Name: Sly Fox Brewing Company
Location: Phoenixville, PA (brewhouse and eatery); Pottstown, PA (brewery and tasting room)
Type: Production brewery with brewpub/eatery
Available in DC Market: Yes
What you need to know: Sly Fox has been around since 1995 as a brewhouse/eatery, but its production brewery is nascent having formed in 2012. The recipient of multiple GABF medals, notably for their Pikeland PIls, Sly Fox produces beers in a number of styles. They're proud to note that they were an early adopter of craft beer canning, and you may know them from their pull-top "360 END" cans that turn your aluminum can into an aluminum mug of beer.
Beer #1: Pikeland Pils (Pilsner / 4.9%)
In Their Own Words: "A Northern German-style Pilsner brewed with imported German Pils malt and hopped with German and Czech hops. Light in body, light straw in color and dry."
Food Pairing: Pork belly brioche (Toasted brioche topped with pork belly braised in orange and cinnamon. Served with cabbage, radish and apple slaw.)
Our Thoughts: The Pils will do a really nice job here of cutting through the fat of the pork belly. The brioche and the flavor profile of a pilsner are also very simpatico. However, all of that orange and cinnamon may make this better suited for something like a pale or IPA. With all of that said, Pikeland Pils is a decorated and thirst-quenching beer. Get it early in the evening before your tongue gets tied.
Beer #2: Saison Vos (Saison / 6.9%)
In Their Own Words: "A Belgian-style Saison (or Farmhouse Ale) brewed with German Pils malt and hopped with East Kent Goldings. Fermented with a special proprietary yeast which imparts its dry, spicy character. Golden orange in color."
Food Pairing: Duo of compressed melon with yuzu (Honeydew and cantaloupe melon pressed sous vide with yuzu and lemongrass)
Our Thoughts: Saison Vos is an excellent example of the style, right up there with other American saisons like those from Ommegang and Allagash. The food pairing they have here is picture perfect. The fruit and the acid from the yuzu will play beautifully with the spicy yeast character in this Pennsylvania-meets-Belgium brew.
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