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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited Sly Fox - Phoenixville this past weekend for lunch while seeing some friends in town.

Brewpub was in a strip mall by a Subway and I think some other generic shops. Heard it moved from across the street, where it was stationed in a building with much more character. This new location just didn't have a great atmosphere to it, sort of bland. Service was decent, but sort of lacking which was inexplainable with the amount of customers in the restaurant at the time. Beer selection was great. I think there were at least 12 beers to choose from and I got to build a sampler from any concoction I could come up with (I love that). Not just the selection, but they can brew some delicious beers. Had to leave with a few 6-packs. Food was okay, just average for my plate. Didn't have any revelations from the other plates on the table as well. Would like to check out the production brewery/restaurant in Royersford to compare. Overall, if you are coming through town stop by for a pint and grab some beer to go, but no need to come hungry.

Also, bring your screw-top growlers. They have a very impressive counter-pressure filler and fills were reasonable. However, I went with a swing-top that I own and it was twice as much to have that filled. Never got to inquire why that is, but kinda sucked cause I wanted to leave with a brew that was only on tap.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.38/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Second stop on our Columbus Day jaunt.

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

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

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Not a big fan of the strip mall type feel. I like my pubs, or breweries, to have their own feel, or character, so for me this place screams a Sbarros or a Chilis. Plus, it was a tad hard to find. I turned in the strip mall right before this one: go figure! With that aside, the beer & service are great. Plenty of offerings on tap. Had some beer related magazines to check out at the bar which was a plus. Other patrons seemed friendly. Prices seemed normal. Didn't try the food though. Will give this another try to check out their beer selections, but I just can't stand the setup. Please move out of the strip malls (both locations)!!!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Stopped in here one night with two friends on our way back from a Tired Hands bottle release. The place wasn't overly crowded, we sat at the bar where there were also a few people sitting. The service was pretty good, the bartender was friendly and the waitresses were too. The quality of beers and good are debatable to me. I have no doubts that the good is good as I really enjoyed my Mac & Cheese. The beers that Sly Fox makes just never really hit a high note to me, so picking one out was practically a nightmare. Ended up buying the last bottle of Ichor they had... Surprised they were nearly sold out of it. My friends order some shrimp appetizer and a flight sampler. They were really pleased with everything. I was kind of just there for the ride. Selection was good but not all that impressive. All the standard beers they make with a few one off's that were on draft. The price was decent, but nothing about the place really makes me wanna go back. I guess I'm just too picky.

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Photo of Kwak
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

got here in the middle of the day not to crowded just right

i did not like the bar its funny shape made me feel like an outcast down at the end away from everybody

the beer was good had a taste of most of the taps.

the food was good bar food nothing special but every thing was good

the staff was good they knew what they were serving and had a
good suggestion on what i should try

the dinning room was crowded so i guess all of their food is good

the only really bad point is that its over an hour from my house

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Photo of kjfrey
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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 ark57
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This is my local watering hole and I know it can be easy to overlook what is in your own backyard. I think that there are many solid beers that are brewed here. With that said, I think that the attempted Belgians fall a little flat for me. I have tried most if not all a few times and alwasy think soemthing is missing. Maybe they are using a yeast that is too nuetral, I am not sure. On the other hand, I think there are some great beers here. The Helles, Pale Ale, and Scottish Ale are all some of my favorites. I can't say I'm impressed with the food, though I don't normally go there to eat anymore. Usually, I will just have a soft pretzel or some wings. Can't mess that stuff up, but it's not gourmet either. As far as I know, it is pretty much the only reason to stop in Phoenixville unless you need gas or you live here.

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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went here with a few friends for lunch and some beers. It's kind of plain looking family style restaurant/brewpub with a dull bare decor but the brewing tanks are visible behind the bar which is a plus. Lots of seating at the bar and plenty of tables for dining.

The food and service were decent but nothing out of the ordinary. They have standard pub food, burgers, apps, sandwiches, etc. Our server was friendly and knew waht beers were on tap but not a lot about them.

They have a pretty good selection with a wide range of styles, many if which I haven't seen outside of the brewpub. I didn't see any guest taps but they had their 750ml corked and caged bottles for sale and a few different t shirts.

Overall this place isn't spectacular but Sly Fox makes great beer so it's definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

WOW, this was a great night. My freinds took me out in honor of an early birthday celebration. It has the over-all feel of a standard, local, restaruant. Honestly, that does it no justice. It has a nice feel, I esp. like the PSU and other philly sports gear up on the walls, but then again I am biased. The idea of a "local resutaruant" atmosphere works very well here. You can sit down, relax, and enjoy yourself the whole night though. The food, better then average pub grub and more, not Victory standards, but not bad by any means, but no overly-impresive. My only problem was they included an 18% gratuity w/ my growler, even though I ordred it separate from my meal (we had 7 people at the table). Oh well, still fun, I still need to go back

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of AltBock
3.75/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This Sly Fox is located on Rt.113 on the out skits of Phoenixville. It's across the road form two strip malls and it sits right next to another one that has a bank, a pizza parlor, and a frame store in it. The sign for Sly Fox is a bit tricky to see, so look for the STS. They're across the parking lot from that. The style of the building reminded me a little bit of a English countryside cottage. For some reason, I can't describe it, but it you can find a picture of an English cottage somewhere, it looks a little like that. When you first walking, you'll see that the dinning room is on the left, the bar area on the right, and stairs to the upstairs dinning room right in front of you. Sly Fox is decorated with drawing and paintings of foxes and even stuffed foxes. There is very little Sly Fox memorabilia on the walls. The dinning room is filled with wooden tables, more drawing of foxes, and on the right side wall, a large chalkboard with the beer and wine menu. I didn't get a chance to see what the up stairs dinning room looked like, but I'm sure it looks similar to the one downstairs. The bar area has a medium sized "Z" shaped wooden bar with wooden tables in front and the entire brewing operation behind the bar. Over the bar is small chalkboard with the tap list, but they do have a table top beer menu. In other words, it's a very cozy place.

From what I could see, they had pretty good service here. The bartender knew his stuff, they knew how to properly pour a pint and fill a growler, and they were always there when I needed another beer. The bartender had annoying laugh, but I can't judge my whole service on how the staff laughs.

They had a good sized food menu. They had all your regular food options like soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, pasta, and burgers. For starters, I chose the soup de jour which that day was chicken tortilla. Let's just say that it sounds better than what it actually was. There was far too many stewed tomatoes and clearly not enough chicken. The chicken was few and far between. Fro my main course, I went with the pretzel melt. That sandwich was fantastic! I could hardly put it down it was that good! It was the best piece of food I had that day. Remember, if it sounds good, you better watch out. It could be the chicken tortilla soup.

The day I was here, they had something like 12 house taps and one cask beer. There are no guest taps here. From where I was sitting, it looked like they could have up to 4 casks. On this day (a week after the goat race), most of their beer were of the Bock style. Nothing wrong with that! Along with all the Bocks, they had a few IPAs, a Helles, an Irish Dry Stout, and an Imperial Smoked Porter. Great variety of taps! I had hard time choosing what I wanted to drink. After you're done drinking here and you want more, not only do they offer growlers, but Sly Fox cans, 750's, and 22 oz. bomber bottles.

Even if the goat race isn't going on outside, the Phoenixville Sly Fox makes for a great place to grab a pint or Sly Fox singles. Just watch out for the chicken tortilla soup.

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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 maddogruss
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped here this past weekend with a couple of my friends. Tucked away fromt he street and a little hard to find, but worth the trip and experience.

A: The atmosphere was pretty chill. When we were there, it was pretty dead, but we went at about Noon on a Saturday. The set-up is nice; typical brewpub set up with the glass wall so you can see where the magic happens. Seemed like a nice place to meet up with some people, get some food and enjoy some good beer and good times.

Q: The overall quality of the place was good. Well-kept and clean. The beer itself also was pretty fresh and good, which is always a plus.

S. The service was pretty good. It seemed like the waiter we had was new or just learning, but he was pretty helpful and willing to provide us with his opinions about the beers that he had. He came back to check up on us a bunch of times, but was pretty good. The only thing that sucked is that it took a while to get our growlers.

S: the selection of beer that was available was pretty good. About 20 of their local beers on tap, including some seasonals, a ruachbier and schwarzbier, and a pretty good helles bock and lager. They also had some of their beers in bottles (Ichor, Saison) that were either available in regular bottles or cellar aged versions. Those offerings were a bit on the pricier side (averaging $15), but I'm sure it was worth it.

F: The food was pretty good. I had a bacon cheeseburger. The fries were awesome and the burger was pretty moist. The roll seemed a bit hard, but it went down with a few sips of beer. Overall, not too bad.

V: Cannot really complain too much about the price. While the food prices were a bit expensive (my bacon cheeseburger came out to be $10.50), the beer seemed pretty reasonable, averaging about $3.50 per offer.

Definitely a cool place to visit, although I cannot say I will go out of my way to got there next time.

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

The Sly Fox brewpub is a pretty decent hang despite the somewhat generic sports bar kind of feel it has. I would think this is actually a pretty cool place to watch the game if you're a craft beer fan. There's a relaxed vibe in the room and while it may not be beer geek territory it certainly is beer fan territory.

The bartenders are friendly and well informed about what they're serving. There's a lot of Sly Fox beers on tap at any one time; I believe there was at least 12 during my visit, including at least one each on cask and nitro tap. The quality of the brews ranged from very good to below average, with most being pretty tasty and drinkable. The focus is mainly on traditional German and Belgian styles and not anything too over the top or experimental.

The clientele seemed to be a nice mix of middle aged guys at the bar relaxing after work; many came in with growlers and engaged in beer talk; some families eating standard looking pub grub; and some younger folks hanging out on the periphery. This is not what you'd call a hip or trendy establishment; its very suburban and a little corporate in feel.

Kudos for make your own flights and for bartender's throwing around samples of everything quite freely!

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I went here a few weeks ago for the first time with two friends.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere was very laid back and friendly. It seemed very rustic and rural. Nice people and good fun.
Quality: Everything was very well presented and tasted excellent. All of the beer was within date.
Service: The waiter was excellent and very good. He certainly wasn't too bright, very nice, but dumb.
Selection: There was a great for both food and beer. I wish their beer menu was more up-to-date because there were somethings on it that I wanted but was out of rotation.
Food: The burger was very good, and the two others' meals look tasty too.
Value: I thought that it was very inexpensive for the quality.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was my third time visiting the Phoenixville location - first time in the new building. I go here for their Jamaican Jerk wings first - the beer is great, but second in importance.

The old Phoenixville spot was alright. Not what I expected. A mix between a day care center and a drab outdoorsy hunting lodge. Had potential. The atmosphere is very local. Nothing wrong with that - it had character. The new joint has more open space to it. Looks virgin - fresh and clean, if not a little clinical. Give it time. Definitely a step up.

The service is pleasant and prompt, however, there were some missteps - one on each of my first two times there. On the first occasion, I was charged $37 on a $20 check and, mea culpa, didn't realize it until after I left. Went back for the wings two weeks later (couldn't stay away) - and mind you this place is over an hour from where I live - and I was served a beer I didn't want or ask for by a server that didn't really seem with it. Minor blemish yet again. Drank the beer und it was good. So it goes. Relax & drink - that's why you're there.

While I can go on and on about the quality of said wings, the rest of the menu leaves a little to be desired. Mish-mash of various items that look vaguely appealing, but nothing that strikes you as being unique or intriguing. At least to me. I had something simple - the chicken salad sandwich - dill, celery, onions, black pepper, on a brioche roll - sounds good, huh? Dry, flavorless and stiff. Couldn't drink enough water to force that atrocity down my throat. My friends' sandwiches were equally dry and dull. Better luck next time? 2.5 pts for menu and food quality, +1 for those tasty wings. Yes, they're that good.

Great thing about this place, too, is that you can get individual (as in, not in a flight) smaller size glasses if you want to try many of their beers - selection big and wide - or if you don't want to build up a big bill.

Obviously, the wings and beer are good enough to warrant me driving out there 3 times so far. It's worth checking out. Plus, Victory is 20 min away, heh heh.

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Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We've now been to the Phoenixville Sly Fox at least twice. I rather like the look and feel of the place. When you walk in you can go to the bar area with high tables, stools, etc. or you can go to the mainfloor dining area. There is also an upstairs area and an outdoor patio which we've never used. It definitely seems to be a cut above the typical brew pub atmosphere but is not quite as elaborate as an Iron Hill

The quality of the beer is great and the selection on tap both times was quite extensive. They also have some of their more popular beers available for take out purchase (at a lower price than is shown on the menu for purchase and drinking in).

On neither occasion was it particularly crowded so the service seemed good and there were no extended delays for anything.

The range of food (and beer as mentioned) is pretty good, but not great, and offers plenty of choices.

On both occasions I had the Cuban Sandwich and thought it was well prepared and quite tasty. I also had the Route 113 IPA and love it fresh from the tap. My wife enjoyed the Chicken and we both left feeling comfortably fed.

The value is in line with what I'd expect to pay in most other places I can think of so it seemed quite reasonably priced.

On the whole both visits were well worth the stop.

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Photo of jreitman
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Sly Fox interior definitely gives you the feeling of a hunting lodge from the large exposed wooden beams to the dark and light greens used in the paint. The incorporation of pictures of the brewhouses namesake just furthers the feeling. Food selection was good with the Shepherd's Pie I ordered being quite good, but served a little hot. All the beers were wonderful though I would have liked to have seen a amber, ESB, or IPA on tap. Coming from the Pac NW I have come to expect these beers and now when they are missing, I notice and can't help but be disappointed. Overall, the Sly Fox was a very worthwhile experience and is worth keeping an eye on.

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Photo of Schracky
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have been visiting this establishment for about 10 years. The beer is always finely crafted. There standard beers are delicious, but their specialty beers are really something special. The food is decent, but not the greatest. The atmosphere is jovial. It's a bit loud, but not in a bad way. I love their Belgian style beers as well as some of their darker concoctions. The bar is well stocked with cans and 22 oz bottles for take out. The service is usually great and the staff is very knowledgeable. Look for this brewery to continue to grow as their beer becomes more and more popular.

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Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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 jennie
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

i've been meaning to check this place out and finally stopped in for lunch while in town visiting my parents. they had about eleven beers on tap, and everything we sampled was very good. the saison i tried was quite tasty, and i think my dad will be venturing back soon just for the doppelbock.

food was okay, nothing exceptional. menu is standard pub fare, reasonable prices. they had some outdoor seating, which is nice, though all you're overlooking is the parking lot. i expect because of the layout the indoor restaurant probably gets pretty smoky when it's crowded, but most places in this area are like that so you can't be that picky about this anyway. waitstaff was friendly and offered recommendations.

i wouldn't necessarily go there just for the food, but i would certainly go there just for the beer. plenty of offerings, and all of them good!

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, PA
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