Sly Fox Brewing Company

BA SCORE
57.2%
Liked Their Beers
3.72 w/ 6,750 ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(610) 935-4540 | map
slyfoxbeer.com

Notes:
Phoenixville Brewhouse & Eatery.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
81
Reviews:
3,050
Ratings:
6,750
Liked:
3,861
Average:
3.72/5
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
83.3%
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
162
Liked:
135
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

For anyone coming in from out of town on a beer excersion, like me, this place is not the most convenient to find. It is also easy to drive right past, located in a shopping center.

Overall, though, a nice experience. Not a fancy place. There is a downstairs bar, downstairs seating and an upstairs smoke free loft area.

A good selection on tap...pale ale, pils, IPA, a Scotch and Scottish ale (they were out of the Scotch though), helles, lager, oatmeal stout and a dry stout...

There was a decent selection of their own bottled beers available too...big beers and reserved styles at a higher cost. Also, guest bottled beers from Southampton Brewery.

Their sampler is a choice of 5 of their tap beers at $6. You choose. The $6 is a little pricey in comparison to their 12oz servings at $3 and the 16oz at $3.50 or so (great deal). The 22oz were about $5 and $11 pitchers also available.

Great prices on the beers...nice work in allowing for the smaller 12oz glasses as well. Each beer was fresh and crisp...perhaps served a bit too cold, but tasty. The Scottish and oatmeal stout were my favorites.

The food was pretty standards pub food. Some entrees too.

The waitress upstairs this past Saturday was really good. Very attentive and knew her beers quite well.

Pint glasses available for collectors too...t-shirts, etc

Overall, average atmosphere...decent food (nothing surprising on the menu) at a reasonable cost...very good beers at a GREAT price. It you want to sample their bottled reserve beers, though, it will cost you.

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Photo of Aprilluvsbeer
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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

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Photo of Beerquester
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here briefly for a lunch stop on a Thanksgiving brew tour. This is a nice newer building with a pretty nice layout. There is a cozy bar area as well as an area with low tables to sit at. I was surprised to see ten or more beers on tap but didn't have a chance to try them all.

The ones I did try were Dunkel Weisse, Royal Weisse, Grisette, Christmas Ale, and Porter. The two wheat beers were very well done and refreshing, a welcome treat especially at a time of year when other brewpubs don't have them on tap. The porter was another favorite, and there weren't any beers I didn't like.

I ordered a Greek wrap, and it was both tasty and a nice portion as well. By chance I met two other beer travellers I know here, and they were just finishing up when I came in and ready to head out the door with a case of Christmas Ale and some six-packs to go. Not too many brewpubs bottle in aluminum cans and I hope this works out for them, because I think it is a good idea for some situations.

The waitstaff was very attentive and friendly and flexible, and I would like to get back here again for a visit sometime in the evening for a different atmosphere.

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Photo of kjfrey
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of cupbeerman
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located just off Route 113, Sly Fox Phoenixville is one of the best brewpubs in the United States. Sly Fox is located in a building that looks like a house. Inside the brewpub the bar is to the right; the left side of the building is a cluster of tables and booths. The decor is very nice and has a very homey feel to the place. The bar is long and does hold around 16 people. One nice touch is that there is some nice breweriana around the building.

The beers are very good at Sly Fox, with 8 different varieties plus a black and tan. The head brewer, Brian O'Reilly, is one of the best brewers in the United States. The beer list was different than the other location, and on tap at this visit included Royal Weisse, Renard D'or, Rauchbier, Han Maibock, Phoenix Pale Ale, O'Reilly's Stout and a few others. The pints of beer were fresh and showed no flaws. They also have to go beers in 22oz bottles, 750ml bottles and 12oz cans, as well as having growlers.

Overall this place is well worth a visit and is not far from the Downingtown Turnpike exit. The service is very good, and did a great job filling the growler. Also the food was fantastic with a great menu and a great pulled pork sandwich.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to Sly Fox in Phoenixville a handful of times since moving to Paoli about 2 years ago. I never really realized how incredibly close it was to my house until about 4 months ago. The last time we stopped by we had dinner and the food was very good as it had been on a few other occasions. The menu had a nice mix of appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads and main entrees. My wife and I shared their crab and corn dip which was very good and filling, served with chips and pitas. For dinner I had their fish and chips which were good and my wife had a pulled pork sandwich which was equally good. On a few prior occasions I had their Cuban sandwhich which is also a favorite.

As for the beer, that is top notch. I love that they have their bottles to consume in house or take home and at $7 a bottle that is a deal. The last time I was there I got a bottle of Ichor and Instigator to go and this time I got another bottle of Ichor and a bottle of the recently released Incubus. Can't wait to try both of them. When eating on this night I had the new Han Maibock, a Chester Co. Brown Ale and a British Pale Ale, all were excellent. Sly Fox is definitely worth a trip to for lunch or dinner and to consume some of their fine brews in house or to take home.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited the brewpub on a Wednesday afternoon at 4:45PM. The dining room was almost empty at the time. The waitress arrived in a timely manner with our menus and took our drink order. The drinks were served in an appropriate time frame and our food order was taken. The food arrived in an acceptable time frame and was served at the proper temperature. All of the meals we ordered were excellent, as were the beers. The waitress was attentive and was knowlegeable about the beers available for take-out. No one had any complaints about the food or service. If this brewpub was closer to my home I'm sure it would be a regular stop.

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Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

As mentioned by other reviewers, the decor isn't spectacular, but the layout is simple and tidy. There's a large board in the dining room outlining current beers and food specials. The bar area is quite large and has more of a sports/hunting theme to it and the brewing equipment is in plain sight behind the bar. A few TVs are suspended throughout, mostly showing live sports. The atmosphere is very family friendly - in fact, most of the tables in the dining room had at least one child in attendance. There was a good selection of beer during my visit, with a nice combination of lagers, ales, a weisse, a belgian-inspired ale, and a couple of Irish selections meant for St. Patty's day. The IPA was exceptional and the helles and pils were both very well done. The Irish stout was a great experience as well. There really wasn't a weak beer in their lineup during my visit. A sample platter of 5 beers for $6 was available, as were growlers and cans of selected beers (I picked up a six of their pale ale). Kegs of various sizes are also available. The food was above average and appropriate for a pub atmosphere - no complaints here.

But even with solid beer and food, it was the service that really stood out. So I was in town on business and didn't have a car. So I took a taxi to the brewpub and let my server know that I'd need another one once I was finished. Seemed simple enough until several taxi companies decided they didn't want to pick me up. They kept calling around until they found someone, and in the meantime the manager gave me a pint to pass the time, even though it was obviously not their fault.

If you're in the area, I highly recommend stopping by.

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Photo of ikats
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Exellent brewpub!

I drove here from New York in search of their excellent Rauchbier. I have tasted it during Extreme Beer Fest 2006, and it left enough of the impression to say one weekend, "Hey, I have nothing to do this weekend, and it's only 3 hours to PA, so why don't I check out Sly Fox?" I did just that - went to PA for the weekend with the goal of stopping by Sly Fox Brewing Co.

Phoenixville location is very spacious. Plenty of tables to the left of the entrance, some more tables on the right, and it appears that they have some seating on the second floor. Long bar is to the right. Brewing equipment and vessels are visible through huge glass windows behind the bar. Stuffed toy foxes are here and there, fox chase scenes on the wall - they really went with their name and theme (extra points in my book). Clean place. I was there between lunch and dinner, so the place had few people; however, whoever was there was cool and the atmosphere was relaxed. There were a few TVs above the bar showing various sports channels.

No complaints about the service. I sat at the bar, and the bartender was attentive and pleasant.

Food was excellent. I have ordered Rib Dinner and ribs were finger licking good. I actually contemplated for some time whether to get another dish - not because I didn't feel full, but because the food was good. I would describe their food menu as upscale pub menu, but you can take a look at it on their website.

Finally, last, but most definitely not least, beer. Of course, with my luck they ran out of Rauchbier morning the day of my visit. I had a pint of Cascade IPA from their IPA Project (10 single hop IPAs throughout the year), and a taste of Abbey Extra (all right), and a 10 oz. goblet of Abbey Dubbel (excellent!). I was thinking of picking up a growler of Abbey Dubbel, but picked up a bottle of Rt. 113 IPA and Saison Vos instead. Their beer menu had about 10-12 choices of various styles. Good selection - something for everyone.

This place is definitely worth a visit, and I plan to return next time I am in the area. One last note to help you find the place - Google Maps and Yahoo! Maps give wrong location of this brewpub (a little to the side of Rt. 113). The brewpub is right on Rt. 113 in Phoenixville. Just look for Pikeland Village Square.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

When I first walked into the brewpub, before my eyes could focus and figure out the layout of the building, my ears picked up Pink Floyd’s “Time” playing in the background, so I guess you could say I fell for Sly Fox the moment I walked through the door.

After I got my bearings, I noticed we were in what seemed to be an old hunting lodge with a steep pointed roof that had a few sky lights cut into it. The left side of the building had a loft built into it, whose stairs invitingly point towards the front door. Off to the right was a beautiful wooden bar that ran along the back wall, wrapping around the protruding glassed off room that proudly displayed Sly Fox’s brewing tanks. On the front side of the building were a few booths and free standing taller tables. I was immediately drawn to this side of the building, but our hostess guided us towards the left under the loft. This side had a quaint family dining feel to it. The over all décor consisted of lighter greens and darker reds with plenty of visible hard wood. Appropriately enough, the theme was the British fox chase, with stuffed (plush and mounted) foxes, paintings and photographs of foxes, etc. I knew they were serious about this when I noticed a fox chase depiction as a wall paper border around the walls in the latrine. The lighting consisted of lamps along the walls and a few chandeliers, all of which were made of green glass and brass. Over all, I got an inviting warm feeling from this place.

The food here was exceptionally good. Each of our four member party was surprised by the quality of the food. We ordered sandwiches and the Greek chicken wrap, buffalo chicken sandwich, gyro and tuna steak sandwich are all wonderful. There’s also a menu for entrées, which are a little more expensive and a little more elaborate. I appreciate the range of prices so that anyone can afford a meal here.

The service was a bit crummy. Our server managed to screw up the first drink order and when we tried to order a t-shirt when we left, he had no clue as to what the procedure was. Granted he didn’t spill boiling soup on anyone, but his obvious novice status was the only damper on the evening. On to the beer!

I was very impressed with the beers here. Between the four of us, we tried everything they had to offer. I was exceptionally impressed with the variety of different sizes of glasses available for each beer. I took the smallest size so I could sample as many as possible in a reasonably timed visit and rather enjoyed the 10 and 12 ounce glasses. The barley wine I had even came in a stout goblet that I enjoyed drinking out of. The highlights of the night came from the rauchbier and the dubble. I thought that these were exemplary offerings for their styles. My girlfriend, who was with, used to live in Bamberg, and she too like the rauch, so that’s got to count for something. The dubble was dark and sweet with a nice Belgian spice to it that was wonderfully drinkable.

I must say that I was greatly impressed with Sly Fox. The food, as my brother says, is “destination dining” as opposed to some food you eat just because there is good beer around and you happen to be hungry. I’d come back here again even in they didn’t have the beer! Fortunately, the beer’s here to stay and it’s delicious across the board. Not a looser in the bunch. I’m currently contemplating when’s the next time I can reasonably make it back for another dinner. If you haven’t made it to Sly Fox, you’re really missing out.

-Edit- I've been back several times and the service was way better. Can't let one crummy night ruin things.
service: 3 -> 4

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Photo of Fitzy
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

You won't be sorry after visiting The Sly Fox in Phoenixville - the first of two breweries (other is in Pottstown, PA - <10 mi. away). Slide up to the bar and try to get one of the super knowledgeable serves to assist you - they're all certified beer geeks. Samplers are always a great way to find what you like since the beer menu is constantly changing. Phoenix Pale is a good standard. So are the Helles & Pils. Don't miss one of the Seasonals like Raspberry Ale, various Lagers & Weiss beers. Try to attend one [or all] of their events like The Goat Race (umm hmmm real goats!!), Oktoberfest, the list goes on.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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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Photo of NolanGTI
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The Phonexville location has a few more rough edges than the newer Royersford locale. very high ceilings and a bright interior. Large bar in the main area with a handful of high tables.

I am a big fan of Brian's work. I think his beer across the board is the best brewed in the area... and that is saying something with Troeg's and Victory in the vicinity. The beer are interesting, brrewed incredibly well and never dissapoint. The IPA series is a must for any hop head.

I have always has pleasant service (even during this year's insane goat race) .

As for the food it is average to slightly above average pub grub. Nothing real special IMHO. Definitely a must for anyone in ChesCo looking for a great pint.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

WOW. This was certainly one of the highlights of our Mid-Atlantic Baseball & Beer Tour 2005. We had heard about the "IPA Project" that had been going here and in Royersford since 2004, and were anxious to try some of these single-hop IPA's.

As you enter the place, you notice a good sized bar ahead to your right with several tables in the bar area. There is a much larger eating area on your left and past the stairwell that separates the two areas. The place looked clean and friendly. The restrooms were also very clean. You could tell the owners really took care of this place.

To sample each beer on draft we began with two 5-beer samplers. Everything was delicious and the IPA was excellent. The food was very tasty, and all four of us were happy with what we ordered. A display of their t-shirts was suspended from the ceiling in the bar area, complete with prices.

I'll definitely make the trip west of Philly to visit Sly Fox when I'm in the area again.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here on the way down to Victory since I have wanted to come here since trying a few of their IPAs. The atmosphere was really laid back with plenty of stuffed foxes up on the cross beams. We sat at the bar which had a nice view of all the brewing equipment. The menu had a good variety on it and we had the lager cheese dip which was good. The service was good and quick, I never had to wait for a refill. There were 12 beers on tap each of a different style, so there was no problem with variety. I tried the Pale Ale, ESB, Progress IPA and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale all of them were excellent. We left with a growler of the IPA. All in all a good experience and I will try to hit this place any time I am in the area.

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Photo of vitesse
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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!!!!

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Photo of Foxman
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located back off the road between a strip mall and an office plaza, I can see it would be a challenge to locate, but once you know where it is, you're good to go.
The bright green paint on the exterior trim and multitude of windows lend a festive air to the facade, and once inside, the ambience ratchets up a notch. The bar area opens before you, with the tanks gleaming behind tall glass panes. Many manifestations of foxes adorn the walls, from stuffed animals to figurines, pretty much cementing any notion about just where you are. And it's a family scene as well, with a bright airy dining room downstairs, and a space up the steps just a bit darker, but still welcoming.

It's tough to find a black mark on quality here. Everything is brewed with top-notch ingredients and you can pretty much feel the brewer's attention in every glass. While not everybody's going to think some of the beers go off the charts, certainly most will agree that there's not a bad beer in the bunch, on any given visit.

The service is friendly, attentive, and basic. You'll get a name, plenty of smiles, and enough attention to merit a satisfied feeling at the end. Even when busy, it seems that most of the people working here are there because they want to be, not because they have to be. They may not wow you, but you'll end up appreciating them.

There's something for most people on the beer list, including the standards as well as the seasonals. I'll admit to an affinity for Spring and the inspiring menu of bocks, but any time of year will be well-represented by a solid selection of well-made beers. Certainly, there's generally nothing over the top, but that isn't what Sly Fox is about, and they do what they do very well.

The food is very good, with the typical wings/fries/burgers selections, along with specials and a nice list of entrees. It's not about the cuisine here, but you'll be in no way disappointed in what you eat, and you won't likely leave hungry. If you do, shame on you.

Once you find it, it's a fun place that makes fun beers, and you have to like all those foxes, baby! They Bock Fest/Goat Race is a must-do, and it's a great afternoon out for the kids as well.
I like that they know their niche in the market, and they perform very strongly with that in mind. So whether you're fixing your history jones at Valley Forge, or looking to get your glow on at nearby Limerick, stop in for damned good beer, and leave with a happy full belly. I think that's a pretty good deal.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited on a thursday afternoon around lunch time. Bar is a pleasant L shape that backs up to the brewhouse. Pretty standard brew-pub layout. Restaurant part is kinda lacking in the atmosphere dept. with tables that look like they're straight out of a bingo hall, but lots of brewpubs are weak in this area (see Victory, Old Dominion, etc). Service is fast, friendly and attentive. The server knew about the beers and food and also actually asked which size we wanted when we ordered beers instead of just bringing us the largest the offer which a lot of places will do. Beer selection was good although there were a lot of Sly Fox brews that weren't available at this time. However, there were still about 10 draught offerings. Food is excellent. Truely great pub-grub. Try the Cuban Sandwich, you won't be disappointed. Beers are all of good quality so if you like a particular style and they have it, you probably can't go wrong.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

There for the IPA fest, 2004. First visit in 5 years. Hard to find, for there is no true street address. Located in a mini-shopping mall. Spacious bar area and seating area. Nice pub atosphere. Very good service, with plenty of helpers wandering around. Beers are well made on the whole. Food, though, is a little below par. Had a wrap that was bland and dry (my fault perhaps on choice). Nachos were made with cheese wiz, which is not my thing. The brewer is competent, so the beers are problem free, but maybe not a personnal preference. It is a fun place to stop and check out the beers, for sure.

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Photo of ezatnova
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Sly Fox is synonomous with good beer and ribs. I will say again - ribs. I consider myself a wing and rib conoseur, and Sly Fox has THE BEST ribs in the world. Better than Nick Idona's, better than (insert overpriced rib joint here). It is actually frustrating to eat them because you pick up a bone and that's all you get,... the meat falls to the plate. They made a very stupid decision to get rid of the rib platter as a menu item. Now it is a "trio" with a half rack, mediocre chicken, and too-spicey sausage. The solution is simple, just order two half-rack appetizers as your dinner! Atmosphere is neat downstairs, not so neat upstairs. Smoke isn't bad anywhere and non-existant upstairs. Service is usually good. There will be a short wait for small parties and long wait for big parties on Friday or Saturday nights. The beers are all excellent. I recommend the beer sampler, where you pick 5 for a very reasonable price. I love bringing home a grog of their stoudt.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Sly Fox is a nice brewpub in the philly burb of Phoenixville. The atmosphere is not the best, as this place is located in a small strip-mall in the middle of nowhere. The inside has a very "new" feel to it, almost like it used to be a bank or something, but the hunting motif is kind of cool and reminiscent of the Arrow and Loon in Ottawa, ON. Erica did not like the stuffed fox though. Anyway, the selection of brews was near perfect as their were 10 house brews on tap during our visist, and for $6 you can get a sampler (4 or 5oz glasses) of 5 of their creations. So between Erica and myself we got to sample all 10 of the house brews for only $12. Service was very fast, and very friendly. Good stuff. And, the food was quite nice. $8 for a BIG plate of nachos and extra sour cream for free :-) Better than the $14 nachos at Iron Hill anyday! A great place to come. Perhaps not the best atmosphere, or food *selection* for vegetarians, but come here for some of the best beers in the states, fast, friendly service, and a high standard of beer quality!

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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Sly Fox is a nice brewpub, I would say the best I've been to in the Philly suburb area to date. 10 beers on tap is quite nice, most of them are quite tasty. My boyfriend and I split 2 samplers of 5 to sample all 10 beers. You can get beers in several sizes, which is nice, too, though I just did the samplers this time. I liked that they had a wide variety of beer styles too, not just your run of the mill light, amber, and stout. The atmosphere was decent- kind of a newish feel to it though and not too cozy. I kind of like a cozy place. And I think there is a stuffed dead fox on one of the rafters, which is not cool. If it wasn't real, then fine, it's cool... Other than that it's a nice looking place. The service was excellent- our waitress was quick and very attentive. The selection... well for beer it was great, but for food it was slim pickin's, being vegetarian. I split the nachos. Great nachos, Macho Nachos. But there was not one wrap or sandwich I could've eaten, which was quite disappointing. But I suppose I should not concentrate too much on the food as it's a BREWPUB with great beer. I would definitely go back here in the future. Highly recommended if you're in the area.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited Sly Fox for lunch yesterday on my way from Newark NJ to DC. It was a little off my path, but it actually got me around most of the traffic, but that was only a side benefit.

The place is in a stand alone location by a little strip mall out in the country. Pretty standard clubhouse type decor except for all the damn foxes everywhere. Hunting foxes, little fake foxes, fox families... everywhere. I personally witnessed 3 TV's, one was turned to hockey so that was cool.

Tuesday at lunch is a slow time, so I had the bar to myself. I had a nice conversation about beer with the barman John, got to watch the brewers do some work (via windows behind the bar) sampled almost every beer on tap, and enjoyed an interesting sandwich.

I have to say that the beer has consistent quality across the board. I mean, there are no losers. Every tap pours out a deliciously flavorful beverage. I'm talking heights of flavor. I can't stand most wit beers, but I could drink theirs for a while. Same with Hefeweizens, but somehow they gave it some flavor and body. Even the Black Raspberry Weiss, which is brewed with 500lbs of raspberries in each 15bbl batch was amazing. Kind of like what Kriek would taste like if it tasted good. Barely sweet, incredibly flavorful.

The food was pretty nice too, but as you can tell I really was not focusing on that. They're working to change the standard pub grub.

They sell their beer in clear glass screw top growlers only, which raised my hackles a bit but luckily I remembered my trusty Old Dominion Swing Top which they had no problems filling.

Altogether, nice place, great beer, good service. Can't wait to go back. Happy 10th Anniversary!

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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The 3rd stop on an extremely fun and memorable Saturday Beer Tour during a recent trip to NYC. By now we had imbibed at McKenzie’s 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 umbrella’s 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 Mecca’s. 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.

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4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, PA
Brewery rating: 57.2% out of 100 with 6,750 ratings
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