Sly Fox Brewing Company


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(610) 935-4540 | map

Phoenixville Brewhouse & Eatery.

Added by NeroFiddled

Master Beer Listing
View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 162
Photo of boelker62
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

 2,067 characters

Photo of derekrick420
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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.

 772 characters

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

 2,570 characters

Photo of Beermaninpa
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

 960 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

 3,361 characters

Photo of BabiakNo9
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

 901 characters

Photo of Gavage
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

 886 characters

Photo of donniecuffs
4.65/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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+) 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 won't be disappointed.

I will definitely be looking to go back very soon, if not visit the Royersford location.

 1,766 characters

Photo of Biscuit033
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

 937 characters

Photo of StoutHearted
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

 1,441 characters

Photo of ElGuapo
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

 987 characters

Photo of Aprilluvsbeer
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.


 1,426 characters

Photo of vitesse
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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!!!!

 971 characters

Photo of PopeDX
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

 855 characters

Photo of ecoboy
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

 794 characters

Photo of TheDeuce
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came here with family to the first location..

Really cozy place, split between a bar and a restaurant area, also an upstairs. Cool fox taxidermy along the tops of the wall, lots of wood mixing into the decoration as well. We opt for the bar, which has plenty of TVs and a small 350 gallon system in the back.

Our waiter was nice and very attentive, my father and I opted for two samplers (five beers each) for ten of the eleven beers available on tap and the waiter said he would throw in the eleventh beer sample for us as a bonus, nice of him to do.

Beer was very good, all ranges of styles available. The sampler had Phoenix Pale, Dunkel Lager, Helles Lager, Pils, O'Reilly Stout, Belgian Golden, Weiss, Porter, Raspberry Reserve, 113 IPA, and the Seamus Irish Red. Mother and grandmother opted for wine. Samples were good, after tasting we opted for some favorites, I had the Phoenix and the Pils and my dad chose Seamus all pints were very much enjoyed.

We did order lunch as well, I had a Pulled Pork sandwich, which was awesome. Fries are different and good, rest of the family had burgers and they all agreed the food was good. I sampled the burger and it was indeed tasty.

Really nice place, manager came over and spoke to us, many others were around enjoying the beer and taking home growlers. We opted to try the Odyssey IPA and take it home in bottles, I am looking forward to that. They also seem to have many theme days, including Poker Nights, Phillies nights (or insert Philly team for the season) and other stuff.

Overall, this brewpub is fantastic, I could not have enjoyed it more and it deserves all the praise it's been getting. Give it a shot.

 1,674 characters

Photo of ezatnova
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

 973 characters

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I drove up from Levittown about a one hour drive to Phoenixville and my god it was well worth it. When you first walk in the staircase to the upstairs is right in front of you (we didn't go up there) An open floor plan the bar is to the right which extends into a Z shape.The tanks are behind the the bar in an L shape behind glass. We sat in the dining area off to the left.There was no one in there when we went in that was about 3:00 on a Friday and even on a Firkin night (didn't stay for that).

Quality of the beer and food are amazing. Alot off both menu's to choose from it was awesome.The good amount to choose from makes it very hard for you not choose anything.

Service was good. She didn't seem to know what was what but she sure as hell tried and I admire that.

Selection of beer's like i said alot to choose from very hard not to find something that is in your category.

Food is excellent very cheap and in large proportions.

All and all I would definetly come back here but it is a hike from my home. The prices for both beer and food are the best I've seen at a brewpub pure and simple. I still get a little aggravated though with brewpubs who do not offer an entire sampler of all their beers. I might be greedy but when I see 15 beers I would like to sample them not just five that coulduse work. Also since they can 3 of their heavy favorites they should make a six pack ( 2 beers a piece ) of a variety pack. Other than that amazing.

 1,470 characters

Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

 973 characters

Photo of Stimack
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place was on our itinerary for our visit to the Philly area and was actually my second choice as a stop based on wanting to get over to the Victory brewpub. Well now I know, at least for me this was a much better experience. When you walk in you see a large bar area, which looks to be very inviting. Off to the left is a good-sized room with many tables where you can sit down for some fare. This is what we did, the staff was great as we had our 6 month old son with us and they promptly got a highchair and some extra napkins that he could play with, so much for bringing the real toys he loves to rip apart napkins! Anyway back to the review, we ordered the appetizer sampler, which was excellent, nice mix of things. My wife got the chicken and bacon sandwich, which was very good, I tried some and agreed. I got the burger, which was excellent. Also we saw some of the other food come out and the actual entries looked like they where well put together. The beer was top notch in my opinion. I had the Oktoberfest, Grisette (Saison) and the Brown Ale. Hard to say which I thought was the best but I thought the Oktoberfest edged them out but just slightly. I feel that this is an excellent pub, great food, beer and atmosphere. If your in the area this is a place I would recommend 100%. Great experience, food and of course beer.

 1,341 characters

Photo of NolanGTI
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

 718 characters

Photo of rotsaruch
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The SlyFox building is located in a small strip mall next to a car dealership in Kimberton, PA, just outside of Phoenixville along PA Route 113. The brewpub, bar and bar dining area are immediately noticable as you enter. There is a separate dining area on the 1st floor to your left and on second floor. There are exposed natural wood beams with green accented carpeting. Oh, the mens room is very clean (I can't speak about the condition of the ladies room).

OK, that's the generic information on the location and description of this establishment. Let's get serious about the brews, food and service. Since Brian O'Reilly started brewing less than a year ago, the popularity of this place has expanded expontentially. The man is the commensurate brewer of the first order. His brewing skills and knowledge cross all styles and levels of diversity. The quality of every brew, whether its his Helles lager, unfiltered Keller Pils, the hoppy Route 113 IPA or his exceptional selection of Belgians continue to bring pleasure to my taste buds and a smile to my face. He challenges himself and he challenges you to taste the best a brewer can offer. The food prepared by Chef Paul is varied and always delicious. Scott, the general manager and his assistant, Corey, the servers are very attentative and knowlegable of the food and brews that are available.

I highly recommend you try the great brews and the overall brewpub experience. You won't be disappointed.

 1,466 characters

Photo of TheCalculator
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This was an enjoyable experience and with a little more emphasis on the food and if not for my preference for urban locations with distinctive design/character, would be right at the top of my list for brewpubs (with Great Lakes in Cleveland and Rogue in SF, although the latter with the disclaimer that production is actually a fair piece away).

My wife and I drove out after some early shopping at King of Prussia mall. It's located out on a suburban center, not a strip exactly, but off a main road. The interior design is unexceptional, if we'd sat in the bar area maybe it would have felt more lively but we sat in the upstairs dining area where it was quiet and a little isolated.

My wife (the designated driver) had a black raspberry reserve and really enjoyed it. I started with a sampler round of the saison, abbey dubbel, 113 IPA, pale ale, and the oatmeal stout. Although the web site said the pacific jade IPA from the IPA project was on tap, it had kicked, and we were too early for the Christmas Ale. That said they provide an excellent array of draft beers with about twelve draft lines, I was very pleased with the selection and balance and I enjoyed everything I had. We had the roasted crab and corn dip and both liked it, it had a nice amount of pepper spice and so the pale ale and IPA were excellent matches and went down first. The pale ale was great session beer material, when I get tasters I either gravitate towards the center or to an extreme. On this night I went a little more extreme and thoroughly liked the abbey dubbel. For dinner my wife had the tacos and I ordered the pretzel melt sandwich. I liked mine, good flavors and texture and not too much salt, and the pretzel bun had a nice hint of butter. The tacos were bland and we were both a little disappointed. Since all the beers were good I was having trouble picking a pint and I just ordered another sampler, this time the waitress helpfully suggested the pils as a palate-cleanser, which worked well. So I learned a little something. Service was good, right there/ not intrusive and knowledgeable. I ordered a growler of the abbey dubbel to take home, we ended up sharing it on Thanksgiving where about half the family loved it. They have a rewards program, if you get twelve growlers in a year you get one free. I am a sucker for rewards/loyalty programs (one more reason to love Tria for example) but unfortunately we're unlikely to get out there very often. A nice destination for the beer and undoubtedly a great local hangout, but the food would have to be boosted up a little to get my wife to make the trek from Philly more often.

 2,631 characters

Photo of cupbeerman
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

 1,204 characters

Photo of WesWes
4.44/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This was a really cool brewpub. As you enter you see the bar on the right and a dining area on the left. The bar is quite large, but is unusually high. It makes everyone look like their little kids sitting up there. Also they have an assortment of stuffed foxes all around this place.

The quality was great. It was a clean upscale place with a bunch of damn good beers. My favorite was the doppelbock, which was the best I've ever had.

The selection was outstanding. I sampled nine different beers, which all were good quality. They had the regular lineup with a number of seasonals; awesome.

The service was good as well. I spoke for sometime to the brewer , who was very friendly. They offered advice for my travels and were quick to refill my empty glasses, which is always key. One of the bartenders made the comment, "Oh no, more beer geeks." I guess I'm not the only beer advocate that stopped here for a brew.

 928 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, PA
3.75 out of 5 based on 6,637 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.