The Fridge

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

23 Reviews
The FridgeThe Fridge
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

534 N Mulberry St
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603-2923
United States

(717) 490-6825 | map
beerfridgelancaster.com

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Added by Hophead101 on 08-30-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
61
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
6.34%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
400
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 61
Reviews by Slatetank:
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

The Fridge.... how do I love The Fridge? Let me count the ways!

Basic, simple concept in a kind of weird triangular shaped building - I'm not sure anyone could have come up with a better use for it! There are a few seats outside, and as you enter there's a counter with fresh baked flatbreads (they call it pizza), and a row of 8 glass door coolers to the left. Each beer is clearly marked with a price, and you just grab it and bring it up to pay for it, and at that point you can get a glass if you'd like (and I'd always recommend you drink from a glass, even if it is The Alchemist's Heady Topper!). I should also point out, there are 10 taps of pretty good stuff available as well.

The decor is fairly basic and sparse, which is what you want in a small space, except for the decorative antique cast-iron stove that's a centerpiece fronted by brown leather chairs. I'd imagine in fall and winter you'd want to gather 'round as it can probably get fairly cool in there. The floor is grey concrete, and the walls are reddish-orange and yellow, and it all ties together nicely. There also appears to be some local art available for sale hanging on the walls.

Back to the beer, there's also about 8 feet worth of shelving that holds specialty bottles, both large and small, for sale at reasonable prices, especially given the size of the place.

Finally, music rounds it out. The sound system is neither too loud nor too soft, and clear. Put it all together - great "pizza", great beers, a clean basic space, and great music make it a great place to hang out.

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Photo of yergermeister
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.59/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of PorterThwarter
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of curmudgeon236
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Wonderful selection of bottles and drafts, always go "ooooohhhh" when perusing the coolers. Good choices for drafts. Have not explored much of the menu, but was not overly impressed by the pricey reheated 'artisan' pizza slices... but face it... it's all about the beer, and they deliver in spades!

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Photo of ShanePB
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Edwin3781
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of intobenme
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Craft_Imperial
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of dodge408
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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

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Photo of Yellolab2010
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DaveHack
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of 6s_N_7s
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Highest priced beer for the area, usually a great selection though. Food is alright, but limited to pizza and some other snacks.

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Great selection, gets extremely busy at times though. Never tried the food but it looks good.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dbl_delta
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

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Photo of Renegawam
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MarkGamber
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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The Fridge in Lancaster, PA
4.1 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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