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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

135 Ratings
Ratings: 135
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Active Beers: 59
Beer Ratings: 2,854
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Phoenixville Brewhouse & Eatery.

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Photo of stingo
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Had the pleasure of sitting on the patio and having a few brews with a few BA's - I can think of no better way to pass a summer evening. Although I'd been here before, I'd never actually had eaten there (apart from a few appetizers at a BA rally). The appetizer combination plate was a nice start focusing on chicken for the most part (wings, breaded strips, on a stick) that was a good primer for what was to come. The House Trio (barbecued chicken, sausage and ribs) was very good also - the ribs especially so. Later on in the evening I had nachos which had nice salty (but not too salty) chips along with heaping helpings of tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, olives and the other additions that make nachos so great. As good as the food was the beverages were even better - it was Incubus friday so got to sample some of that heavenly brew. Rounded out the evening with a Black and Tan (hoppier than I would have expected but nice) and two Pughtown Porters (though if I wasn't driving I would have had more of the porter it was that good). Our waitress Ralph was excellent - attentive but not overly so. All in all a great place to visit - another jewel in the Philly beer region's crown. Highly Recommended.

stingo, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of maybrick
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Sly Fox in Phoenixville is a great place for good food and brew. The food menu is thoughtfully creative and features in-house smoked seafood and ribs. The ribs by the way are the best! The meat falls off the nice white bone and is exceptionally tender.

The tables inside are roomy enough for large people. There is an upstairs loft generally reserved for busy nights and larger parties.

Of course, the beer is fantastic and changes every few weeks.

I highly recommend it. Even Michael Jackson has stopped in!

maybrick, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Gavage, May 18, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

blitheringidiot, May 06, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%

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

PSUDREW, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.44/5  rDev +8%

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.

WesWes, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

rdrummer, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

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!

frank4sail, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of ElGuapo
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

ElGuapo, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of Edwin
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Edwin, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of nomad
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

nomad, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

ark57, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

The Sly Fox was a rather pleasant outing for myself and my coworkers. The beer quality is good, but not great. They make up for that with a great variety of beers. People on this site, who gravitate towards hoppy beers, should like their beers more than me. I felt some lacked the balance that I like. The Dunkel Weiss was excellent. The Pale Ale tasted like a mild HopDevil, very good.

The atmosphere was ok, but to be honest, it did not remind me of a brewpub. Obviously, you could see the fermenting vats, which you can see in every brewpub. The atmosphere was more of a nicer low-end restaurant. A lot of business people on lunch breaks, like me, ordering iced teas. Not many people there for the beer.

I appreciated the sampler pack that was available.

Food: good and disappointing at the same time. The cream of broccoli soup was very good. I had a turkey wrap that was heated in the oven. Great, except they used sliced deli turkey (not even the smoked). That really brought it down. The rest of their selection of food didn't seem very large.

All in all, a decent brewpub which I would recommend to anyone in the area. I wouldn't go far out of my way for this place. But if you are within a half hour this is a definite place to try.

GeoffFromSJ, Dec 27, 2003
Photo of Jarod
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

IMO probably one of the best breweries not to bottle their beers and only distribute their beer via fresh from the tap. This pub is the complete opposite direction from Victory, which is nice for me when I come down to visit. I get off of the turnpike, go to the red light and flip a coin. Left to Sly and right to Victory. TO go to Sly Fox you just travel down a winding road and it just pops up on the right hand side in a strip mall kind of place. Kind of hidden. When you walk in the place is kind of split in half, right to the bar and some seats, left to the larger seating area. There is an upstairs, but I do not know what is up there. Behind the bar there is a window, which allows you to see the actual brewing material. Now for the important stuff, the beers. Their beers are amazing, incredible, delicious, and awesome and they range in many styles from light faire to the big boys. I can say that I have had only a few of their beers and they were truly a brewing masterpiece each and everyone, and was lucky enough to take home a bottle of the ICOR for later consumption. I can’t say enough about the beers or the selection that they brew, except that many trips are in order to get them. I did manage to look at the menu and was impressed, decent selection, and quite tasty, and decent priced too. All and all-great beers, really good food, nice atmosphere, and just enough off of the beaten path to make it a nice drive. I will be going back again and again.

Jarod, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

slander, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

dmarch, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of bmills1608
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

bmills1608, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of PopeDX
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

PopeDX, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

oberon, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of Beermaninpa
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Beermaninpa, May 12, 2003
Photo of ecoboy
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

ecoboy, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

bierman2000, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of rotsaruch
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

rotsaruch, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of jreitman
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

jreitman, Dec 27, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

The Sly Fox 's location in Phoenixville fills a gap in the PA brewpub map very nicely and creates a stretch that runs from McKenzie's to Victory to the Sly Fox and on up to Ortlieb's Bar and Grill at Sunnybrook in Pottstown. They've always taken the beer seriously, and even had the grandfather of PA craftbrewing - Bill Moore - behind the wheel for a while (although he's now up the road at Sunnybrook). Brian O' Reilly, has held the reigns for some time now and has been doing an incredible job. I'm extremely fond of the Amber Fox IPA, but you can't go wrong with any of Brian's beers. He makes a brilliant pilsner, and I always take home a growler of something! The bar is fairly long (although a little high), and the restaurant has a homey feel. It's got some rough edges which, in my opinion, make it a little more comfortable. The bathrooms are always clean, and the relatively new outdoor seating is exceptionally nice during pleasant weather! The service has always been very good, which I can't normally say. The menu covers all the basics, and the food is pretty darn good. I love the smoked mussels, and the Mexican pizza makes a great, cheap snack! It's kid friendly as well, and my daughter enjoys most of the items on their "pup" menu. And that's what I expect from a brewpub - brewpub food! No frog's legs here! Just good food, great beer, and a comfortable atmosphere! A well-run family restaurant with great beers and local wines... one of my favorites!

NeroFiddled, Jul 25, 2002
Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, PA
92 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.