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Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 55
Beer Ratings: 2,712
Beer Avg: 3.75

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

121 Ratings
Ratings: 121
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Notes:
Phoenixville Brewhouse & Eatery.

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slander

New York

4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Wound down a very long day brewpubbin' here. Standing alone in a shopping center, it's an odd little out-of-place house or something. On entering, there's a dining room to the left, more seating to the right around the bar area and there's a staircase front row center that goes upstairs to an additional dining room. Nice, homey and comfortable as brewpubs go, but it seems quite compact all around. Squoze in at the bar to find a dozen plus taps and drank an IPA, which was nicely hoppy, but the real wonder here was the Black Raspberry Wheat. It was like the Lindeman's Cassis with an alcohol punch in the face. Full and crazy fruity and most unusual. Having done subsequent visits, I've never had a bad beer here.
The bar is "Z" shaped and you can see the brewing equipment through the glass walls behind the bar area. Not a lot of room back there but they get it done some how. Additional seating outside does an "L" around the corner. Perfectly apt for a large crowd of well behaved BA's.

10-14-2003 01:10:05 | More by slander
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Victory's little brother. Not a single complaint coming here. Good beer, good service. The food is simple, but hey, I came for the beer. It seems like a good family place. It's a brewpub, but not all the focus is on the beer. It's a very friendly and comfortable place to stop by if you're in the area.

07-29-2003 00:12:01 | More by dmarch
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Looks like it was a house at one time, but strangely enough, located in a little shopping center on the southern side of Phoenixville. After coming through the main doors, looking left you see the dining area, nice enough, but nothing memorable there. To the right is the bar, a zig-zag sort of shape. The bar stools are goofy. I think they are just too low to the bar. I felt like a 10 year old sitting there barely able to get my elbows on the bar, and I'm 6'1". Filling out the rest of the bar area are several tables. Behind the bar, behind glass are the fermenters, tanks etc. Sky lights and big windows let in plenty of natural light, and there is a little patio area when the weather is nice and having a pint out doors is in order. Menu is fairly interesting and could be considered pub grub with a bit of a creative take. Beers are top notch.

07-22-2003 14:31:56 | More by bmills1608
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PopeDX

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The selection isn't huge, but covers a nice variety, and it seems to rotate rather well with the seasons. The sampler is 5 different beers of your own choosing served in a neat round thingamajig. My favorite beer bar often carries Sly Fox also, so I've had the luxury of having lots of their beers away from the brewpub. They're always very well-balanced and good examples of their respective style. The bartenders/waitresses are always very friendly and helpful. The food is great, it has a feeling as if this started as a restaurant that wanted their own beer rather than a brewery that wanted their own restaurant. There's plenty of traditional pub fare at reasonable prices and a more fancy selection available at a more fancy price. Having dinner here then jumping down the road to Victory (maybe 15 minutes away) makes for a great suburban pubcrawl.

07-17-2003 05:44:34 | More by PopeDX
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been in there twice last time on the 4th of July with my future father-in-law.The second time was better than the first,the first me and my fiancee went in there and had good food (crab dip is great) and great beer but our server was nowhere to be found and brought us the wrong food.The second time was much better ate at the bar and had a real cool,knowledable bartender.The smoked italian sausage bites were real good.The beer at this place is top notch worth it just for the beer alone.

07-10-2003 11:47:47 | More by oberon
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Beermaninpa

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Nicely decorated without being overdone, the bar is a little funky for shorter people. Love the outside seating area, nothing like sitting outside with one of Bryan's Brews. They do quite a few special events, Goat Race, Beer Dinners, Robbie Burns night to keep things interesting. The smoke is not bad and the noise level is moderate.

Quality: The beers were okay for years, improved with Bill Moore there and are some of the best around with Brian's hands involved.

Service: The majority of the staff in excellent and quite attentive, they are holding classes for the staff to get them all up to speed on beer talk. Get to know Cory or Jim behind the bar, good guys that are into beer.

Selection: Always at least 6 beers on. They seem to always have Helles, Stout and Pale Ale, with seasonal following a theme ( Belgian, German etc,)

Food: Much better with the new chef. More choices, better quality and the presentation is excellent.

05-12-2003 18:50:39 | More by Beermaninpa
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

One of the nicest surprises on Pennsylvania: there's something to be said for a suburban place for which you have no lofty expectations. In a parking lot shared with other fairly-new construction establishments, but not part of a mall, Sly Fox has succeeded in making the interior of their building feel woodsy, homey and bright. Better yet, it feels like a brewpub, not a patched together restaurant.

Terrific selection through a full range of abv's, bitternesses and colors. Saison! Grassy, flowery saison in the middle of winter in suburban PA. Who woulda thunk it? A good malty scottish. A really non-subtle, hoppy pale. And better-than-average bar food. Terrific nachos. A dedicated, efficient server completes one of the all high notes, no low notes brewpub experiences in the region.

04-11-2003 09:46:25 | More by ecoboy
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Sly Fox is a nice brewpub that has come along way since Brian Reilly took over as head brewer. The beers are much better and have that German influence as well as his Belgians. The place is good for families and just to hang out and the selection is much better now than in the past. Service and quality are above average and this is now a place to stop by if you are in the area.

04-07-2003 14:26:21 | More by bierman2000
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rotsaruch

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The SlyFox building is located in a small strip mall next to a car dealership in Kimberton, PA, just outside of Phoenixville along PA Route 113. The brewpub, bar and bar dining area are immediately noticable as you enter. There is a separate dining area on the 1st floor to your left and on second floor. There are exposed natural wood beams with green accented carpeting. Oh, the mens room is very clean (I can't speak about the condition of the ladies room).

OK, that's the generic information on the location and description of this establishment. Let's get serious about the brews, food and service. Since Brian O'Reilly started brewing less than a year ago, the popularity of this place has expanded expontentially. The man is the commensurate brewer of the first order. His brewing skills and knowledge cross all styles and levels of diversity. The quality of every brew, whether its his Helles lager, unfiltered Keller Pils, the hoppy Route 113 IPA or his exceptional selection of Belgians continue to bring pleasure to my taste buds and a smile to my face. He challenges himself and he challenges you to taste the best a brewer can offer. The food prepared by Chef Paul is varied and always delicious. Scott, the general manager and his assistant, Corey, the servers are very attentative and knowlegable of the food and brews that are available.

I highly recommend you try the great brews and the overall brewpub experience. You won't be disappointed.

02-13-2003 17:42:43 | More by rotsaruch
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jreitman

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Sly Fox interior definitely gives you the feeling of a hunting lodge from the large exposed wooden beams to the dark and light greens used in the paint. The incorporation of pictures of the brewhouses namesake just furthers the feeling. Food selection was good with the Shepherd's Pie I ordered being quite good, but served a little hot. All the beers were wonderful though I would have liked to have seen a amber, ESB, or IPA on tap. Coming from the Pac NW I have come to expect these beers and now when they are missing, I notice and can't help but be disappointed. Overall, the Sly Fox was a very worthwhile experience and is worth keeping an eye on.

12-27-2002 16:08:34 | More by jreitman
Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, PA
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