Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.77/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

520 Kimberton Rd
Rt. 113
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 19460
United States

(610) 935-4540 | map
www.slyfoxbeer.com

Notes:
Phoenixville Brewhouse & Eatery.

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PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
161
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
6.55%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Urk1127
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of LeeeMare
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

My wife and I took the hour drive to Phoenixville yesterday for lunch.

The brewery is located in a strip mall, right off of Route 113. It's not the most scenic of locations, but it's functional enough. The interior is a pretty open and lets in a good amount of light. We sat at the bar, which is a light-colored wood and rather deep. Behind the bar, you have pretty good visibility of the brewing operation.

A major snowstorm was on the way, so at 1 PM on a Friday, the bar was pretty full of people getting growlers filled. There were a few tables having lunch, as well.

There were about 15 beers on-tap, in addition to 3 casks. I had a one-off festbier, as well as their Odyssey IPA and London Porter on cask. I have to say, I was very impressed by their cask conditioning.

Food was good. We had the pierogies (very good) and the French onion soup (excellent). I had the pretzel burger (solid, but overcooked) and my wife has the grilled cheese (very good). Prices are reasonable, totally in-line for solid bar food.
Our bartender was very attentive, without being overbearing.

In addition to growlers, Sly Fox has all of their canned and bottled beers available for takeout. I bought a mixed case of 12 Pikeland Pils and 12 Helles for a pretty reasonably $33.

It was a good time, with good beer and good food. I'd definitely visit again.

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Photo of Budlum
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of dljames10
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Functional space, though somewhat stoic, in a suburban strip mall in PA. It was November so the outdoor seating was closed, but that looked like a nice area for a brew. There were about 15 beers on tap, which you could create your own sampler. The variety was good, though I find the basic stuff (Phoenix Pale, Rte 113, etc) to be at the top of the list. Had a small dinner, good selection to b had, food was pretty good. Overall, worth stopping by and checking out, though not a destination location

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Photo of chicagoish
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of micropale
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ShanePB
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jbaker67
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I have visited this place a few times -once for the goat races which is an annual event that attracts many based on the German music food and beer theme. I find this place to be a cozy place and a good one to enjoy a draft -They have bottles available like their Saison vos which I shared. The service is decent and atmosphere is pleasant I would recommend stopping in if you havent checked them out -I personally like the saison but they also have a decent pilsner, pale and the MaiBock if on is great this time of year

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Photo of J-Rye
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Pretty average, though the food was better than average. It didn't help that the saison I tried was very overly floral.

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Photo of Fcip78
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of JimPottNY
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Gmartin75
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -1%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ILuvBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Outstanding Local Brewery

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, PA
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