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The Fridge

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The FridgeThe Fridge

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(717) 490-6825 | map

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Added by Hophead101 on 08-30-2011

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by Tucquan:
Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.22/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Since my parents live in Southeastern PA, whenever I visit them, I'll drive the roughly 20 minutes South on RT 72 to Lancaster and will often find myself here checking out this place's selection which is quite good according to Southeastern PA distro and well, their antiquated law which I guess is getting better somewhat. As this place offers a good food selection that allows them to sell singles. From bigger breweries such as Two Roads, Deschutes, Dogfish Head, Victory, Otter Creek, Boulevard, Ommegang and Founders down to little local breweries such as Spring House, Fetish, Liquid Hero, Draai Laag and Free Will, this place is sure to pique the interest of beer geeks.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of PorterThwarter
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of curmudgeon236
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Edwin3781
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.26/5  rDev -22.7%
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 +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Craft_Imperial
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of dodge408
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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 +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Cool spot, they have a nice amount of bottles and cans available. There is an interesting selection of pizzas and stuff to eat there. The vibe is kinda of chill but it was pretty full there too so we were lucky to find a spot to sit and enjoy our food.

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Photo of 6s_N_7s
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +6.6%

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 -5.2%

Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of dbl_delta
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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 -5.2%

Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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