The Fridge

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The FridgeThe Fridge
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

21 Reviews
Reviews: 21
Visits: 55
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

534 N Mulberry St
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603-2923
United States
phone: (717) 490-6825

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beerfridgelanc

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Reviews: 21 | Visits: 55
Photo of PA-Michigander
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

I've been in this store three times and won't go back. They definitely get some hard to get bottles but their prices are always far more expensive than I see elsewhere. Also bottles of Maine Brewing Co are always far past their best by dates. (244 characters)

Photo of dodge408
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place and cozy atmosphere. Parking lot is tiny so get there early. A very impressive line of beer, hundreds to be honest. A bit pricey but I understand and respect that they risked alot to achieve where they are at. The food is good but not much of a selection. They do take pride in using local crops and produce which is awesume. They always have several varities of house made pizzas and always have free water. Great place to socialize with friends and family. I would consider this a must visit kind of place for any beer lovers within 100 miles or so. I drive 180 miles round trip...completely worth it! Oh, and excellent service from everyone there (661 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Outstanding selection of bottles at reasonable prices. Food looked good but I had just had lunch. It's a half block from the office so I'll definitely be back! (161 characters)

Photo of MarkGamber
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

I live about 15 minutes from here and, being a seaon ticket holder for the local baseball team which is across the street from The Fridge, I'm here fairly often during baseball season. There's always something good on tap and there's a great selection of bottles and cans to choose from, too. The prices are a bit steep compared to other bottle shops I've visited and the food is ok but service is very good and the atmosphere is always interesting. Worth a visit if you're in the area. (486 characters)

Photo of Lancbeerguy
3.99/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is now a staple in Lancaster, and it is a good place to go. We enjoy it occasionally, although it is a little small. The food is always interesting, and the bottle selection is outstanding. The staff is friendly and engaging, and it is definitely worth a visit. (266 characters)

Photo of Buller38
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This is the place to go during the summer, fall, winter, or spring because you feel like it's the perfect place no matter what time of the year. I love going to the Fridge in the Fall and winter because of their little coal stove that sits in the back side of the room and the comfy couches and seats that surround it.

I love the pizza when it's freshly made with all natural and organic ingredients. They're so creative and imaginative with their concoctions.

The tap list can be quite impressive at times and sometimes they can get some rare stuff or something great that you can't get anywhere else in the area.

Check out their bottle selection in the fridge and on the opposite wall where near the entrance, I'm sure you'll find a bottle that will sooth the soul.

My favorite thing about this place is that they have a pretty solid, and rotating, selection of Mikkeller products.

Oh by the way, message them on Facebook to check in about certain bottles, they'll respond as quickly as possible with the best customer service. (1,035 characters)

Photo of TTripp725
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The staff of this establishment bent over backwards to help in finding a certain beer that we were looking for and they were more than eager to recommend some for me to try. They have a huge selection of cold and room temp beers for you to choose from. (252 characters)

Photo of KolbMarley
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

When I walked into the Fridge for the first time I had already looked it up, read articles and gotten good reviews from a few friends, but none of that prepared me for the awesomeness that is The Fridge. I walked in the door and across from me was a display case full of the most awesome specialty pizza I had ever seen in person, and to the left of that was a long row of coolers filled with the most extensive beer selection, by a landslide, that I had ever seen. Bottles ranged from $3 to around $12 and of course there were some rarer big bottles in the for a pretty penny. The cheaper beers were nothing to turn my nose up at though, I had never seen or heard of most of them let alone tasted them. The layout of the restaurant itself was comfortable and def did a good job of drawing your attention to the product. There's also another section of room temp beers across from the coolers that has an awesome collection of rare and/or corked bottles, its sweet. If your in Lancaster and you love beer, Check It Out!!! (1,021 characters)

Photo of tsquig2
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

I love going to The Fridge to try hard-to-find beers on tap, but it is rather pricey. The bottles are priced well however and it's nice to grab a variety pack of several different beers. The flatbread pizzas are pretty good with a lot of fresh ingredients. (256 characters)

Photo of dfhhead25
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Fridge is an excellent place to go to unwind, have a brew, a slice, and enjoy someone's company. The staff are helpful and mostly knowledgeable and the shop is very clean and fashionable. Food is solid as well. Selection is pretty unrivaled for the area. My only real gripe is the astronomical prices. Hoppin Frog stuff for $18-22? Ive seen the same beers at another local spot for $12-16. Founders Backstage releases for $23-30? Cmon now, that's gouging at its finest. Don't get me wrong, some of their bottles are reasonably priced but the majority are just marked up way too much. The Fridge, while expensive, is still very much worth checking out. (655 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This was sort of just a quick walk-in / drive-by to check the place out, but I might as well give my impression. I actually thought this was a really cool place, being primarily a bottle shop, but also offering beer on tap as well as food. It's a pretty small place, no actual bar that I noticed, but there are a few tables to sit at. I'd imagine it would suck on a busy night. Contemporary design/decor, simple and laid back. Maybe a good place to share a casual round of beers with friends, but not a place where you'd take the lady out for dinner. A few good local/craft brews on tap, and a pretty good selection of bottles, even if nothing was extremely uncommon. I'm not sure if they get special allotments of in-season wales there or what. Prices were about typical for higher end "make your own 6-pack" bottle shops in PA. We didn't have any food, but it looked like mainly thin-crust pizza with local food options for topping, giving some higher price tags.

A neat little place overall, and--depending on the size of your wallet--probably one of the better bottle shops in Lancaster (just a guess, since I haven't been to any other ones). (1,147 characters)

Photo of darktower
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A: Minimalistic with some local art displayed, which are both in good taste.

Q: Nothing feels 'cheap' here; I'm talking tables, chairs, decor, service area, etc.

SV: There is a slight awkwardness about the food/beer ordering. You stand in the same line to purchase both and, at times, the line can be excessive. Also, the place itself is relatively small in size so if you find yourself there on a busy "food" night you'll be bumping your rump into peoples tables that are pushed up close to the beer fridges. They added an outside eating area which is a nice upgrade to pull people outside during the summer months.

SL: In Lancaster county, it's one of the best six-pack/single-serve, carry-out places you will find, period. There is one or two good distributors that have just as nice of a selection but now you're talking cases. This is the go-to place for selection and convenience for sampling mix-and-match six packs.

F: All local ingredients with a flair for some unique food combinations. They're specialty is pizzas but they've been ramping up their food selection to include stuff like homemade soups, cheese plates, flatbreads and other unique snacky menu items.

V: Yes, they are a tad pricey but you get what you pay for. I want to sample as many beers as possible from around the globe without the commitment of full/partial cases so this is the it really. I don't mind paying higher prices; the ownership is local, the employees are local, the ingredients are local and they showcase some good quality local breweries. I'll pay more to ensure my money stays local. (1,583 characters)

Photo of eaglesphan5
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped by to check out their selection. Very nice take out selection and the draft list was good. We didn't have the pizza because we were just there for the beer but the pizza looked good.
The problem with this place is that they do not discount six packs. Whatever price is on the bottles, you just add them up so it is very pricey. They claim it is illegal for places to discount their six packs in PA. So I got 2 12oz Pallet Wreckers for $6 each and a Perpetual IPA from Troeg's for $3. $15 for 3 beers.

Great selection but very pricey! (542 characters)

Photo of LostInTheFlood
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Its about time I review my local craft bottle shop!

Im a pretty loyal supporter of the Fridge! The building used to be an old garage that has been transformed into the bottle shop. They artwork is all beer centered inside and very cool! they also have an old wood burning stove in the sitting area that is always lit on the chilly days!

The food there is all fresh local ingredients only artisan pizzas. Gotta to give a lot of credit to the kitchen staff they are constantly experimenting and tying to push the limits with the ingredients they have! I enjoy the pizza but do wish the menu had more to offer in the way of choices since its just pizza and soups mainly.

The beer cooler is very impressive. They have a constantly rotating and changing selection of both cold and room temp bottles that you can either try there or get to go. The prices are pretty fair for the selection that is brought in and quality at which it is all served and maintained! they also have 10 taps! they are always rotating and changing as well and are good about including a nitro selection or two as well. They do fill growlers also!

Im a pretty big fan of this place they've got it all and great and friendly service on top of it!! Stop in and enjoy! (1,240 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The outside of the building isn't too impressive; grey, dark, and kind of boring with a logo on the side. Once inside though, the place is very modern with tables, pictures of bottles and bottle caps, a line of bottle fridges, and a few shelves.

Each time the server behind the bar has greeted me upon entering. They have been very friendly.

The food selection has grown a bit. They used to offer just pizza, but they are now up to soup and whatnot. The pizza is thin, hand-tossed and uses fresh, local ingredients. I sampled to slices on one of my visits and they were delicious. I had a sausage, peppers, and onions pizza and I forget what the other slice was.

They have six beers on tap and they change often. I've seen Smuttynose, Founders, Sixpoint, Stone, Bell's, Ballast Point, St. Boniface, among others. The bottle selection is pretty extensive, but it ranks up there with other bottle shops. They offer discounts with a certain number of bottle purchases, but regular prices are a bit steep. The bottle selection consists of Laguanitas, Lost Abby, Rogue, Stone, Ballast Point, among locals. The cool thing is that they have one cooler dedicated to just cans!

I've been here twice now and it's the perfect stop between Iron Hill and Spring House Taproom. The selection is very nice, albeit pricey and the food is very good. I will be back for both! (1,364 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went here w/ abru17 yesterday for my first time. I found the place pretty empty when we arrived at opening. They were still putting the cards that describe the pizza in the display. I checked the tap selection of about 6 beers which was decent but not exceptional. They carry some local -they were pouring Roy Pitz Ludwig's Revenge, St Boniface Currant Hegemony, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe and some west coast -Stone IPA and Lagunitas Doppel Weizen and Rogue John John Hazelnut Brown.

The pizza's looked appetizing so we split a mushroom gruyere pie. I found out later someone from the are we know was making the dough for them. I enjoyed the pizza as it was flatbread/thin crust style and was augmented by olive oil and garlic. The prices of the food were good and we enjoyed some habanero pickles with our pizza. The bottle prices are high which is standard for PA but don't get too bogged down with the three tier stuff at least you have a place in lancaster that has Napa Smith, Speedway from Alesmith and Fish Tales from WA not to mention Founders, Bell's Victory and many Belgians in a convenient location. I think the service was good since they handled the order well and were friendly I like the atmosphere, but it started to get loud as I was told it was the busiest my friend Alex had ever seen it. I would return since I enjoyed the beer and they had a nice selection of gourmet pizza and also have soup and a good selection of soft drinks for those who don't like beer. (1,485 characters)

Photo of pitweasel
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was extremely excited for the opening of The Fridge, but unfortunately, I don't think I'll be returning too often - if at all.

A: nothing special. Small place; not a single place to sit - or even lean up against - when we went.

Q: One thing they do have going for them. The pizza, while pricey ($3 for a small square piece of thin crust) did have delicious toppings. Beer was served in appropriate glassware.

SV: Not a shining area. It took a while for someone to help me at the counter, and when they did, there was a mixup that lead to them pouring more glasses than I'd ordered - and giving me a very accusatory look about it instead of shrugging it off. Additionally, I didn't see them card a single person while I was there. Yes, I call that bad service. I don't want to see them getting into trouble for serving to minors - they have a good concept going; don't mess it up by being irresponsible.

SL: small, but very high quality, tap list (only six beers, but all A-grade selections). Good selection of bottles as well, but somewhat moot, because...

V: horrible. Everything in there was far, far overpriced. You can't buy a six pack in the traditional sense...you can only buy six singles. So say you want a six pack of Hop Devil. Be prepared to throw down over $15 - AFTER the quantity discount has been applied. Bombers that sell for $7-8 elsewhere? $13 here. Growler fills? If memory serves me correctly, most taps were $18 for a growler (not including the glass if you don't have one). Far, far too pricey for me. (1,531 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped here on a rainy afternoon on my way to work. Modern, clean pizza shop, fairly busy, somewhat dark inside, which I kind of liked. I did not try any food on this visit. Service was quick and friendly. Now the selection. Was it good? Yes. Was I blown away by it? No. It was maybe slightly better than other bottle shops in Lancaster. Everything is singles here, no 6 packs. You recieve a 10% discount on mix 6 packs, 15% if you buy 8 beers. My mixed 6-er came to $17.55. Bombers are overpriced imo. The import section seemed to be lacking as well. Overall it is a big bonus to be able to buy singles in this town and this place is off to a good start and I plan to return. (677 characters)

Photo of Idesofmarch89
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in to finally check this place out. Seemed like they had been "opening soon" forever. The Mrs. and I stopped in about 2:30pm on a Saturday and there was a pretty steady crowd of people. They had 6 drafts, we both had a Stone Ruination($6.50)we would have liked to get pizza but, it seems as if you can only buy slices of the already made pizzas that are sitting on the counter then have them reheated. At least that is what I saw when we were there,. We tried to order other slices and were told that more pizzas would be out later...Kinda weird. One person working the register,taking food orders and pouring beers was not enough. Waiting for just a beer took awhile since one person was doing everything. You had to wait for everyone ordering food and beer in the same line taking forever just to get a beer. They need one person on register and one person pouring beers.

As far as the beer goes there wasn't anything special on draft that I haven't had before. Bottle selection was pretty good. I don't think that they can say "Largest Selection in the Region." Personally I think brass rail or Al's has harder to get bottles and draft beers. Prices seemed similar on bottles to other places around the area. Selection looked pretty picked over when we were there, giant gaps on the shelves where beer once was. Guessing they got hit hard the first week.

All in all a very nice place inside, food availability was strange (would like to be able to order a whole pizza, not just what's on the counter for reheats), decent bottled selection, 6 craft taps. I would like to see more taps added and harder to get beers go on draft. Also if they got a twitter account and posted real-time what they put on draft say with hopvision that would be a plus. We will be back but was hoping for some rarer beers in bottle and draft but hopefully overtime that will change. (1,874 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Visited here on 2011-09-03

I'd been looking forward to the opening of The Fridge for quite some time. It's high time Lancaster had a place with a fine bottle selection of craft brews.

The low-slung building is easily reached from Harrisburg Pike or James Street and is right behind The Arts Hotel.

The seating area is a bit larger than Al's of Hampden and is decorated with framed pictures of old refrigerator advertising; a nice touch. It's a good space.

Everyone was friendly and the service was quick.

The bottle selection was very good and I found some IPAs and DIPAs I'd not tried. I got a six-pack of 12 ozs to go, which comes with a 10% discount over the singles price: 15% if you get 8 bottles. There are also bombers, which seemed pricey to me, so I passed.

There are six taps and each one was a winner. The growler prices are more reasonable than the bombers and I got a growler of Stone Ruination to go.

I had a glass of Smuttynose Homunculus with my Pesto/Pistachio pizza. They seem to specialize in white pizzas. My smallish, thin slice was pretty good. The thin crust wasn't NY crispy style and the toppings were a little skimpy but the price was just $3.00. I guess I would've rather had a big, $5.00, full-meal slice with some marinara sauce.

Overall, I think The Fridge is off to a good start and they will dial in their food, beer selection, number of taps and prices to meet market demand. Definitely glad they are here in my county and I will certainly be returning from time-to-time. (1,513 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on opening day to check this new place out. I don't know why, but I thought this place was going to be a bit bigger than it really is. Upon entering you notice the bar area with all the pizza's laid out and the menu's / draft boards hanging on the wall. The space is a little on the small side but it still has plenty of tables and area's to sit and enjoy your pizza and beer. They don't have any TV's or anything like that, just some music playing for background noise.

As far as the quality goes, all of my beers were served in the correct glasses and the pizza toppings were top notch. They had some nice artwork hanging on the walls to help spruce the place up. The service was pretty good. They seemed to have a pretty good knowledge of the beers they were serving but you could still tell it was opening day. Some of the beers, most notable the nitro breakfast stout, took quite a bit of time to pour, almost five minutes for mine. They also could have cut their line in half if they took the time to ask if anyone was just getting another beer. Instead, you had to wait in the same line with the people looking to eat, thus making the line quite long at times. Once they get some of this stuff ironed out I am sure it will be much better.

The beer selection was pretty good. They have six draft lines running plenty of quality offerings and even more bottles, from all over the world. From belgians to Alesmith Speedway Stout to the local favorites from Troegs and Stoudts. They even have a whole section of the cooler dedicated to just CANs. As far as the prices go, they are a bit high. $9 for a bomber of Troegs Perpetual IPA? I love that beer but that is not gonna happen. $3 for a slice for pizza isn't too bad in my book, mostly because of the ingredients used, but I can see why some people might not want to pay that much. That doesn't mean the pizza isn't worth it tho, because it absolutely is. I got two slices; one was prosciutto, figs, provolone, and beet greens and the other was sausage, tomato, peppers, and fontina cheese; and they were both excellent. I also wanted to try the pesto and pistachio but I was just too stuffed at that point.

Overall, I look forward to seeing how this place grows and changes in the future. I enjoyed my first visit quite a bit and I will stop in again for sure. If you are in the area I would stop by and check it out. (2,393 characters)

The Fridge in Lancaster, PA
91 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.