Sly Fox Brewing Company
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4.14/5 rDev 0%
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
4.68/5 rDev +13%
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.
11-24-2005 23:22:21 | More by woodychandler
3.94/5 rDev -4.8%
The 3rd stop on an extremely fun and memorable Saturday Beer Tour during a recent trip to NYC. By now we had imbibed at McKenzies and Victory, two establishments of serious stature, so I was intrigued to see what the Sly Fox had to offer. At this point Rotsaruch had joined us and traveled from Victory in what was now a three Beermobile convoy.
I have to say that from the outside the Sly Fox immediately drew me, by far the most picturesque of the three establishments we had visited. Whilst it is located in a Strip Mall, it stands out like a sore thumb, almost Little House on the Prairie like. An immaculately white painted exterior is punctuated with dark green painted windows and the whole building looks and feels like you are in the wilds. Indeed, once inside, I felt like I should have brought my Shot-Gun, Duck Whistle and Redneck I love my Sister T-Shirt with me; for the whole theme, intended or otherwise, is of a Hunting Lodge.
The entrance is centrally located, and our posse of Davo, FeloniousPhil, Slander, djgonzalez, RokotGirl, non-BA Mike a.k.a. the Young Michael Jackson and Rotsaruch entered intent on more beer to slake our dehydration on what turned out to be a very hot afternoon by now.
To our left, a large opened out restaurant type area was full and buzzing with the noise of people eating and chatting, immediately in front of us the bar fronted the large but cramped looking stainless tanks in the Brewery. I think it was Davo who decided that on such a nice day we should sit outside, I love drinking al fresco, so we all opted for the exterior tables.
I just wanted to sample the brews and the two I bought and many others I sampled thanks to the assembled throng all proved to be brews well worthy of the trek. The Scotch and Wit were memorable. Food looked to Brew Pub-ish, a decent selection but nothing to write home about. Service was polite and unrushed but prompt, though the waitress had to out up with my wise-ass cracks and deserved a tip for that alone. However, the real reason to come here is simply for the excellent quality and range of styles that the Sly Fox manages to pump out.
The outside drinking area was nice but sort of strange; we were wedged between the side of the Sly Fox and 4 white brick wall banking with a topping hedge and the Car Lot in front of us. It was like we should all be hidden from the general view of the public for soem reason. Our tables had dark green sun umbrellas which were great, but the wind felt like it whistled through here making a few of us feel a little chilled. I think it would be better if they had Tables at the front as well, but maybe some f**ked up US law prevents that, especially with this being a Shopping Mall area. Even so, tucked away in the outside corner, we created our own entertainment thanks to Rotsaruch and the Guess the Country I created by spilling beer on my shirt competition. Oh how we laughed. I still think that I won by correctly guessing Argentina, but he tells me I wrong and it was Peru or something.
Another High (erm, maybe I mean Low) Five to Davo for providing the transport & driving me and a few others here. Without the Evil ones help I would never have been able to get to the 3rd of Penn. States beer Meccas. Cheers Mate!
I think the quality of the beers far outshine the general establishment, and maybe its food, but a trip here for the purpose of sampling the excellent beers is highly welcome and seriously recommended. I so wish I had bought (brought?!) a Growler here, you may want to think about that if you are coming for the first time in the Car, the brews are all well worthy of a trip home!!
Last Visit: Saturday 29th May, 2004.
08-15-2004 01:52:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
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!
07-25-2002 05:39:53 | More by NeroFiddled
4.68/5 rDev +13%
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
4.14/5 rDev 0%
Stopped by here the other day, on my way to an Oktoberfest event.
The brewpub has the appearance of a large size home, that has now been converted into a brewpub. The place has high ceilings, which tends to give it an airy atmosphere. Not a lot of decoration and the furnishing seem a bit stark, but the vibe here is comfortable enough. Naturally, the beers available are all made by Sly Fox, and on this day I think they had around 10 or 12 beers on tap. I believe they also have 6 or 8 of their seasonals and limited release beers in bottle for either take out or consumption on the premises (they have an in house price and a take out price for their beers). Service was quick and efficient, and the bartender was pleasant and friendly. Only had a couple of beers here, but both were fresh and enjoyable.
Another solid place to get good beer in SEPA. What a surprise. :-)
09-28-2008 16:28:33 | More by John_M
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
A brewpub with great beer and service.
The place has a nicer vibe since they banned smoking. The bar has about 25 stools and a few high tops with brew tanks visible through the glass behind the bar. The dining room does not have much charm to my eye.
Beer is the highlight here. Always 10-12 on tap, almost all of which are worth a try. House beers are quite good, seasonals range from good to outstanding. You never have to settle.
Service is always pleasant and friendly.
Food is pretty good pub fare. I rarely order wings but the jamaican jerk wings here are excellent.
07-17-2008 20:42:18 | More by sholland119
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
Stopped in for a couple of samples on the way to Capone's.
This was stop #266 on my quest to visit every quality brewery/brewpub in North America...and beyond.
Suburban Philly in a upscale area. Interior is large with lots of open area. Lengthy bar that winds around the brewing equipment that is visible through windows. Very high ceilings.
I build a 4 oz sampler of Abbey Extra, Route 113 IPA, Panacea Barleywine, Pughtown Porter, and O'Reily's Stout.
The beers were all good, nothing exceptional.
Lots of younger local's hanging at the bar enjoying themselves. Also seems like a family-friendly in the restaurant area.
A couple of people working behind the bar provided excellent service.
04-03-2009 13:44:30 | More by Yetiman420
3.5/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
04-30-2011 21:21:21 | More by Rifugium
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
2008 Bock Fest and Goat Races.
Atmosphere: The restaurant, at least the first floor, has dining to the left of the entrance and the bar to the right. The atmosphere is nothing exciting, run of the mill brewpub.
Quality: Service, food and drink were all good. The bathroom wasn't in the best shape but there were lots of people coming in and out.
Service: The waitstaff was very friendly and attentive, bring water, apps, beer and food in a very timely manner.
Selection: Today is Bock Fest, so the beer list is limited (if that is the right word) to German offerings: bocks (helles, doppel and mai), lagers (helles and dunkel), eisbocks, rauchbier and weisse. An awe-inspiring list that was pretty damn good. We ended up getting through the rauchbier, both eisbocks and the helles bock.
Food: Food is run of the mill pub grub. The pretzels were quite good and I enjoyed the pretzel melt sandwich. They have a kids menu as well, which is a plus.
05-05-2008 01:12:00 | More by akorsak
Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, PA
92 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.