AUGUST 2017 Sara has hit her 20th year anniversary working here at the pub!
I remember interviewing her outside in the beer garden vividly- all those moons ago in August of 1997, never knowing then that she would be so critical to SGB being around for all these years.
Many years ago during an interview I described Sara as 'the keystone'... I couldn't come up with a better two word description of what she is to me today. She IS a rock - and she rocks!
Besides doing SO much to keep the pub opening day after day (behind the scenes and in public), Sara is a wonderful person, devoted family, a friend to many & a community volunteer.
Sara is one of the most caring and genuine people I have ever known.
We're honored that she has chosen to work at & be part of the pub community for so long - thank you Sara!
Our Staff / the pub family
Lets face it the 'pub' wouldn't be here without a fantastic, amazing, wonderful staff!
Sara, Nikki, Bridget & Loretta have been here for well over a decade each - everyone up to our latest hire is like family, we are truly blessed!
Our loyal customers of course also have to take credit for what the Pub is today - in the days before social media it was all word of mouth- so Thank You!
The historic building SGB calls home was completed in 1816 by Pennsylvania’s third and only three term governor, Simon Snyder, for whom our county was named. Construction began before the war of 1812, and was paused during the war. The building remains remarkably intact and is on the National Historic Register.
The Selin’s Grove Brewing Co. is housed on the ground floor in the governor’s original kitchen, complete with a walk-in fireplace, the back room houses another fireplace that was in a detached summer kitchen. The current rear frame addition was built around 1900.
In the late nineteenth century the building was home to Matilda Pierce Alleman who wrote a famous book about her experience as a girl during the civil war, Gettysburg; What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle.
OUR LOGO...whats with the Dog?
Our logo was designed when we discovered an historical account of a distillery & brewery in Selinsgrove in the 1830s that employed otherwise stray dogs to run in a large wheel thus powering the pumps.
Every year we make a point of giving generously to local no-kill animal shelters in the memory of those working dogs.
2017 marks 24 years each working professionally in the brewing industry for owners Heather & Steve.
Steve Leason, our head brewer, grew up in Maine & started home brewing in college in 1985.
In 1991 Heather McNabb, our assistant brewer, met Steve while living in Burlington Vermont.
Steve & Heather worked full time at New Belgium Brewing Co. during a period of immense growth from 1993-1995. It was a great opportunity to gain experience in all aspects from raw materials & brewing to packaging & testing.
Steve & Heather moved into an apartment on North Water St. Selinsgrove, Pa. just in time for the flood of January 1996 (a great way to meet ALL the neighbors) with big plans to open a tiny brew-pub a block away on the ground floor of the historic Governor Snyder Mansion.
SGB 'pub' opened in late 1996 with the idea of steering clear of production brewing & staying community focused.
We started in 1996 with a tiny 3bbl system. The whole operation was squeezed into a 9 by 13 foot room in the basement.
In August of 2004 we started production in the garage. We currently have a direct fired 10hl system, our kettle was custom made in western Pa. & our mash tun was made in Canada.
To this day Steve & Heather still do all the brewing and cellaring & have no plans to expand or package.