Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bad news at Selin's Grove

Selin's Grove's website has announced an end to growler fills for the foreseeable future. "Due to a serious production equipment failure, we must preserve our beer supply for restaurant use only."

What's up? One usually reliable source of mine tells me that Selin's Grove has experienced "the structural collapse of their direct-fired kettle" on January 1st. It "shattered like glass" while water was being heated in it. Terrible thing to happen on the first day of the new year.

If anyone knows of a brewer with a replacement kettle -- I think 7 barrel -- please ask them to contact Selin's Grove ASAP. Fabricating a new one will take weeks...time Selin's Grove does not have. They have about two weeks of beer left, and I'm pretty sure that they don't have a liquor license; all they'll be able to serve, oddly, is PA wine and cider.

Support for Heather and Steve from the beer making and drinking community of PA would be great at this time!

Update already: I hear (same grapevine) that a new kettle has been found, a bigger one. Don't know if it will fit in the garage; remodeling in the works? And in the meantime, alternate brewing solutions may be in the works. Cross your fingers, folks; clap your hands.

7 comments:

Jaysus said...

There weren't any injuries as a result of this, were there?

:fingerscrossed:

Lew Bryson said...

Don't know. Haven't heard.

Ryan said...

I will gladly donate homebrew (if legal) to keep them going! Best brewpub in PA!!!

Alexander D. Mitchell IV said...

What I wonder is if this is covered by insurance of any kind--or whether they had the requisite insurance. Seriously, you can't exactly call Tech Support or Customer Service--and how often does any brew kettle fail like this? But thanks for sparing me a trip up there in vain next week!

Lew Bryson said...

What, you're not going to go? Because you can't get growlers? You're going to make beer writers look bad, Sandy...

Suz said...

When I first read the title of your post- "Bad news..." I was nervous of what was to follow. Selinsgrove is a special place.
We went way out of our way to stop there on a trip back from Pittsburgh. The owners weren't there but they were well represented by a lovely bartender- Beth- perhaps?

Glad to have read the update and see that they're working it out.

Beth said...

Just to let all know...growlers can now be filled again! A new kettle has been ordered and the beer supply is great right now!