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Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 962
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
119 N Market St
phone: (570) 374-7308
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
08-22-2006 04:28:44 |
More by slander
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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).
04-18-2006 23:30:40 |
More by woodychandler
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 dont 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 Selins 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.
09-03-2005 04:15:24 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
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!
07-27-2002 20:35:10 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Off the beaten track on the 15 North, this place requires a commitment of time and good travelling weather. It can be combined with a pub tour up to Williamsport. There is ample nearby parking, just look out for the number which I think would be hard to see at night. Inside were the regulars, whom are all glad to see each other. There were 9 taps, only their own, and 2 casks with nothing on. The place consists of a few rooms in an old house, one loaded with games which is a nice touch. The prices were reasonable for drink or food. Server was a mother hen who knew naught of beer but that there are hops in it. The beers wre above average, there was almost no info around, and you had to read the tap yourself, a little sign over it in the back.
05-03-2007 14:52:14 |
More by northyorksammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
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.
03-03-2007 22:04:03 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
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!
01-11-2005 00:45:31 |
More by francisweizen
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.
01-14-2009 02:12:53 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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. I doubt I'll ever find myself in the vicinity of SG again, but if I do, this will definitely be a place to revisit.
05-19-2012 20:16:25 |
More by Rifugium
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
03-06-2010 17:33:51 |
More by blackie
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Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA