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Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

142 Ratings
Ratings: 142
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Active Beers: 55
Beer Ratings: 3,016
Beer Avg: 3.74
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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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Phoenixville Brewhouse & Eatery.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Stephanievhw421, Aug 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

audioserf, May 12, 2014
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4.95/5  rDev +21%

Atmosphere - this is the reason frequent the Sly Fox. As long as you sit in the bar area, you are in for an extremely pleasant, friendly atmosphere, at almost any time of day, any night of the week. Friday happy hours are especially lively and happy with a wonderful mix: construction guys, cooperative farm hands, white collar, even young families at the tables near by. It's the people that make this a great place. Not just the help, but the patrons who appreciate a good brew and good service. They have outdoor dining as well, and while I have never sat out there, it seems amply staffed, and only weather can affect it otherwise.

Quality - I have never had anything from the Sly Fox that I could remotely say lacked quality, beer or food. In my opinion, all the beers are accurate for their styles and the food, while caried in range of appetizers (best wings in the area) to entrees. Nightly specials are different enough to entice.

Service - In five years, I have not once had bad service. Anywhere in the restaurant or bar. Period. Courteous, knowledgeable and attentive, even when busy.

Selection - has been getting better and better over the years, especially with the addition of their packaged products from the Royersford location. No craft brewer's pub, I have ever visited can top the quality and varierty of offerings they have at the Sly Fox.

Food - Great burgers, the best wings around, good pasta entrees, and some forays into some traditional dishes as well. Oddly, I have never had one of their steaks, while they do offer them. Nice selection of sandwiches and wraps. I highly suggest their pulled pork, Reuben or Cuban. Roast Beef sandwich is OK, but only as compared to the others. Portion sizes are price appropriate, but honestly, usually a little big if you want to leave room for their brews.

Value - price vs. quality and quantity in mind, it cannot be beat. They take extra care of regulars in this department as well. Funny thing is, it doesn't tkae long to become a regular, and really, be part of the Sly Fox family.

boelker62, May 14, 2007
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4.79/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

derekrick420, Aug 02, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +16.9%

As I'm sitting here finishing my left over spicy spicy shrimp and penne, reading the other reviews of this fine establishment, I can't help but look forward with great glee to next Wed's Sly Fox IPA fest at the Drafting Room. I was actually blown away by their product. Their beers are some of the best I've had all summer, and I've been no slouch is pursuing good beer este verano.

I had the Helles, the Pale, and the Doppelbock, and sampled the brown and the ESB. A Helles is a very difficult style to make flavorful, yet seem light on the palette. But low and behold Sly Fox produces a golden, frothy, fresh-malt-juice, gem of a lager. Really an incredible beer. Of course it might earn a 5 from me if they had some different serving glasses. It was served in a pint glass. That might be asking a bit much though really. Anyway, the pale was right on the money. A crisp, refreshing ale with a strong American hop presence that is quite quaffable. The Brown ale was also a very malt-juicy beer, but was balanced nicely by a wonderful tasting hop finish. The ESB was my least favorite of those I tried, but I'm not very experienced with ESBs so what do I know...The Doppelbock was wonderful. Served in a 10oz snifter type glass, the beer was issuing forth one of the finest malt aromas I've ever experienced. The rich, deep caramel and Munich malt flavors were impecably clean. The perfect final gravity. Really great. Great after dinner beer.

Whew. Sly Fox rules.

So I also had the crab dip. It was might tasty and all their other appetizers seemed quite nice as well. My shrimp and pasta was really wonderful. I know I'm gushing, but this place made a wonderful impression on me. A very strong flavored, chile-spiced dish with large sweet hunks of tomato and quite generous with the whole garlic cloves. Really flavorful. I hate to make this comparison (again) but I've just had bad experiences with Victory's food this summer. I'd actually say that Victory, on the whole, has a small edge on Sly Fox, but very small. I'd like to try an Imperial Stout from Sly Fox from a cask. I bet it might close the gap. Foodwise, Sly Fox walks all over Victory.

My experience was also greatly enhanced by sitting outside. The patio is very well done (even if about 50% of it looks out onto a parkign lot...well off the road). The weather was gorgeous this evening. I'd say 75, not humid, gorgeous sunset. Really a great night to eat outside.

All in all, I'd say I'm going back before too long, and I can't freaking wait for the IPA night at the Drafting room.

cerevisiaephilus, Aug 14, 2004
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

JCB905PA, Mar 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Joe_Detweiler, Nov 10, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

Beermaninpa, May 12, 2003
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4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

Every time that we pull into the Pikeland Shopping Center, I ready myself for a visit to a hunting lodge. From the moment that I step through the door(s), I feel as though I am up in the hills of North Central PA. The lamps mounted on the walls and hanging from the overhead are all reminiscent of a bygone era. The place is done in various tones of green (forest, flat paste, and dark), as well as darkly-stained wood, especially the exposed beams in the overhead. The motif of the fox and the hunt abounds here, with stuffed, mounted foxes 8=(; brass horns; art prints and the ubiquitous logo in abundance.

The bar is towards the rear of the building and is a serpentine-shaped affair, running about half of the width of the place. The bar area, with requisite tables and chairs, is to the right of the entranceway, with the brewhouse visible behind the bar.

Off to the left of the maitre d' is the restaurant area and I can only encourage you to watch for Pete G.'s (in)famous Greek Bock and Brats, an unusual example of fusion cuisine, in which feta cheese is introduced to standard German fare.

There is a beautifully appointed banquet facility on the second floor, up a stairwell that would seem at home in anyone's house. An ongoing series of beer dinners has recently been announced, to be held in said banquet room, so stay tuned.

An aside for ownership: I miss the old sly fox logo. The current New Age logo is to the species vulpus what the Pens' logo from 1993 to 1998 is to real penguins - a pale analogy.

I would be entirely remiss if I did not mention ownership, management and production here. I have a solid relationship with Pete Giannopolous and his wife, Mary, dating back to a conversation between he and I in early 1999 during a beer fest. I met Mary at the Ortlieb's fest a month or two later and again at the annual State College Brewer's Expo and it has become an annual ritual to meet first at Zeno's after the fest and then to repair to the Corner Room, since we all stay at the Hotel State College. I wrote a Beer Pest column that featured Pete, which he still raves about. Their general manager, Corey, is fantastic behind the bar and always greets me enthusiastically. I was tight with Bill Moore when he was the brewer here and having Brian O'Reilly in place only cements my standing. Kudos to one and all!

Update (transcribed from notes dtd F, 10 Dec 2010): At last, the new and improved Fox! Located behind Citizens Bank in the Maple Lawn Shopping Center, it had a wide windowfront with an outdoor patio. A concave vestibule with Entry (right) and Exit (left) glass doors led to the m.d.s. station slightly to the right with the restaurant area with its standard tables and chairs further right.

I was there for the occasion of their 15th Anniversary celebration, however, so I turned left and headed to a table along the window so that I could eat dinner with my uncle. Three standard tables and chairs ran along the window, followed by a few high tables and chairs, and then the bar began. It was an elongated "U-shape with several hand pumps and numerous taps built into it. A pair of flat-screen monitors overhung the back bar as well as some windows overlooking four SVs.

Food: A massive portion called Chicken Oscar involving cheese, spinach, crab and chicken.

Beer: Two flights - the Hoppy and the Anniversary.

woodychandler, Nov 24, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

A - Good atmosphere. Small brew-pub with a bar and area for dining. TV's are great for Philly sports and bright kelly green walls. It's in my hometown, so I've known about this place for years.

Q - Great bang for the buck at happy hour with most pints being $2.50.

S - I've never had a bad waitress or bartender at this establishment. When ordering food, I receive it fast and beer even faster. Very polite and even knowledgable. If you get there early enough you can watch the waitresses taste whatever is new which is a good sign even if they're not crazy about the brews.

BEER - Beer is good, my favorite spot for happy hour in my home town. The 113 is great, the blob ale tasty, Phoenix Pale Ale is good, and wheat beers worth the trip. Haven't tasted anything below average.

F - It's pub grub, but the apps are good. Haven't sampled any entrees in Phoenixville, but I will in the near future.

BabiakNo9, Jul 24, 2008
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4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

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 19, 2004
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4.65/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

donniecuffs, Sep 08, 2009
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4.63/5  rDev +13.2%

A: Now that it is smoke free this is a place to go for good beer. There are always people there that drink and know beer, from the bartenders to the patrons. I usually stop in for a beer and growler fill at least once a week.

Q: Beer quality is always phenominal. They have about 8-12 taps flowing at all times. I can't remember drinking one of their beers and not liking it. Would like to see them use at least one of their three beer engines more often.

S: Service at the bar and at the tables are always spot on. Also the staff is always knowledgable of their products. Its seems like the hire beer people (even the waitresses.)

S: They seem to have a new beer out every week or two to go along with their regulars (O'Reily's Stout, Pikeland Pils, Phoenix Pale Ale, and an IPA.) Usually 8-12 beers on tap at any given time.

F: Typical bar food with some good entrees and specials. This is fine for me since I am here for the beer.

Biscuit033, Jan 26, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

I can't believe I hadn't reviewed this place earlier, as I've been here many times, and never had reason to complain that I can remember.

Let's start with the good stuff: the brew. There is always something good on tap: their usual standbys like Pikeland Pils and, one of my faves, the O'Reilly Stout. They do some great experimenting here, as well. I fell in love with their scotch ale aged in a bourbon barrel here- it was the beer that made me a fan of scotch ales, and probably even bourbon. Never had a bad beer here. They do growlers and will sell you bottles of their good stuff, like the Ichor and Odyssey.

Service has always been good, and the bar staff is knowledgable about their brews and food. The food is excellent pub-style food; though some entrees are offered, I never get past the yummy sandwiches and burgers, which are priced very reasonably. The calimari is also delicious and spicy.

As for atmosphere, you have the room divided up into two areas, the bar area and the restaurant area, which is a nice touch so you don't have to have kids around the bar. There are tables in the bar area, though, and when the place gets crowded, it can be tough to get to the bar. There's plenty of room at the bar, with sports games on TVs to entertain. You can also look through the big windows to see the giant vats in the brewery. All in all, you have a classy pub that's good for hanging with friends or celebrating with family.

StoutHearted, Jul 23, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +12%

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
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4.58/5  rDev +12%

We have been wanting to go here for a while now, and finally got there this past Saturday..and we were not disappointed! We got there in the mid-afternoon, so it was not as busy as it probably gets at night. I really like the decor and layout of the restaurant, with the loft type area with additional seating and the exposed beams and the high ceilings are a good idea, especially for a smoking-allowed restaurant. The bar area was a good size with ample space for people to stand, if need be. That is something most places seem to lack.

The beer selection was terrific. We tried 3 or 4 beers, all totally different from each other, and all very good. We had: Christmas Ale, Rte 113 IPA, Pughtown Porter, and a taste of the Grisette.
All great examples of each styles, I think. I wish I could have stayed longer to try more, but we had other things to do yet that day.

Food: nice selection and variety. A few things different than the typical pub food and everything that came out of the kitchen looked tasty, as was the food we ordered. The bartender was friendly, and knowledgeable, and talked beer with us for a little while. Nice guy.

I ended up buying a bunch of bottles including: Christmas ale, Ichor (Quad), and Raspberry Reserve - which I had before and was delicous! I can't wait to try Ichor - it was highly recommended.

I would and will be going back there again...many, many times.

Cheers!
April

Aprilluvsbeer, Nov 27, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +12%

wow. what a brewpub!!!

they seriously care about their beers at this place...and the food holds its own, too.

they had about 12-14 different beers on tap when i stopped in with my mom and brother on a saturday afternoon recently. everything from weizen to scotch ale, pils (mind-blowingly good) to doppelbock was available. all were brewery-quality, with appropriate hops/yeast/malts, rather than a cookie-cutter approach that other brewpubs take.

the food was excellent as well. lots of the usual pub fare, plus some steaks, pastas, etc. all very well-priced, most entrees are under $15.

the atmosphere wasn't bad, but i wouldn't say that the pub's interior will blow you away. it's kind of generic on the inside, but not enough to detract much from the great beer experience you'll have.

the service was very friendly and the waittress really knew the beer styles well. i recommend getting a sampler, at least at first.

definitely worth a trip!!!!

vitesse, May 31, 2005
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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

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
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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

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
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