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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
534 N Mulberry St
phone: (717) 490-6825
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$$
The Fridge is an excellent place to go to unwind, have a brew, a slice, and enjoy someone's company. The staff are helpful and mostly knowledgeable and the shop is very clean and fashionable. Food is solid as well. Selection is pretty unrivaled for the area. My only real gripe is the astronomical prices. Hoppin Frog stuff for $18-22? Ive seen the same beers at another local spot for $12-16. Founders Backstage releases for $23-30? Cmon now, that's gouging at its finest. Don't get me wrong, some of their bottles are reasonably priced but the majority are just marked up way too much. The Fridge, while expensive, is still very much worth checking out.
05-07-2013 13:27:47 |
More by dfhhead25
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Glad a place like this is around in Lancaster. I like the fact they always have good brews on tap, which are usually highly rated on BA. They have a good selection of from around the states and if you pay attention to their FB posts, you can usually snag some seasonal/ limited release stuff when they arrive. Bottles are a little pricey, as well as the pizza, but I don't mind paying the premium knowing I'm supporting a local business. It's also nice they serve the beer in the appropriate glasses. This is my go to place in Lancaster when I'm looking to snag a variety 6-pack of deliciousness. If you haven't been here before, it's a good idea to stop by.
03-31-2013 20:53:14 |
More by Cannibeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This was sort of just a quick walk-in / drive-by to check the place out, but I might as well give my impression. I actually thought this was a really cool place, being primarily a bottle shop, but also offering beer on tap as well as food. It's a pretty small place, no actual bar that I noticed, but there are a few tables to sit at. I'd imagine it would suck on a busy night. Contemporary design/decor, simple and laid back. Maybe a good place to share a casual round of beers with friends, but not a place where you'd take the lady out for dinner. A few good local/craft brews on tap, and a pretty good selection of bottles, even if nothing was extremely uncommon. I'm not sure if they get special allotments of in-season wales there or what. Prices were about typical for higher end "make your own 6-pack" bottle shops in PA. We didn't have any food, but it looked like mainly thin-crust pizza with local food options for topping, giving some higher price tags.
A neat little place overall, and--depending on the size of your wallet--probably one of the better bottle shops in Lancaster (just a guess, since I haven't been to any other ones).
11-20-2012 02:34:36 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
10-02-2012 16:23:48 |
More by darktower
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Stopped by to check out their selection. Very nice take out selection and the draft list was good. We didn't have the pizza because we were just there for the beer but the pizza looked good.
The problem with this place is that they do not discount six packs. Whatever price is on the bottles, you just add them up so it is very pricey. They claim it is illegal for places to discount their six packs in PA. So I got 2 12oz Pallet Wreckers for $6 each and a Perpetual IPA from Troeg's for $3. $15 for 3 beers.
Great selection but very pricey!
06-25-2012 23:38:44 |
More by eaglesphan5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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!
02-13-2012 18:00:42 |
More by LostInTheFlood
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
The outside of the building isn't too impressive; grey, dark, and kind of boring with a logo on the side. Once inside though, the place is very modern with tables, pictures of bottles and bottle caps, a line of bottle fridges, and a few shelves.
Each time the server behind the bar has greeted me upon entering. They have been very friendly.
The food selection has grown a bit. They used to offer just pizza, but they are now up to soup and whatnot. The pizza is thin, hand-tossed and uses fresh, local ingredients. I sampled to slices on one of my visits and they were delicious. I had a sausage, peppers, and onions pizza and I forget what the other slice was.
They have six beers on tap and they change often. I've seen Smuttynose, Founders, Sixpoint, Stone, Bell's, Ballast Point, St. Boniface, among others. The bottle selection is pretty extensive, but it ranks up there with other bottle shops. They offer discounts with a certain number of bottle purchases, but regular prices are a bit steep. The bottle selection consists of Laguanitas, Lost Abby, Rogue, Stone, Ballast Point, among locals. The cool thing is that they have one cooler dedicated to just cans!
I've been here twice now and it's the perfect stop between Iron Hill and Spring House Taproom. The selection is very nice, albeit pricey and the food is very good. I will be back for both!
11-27-2011 17:09:15 |
More by thain709
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
11-12-2011 14:48:57 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$$
I was extremely excited for the opening of The Fridge, but unfortunately, I don't think I'll be returning too often - if at all.
A: nothing special. Small place; not a single place to sit - or even lean up against - when we went.
Q: One thing they do have going for them. The pizza, while pricey ($3 for a small square piece of thin crust) did have delicious toppings. Beer was served in appropriate glassware.
SV: Not a shining area. It took a while for someone to help me at the counter, and when they did, there was a mixup that lead to them pouring more glasses than I'd ordered - and giving me a very accusatory look about it instead of shrugging it off. Additionally, I didn't see them card a single person while I was there. Yes, I call that bad service. I don't want to see them getting into trouble for serving to minors - they have a good concept going; don't mess it up by being irresponsible.
SL: small, but very high quality, tap list (only six beers, but all A-grade selections). Good selection of bottles as well, but somewhat moot, because...
V: horrible. Everything in there was far, far overpriced. You can't buy a six pack in the traditional sense...you can only buy six singles. So say you want a six pack of Hop Devil. Be prepared to throw down over $15 - AFTER the quantity discount has been applied. Bombers that sell for $7-8 elsewhere? $13 here. Growler fills? If memory serves me correctly, most taps were $18 for a growler (not including the glass if you don't have one). Far, far too pricey for me.
09-22-2011 21:35:00 |
More by pitweasel
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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.
09-07-2011 21:59:00 |
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The Fridge in Lancaster, PA