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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Active Beers: 61
Beer Ratings: 2,381
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 30 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
331 Circle of Progress Dr
phone: (484) 524-8210
Tasting room phone # - (484) 300-4644
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Even backwards directions shouldn't keep you away. They didn't for us. Make a right onto some road South means make a left onto some road North. Don't be discouraged. You'll feel your way there. Don't give up. There's all the space in the world for you here...
The new Sly Fox is at the end of a strip mall, and takes up a whole hell of a lot of space there. Past the reception area lies a large "C" shaped wood bar seating upwards of 2 dozen, with wood bar backing units and a large mirror with a pair of side mirrors over shelving with booze. Riddled about the bar area are a handful of raised bar tables, a half dozen booths, and a half dozen tables in a semi attached area with a fireplace, fox pictures, statues, plates, figurines, stuffed animals, lamps and so forth. Deep red walls over panelled lowers, sunken spotlighting and flatscreens in the corners.
13 taps. Michelle let us sample a good deal. The Oatmeal Stout was solid, hearty and oaty, the Christmas was cinnamonny nutmeggy spicy, the Abbey Double deep, sweet, and fruity, the Odyssey (8 hop IPA) was crisp and mad hoppy, the Rte 113 IPA was nice (but no Odyssey), the O'Reilly's Stout was very dry, done nitro, the Royal Weisse was wonderfully bananananana-y sweet, done unfilitered, the Pikeland Pils crisp and clean, the Grand Opening Alt nicely malty, the Burns Scottish Export good and maly, slightly smoky and sweetish, and I don't think I tried the other couple of beers. Not a clunker in the lot, really.
There's a front dining room with about a dozen and a half tables, and a rear dining room behind it with another dozen plus tables. Further down the hall lies a game room of sorts, with a pair of pool tables, that crazy ass space taking table shuffleboard game, a half dozen video games, Phil's golf game, and TV's in the corners
This is all the good beer from the other Sly Fox and all the room that they don't have and you wish they did. Old Sly Fox is old news, people. This place is the haps.
02-27-2005 03:51:56 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The brace of 507ft tall Hyperbolic Cooling Towers of the Limerick Nuclear Power Station caused me some excitement, but not as much as the anticipation of the nearby other/new Sly Fox - having been to the excellent original in Phoenixville last year thanks to BA Davo, I had large expectations, but my guide for the day this time was BA Ericaweizen.
Situated in a rather unassuming looking Shopping Mall, the words Sly Fox on the tall sign as you enter piqued interest, but as we turned into the large Car Park, I was rather taken aback as to the sheer size of this place, from the outside it is wide, several low-arched bays stretch over the wood paneled & covered frontage. Inside, lots of dark wood and pastel painted walls relax you. The décor is extremely well done considering the boring box-like utilitarian envelope in which the Sly Fox sits. The bar is set back from the entrance in front of you, past many tables and half hidden behind a large interior half-walled seating area which has its own fireplace. Large expansive wooden bar, lots of dark woods and large mirrors behind lend further space. Decided to sit at the Bar as it was extremely quiet, only a handful of others were in at 12:45 on the Saturday lunchtime.
Black Raspberry Wheat
Burns Scottish Ale
Helles Golden Lager
Phoenix Pale Ale
Desperately in need of a hop burst, I opted immediately for the single varietal 7% Ahtanum IPA, around 100 IBUs it had a real citrus depth which had some restraint but enough dry woody character to lend it some real balance and interest - a tasty treat. Next, I ran straight into the Rt.113 IPA, also 7% but with 113 IBUs this one had a more traditional kick and had a massive lemon bitterness with a funky spicy ending - made with Centennial, German Tradition, UK East Kent Goldings and Syrian Hops, it is highly recommended. I finished with the lovely Burns Scottish Ale, a solid malty brew which suffered from a little too much restraint thanks to the low 5% abv though IMVHO; it was also the cause of must amusement & debate due to the incorrect (Burns) spelling on the printed Beer Menu. I noted at least one chap pop-in to fill his own rather spectacular looking swing top Growlers, so none of those silly we only fill our own Growler rules here, very sensible.
The early start meant that I gave the full menu a miss, but I did opt to share a plate of Nachos with my hostess for the day Ericaweizen. Holy Crap, first off the Nachos turned up mit fleisch, when I specifically asked for sans chilli. No worries; the horrified Meat invades Vegetarians plate look on Ericas face was soon placated; honest apologies were made for the genuine mistake, and a replacement platter, seemingly bigger than the last one, turned up in no time. We all make mistakes and Great Service is often about quickly & efficiently correcting them just as much as avoiding them in the first place. The big ass plate of colored Nachos took some time to whittle down though, even with two of us at them, nicely done!! Attentive service throughout the visit.
The Brewery is clearly visible in the back on the way to the Restrooms, past a large Function and Games Room, this really is place is big with high quality fittings. Clean and spacious.
Bigger and Better than the original mee thinx. Seriously worth a drive out here for a visit of at least several hours. Please dont forget to bring all of your available empty 'any-style' Growlers if you make it out here, you wont be sorry if you do.
Thanks to Sally Cinnamon for the ride out here, very much appreciated, a terrific start to the day!!
Last Visit: Saturday 28th May, 2005.
06-03-2005 04:39:02 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Located in a strip mall and easy to find. The interior is slightly dark, but a decent sized bar was quite full when we arrived watching the Penn St football game on the corner TV. There was a private party going on in the side room off the side of the bar. We spent most of our time in the game room around the corner from the bar, as there was a pool table, shuffle board, air hockey and some video games.
There were about 12 beers on tap, most of the same that were on at the other location. The beers of of great quality, and you can choose any style you want. The latest IPA Project brew was also on tap.
Didn't sample any of the food. This is a nice place to drink some beers and get in some pool and shuffle board. Definitely worth a stop in if you are in the area.
10-30-2005 20:18:12 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
The new Sly Fox is BIG! Man, is it big. Located in a strip mall in Royersford, PA (you'll probably drive close to Limerick on your way here...look for the two massive cooling towers in the skyline) the new fox is large and in charge. Upon entering you are greeted by a big dining area with many booths and tables. Than there is a large bar with all of the beer clearly listed on a big black chalk board. In the back there are more rooms. A big game room/banquet room/more space. This place is big, and the atmosphere is still good, which is nice. Low lighting, dark colors, and a very comfortable feel. The quality of the brews and food are exceptional, as expected. With the menu being very different and diverse when compared to the original menu Phoenixville. Selection is better than Phoenixville as well, with something crazy like 13 brews on tap. I wish they had some real ales though. The two new IPA project beers are dang tasty, even if some people think that the idea is played out already. I had pints of both and they kept me smiling as Steve and I got pummeled in shuffle board. A good place to hang, and the second closest or closest great brewpub to my house as well. I'd definately come here again for a nice dinner and some brews, or just to chill with some BA buds and get my ass kicked at shuffle board. Recommended.
04-14-2005 15:43:10 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I took a break from the Reading WWII Weekend on Friday, 03JUN11 for lunch at the Royersford Sly Fox.
This pub is easily found once getting off the highway in Royersford, and is located at the right-hand end of a nondescript building in a small strip-mall. Upon entering, there's a hostess station to the left, beyond which is a dining room. Straight ahead is a small dining area/lounge, with the bar at the rear of the room, running right to left with a short "ell" back to the rear. The decor is an odd mix of garish, red walls with lots of old, polished dark-wood furniture, as found in many a London pub. Further back, beyond the left of the bar, is a display case with glassware and clothing, another dining room, and a game room with pool tables, pin-ball, etc. Decent rock music filled the air.
I parked at the bar and perused the bier menu, which had 12 different options to choose from. They had a varied assortment, from 2 different maibocks to an IPA, a rauchbier to a tripel, and so on. I tried the 2 maibocks, the rauch and the tripel. All were solid and tasty. For my meal I went with a Buffalo Chicken Sammich, which was quite satisfying and filling. My bartender did a solid, albeit unspectacular, job. Had hoped to snag a bier to go, but they were out of my intended choice, their DIPA. Still, it was well worth the side-trip from Reading, and I'd surely swing by again if possible. Prosit!!
4.13 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
06-12-2011 16:38:18 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
* Royersford is better feel, but Phoenixville is SF home*
Royersford SF gets mad props for the updated beer chalkboards, updated beer menus and updated clearly readable beer menu pages on the walls. Also, all five queer eyes for the stright guy would fawn over the colors and neatness here. A huge bar that seats 20+ solid backed bar seats and a wide accomodating bar get this off to a good start. Attractive mirrored backbar tryptich motif with flat screen tvs creates a solid guys club vibe. The only thing stopping this from being a 5 is the restaurant aspect over shadows the bar feel.
Selection is always up to date from the website. Killer selection for a brewpub. It blows away most beerbars, and it's a friggin' brewpub. Gawd this place rulez!
Complaint: Why are you so far away from where I live???!!! SF is an hour away! Hopefully the bottling line makes up for the distance.
Last call: Food is good, nothing mindblowing and not as good as Phoenixville. Could you bring your Mother here? Yes! My Mommy would way dig this place.
04-19-2006 04:08:25 |
More by blitheringidiot
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this place yet. I live only a few minutes away and I've been coming here regularly for a year and a half. This location feels more open than the Phoenixville brewpub, with newer decor that feels more like a restaurant than a pub.
The beer selection on tap is usually quite good, a combination of a few standards and some seasonal or occasional offerings. O'Reilly's Stout, Pikeland Pils, Phoenix Pale Ale and Rt 113 IPA are usually available. They also sell their canned and bottled beers to go from the bar or you can have them added to your dining room bill. Growlers are available too and at pretty reasonable prices. Lagers seem to be a bit of a specialty here and there are often a couple of varieties available, which is generally different from most other brewpubs. If you stop in after the goat races in May, you'll be confronted with a good selection of distinct and tasty bock beers.
The food is quite good - favourites include the prime rib, turkey dinner, and meatloaf. Service has always been quite good, both in the dining room and at the bar. My parents actually suggest heading to the Sly Fox when they're in town specifically because they're happy with their meal and enjoy the atmosphere. I go there both for the food and the beer, plus the occasional growler fill. It also helps that it's a kid-friendly atmosphere when you have a toddler.
12-18-2007 19:42:35 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
stopped by this place for firkin friday. seemed like a sort of aftermath after things cooled down. the place gives off an middle-upscale chain restaurant vibe, perhaps its the fox.. the location.. or the emphasis on dining in the layout of the establishment. lots of crimson on the walls and a large section of tables to the left when you enter. noise, families, students... suprisingly high number of eaters compared to the bar area, where i had no problem getting a seat.. beer guy autographing books AND firkin beers and there are SEATS AVAILABLE at 8:00 on a Friday??? anyway, as usual, i sit between two smokers and take a look at the beer menu.
nice sized selection, but alot of the usual suspects. the IPA project, a series of single-hop beers, is a great idea... i think i was here for one of the blander ones (chinook ipa). i didn't hate it, but probably should have gone for the simcoe or whatever the other one was on. for my second pint, i gave the rauchbier a chance on the advice of the brewer. now THAT is a beer! the rb impressed me with its traditional beechwood smokiness. it showed the masterful restraint of an expert brewer. g/f had the pikeland pils which was good and drinkable with great flavor.. looks like a real hit or miss place. was able to lug some saison home with me, yet to be reviewed.
bartender was great, very helpful with my requests and questions, and had no qualms about snagging the brewer and forcing him to answer my questions. good service.
didn't eat.. menu seemed standard. prices, fair.
atmosphere was not really my groove. reminded me of a sterilized iron hill. er, a romano's macaroni grill with a beer bar.. er, you get the picture. however, the crowd and people i met up with counterbalanced that. seems to be a hangout for local brew nuts, and i ran into the brewers from four MAJOR area breweries in the span of two hours.. who all exhibited much local pride and made the stop very worthwhile. definitely a YMMV type place but why not if you're in the area. based on what i grasped about the fox, i'd stay for a beer or two if there were some fun peeps around or i was with a group, otherwise id grab a growler and go.
10-24-2005 21:04:23 |
More by goodbyeohio
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Been there a few times to eat, many times to drink.
Standard brewpub and restaurant, with a cool game room in the back with pool tables, shuffleboard, air hockey, etc.
The quality of the beer is always great, I've never had a bad beer. My favorite being their quad Ichor, which is fantastic. Their standard beers are canned and available for take-out, which comes in handy when attending a BYOB sporting event that doesn't allow glass bottles.
My only slight complaint about the selection is just personal, in that my favorite styles are porter, brown ale, and stout. Of which the only one they've ever had is their dry stout, which ironically is the sub-style of stout that is my least favorite.
But for fans of IPA, Pale Ale, and various German styles, they should be up your alley.
The food in my opinion was just average and maybe, a little over priced for the quality. No problem with the cost of beer.
08-16-2010 18:14:01 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Well it was my b-day yesterday so my wife and I decided to make a trip. We have already tried the other Slyfox so why not this one.
Looks to be an old supermarket which was taken over by Slyfox the Limerick nuclear power plant looming large in the background. A nice little patio area but it is way to could for that. We were very impressed with the size of the place.As you walk through the doors A nice dining area to your immediate left and goes through to the back. The bar is straight ahead with a couple of private booth areas around the back part of the bar.
Service was very good. Looks like a few locals in there after work on a Friday for a few.Since we sat to have an early dinner we really didn't chat to the bartender to give us insight on slyfox news.
As there other place there selection is great. I had sampler of the oatmeal stout , ESB , Oddyessey , and three others that I have forgotten.
Food is fantastic some of the best pretzels I have ever had with that great slyfox mustard. Proportions of food are very impressive. I had a big plate of blackend chicken penne for 8.95 the lighter portion and it was very filling.
A fun place to visit but is a little out of the way for us. A great gift on my b-day though.
01-23-2010 18:40:05 |
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