure it was on tap. They told me it was. By the time we arrived an hour and a half later, it had kicked. While that can be frustrating, it's hard to stay discouraged for too long when you remember everything else is just as delicious.

Overall a great experience, for any beer enthusiast. If you're going to drive to the central PA area for any brewpub, this is the one you'll want to visit.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon around 12:30. Walked around back into the darkest bar I have ever been to. Take into account it was very sunny and bright outside. My eyes needed to adjust. My group and I sat at the small eight seat bar. We ordered a sampler to split. The Razz and Cream ale really stuck out as great beers. When the sampler was done I ordered a full cream ale to drink. Really enjoyed that beer.

The bartender/owner was very attentive to us. She spoke on end about each beer and was able to answer all of our questions with a smile. She made the experience very enjoyable.

The food was great also. The menu leans toward sandwiches but the curry chicken salad I had was amazing to say the least.

Stop by here if you can. You won't regret it.

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
Brewery rating: 81.9% out of 100 with 1,488 ratings
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