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Selin’s Grove Brewing Company – Selinsgrove, PA

After hanging out at Max’s for their Belgian Beer Fest and on my way back up to Penn State I finally got the chance to stop in at Selin’s Grove Brewing Company. The brewery was started in 1996 and is housed in an early 18th century mansion previously owned by the third Governor of Pennsylvania: Simon Snyder, for whom Snyder County, PA (the county in which Selinsgrove is located) is named. They even grow some hops in the backyard, and have a party around picking them for their fresh hop ale each year. I have heard such great things about their Belgian-style offerings, I jumped at the fact that the Framboise was listed on their website as on-tap.

Sign Out Front

The Front Door

Sadly, the Framboise kicked before I ever got there. The website does specifically say to call to make sure they still have what’s listed on the website, but I was passing through anyway. It not being there wouldn’t have made me skip going in. If you aren’t careful, you’ll drive right past the place as it hardly looks like any brewery I’ve ever visited. Honestly just a beautiful house on the street. I parked for free on the road and wondered to the backyard of the mansion whose basement holds the brewpub and grabbed a seat at the bar. Once I got over the fact that I had missed the famed Framboise, I decided to try a beer that was added to the menu with what looked like red crayon, Karma Sumatra Coffee Stout. I later learned this beer is their oatmeal stout, with locally roasted Sumatra Coffee added.

Karma Sumatra
Great pour off the nitro. A few fingers of brown head forms wonderfully atop a black beer.
The coffee is definitely the forefront here. Roasted malts underneath and perhaps some chocolate.
Like a roasty cup of coffee, this beer has a really nice kick to it. Some light chocolate underneath, but the vast majority of the roast come from coffee instead of malts. The loan detracting factor was that this was a bit of a one trick pony. I love coffee, and coffee stouts especially, but they're best when they have some other characteristics for my palate to cling to.
Too light on the body. I wanted a robust stout, this is just too watery. Low carbonation, it rests thick and creamy on the palate.
I love the prices of beers in PA versus what they cost in VA. A pint of this was really cheap, under $5. I would get it every time.
This was a nice little stout from a nice little brewpub. Wish it was a bit better, but no complaints overall.

Beer Stats
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Serving: Nitro-tap
Size: 16oz
ABV: ~7%
BA Score: N/A
RB Score: N/A

I also tasted their Galaxy IPA, another great offering. It won’t blow you away, but it’s a wonderfully crafted and sinfully drinkable IPA that they have on tap quite regularly from what I understand. I really like the Galaxy hop as it’s used sometimes when Citra isn’t available and just provides that bitter, citrus flavor I adore in an IPA. The scene inside the bar reminded me of home–a basement bar filled with locals enjoying great beer and wonderful local foods. The dark scene, for some reason, adds to the aura of craft beer Why? I can’t really explain it. By the time I left (right around dinner) there was a line out the door for a seat, showing that the community has bought into this place, which I can understand considering Beeradvocate actually rates it as one of the best breweries in the entire United States. I absolutely recommend trying this place out. I sure plan to when I can get some Belgian-style sours!

View From The Bar

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Written by Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

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