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3.75/5
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Ratings: 151
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rAvg: 4.08
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

520 Kimberton Rd
Rt. 113
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 19460
United States
phone: (610) 935-4540

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Reviews by TheDeuce:
Photo of TheDeuce
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came here with family to the first location..

Really cozy place, split between a bar and a restaurant area, also an upstairs. Cool fox taxidermy along the tops of the wall, lots of wood mixing into the decoration as well. We opt for the bar, which has plenty of TVs and a small 350 gallon system in the back.

Our waiter was nice and very attentive, my father and I opted for two samplers (five beers each) for ten of the eleven beers available on tap and the waiter said he would throw in the eleventh beer sample for us as a bonus, nice of him to do.

Beer was very good, all ranges of styles available. The sampler had Phoenix Pale, Dunkel Lager, Helles Lager, Pils, O'Reilly Stout, Belgian Golden, Weiss, Porter, Raspberry Reserve, 113 IPA, and the Seamus Irish Red. Mother and grandmother opted for wine. Samples were good, after tasting we opted for some favorites, I had the Phoenix and the Pils and my dad chose Seamus all pints were very much enjoyed.

We did order lunch as well, I had a Pulled Pork sandwich, which was awesome. Fries are different and good, rest of the family had burgers and they all agreed the food was good. I sampled the burger and it was indeed tasty.

Really nice place, manager came over and spoke to us, many others were around enjoying the beer and taking home growlers. We opted to try the Odyssey IPA and take it home in bottles, I am looking forward to that. They also seem to have many theme days, including Poker Nights, Phillies nights (or insert Philly team for the season) and other stuff.

Overall, this brewpub is fantastic, I could not have enjoyed it more and it deserves all the praise it's been getting. Give it a shot.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I have visited this place a few times -once for the goat races which is an annual event that attracts many based on the German music food and beer theme. I find this place to be a cozy place and a good one to enjoy a draft -They have bottles available like their Saison vos which I shared. The service is decent and atmosphere is pleasant I would recommend stopping in if you havent checked them out -I personally like the saison but they also have a decent pilsner, pale and the MaiBock if on is great this time of year

Photo of J-Rye
3.1/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Pretty average, though the food was better than average. It didn't help that the saison I tried was very overly floral.

Photo of ILuvBeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Outstanding Local Brewery

Photo of derekrick420
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I have been going to the Sly Fox for 8 years, and must say that although I preferred the space across the street, I understand the logistics for the move.

The atmosphere has always been fantastic, a place that feels like an English pub, where it is both a place to easily socialize or to bring the family for dinner. Most of the staff has been constant through the years as well.

I have been to two anniversary paired brunches, an awesome way to spend an early December Friday, Robbie Burns day also is a must, and of course the annual goat races, which have always been a late spring highlight.

the kitchen has always been flexible and has always focused on service and will make the customer what it wants. If you're in phoenixville stop in you won't be disappointed.

Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Stopped in here one night with two friends on our way back from a Tired Hands bottle release. The place wasn't overly crowded, we sat at the bar where there were also a few people sitting. The service was pretty good, the bartender was friendly and the waitresses were too. The quality of beers and good are debatable to me. I have no doubts that the good is good as I really enjoyed my Mac & Cheese. The beers that Sly Fox makes just never really hit a high note to me, so picking one out was practically a nightmare. Ended up buying the last bottle of Ichor they had... Surprised they were nearly sold out of it. My friends order some shrimp appetizer and a flight sampler. They were really pleased with everything. I was kind of just there for the ride. Selection was good but not all that impressive. All the standard beers they make with a few one off's that were on draft. The price was decent, but nothing about the place really makes me wanna go back. I guess I'm just too picky.

Photo of tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Sly Fox brewpub is a pretty decent hang despite the somewhat generic sports bar kind of feel it has. I would think this is actually a pretty cool place to watch the game if you're a craft beer fan. There's a relaxed vibe in the room and while it may not be beer geek territory it certainly is beer fan territory.

The bartenders are friendly and well informed about what they're serving. There's a lot of Sly Fox beers on tap at any one time; I believe there was at least 12 during my visit, including at least one each on cask and nitro tap. The quality of the brews ranged from very good to below average, with most being pretty tasty and drinkable. The focus is mainly on traditional German and Belgian styles and not anything too over the top or experimental.

The clientele seemed to be a nice mix of middle aged guys at the bar relaxing after work; many came in with growlers and engaged in beer talk; some families eating standard looking pub grub; and some younger folks hanging out on the periphery. This is not what you'd call a hip or trendy establishment; its very suburban and a little corporate in feel.

Kudos for make your own flights and for bartender's throwing around samples of everything quite freely!

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery is a decent place with all you'd expect from Sly Fox brews. Set in an otherwise normal-looking shopping plaza, the atmosphere was a bit generic, with basic decor, and lacking the dim gloominess that gives good bars character. The beer selection was very good, with about 8 or so Sly Fox brews on tap, and additionally a few bottles and rare vintages are available for a price. Growler fills are also available. Food was very good, and the service was good as well. The bar is pretty intimate, so the bartenders are pretty attentive.

Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went here with a few friends for lunch and some beers. It's kind of plain looking family style restaurant/brewpub with a dull bare decor but the brewing tanks are visible behind the bar which is a plus. Lots of seating at the bar and plenty of tables for dining.

The food and service were decent but nothing out of the ordinary. They have standard pub food, burgers, apps, sandwiches, etc. Our server was friendly and knew waht beers were on tap but not a lot about them.

They have a pretty good selection with a wide range of styles, many if which I haven't seen outside of the brewpub. I didn't see any guest taps but they had their 750ml corked and caged bottles for sale and a few different t shirts.

Overall this place isn't spectacular but Sly Fox makes great beer so it's definitely worth a visit.

Photo of Schracky
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have been visiting this establishment for about 10 years. The beer is always finely crafted. There standard beers are delicious, but their specialty beers are really something special. The food is decent, but not the greatest. The atmosphere is jovial. It's a bit loud, but not in a bad way. I love their Belgian style beers as well as some of their darker concoctions. The bar is well stocked with cans and 22 oz bottles for take out. The service is usually great and the staff is very knowledgeable. Look for this brewery to continue to grow as their beer becomes more and more popular.

Photo of Jimmys
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited Sly Fox - Phoenixville this past weekend for lunch while seeing some friends in town.

Brewpub was in a strip mall by a Subway and I think some other generic shops. Heard it moved from across the street, where it was stationed in a building with much more character. This new location just didn't have a great atmosphere to it, sort of bland. Service was decent, but sort of lacking which was inexplainable with the amount of customers in the restaurant at the time. Beer selection was great. I think there were at least 12 beers to choose from and I got to build a sampler from any concoction I could come up with (I love that). Not just the selection, but they can brew some delicious beers. Had to leave with a few 6-packs. Food was okay, just average for my plate. Didn't have any revelations from the other plates on the table as well. Would like to check out the production brewery/restaurant in Royersford to compare. Overall, if you are coming through town stop by for a pint and grab some beer to go, but no need to come hungry.

Also, bring your screw-top growlers. They have a very impressive counter-pressure filler and fills were reasonable. However, I went with a swing-top that I own and it was twice as much to have that filled. Never got to inquire why that is, but kinda sucked cause I wanted to leave with a brew that was only on tap.

Photo of tigg924
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Wow. This place has changed so much from the last time I went nearly two years ago. Granted the location is different. It is now set in a strip mall. There is a huge Sly Fox logo out front, so this is hard to miss...once you find the right lot. The inside of the restaurant is pretty non-descript...I got the sense I was in an old barn or German beer hall--in a good way. This place was nice and clean. What really wowed me about Sly Fox was the beer and food...much much better than I remember. There were 11 different Sly Fox taps. I had the pils, siason, and Belgian brown. All were excellent. I enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries. Both the beer and food I thought were relatively cheap for the high quality of food and beverage. The service was friendly and came by with samples when asked. I used to think of Sly Fox as an afterthought on my work trips to the area...nice to stop by but if I missed so be it...After going there last week it has become a must stop and a brewery I wish was closer.

Photo of jwhancher
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Not a big fan of the strip mall type feel. I like my pubs, or breweries, to have their own feel, or character, so for me this place screams a Sbarros or a Chilis. Plus, it was a tad hard to find. I turned in the strip mall right before this one: go figure! With that aside, the beer & service are great. Plenty of offerings on tap. Had some beer related magazines to check out at the bar which was a plus. Other patrons seemed friendly. Prices seemed normal. Didn't try the food though. Will give this another try to check out their beer selections, but I just can't stand the setup. Please move out of the strip malls (both locations)!!!

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was my third time visiting the Phoenixville location - first time in the new building. I go here for their Jamaican Jerk wings first - the beer is great, but second in importance.

The old Phoenixville spot was alright. Not what I expected. A mix between a day care center and a drab outdoorsy hunting lodge. Had potential. The atmosphere is very local. Nothing wrong with that - it had character. The new joint has more open space to it. Looks virgin - fresh and clean, if not a little clinical. Give it time. Definitely a step up.

The service is pleasant and prompt, however, there were some missteps - one on each of my first two times there. On the first occasion, I was charged $37 on a $20 check and, mea culpa, didn't realize it until after I left. Went back for the wings two weeks later (couldn't stay away) - and mind you this place is over an hour from where I live - and I was served a beer I didn't want or ask for by a server that didn't really seem with it. Minor blemish yet again. Drank the beer und it was good. So it goes. Relax & drink - that's why you're there.

While I can go on and on about the quality of said wings, the rest of the menu leaves a little to be desired. Mish-mash of various items that look vaguely appealing, but nothing that strikes you as being unique or intriguing. At least to me. I had something simple - the chicken salad sandwich - dill, celery, onions, black pepper, on a brioche roll - sounds good, huh? Dry, flavorless and stiff. Couldn't drink enough water to force that atrocity down my throat. My friends' sandwiches were equally dry and dull. Better luck next time? 2.5 pts for menu and food quality, +1 for those tasty wings. Yes, they're that good.

Great thing about this place, too, is that you can get individual (as in, not in a flight) smaller size glasses if you want to try many of their beers - selection big and wide - or if you don't want to build up a big bill.

Obviously, the wings and beer are good enough to warrant me driving out there 3 times so far. It's worth checking out. Plus, Victory is 20 min away, heh heh.

Photo of Kwak
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

got here in the middle of the day not to crowded just right

i did not like the bar its funny shape made me feel like an outcast down at the end away from everybody

the beer was good had a taste of most of the taps.

the food was good bar food nothing special but every thing was good

the staff was good they knew what they were serving and had a
good suggestion on what i should try

the dinning room was crowded so i guess all of their food is good

the only really bad point is that its over an hour from my house

Photo of mgbickel
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This Sly Fox is located in quaint Phoenixville, PA. You enter into the bar area which houses a "Z" shaped bar and some additional table seating. The brewing equipment is located directly behind the bar for all to see.

They had all of their usual offerings available on draft and to go. I went with a pint of 113 and a bottle of the Black Raspberry to go.

The bartender was very knowledgeable...she knew all about their brews and also offered advice on opening the caged and corked bottle.

There is also a patio area located at the entrance that looks like it will be a great place to hang out for happy hour...weather permitting.

All in all, a great place to stop by for a pint. I am anxious to visit the other location.

Photo of Minotaur
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Within walking distance from a friend's house, it is a regular stop. Even when packed they attempt to be accommodating and their service has always been top-notch.

Not only are the servers attentive but both at the bar and table, they all know their beer and food.

It is a brewery so they only have their own beers on draft.

I haven't had a beer I've been disappointed with; their Belgian style ales are particularly good. They bottle and can their ales and in cans the Weizen is quite nice. Their Incubus on draft or in a bottle is a fantastic beer.

I highly recommend attendance to the Robbie Burns event, and the Goat Races. I've also had their Oktoberfest German style dinner and food pairing and it was a great value and good beer.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.65/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The wife and I finally were able to hit this fine establishment on our way back to NJ from Valley Forge. The atmosphere was good, but there wasn't anything differentiating or outstanding about it. The patrons were great, but the nondescript green/brown decor had me thinking that we were sitting in a Houlihan's, or just some random Irish pub. The service was also good, but (a) the kid serving us seemed ticked off that he had to work on Labor Day weekend, and (b) he didn't seem as beer knowledgeable as I had expected him to be. That being said, he was both polite and attentive.

As for every other category, this place was beyond exceptional, with a heavy German influence not only on the vast array of beer styles on hand, but also on the food menu, which features homemade Bavarian-style pretzels, horseradish mustard, all sorts of wurst, etc. The beer selection featured not only German-style beers, but also a tremendous dry Irish stout...O'Reilly's (A+)...as well as some American-style ales and Belgian-style brews. All were well above-average, if not excellent. As for the food, wow...the pretzel appetizer and the pretzel-melt sandwich with homemade ham, mustard, and slaw. My wife jokingly asked me if I was going to lick my plate.

I noticed some other reviews where someone walked in and ordered something totally outside the realm of German-influenced cuisine. That kind of struck me as odd, since both the beer and food menu (and the fact that you are in Pennsylvania) hinted to me that German cuisine would likely be the house specialty. After all, I would never order a pizza at a steak restaurant. Stick to the German dishes...you won't be disappointed.

I will definitely be looking to go back very soon, if not visit the Royersford location.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I drove up from Levittown about a one hour drive to Phoenixville and my god it was well worth it. When you first walk in the staircase to the upstairs is right in front of you (we didn't go up there) An open floor plan the bar is to the right which extends into a Z shape.The tanks are behind the the bar in an L shape behind glass. We sat in the dining area off to the left.There was no one in there when we went in that was about 3:00 on a Friday and even on a Firkin night (didn't stay for that).

Quality of the beer and food are amazing. Alot off both menu's to choose from it was awesome.The good amount to choose from makes it very hard for you not choose anything.

Service was good. She didn't seem to know what was what but she sure as hell tried and I admire that.

Selection of beer's like i said alot to choose from very hard not to find something that is in your category.

Food is excellent very cheap and in large proportions.

All and all I would definetly come back here but it is a hike from my home. The prices for both beer and food are the best I've seen at a brewpub pure and simple. I still get a little aggravated though with brewpubs who do not offer an entire sampler of all their beers. I might be greedy but when I see 15 beers I would like to sample them not just five that coulduse work. Also since they can 3 of their heavy favorites they should make a six pack ( 2 beers a piece ) of a variety pack. Other than that amazing.

Photo of AltBock
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This Sly Fox is located on Rt.113 on the out skits of Phoenixville. It's across the road form two strip malls and it sits right next to another one that has a bank, a pizza parlor, and a frame store in it. The sign for Sly Fox is a bit tricky to see, so look for the STS. They're across the parking lot from that. The style of the building reminded me a little bit of a English countryside cottage. For some reason, I can't describe it, but it you can find a picture of an English cottage somewhere, it looks a little like that. When you first walking, you'll see that the dinning room is on the left, the bar area on the right, and stairs to the upstairs dinning room right in front of you. Sly Fox is decorated with drawing and paintings of foxes and even stuffed foxes. There is very little Sly Fox memorabilia on the walls. The dinning room is filled with wooden tables, more drawing of foxes, and on the right side wall, a large chalkboard with the beer and wine menu. I didn't get a chance to see what the up stairs dinning room looked like, but I'm sure it looks similar to the one downstairs. The bar area has a medium sized "Z" shaped wooden bar with wooden tables in front and the entire brewing operation behind the bar. Over the bar is small chalkboard with the tap list, but they do have a table top beer menu. In other words, it's a very cozy place.

From what I could see, they had pretty good service here. The bartender knew his stuff, they knew how to properly pour a pint and fill a growler, and they were always there when I needed another beer. The bartender had annoying laugh, but I can't judge my whole service on how the staff laughs.

They had a good sized food menu. They had all your regular food options like soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, pasta, and burgers. For starters, I chose the soup de jour which that day was chicken tortilla. Let's just say that it sounds better than what it actually was. There was far too many stewed tomatoes and clearly not enough chicken. The chicken was few and far between. Fro my main course, I went with the pretzel melt. That sandwich was fantastic! I could hardly put it down it was that good! It was the best piece of food I had that day. Remember, if it sounds good, you better watch out. It could be the chicken tortilla soup.

The day I was here, they had something like 12 house taps and one cask beer. There are no guest taps here. From where I was sitting, it looked like they could have up to 4 casks. On this day (a week after the goat race), most of their beer were of the Bock style. Nothing wrong with that! Along with all the Bocks, they had a few IPAs, a Helles, an Irish Dry Stout, and an Imperial Smoked Porter. Great variety of taps! I had hard time choosing what I wanted to drink. After you're done drinking here and you want more, not only do they offer growlers, but Sly Fox cans, 750's, and 22 oz. bomber bottles.

Even if the goat race isn't going on outside, the Phoenixville Sly Fox makes for a great place to grab a pint or Sly Fox singles. Just watch out for the chicken tortilla soup.

Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We've now been to the Phoenixville Sly Fox at least twice. I rather like the look and feel of the place. When you walk in you can go to the bar area with high tables, stools, etc. or you can go to the mainfloor dining area. There is also an upstairs area and an outdoor patio which we've never used. It definitely seems to be a cut above the typical brew pub atmosphere but is not quite as elaborate as an Iron Hill

The quality of the beer is great and the selection on tap both times was quite extensive. They also have some of their more popular beers available for take out purchase (at a lower price than is shown on the menu for purchase and drinking in).

On neither occasion was it particularly crowded so the service seemed good and there were no extended delays for anything.

The range of food (and beer as mentioned) is pretty good, but not great, and offers plenty of choices.

On both occasions I had the Cuban Sandwich and thought it was well prepared and quite tasty. I also had the Route 113 IPA and love it fresh from the tap. My wife enjoyed the Chicken and we both left feeling comfortably fed.

The value is in line with what I'd expect to pay in most other places I can think of so it seemed quite reasonably priced.

On the whole both visits were well worth the stop.

Photo of dmamiano
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice little place in the back of a little shopping village. Well decorated and the service was very good.
Sat at a table near the bar and immediately were able to order our beers. Quickly served as well.
Selection was very good with a nice mix of session beers and big beers. I had the Route 113 IPA and the 2007 Incubus. Both very good beers and served in the correct glassware(although I expected nothing less).
Didnt eat there, but the food and menu both looked good and reasonable.
If in Phoenixville, I recommend this as a stop.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.08/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a couple of samples on the way to Capone's.

This was stop #266 on my quest to visit every quality brewery/brewpub in North America...and beyond.

Suburban Philly in a upscale area. Interior is large with lots of open area. Lengthy bar that winds around the brewing equipment that is visible through windows. Very high ceilings.

I build a 4 oz sampler of Abbey Extra, Route 113 IPA, Panacea Barleywine, Pughtown Porter, and O'Reily's Stout.

The beers were all good, nothing exceptional.

Lots of younger local's hanging at the bar enjoying themselves. Also seems like a family-friendly in the restaurant area.

A couple of people working behind the bar provided excellent service.

Photo of jlandis
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

For two years I lived in Phoenixville and would frequent the slyfox for dinner about once a month. This was about three years ago now, so things may have changed since then.

Atmosphere - I usually sat in the dinner section and not at the bar and there was always a nice mix of families, couples, and friends. The bar noise was never overwhelming, but the room was fairly small.

Quality - The dining room was very clean and in good condition. The beer was fresh and the food was hot!

Service - The wait staff was very friendly and always had recommendations about the beers that they have tried, new releases, and popular varieties.

Selection - The food selection wasn't very elaborate, but there was something for everyone, and there was always a wide variety of beers on tap.

Food - I thought the food prices were a little high, but I really didn't mid that because the quality was always great and I was more there for the beer anyway.

Value - One of my favorite resultants in the Phoenixville area, and I made it a point to try and make it out at least once a month.

Photo of Hophead101
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

visited Sly Fox for the first time today on 12.11.08 on my way home from a client appointment.

a bit underwhelming when I first walked in. reminds me of a restaurant in the mountains when you go away for a weekend to your cabin. dining room and pub tables are all green top with wooden trim. very basic and ordinary. but, it is not about that, rather the beers. they had a great selection on tap of about 12, plus a great number of their beers in bottles (both to drink on site and to take to go). the staff was very helpful and very informative. behind the bar is glass where you can see the brewing equipment.

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Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, PA
91 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.