Sly Fox Brewing Company
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4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
A short 10-15 minute trip from the King of Prussia Mall and Sly Fox is located in a small shopping area called Pikeland Village Square. The bar is nice and roomy as there are about 20 stools and 4 high tops. Plenty of regular table for dining. The atmosphere would have scored higher if it wasn't for the fact everything is green in color. Outside patio for dining too. Large glass panels lets you look into the fermenter room from the bar.
The food was good as I had a nice fish and chips dish. Other food looked similiarly appetizing. There are about 10 beers on tap, covering most styles which gave me a nice choice - stout, porter, IPA, pale ale, helles, maibock, scotch ale, weisse, etc. The few beers I sampled were all great. The bartender on duty knew his stuff and was very friendly. This is a must trip if you are anywhere near this area of the state. It is worth the trip.
05-18-2004 23:25:33 | More by Gavage
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
If ya want to check out SLY FOX, go for the Goat Race or another of the inventive events that they have or just go anytime and enjoy. SLY FOX is a neat & clean brew pub, located in a shopping center, but in a way that it doesn't matter at all. This has a "welcome home" feel. It passes the "Mom could enjoy a beer here" test. Well kept atmosphere. The day that I stopped in, it rained. A gal wiped up rain water from the floor that I tracked in the minute I hit inside.
There seems to be a solid nine to twelve different style selection on tap. Bock, Weisse, IPA, Double-Bock, Porter, Stoudt, the list goes on...BA brownie points for selection. Only offering lacking was my fave Barley-Wine: Thus the 4.5/5 The brewskies are quite tasty all around. A gal next to me declared that she likes "BUD flavored beers" and was able to flip in appreciation for a Helles. That is a good wide range. Kudos to Brian O'Reilly.
The folks behind the bar are beer-pros. They know the stuff!!!
Tried a German pork and Spazel dish. Awesome! This is a 100% stop-in for the BA fan. I only wish it were closer. Took home a SLY FOX growler of Styrian IPA. It was delectable.
Beer is good. Happy local, brewpub beering!
05-06-2004 02:33:59 | More by blitheringidiot
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
WOW, this was a great night. My freinds took me out in honor of an early birthday celebration. It has the over-all feel of a standard, local, restaruant. Honestly, that does it no justice. It has a nice feel, I esp. like the PSU and other philly sports gear up on the walls, but then again I am biased. The idea of a "local resutaruant" atmosphere works very well here. You can sit down, relax, and enjoy yourself the whole night though. The food, better then average pub grub and more, not Victory standards, but not bad by any means, but no overly-impresive. My only problem was they included an 18% gratuity w/ my growler, even though I ordred it separate from my meal (we had 7 people at the table). Oh well, still fun, I still need to go back
04-11-2004 03:32:31 | More by PSUDREW
4.44/5 rDev +7.5%
This was a really cool brewpub. As you enter you see the bar on the right and a dining area on the left. The bar is quite large, but is unusually high. It makes everyone look like their little kids sitting up there. Also they have an assortment of stuffed foxes all around this place.
The quality was great. It was a clean upscale place with a bunch of damn good beers. My favorite was the doppelbock, which was the best I've ever had.
The selection was outstanding. I sampled nine different beers, which all were good quality. They had the regular lineup with a number of seasonals; awesome.
The service was good as well. I spoke for sometime to the brewer , who was very friendly. They offered advice for my travels and were quick to refill my empty glasses, which is always key. One of the bartenders made the comment, "Oh no, more beer geeks." I guess I'm not the only beer advocate that stopped here for a brew.
04-07-2004 13:19:25 | More by WesWes
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
I visited Sly Fox as the last of the stops on the Philly Beer Rally. I was really tempted to skip this stop and stay longer at Victory because I love the place. I also have had Sly Foxes beers on tap at Standard Tap and was never really impressed. What a surprise then that I loved the place and the beer. Its location is a little weird, in the middle of shopping center, which is another reason I wanted to skip it. The inside, however, is a really cozy bar area with the beer operations evident through the glass and a fairly busy restaurant area. I didn't get to see the upstairs. The hit of the evening, though, was the outdoor patios, which were great on a nice spring day.
The beers that I tried were exceptional, although I doubt that any will show up on the taps at Standard Tap. They seemed to have been small batch beers brewed for the Rally. I had the cask conditioned Amarillo IPA, which was exception. The Instigator Doppelbock was another good one, but the star of the evening was the Gang Aft Agley, the Scotch Ale that is aged in whiskey barrels. It was outstanding.
The bartender was knowledgeable about Sly Fox's beers and about beer in general, and kept up with a demanding crowd of Beer Advocates and local beer drinkers.
I only had the free appetizers that were put out for the BAs so it may not be fair for me to rate the food. The free food was okay, nothing to write home about. My wife ordered from the menu, and said that her salmon salad was a little past its prime. The menu also appeared to be a little on the lightweight side, and I'm not. It reminded me of a dieter's heaven.
That is little to quibble with, however, with a place I didn't think I would like at all. I will go back for the beer and will probably give more of the food a try.
03-31-2004 22:57:48 | More by rdrummer
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
The original feel is one of an craft beer bar and a local restaurant. The strip mall setting is more than compensated for with the porch off the bar. We are not talking a big place ,, but what is big is the huge sly fox on-tap beer list. Each selection is original.. and all are good well crafted beers. I have never seen a larger tap list at a microbrewery (where beer choices are usually very limited). The service is good and the staff are polite and knowledgable. I wouldent comment on the food because I only had a few "snacks" and they were ok.. but it would not be fair to judge them on food quality. A reccomended place to get some high quality microbrewed beer!
03-29-2004 20:53:25 | More by frank4sail
4.58/5 rDev +10.9%
After my second trip, I was equally pleased with the Sly Fox. It is a large place, but it remains cozy and without too much noise. There is a small bar as you walk in with around 15 seats, and about ten tables in the room. There is a large dining area to the left, and another upstairs. The tanks sit behind a wall of glass behind the bar. Service is excellent. ther are very knowledgable, and are very quick to offer samples and descriptions of any beers that they have available.
They had about 8-10 beers which is excellent. The Helles was great last year as was the Instigator Double Bock, Weiss, and Incubus. This year I enjoyed a whiskey barrel aged brew, 2 of the single hop IPAs, and Renar D'or, a belgian dark. All were very good. I can not wait to try some food, and this is a must stop if anywhere in the area. Quality brews and a great motivation for creativity and experimentation with new styles combined with a great brewer really make this a top shelf establishment.
03-29-2004 16:22:00 | More by ElGuapo
4.36/5 rDev +5.6%
Stopped by the Sly Fox before hitting the BA get-together at Victory. Thanks to Jaysus for pointing this place out to me. A very cool brewpub!
Atmosphere - This is a very new-looking and nice place. A family atmosphere with serious beer guys in attendance at the bar. Friendly and welcoming with great specials and good brews. A winner.
Quality - I was very pleased with everything here. It was all done very well, and I WILL be back soon.
Service - We only stopped for a couple of beers, but the bartender was on top of everything and als was very knowledgable about all the beers and beer happenings in the area. Even got to rap with the brewmaster. Frienly and attentive...everything I could ask for.
Selection - Limited to their own brews on tap, but they had (I think) 10 different to choose from, which I consider to be a good selection for a small brewpub. Very nice.
Food - Did not try.
Overall - Thursdays from 9-10 they have $1 drafts. How can you beat that? They get live music and have different specials everyday. With a beautiful bar and friendly service, this place rules. I highly reccommend it.
03-28-2004 22:11:07 | More by Edwin
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
Waaaay out in the 'burbs of Philly, and they seem to go on forever, sits this gem. Looks like a big house, and is indeed pretty sizable once you get in, with seating stretching through two floors. Walls are painted a pallid green that feels quite off, but it does keep away that typical pub darkness. Tall and wide glass wall is behind the bar, through which you can see the many brewtanks. In all, pretty nice, and very friendly, as noticed in the many families with children of all ages. All seemed to be quite happy.
Food is good - my tuna steak sandwich was much better than I expected, and my lady's ribs were well-smoked, well-cooked, though the BBQ sauce was a bit commercial in its over-sweetness. Not a tremendous selection, but they move a little beyond the typical pub standards. Service was friendly, swift, and very pleasant - the due product of family ownership and a young waitstaff eager to please, not to look cool and chat to themselves. And the beers... can't forget those, because they were very good. O'Reilly has got a great thing going, showing skill across the board from ales to lagers, English to Belgian to German. Many a positive review soon to come, and I am no "homer" when it comes to opinion - I'm a roving nomad! Growler prices for half-gallons are great, so I'll be back many times over in the coming months.
Took me six months to finally get out to it, and am very glad I did. Because of places like this, Southeast PA is indeed the "Fertile Crescent" of breweries and brewpubs some have called it.
EDIT: Enjoy the atmosphere much more after being out on the patio under some shiny skys - wooo, is it nice out there with some good brews.
03-06-2004 20:07:56 | More by nomad
3.68/5 rDev -10.9%
This is my local watering hole and I know it can be easy to overlook what is in your own backyard. I think that there are many solid beers that are brewed here. With that said, I think that the attempted Belgians fall a little flat for me. I have tried most if not all a few times and alwasy think soemthing is missing. Maybe they are using a yeast that is too nuetral, I am not sure. On the other hand, I think there are some great beers here. The Helles, Pale Ale, and Scottish Ale are all some of my favorites. I can't say I'm impressed with the food, though I don't normally go there to eat anymore. Usually, I will just have a soft pretzel or some wings. Can't mess that stuff up, but it's not gourmet either. As far as I know, it is pretty much the only reason to stop in Phoenixville unless you need gas or you live here.
02-12-2004 17:59:40 | More by ark57
Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, PA
92 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.