The Fridge Wholesale Liquor

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4 Ratings

Type: Store

1150 Westport Dr
Manhattan, Kansas, 66502
United States

(785) 539-5052 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2008

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Photo of AGoodStout
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of layinbrix
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

The Fridge is located off Claflin and Westport inside an old Blockbuster video, and it is painfully obvious when it comes to the layout and structure of the building. The front door leads into a small diamond shaped nook that used to be where the tape return was. As you keep walking in you notice the original Blockbuster counter and if you were alive during the 90s you can't help but get a bit nostalgic. It's subtle, but still kinda odd, I think the Fridge logo was actually just the old Blockbuster frame they refitted with their own glass.

The store is conflicted I think. Their biggest customers are K-State students buying kegs or handles of cheap liquor. Their staff are mostly just college kids themselves, and are not the most informed about the beers carry. They are willing to help, just aren't the most capable to do so. On the other hand, they have one of the best selections in all of Manhattan.

The back right corner is the cooler of bombers. They have some good quality stuff like Stone, Deschutes, Goose Island, North Coast, Evil Twin, etc. They consistently get new beers in as the distributor can find them. As you start heading left down the wall you run past a few coolers of craft sixers, and then you find the mix-six cooler. Their singles selection here is the best of its kind in Manhattan, which is really valuable to people trying to break into craft. Their prices are solid too. For example, they sold this year's run of The Abyss for $12 a bottle when else where was doing $14-$16.

I usually don't shop here just because it's only another minute to Nespor's but it never hurts to pop in and browse, or if a limited release comes in and I want a few bottles I'll spread out my purchases. If anyone's looking for a bottle of Utopias, they have one in their back display case.

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Photo of Mcbobs
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I have lived in Manhattan for quite awhile as a beer enthusiast and the Fridge has become my go to place for craft and macros alike. Since they have rebuilt the store in a new location (it is MUCH bigger), they have a much larger selection of beer and liquor alike and never fail to have something new in the coolers. Their refrigerator holding the more expensive and rare beers is always changing and it's my go to beer fridge. If only I could do a build your own 6 pack from their bombers!! I need to stop going as often as I do. I drink all their new beers faster than they can get them in and it's quite frequent for them!

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Photo of zeff80
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%

This place did not amaze me. It had most of the usual good Colorado beers (Great Divide, Avery, Boulder), but it did not have bombers. It had an okay selection of beers for a $7.49 mixer (Lost Coast, Mendocino, Flying Monkey, etc.). There wasn't a great selection of imports. It was especially lacking in Belgian beers. It is an alright place for college kids to explore new beers, but it is not the best for someone looking for great beers. It did look like a good place to pick up a keg for a frat party.

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The Fridge Wholesale Liquor in Manhattan, KS
Place rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 4 ratings