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Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Active Beers: 60
Beer Ratings: 2,902
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
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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1.84/5  rDev -55.2%

sudzguzzler, Aug 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27%

Metz, Jan 01, 2014
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3.15/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

Jimmys, Dec 21, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

david18, Aug 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Jaxbrew, Mar 21, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -17.8%

Second stop on our Columbus Day jaunt.

The atmosphere here is very sports bar-esque, with TVs and memorabilia. There were several hightop bar tables and an oddly shaped bar that was interesting. The service was pretty middle-of-the-road... decent, but not really noteworthy. As for the beer, we sampled the Dunkleweizen, which was pretty par for the style, with notes of banana, clove and bubblegum. I also had a Rt. 113 IPA, which boasted grassy hops and a long-lasting, lingering bitter finish. I remember liking this beer a bit more on last year's outing to the Royersford location. For lunch, we had sandwiches, which were satisfactory. Overall, I enjoyed the Royersford location much more. I felt the atmosphere is more conducive to enjoying a few brews, and the service was better at Royersford.

Editor's Note - 12/18/07:
Attended the Sly Fox IPA Project and the service was much better, and they were completely packed for this event. Our waitress came by several times to check on us to see if we needed anything. This was a very cool event!

ffejherb, Nov 08, 2007
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3.4/5  rDev -17.3%

wilmerkatie, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

DLS168, Aug 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

DrBier, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

garuda, Oct 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

Rifugium, Apr 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Shandycan, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

beerded_drunk, Sep 25, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%

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)!!!

jwhancher, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

Knapp85, May 22, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -12.9%

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

Kwak, May 14, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

The Sly Fox in either Royersford or Phoenixville is a good night out for dinner and brew. Service is good and the brew choices are there for the adventurous. The Pikeland Pils is a favorite of the locals. As a Stout fan, I can recommend the O'Reilly's Stout although it's light on the alcohol content and is yet another nitrous attempt at Guinnessdom. Their Oatmeal Stout is superior, but only available when they feel like it. Here's to hoping they'll give up their Guinness wannabe O'Reilly's and keep the Oatmeal on tap year-round. The Pughtown Porter is definitely worth a quaff too if you're at either their Royersford or Phoenixville. Note: There are usually a few different brews on tap at either locations but the rest of the pourings (6-7) are the same.

kjfrey, Nov 01, 2006
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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 corby112
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

corby112, Feb 14, 2011
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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
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3.73/5  rDev -9.2%

I'd been hoping to try either of the Sly Fox locations for some time, so it was nice to be in the area in time to stop in for a late lunch before heading home.

The Sly Fox Phoenixville is tucked away off the road a bit in a smallish shopping center. Note to all: should you click on the map link here on BA, it shows you the proper location, but if you click for directions to the address it changes locations for some reason and sends you to an address off of 113 and further down Kimberton Road. Needless to say, I didn't notice this until after I had printed out directions and got quite lost and confused on my way here, when in reality I was just down the road the entire time. Anyway, just an FYI.

The place is basically divided into a dining area on the left and a bar area on the right, with both being about equal in size. The decor is simple and the bar area has a bit of a sports vibe to it. For what it's worth, the actual bar is either built way too high or they need some taller bar stools.

Service came over right away and was helpful and knowledgeable of the 10 or so selections on tap, which ranged from standards such as the Phoenix Pale and Pikeland Pils that you can find in cans/bottles (and also purchase as such) other seemingly standard offerings that are draft only (O'Reilly's, B&T, Helles, etc), and a few seasonals. As noted, six packs and bottles are also available and expand the offerings a bit more. I would have liked to have seen a couple of the standard, also packaged brews that were on tap replaced with some other stuff, but that's just me, and not a huge deal in the end. Everything that I sampled seemed fresh. Growler fills are available at $13 and up initially and $9 and up for a refill.

Food was alright: not bad but nothing overly enjoyable. The menu consisted mostly of basic pub grub: nachos, onion rings, soups, burgers, etc, with a handful of entrees and pastas offered as well.

Overall, this place was not everything I had built it up to be in my mind, but it was still a good place to hit up nonetheless and solid all around, save for the mediocre food. I'd certainly stop in again, and would also like to try the Royersford location as a comparison.

SixpointJMH, Jan 04, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Yellolab2010, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

AltBock, Jun 03, 2009
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Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, PA
92 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.