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Selin's Grove Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Selin's Grove Brewing CompanySelin's Grove Brewing Company
BA SCORE
97
world-class

133 Ratings
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Active Beers: 53
Beer Ratings: 1,268
Beer Avg: 3.99
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

119 N Market St
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 17870
United States
phone: (570) 374-7308

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Photo of VegasBill
3.1/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

VegasBill, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of rosybottom
3.18/5  rDev -27.2%

Its taken me quite some time to review this place, and mostly because I kinda have a 2nd home in NYC, and its night and day.

Briefly, Selsin's Grove Brewing Co. doesn't really make good beer. Fact is, the beer pretty much sucks and it wouldn't be even sellable in New York. For a pretty dead town, though, I guess its the only place to get local beer. I just wish they would learn how to cook better.
The food is OK, but no more than that. Do not eat their specials, the experimentation is beyond laughable. Its like they don't even use a recipe book. I mean, a sandwich is OK, can't really screw that up. Service is friendly with that local feel, but doesn't have the kind of efficiency I have grown accustomed to during my visits to Manhanttan.
Thats about it. Just an average to below average place to grab a bite and a beer. We don't "Love" it.

rosybottom, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of brantadid
3.38/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

brantadid, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of guinnessfan
3.45/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

guinnessfan, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of bultrey
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Driving along the endless lost highway that is I-80 from Ohio on back to NYC, I convince the beer gal that we can zip on down to Selinsgrove for a late lunch/early dinner. She's always game, that beer gal, God bless her.

After driving around the Susquehanna River valley for a while trying to find the right exit to take for the place, we finally come upon it and realize that if we had just taken that road there... it's actually quite easy to get to. Parked in front of the building on Market St., but the entrance to the pub is actually down some stairs, through a pretty garden, and around the back of the building in the basement.

Took a minute for our eyes to adjust to the dark, cave-like atmosphere, but it is a comfortable old drinking hole, one where you can really feel the history of the building. The place is fairly small, a few nooks and crannies here and there, about an 8-seat bar in one room with a few additional tables, around the corner are two other smallish rooms with a few scattered tables, as well as the bathrooms and another entrance/exit to the back parking lot area.

We split a sampler of beer, seven of them. Unfortunately three beers that sounded pretty good (kriek, Hoppy Monk, and Pilsner) were scratched off the menu. Casks were kicked too. We had a cream ale, their decent take on a light american adjunct beer; the Scottish style ale, which had a nice caramel note but fell a little short in roastiness and carbonation for me; Belgian triple, which was very nice, smooth, big but well-hidden alcohol with serious coriander notes; White horse porter (nitro), which was smooth and darkly sweet, but a little disappointing, again lacking in the counterbalancing roasty or hoppy bitterness; an F.S.B. (Fuggles special bitter), which really disappointed me, very estery with notes of banana, a severe lack of hoppiness, honestly plain garbage; and the IPA, which was quite good.

We split a plate of nachos, which were far worse than we could have made ourselves if we had stopped at a nearby grocery store and cooked them on the hood of our car; and we each got a sandwich, made our own by picking from the ingredient list - -she had a smoked turkey something or other, which she really liked; and I had a bacon-avocado-roast beef-cheddar on a "pretzel" bun. Unfortunately I got roasted red peppers instead of roast beef (!?), which didn't turn out half bad, but wasn't what I wanted. The pretzel bun was very tasty. Accompanying potato salad was mediocre.

Everything was really cheap, so that was good.

I can see how this place would be really popular with the locals, and it's not always about the beer -- a good atmosphere and friendly staff (which they were) are always a selling point. But as a brewpub, this place falls far short of the reviews I've read on here, and is not worth going far out of your way to visit. If you sort the Beerfly by brewpubs in Pennsylvania, this comes out on top. If that's the case, Pennsylvania is in a bad way indeed.

bultrey, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of hopdog
3.55/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

hopdog, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of mobud
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%

I have known about Selin's Grove for many years, sampling their beers at the Split Rock beerfest many years ago. This was the first time I was able to get to the pub after spending several days at Knoebels Park with my family (it was about a 25-30 minute drive based on the fact I did not know where the hell I was going!). After locating the place; my wife, young son, and I found an outside table due to the small tables available and the music that was loud for the kid. It looked like a nice space. Small bar with 8 or so stools and two real small eating areas. The menus offering were fair considering the size of the place; the three of us had no problem finding something (even the boy). The food was good and worked well with the beers I ordered. I tried the IPA, the Porter, and the FSB. All were tasty and well done. Before I went there, I read some reviews and I also would have liked to try something from their beer engines, but they were not up. If you don't use them - lose them. I misplaced my tasting notes, so there you go....

The service was my only problem. I think the server we had was overwhelmed. She was really nice and nailed all of our orders, but my son's food came out with ours and by then he was on the edge of being done there. From start to finish, we were there over two hours and had alot of downtime between sitting, ordering, eating, and going. It will not prevent me from giving this place a great word and it was worth the time finding and investing if you are looking for a small, honest little brewpub in the center of the state.

mobud, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%

Vibe/Atmosphere: The place was hard to pick out from the street, with only a small sign that blended in rather well with the surroundings. A narrow pathway leads down to the lower level/basement of the building revealing a darken and cramp setup more akin to someones basement bar. The bar area was small with seating for 10-12 and a few side tables. Seating in the so-called restaurant was limited as well and very cramp, about the size of your average living room. Tables and chairs are squashed together, tables are bare and wooden and the overall appeal was one of a rustic unkept cabin set out in the woods. More of a dark college hangout if that's your thing, was mine 10-15 years ago, but offered little flair and not really a family place or one I would go to eat lunch at, even though I did with my family. Things are noisy inside, even for a Saturday lunch crowd. If your going to grab a few beers with your buddies then this is suitable, but not so much for those looking for family or lunch as their menu is extremely limited and unappealing.

Quality: Had a chance to sample 2 beers and took one to go growler. Their Saison de peche and stealth triple were absolutely fantastic, wish I could say the same about the growler of ipa I was stuck with. Their oatmeal stout sounded tasty and most of the other offerings got good reviews as well. Overall a nice supply of quality beer, not so much quality experience.

Service: Here is where I beg to differ from most. The place was packed for a Saturday lunch, by that I mean all 6 tables inside and 4 tables outside. We were outside. Two waitress seemed to be on hand and were unable to tend much attention and had to seek them out several times. Service was slow, sat about 15minutes after first seating before she even came around to take a drink order. Usually not to concerned about service and generally lax, but just think I was stuck with a uncaring waitress as compared to others who gleam about the service. A cold sandwich ordered took 25 minutes to arrive and was certainly nothing to rave about. Their kitchen is most likely not more stocked then mine. The waitress didn't take the time to even ask how things were and if you wanted something had to stop her on the way in the door. A quick reply and set down of your request was about all you could hope for. Again she just looked disinterested in even being there and maybe just got a bad server on a bad day, others seemed to have no problem.

Selection: A very good selection 8-10 different styles on hand, tripel, ipa, saison, and stout. Wide variety gets good regards here.

Food: Mixed feelings here. Very limited menu but was warned of this going in. I just didn't know how limited, didn't see any typical bar food like hamburgers , fries, but rather just an assortment of cold sandwiches with a simple side dish that was pricey (about $8 for a turkey bacon) but have to say the quality of the meat was very good as was the mustard and crunchy bacon. The food was pricey for what it was worthy so don't expect to much here. However the pretzels at 3 for $6 got you a big serving with again a nice mustard sauce.

Value: Prices for the food were pricey, a bit of a reach. The price for the beers were a bit pricey as well ($6.50 for the peche & $6 for the tripel) with a eye opening $29 refill for the saison de peche (but very tempting after you have it). The triple was $17 and the ipa was $14 a bit more reasonable, until you tried it at least. For comparison I live in NJ and these prices are common in my area, expected a bit less here, but it is a college town so soak mommie and daddies money for all its worth I guess. Also I purchased a growler at One Guy (Berwick brewing) the week before for $8. The saison I would of gladly paid for, the ipa was disappointing, and most likely my fault for not sampling beforehand. All in all paid $60 for 2 drinks, 1 growler of ipa, salad, 3 pretzels and a turkey bacon sandwich, take it for what its worth.

End Musings: Great quality beer, well worth the trip and a decent hang out place for the college crowd but you will pay the price. Go on a sunny day if you want to eat, nice being outdoors and chances of getting a table in limited seating area is slim to none. Can't imagine this place packed on a Friday night when the small crowd here was more then enough. Wouldn't recommend this as a family place (Bullfrog was much nicer with a much better menu and atmosphere for that) so I would venture up the road a bit. But if your young, like the dark, cramp seedy bar scene but with top quality beer then this works for you.

beerthulhu, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -15.1%

The interior of this pub (downstairs in the basement on the backside of the building is small, intimate, and dimly lit but there is a small dining room area and some outdoor seating. The crowd is friendly though a little eclectic like the decor/furniture.

The beers were well poured but in my opinion, I think the lines were not the cleanest and could use with being cleaned a little more frequently. The beers had decent heads, were served at a proper temperature, and used proper glassware including snifters for stouts/casks.

The selection was fairly average here - there were about 7 beers available (looked like they had crossed out about 5 other beers from the menu because they were out). Not a lot of different styles represented and not a lot of summery styles.

The food was pretty good - I personally just had some of the beer pretzels but the other person in my party had the curried chicken salad which was very good.

I thought the prices were pretty reasonable but as I stopped while passing through, I cannot comment on how it compares to other places in the area.

dbrauneis, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -13%

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.

Sammy, May 03, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -13%

Took a road trip here with some friends over the weekend. The brewpub is located right along the main road in the town, very easy to access from the road or if you choose to you can find additional parking behind the building. The pub is located underneath a chiropractor's office. It's a very quaint and tiny little place. There is some outside seating in addition to the indoor seating and bar area. The lighting is dim, really enjoyed that. It was a quiet place during the late lunch hour when we arrived. The service was friendly and very helpful. The selection of food was better than the beers at that specific time. We ordered a cheese plate to start off with our first round of beers and got sandwiches ordered right after that. They only had 3 beers on tap... I was expecting at least 6 so I was a little bummed by that. The beers were good but not as good as the food. The whole thing was pretty affordable in my opinion. Overall it's a really nice place and chances are if I lived closer I would be there a lot more often.

Knapp85, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Coach_Dog
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%

This place has a great atmosphere: small, loaded with personality, and more taps than you'd expect for the size. It was tucked away on the main street of a small town (or at least on the small town side of the road it's on on the other side of a bridge). The staff was very nice, if maybe slightly inattentive (SLIGHTLY). I only tried the IPA, which was good enough that I felt that buying a growler was necessary.

Overall, this place is certainly worth a visit.

Coach_Dog, May 24, 2014
Photo of jp11801
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%

On a sleepy Saturday I ventured up to Selin's Grove from Carlisle to check this place out. I was very excited and brought a few growlers with me based on the ratings the brew pubs beers received.

I arrived in town quickly located the place, this town is a great place for a day visit and it's a really nice ride from the Harrisburg area. The bar is in the basement area and I opened up to a quaint pub like atmosphere. I took up a seat at the bar betwena few locals chatting about the beer festival that had sold out in 4 hours the previous day or so. Nice overall bar atmosphere.

The service was friendly and fast and just what you would expect from a smallish PA town. The bartender had a great smile and sense of humor and was having a great time with the locals that were there. Not a beer expert but this is not that kind of place. They make beer but its not really a beer establishment like a 20 tap place would be.

Selection was limited to what they brew I tried a Stout, the IPA and the Scotch Ale. Up first the IPA and I was really excited to try it as I was expecting to fill my growler with this. It was ok not my style of IPA as I like more of a hop presence. I was let down based on my expectations but it was an ok beer. The stout was next and it was a nice representation of a dry nitro stout. I finished up with the Scotch Ale and overall it was my favorite although thi style is normally not a go to for me.

I skipped on food and headed back to Enola/Hamden for lunch and a pint. Overall it is worth the trip but I do feel the beers get a local ratings lift. If you are in the area definitely stop by or take a nice ride north from Harrisburg to give it a try.

jp11801, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%

Came here on a recent road trip with the girlfriend.

Selin's Grove brewpud is actually a house in a little out-of-the-way village. Very homely and very charming. There's a seating area in the back yard and the main dining area is actually the living room with the bar in the dining room. Very dimly lit all over. Like a great place to hide out and drink amazing beer. There's board games you can play too!

The beer was served in appropriate glassware and at the right temperature. An addition of .5 points for how amazing their offerings really are.

Servide was decent. The place was small and it seemed like it never really gets packed out. Still though, we were able to order in a timely manner, got our food and drinks quickly, and got our checks quickly when we left.

Selection is pretty good. With about 8-9 house beers on tap and 1 on cask. Again, +.5 for how good all the beer was.

The food is surprisingly good. I got the shrimp wrap and was able to taste the roast beef sandwich (served on a pretzel bun) and both were amazing. The shrimp wrap was one of the best that I've had and the pretzel bun does something to the roast beef that's really magical. Plus, they had a selection of beer ice cream and other beer-related deserts. Can't beat that!

About $4.50 for a pint and around $10-$12 for entrees. Very reasonable prices, especially considering the overall quality of the food and drinks.

Selin's Grove is not a big name by any means but its definitely a hidden gem in my eyes. For a lover of small, quiet, quaint brewpubs (see my review of Alpine), this is right up my alley. Their beers are out of this word and the atmosphere and area just add up to a can't miss place.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%

First time visiting this place. I went in with pretty high expectations after reading reviews. I would say overall I wasn't disappointed but I wasn't extremely impressed either. The place was alot smaller than expected but had a cozy local-watering hole feel to it. However, it was more expensive than most small town brew pubs, especially for central PA. The food here is clearly an afterthought. The menu is small and unappealing with no real pub food to be found. I get the feeling that if it weren't for PA laws, they wouldn't even serve food. The soft pretzel and mustard was pretty good though and the local cheese plate was decent, but pricey. Selection was pretty good for the size of the place. After having the sampler, I decided on a growler fill of the IPA and the Baltic Porter. Only after getting my bill did I realize the porter was a staggering $20 for a 2L takeout. It was good but I would've picked something else at a more reasonable price if I had checked the price sheet. The IPA, the Baltic and the Saison de Peche, which had great flavor, were top notch. However, I thought their other brews were rather pedestrian and overpriced. Especially the organic pilsner, which was my least favorite. That said, alot of their highly regarded brews like Framboise, Wee Heavy and Kriek were not available while I was there, so I'll visit again to get the whole experience. Despite it's shortcomings in a few areas, I can recomend this place because the IPA is reason enough to stop in.

JunkYardJake, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%

I stopped here labor day weekend with my wife her brother and his wife.It was a small little nice older community couldn,t find the place made a u-turn in the middle of town up on to the curb almost in a yard.The yard of selin's grove,parked there right in frount of the place.There was a little sign in the yard and one high up on a pole on the side of the road.The entrance was around the rear of the house.It was a old coloniel,old farmhouse style building.There was a trelis of hop vines a couple tables to sit outside,it was pouring rain.Inside a nice wooden bar a couple stools and small wooden tables. A room off to the right older wooden tables and chairs and a fireplace I felt like I was in somebodys house very homey and cozie. Sat down odered some appetizers and a sampler of their beers they made there. Only beer there the taps were on the wall behind the bar with hand drawen sighs over them. There was a pale ale,scottish ale,wheat, ipa,pilsner,stout,belgium trippel,porter they were all good.The table was covered when the waitress came.When we were done with the sampler I didn't know what beer I wanted.I ordered a ipa and couldn't stop drinking it.Ended up taking 2 growlers with me. The food was good kind of vegitarian.Ihad a fish on pita bread and vegi chili which was awesome.Everbody was friendly had a great would definitly recomed this place.

jcdiflorio, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Lebarfski
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%

This is a beautiful little pub if you have the opportunity to visit. It is in the basement of a home which was owned by the 3rd governor of Pennsylvania, Simon Snyder. I was disappointed there was no beer on the hand pumps, we were told that they were trying to get one going but it was wild had to bleed some carbonation off. Nevertheless, the IPA was awesome, rich and a creamy head, well hopped. The oatmeal stout was also exceptional, with plenty of chocolate overtones and a rich, creamy finish.

The food was very good. The soup fo the day was a curried coconut chickpea which was delicious. The sandwiches are great and filled with meats. I was very diappointed in the service. If you're not a local, be prepared to get ignored. It was some time after arriving that we were recognized (we were at the bar), and I had to ask for menus. Overall though, great beer and food at a reasonable price.

Lebarfski, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of dherling
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%

Our first stop on the way out to Three Floyd's for DLD. Outside was a very nice looking place, I think there is outdoor seating, would make a nice place to enjoy a brew on a sunny summer afternoon. Inside had two rooms, a bar area and a diing area. It looks like you could order food in either. We sat in the dining area and enjoyed a sampler, some food, and a live band, no cover. Service wasn't amazing, but certainly wasn't bad at all. Food was tasty, but small portions. Price was certainly affordable though. Beers accross the board were decent. Wasn't overly impressed by the organic baltic porter, and the Olde Snafu was our favorite of the evening.

dherling, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of beermeister9
4/5  rDev -8.5%

beermeister9, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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!

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -8.5%

BillRoth, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of JKWBMH
4/5  rDev -8.5%

JKWBMH, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%

I have been going to SGB for several years and was confused why I never took the time to write a review, well lets remedy that now.

I remember the first time I visited, I drove past the location at least twice having not noticed it based on the picture listed here. The sign for the brewery really blends in with the rustic building. Parking out back can be a bit of an issue during busy hours and driving a large truck makes for a real pain trying to maneuver into the parking spaces available outback. Before you even walk in, the atmosphere is awesome and much like a beer garden. Depending on the season, hop bines are growing all over the property. A few places to sit outside and inside is rustic with seating made up of chairs and benches. At times the lighting seems a bit dim but it is cozy and inviting.

The quality of beer pouring out of this establishment is fantastic. I am not even a fan of fruit beers but the ones made here are unreal in the way they are fresh and natural tasting. I always find myself going to the brewpub for a pour each time they are released. Their pumpkin ale on nitrogen might be one of my most sought after seasonal brews...ever. There is a usual lineup of roughly 5 beers that can almost always be found on tap and a few rotations based on season offer a pleasant change of pace and variety. Total tap selection comes out to roughly a dozen draft options and 2 hand pumps. However, I have never seen both hand pumps in operation at the same time and of the 12 taps, 1 or 2 of them are usually dried up and one of them is dedicated to a nitro pour.

The food here is a bit of a let down. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with anything I have ever had to eat here, it is just slightly frustrating when you are in the mood for something warm to eat. The selection is quite lacking which is understandable I guess considering the small scale they are working with. The menu consists of mainly cold cut wraps, sandwiches, cheeses and a variety of appetizers which are quite tasty and which are what I find myself gravitating towards each time I want something to eat. There is always a daily special which consists of something different and a soup.

The service is typical. It has its good and bad moments. When sitting at the bar, you get the most attention. While sitting in the dining area, you can find yourself sitting with an empty glass longer than you might like. Regardless, the wait staff is attentive and does their best checking up on you and making sure you are happy. This is a must see establishment. If you find yourself in the area and you don't stop to check it out or have a pint, there is something wrong with you.

stakem, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%

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. Nowadays, since my original visit/review, I attempt to get out here at least once year.

Rifugium, May 19, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%

So I play bass for this band that was booked to play at Susquehanna University. It was a pretty damn good set but what I enjoyed most about the weekend was the "pre-gig lunch" and "after party" held at the Selin's Grove Brewing Company.

It was a very cozy place. It's fireplace, variety of board games, and friendly and knowledgable staff made for a very inviting atmosphere.

I'll admit I only tried two beers when I was there, because the choice was basically between an English Bitter, an IPA, and three Stouts., and I wasn't in the mood for Stouts. The Bitter and the IPA were very very good though.

I also noticed two cask taps. Unfortunately nothing was on cask at the time but it's good to know that they're there.

The kitchen closes aruond 10pm. But their sandwhiches are pretty damn good, and they make probably the best pretzel I've had in Centeral Pennsylvania.

Needless to say I wouldn't mind another gig in Selinsgrove.

joeskirkie, Apr 30, 2007
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Selin's Grove Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, PA
97 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.