Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing CompanySly Fox Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.76/5
Based on:
54 Beers
2,763 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: 30
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

331 Circle of Progress Dr
Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 19464-3811
United States
phone: (484) 524-8210

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Notes:
Tasting room phone # - (484) 300-4644

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Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I had some time to kill before one of my band’s gigs in Royersford, so we decided to spend some quality time at the Sly Fox brewpub. I had been anxious to visit since I first tried their Rt. 113 IPA on tap at The Marysville Tavern a few weeks before, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity, since we would be in the area.

We arrived at a great time (about 3:30, between lunch and dinner), so it wasn’t very crowded. There were perhaps three other people at the spacious bar that seated perhaps twenty-five, and only one or two tables were occupied. We decided to sit at the bar near the bottle coolers. Overall, this Sly Fox location boasts a nice, comfortable pub seating area with painted red walls, rich woodwork, and a working fireplace. All in all, a very comfy setting.

My wife and I both opted for the sampler, which included five 5-oz. glasses of anything on tap for six bucks. I chose the following: Phoenix Pale Ale, Pikeland Pils, Route 113 IPA, Dunkel Lager, and Pughtown Porter. All of the ABVs were in the 5% range, with the exception of the IPA, which was 7%, according to the beer menu.

The Phoenix was an amber-colored, medium bodied pale ale with soft carbonation and a mild hop aroma and flavor. The Pikeland Pils was light yellow in appearance and had a crisp, hoppy bite with a medium finish. The IPA was orange/rust colored with a creamy head and bold hop flavor. Lots of fine lacing around the glass as I drank it. The Dunkel Lager and Porter were also very good. The Porter had a smooth texture and a smoky finish. I was thoroughly pleased with all of my selections. My wife got almost all different selections (save the Porter), including O’Reily’s Stout, Royal Weisse, Saison Vos and Rauchbier. She liked everything, which is pretty rare.

We only got a snack (the soft Pub Pretzels) since we were going to be having dinner at the gig. But they were very tasty and were served with honey mustard and cheese dipping sauces.

I ended our visit with a 20-oz. Black & Tan, comprised of their Stout and Pale Ale. It displayed a very small tan head and was a well-balanced blend of both aforementioned beers.

Overall, the service was great and the customers were pleasant. We had a nice twenty-minute conversation with another customer about various brewpubs, breweries, etc. For the road, we got a 22-oz. bomber of the IPA and also two bottle-conditioned selections: the Christmas Ale and the Raspberry Reserve. This was a very nice experience and I hope to be back to Sly Fox soon!

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Sly Fox has two locations. The old brewery / restaurant in Phoenixville and the new production brewery and brew pub in Pottstown. Well TG got a living social deal where you get 2 shirts and 2 brewery tours at the Pottstown brewery. Unfortunately they don’t do tours on Fridays but we did get out T-shirts. The new place is real nice. We were going to eat lunch there but the food menu is limited (just pizza’s and some finger pub foods). When I say limited I don’t mean that as a bad thing. The pizza’s they had looked awesome and some of the other stuff looked good, we just wanted a full lunch menu and decided to eat at the restaurant in Phoenixville. The bar was long and there were about 9 wooden tables with benches inside as well as an outdoor patio area to hang out as well. Great looking place but the only problem is its in the back of an industrial park and unless you have the address and know what your looking for your probably not going to randomly stop by this place and just happen to come across it.

Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I took a break from the Reading WWII Weekend on Friday, 03JUN11 for lunch at the Royersford Sly Fox.

This pub is easily found once getting off the highway in Royersford, and is located at the right-hand end of a nondescript building in a small strip-mall. Upon entering, there's a hostess station to the left, beyond which is a dining room. Straight ahead is a small dining area/lounge, with the bar at the rear of the room, running right to left with a short "ell" back to the rear. The decor is an odd mix of garish, red walls with lots of old, polished dark-wood furniture, as found in many a London pub. Further back, beyond the left of the bar, is a display case with glassware and clothing, another dining room, and a game room with pool tables, pin-ball, etc. Decent rock music filled the air.

I parked at the bar and perused the bier menu, which had 12 different options to choose from. They had a varied assortment, from 2 different maibocks to an IPA, a rauchbier to a tripel, and so on. I tried the 2 maibocks, the rauch and the tripel. All were solid and tasty. For my meal I went with a Buffalo Chicken Sammich, which was quite satisfying and filling. My bartender did a solid, albeit unspectacular, job. Had hoped to snag a bier to go, but they were out of my intended choice, their DIPA. Still, it was well worth the side-trip from Reading, and I'd surely swing by again if possible. Prosit!!

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My first impression of this place is not a great one. The building's exterior is nondescipt and unappealing and the decor inside is rather dated. The vibe feels more like a mid-'90's chain restaraunt than a brewpub. Where is all the brewing equipment? Somewhere in the back of the building I suppose. The beer, however, was a bright spot. Not a huge selection but quite a few belgians and germans on-tap. The food is standard pub fare and the prices are reasonable. Overall, this is a great place to stop in for a pint if your in the area but isn't really a destination spot.

Photo of haazer
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here this past saturday with the lady and a group of friends. We took the brew tour and got lunch. It was pretty cool that they let you bring a beer with you on the tour as other places I've been to don't.

The atmosphere is a little old and plain for that of a resturant but they do have a great game room that I had to bump the score up for. The walls are a bland maroon color, not many pictures, the tables look like they have some years of wear and tear on them. The game room though was sweet. We played shuffelboard, air hockey, some offroad racing game, and of course BIG GAME HUNTER!! The service I had was interesting, I think every time I went up to the bar there was a different bar tender. The waitress was ok, she didn't seem to know much on the selection and I've never had Slyfox prior to this, but we had a large group and she did well.

The selection is obvious because you're in their brewery/resturant for cryin out loud, but their beer is good! I tried the Royal Weise, the Saison, and the Rt. 113 IPA. I also bought a 750 bottle of the Ichor and Incubus home to try. They do have a liquor license so you can get mixed drinks or shots if that pleases you.

The food was pretty good actually, nothing outstanding but everyone was pleased. I got a Reuben that was delicious, and my girl got a ham pretzel melt that I helped her finish that was damn tasty also. All in all food and beer was priced very reasonable, nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of pburland23
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in with a part of four for dinner and beers on a Saturday night around 8:00 pm. Was told there was a 20-25 minute wait which was fine. However, we were seated within 10 minutes which was great.

THe atmosphere is a little weird. It looks more like a casual family restaurant in the dining area than a brewpub. The layout and color scheme are a little dated and tired. However, I enjoyed all the kitschy fox related bric-a-brac scattered through the dining area. Also, we were seated directly in front of the working fireplace which was nice since we had just come from the freezing and windy nearby outlet mall.

I thought our waitress was great. My wife and I are quite familiar with Sly Fox beer but she walked our out of town guests through the beer list and gauging what they like in beer. In the end, they were both happy with the choices they had made.

I think the beer selection is great. There were 12-15 beers on tap representing a wide variety of styles. I opted for two of my favorites: Pikeland Pils then a Route 113 IPA. Additionally, you can also get some of Sly Fox's large format bottled beer in the restaurant.

The food is not the star attraction at Sly Fox. I had crab cakes and they were just alright. The crab cakes themselves were pretty good, but they were small and my mashed potatoes were definitely plated with an ice cream scoop. All in all, the food wasn't bad. It just wasn't memorable either. I think I'll stick to burgers on future visits.

The bill was reasonable and I thought the value for drinks particularly was pretty good. My favorite aspect of the meal was that you could place a to go beer order with your waitress. I ended up taking home a bottle of Odyssey and a growler of Pughtown Porter. The growler was a good deal too. $4 for the growler itself an $8.49 for the beer.

All in all, come for the beer. It's worth a stop in your in the area.

Photo of prg1976
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Obviously, you're most likely going here for the beer, but the service is atrocious. The place was near empty, on a tuesday evening, and it took 20 min to get a beer. On top of that, the apps and main course were served within about 4 min of each other. I don't get it.

Anyway, the beers are slightly under-whelming. The 113 IPA is my favorite. Some of the limited stuff is nice to try, but I live so close to this brewpub, I'd really like to see them brew something that blows me away and keeps me coming back.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Been there a few times to eat, many times to drink.

Standard brewpub and restaurant, with a cool game room in the back with pool tables, shuffleboard, air hockey, etc.

The quality of the beer is always great, I've never had a bad beer. My favorite being their quad Ichor, which is fantastic. Their standard beers are canned and available for take-out, which comes in handy when attending a BYOB sporting event that doesn't allow glass bottles.

My only slight complaint about the selection is just personal, in that my favorite styles are porter, brown ale, and stout. Of which the only one they've ever had is their dry stout, which ironically is the sub-style of stout that is my least favorite.
But for fans of IPA, Pale Ale, and various German styles, they should be up your alley.

The food in my opinion was just average and maybe, a little over priced for the quality. No problem with the cost of beer.

Photo of regspeir
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The brewery is one of two locations for Sly Fox, but the one (other being in Phoenixville) that does the bulk of the work now - brewing, canning, bottling, etc. A tour was available with little notice and the tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The restaurant was quite large with a number of different rooms with different purposes. When we were there there was even a christening and a little girl's birthday party. I was trying to imagine what the invitations would look like. "Come to Jill's 5th birthday party at the brewery?" The bar area was quite comfortable and the servers and bartenders were polite and attentive. I did not find them terribly well acquainted with the beers, however. Our bartender suggested Incubus was a quad (it's a triple). The food was decent with good portions and reasonably priced to inexpensive. The menu had surprisingly wide variety of offerings, beyond just the typical pub fare. Based on my visit, I would recommend this place to you and will go back to test it again soon.

Photo of Wilson27
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very nice clean establishment.
Great beer selection with plenty to choose from on tap and even a nice selection of 750ml bottles. Live music every time I've been there. Great game room with pool tables, darts, air hockey etc. Service has been great every time I visit Sly Fox.

Nice sized bar if you want to sit at the bar, there are plenty of tables and booths in the bar area as well. Dining room is plenty big and isolated from the bar if you just want to kick back for dinner and relax.

Their stout is one of the best I've had.
Their Phoenix Pale Ale is also one of my favorites from Sly Fox.

Photo of kadelsjx
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited this place with some friends on a Saturday afternoon in May of 2010. I used to live in PA so I'm familiar with Slyfox. They brew a lot of good beers (canned which I prefer).

Ordered food and beer samplers. Beer selection and quality was exceptional as expected. Service was average...bartender offered very little background/recommendations on brews. Food was surprisingly good though and reasonably priced. Took a walk-through tour of the brewery which was awesome. Manager/tour guide was helpful and friendly and answered a lot of my homebrewing questions.

Atmosphere was the only thing lacking from this visit. Not a place that I would go to on a regular basis because of that. Felt like the place needed a make-over...something was missing.

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