The first Sunday in May is a special time at the brewery...the Sly Fox Bock Festival & Goat Race is held every year, rain or shine! Called "Philadelphia's best beer event," the Bock Fest & Goat Races draw massive crowds of people who love to celebrate spring with great beer!
Brewmaster Brian O'Reilly and his crew produce a mouthwatering lineup of bock beers including Slacker Bock, Helles Bock, Instigator Doppelbock, two Eisbocks (usually Slacker and Instigator) and a Maibock. The day marks the release of the Maibock which is tapped immediately after the goat race and named in honor of the winner.
A wide open, grassy field neighboring the 30,000 square-foot brewery is the annual site for the running of the ruminants and festival fun. Live German Oompah music plays from a stage and there is even coverage of the Goat Races on a jumbotron. Afterwards, some of the goats and their owners mingle with the crowd, delighting the many children in attendance with their families. It's an amazing day at the brewery!
Bock Fest begins at 11:00am and winds down at 6:00pm. Our Tastin' Room will remain open until 8pm.
It's free! There is no admission for this event but there will be wonderful Sly Fox food, beer, and gear available for purchase.
Yes! The first heat begins at 2:00pm and the races generally run for an hour and a half. And to honor the hard work and sacrifice of the Goat Race champion, the name of our Maibock is named after the winning goat and ceremoniously tapped directly after the conclusion of the race. In years past, we've had between 40-60 registered goats. It's intense. And delightfully weird.
Nope, just show up!
Great question! Bock Fest is cash only. ALL FOOD, BEVERAGES AND MERCHANDISE MUST BE PURCHASED WITH BOCK FEST 2015 TICKETS. Tickets are valued at $5 each and will be sold from our two ticket booths that are cash only.
No worries, there are ATMs on site in the Tastin' Room and in the parking lot. Tell all of your friends to bring cash!
There is plenty of parking available for the day! You may park on the outer ring of Circle of Progress Drive (around the brewery). Please be conscious of all parking signage; illegally parked cars are subject to towing at owner's expense. Please do not park on our neighbor's beautiful green grass! As this parking fills up quickly we will direct visitors to the many other locations we have set aside for Bock Fest. Downtown Pottstown has free street parking on Sundays. In addition MCCC, the Borough of Pottstown and several local establishments have kindly offered multiple parking options for patrons attending Bock Fest. Check out the map below for authorized Bock Fest parking locations:
Parking Locations Within Walking Distance:
Parking Field on Circle of Progress Drive
300 Circle of Progress Dr., Pottstown, PA
SQS Video Parking Lot
274 Shoemaker Rd., Pottstown, PA
Sly Fox has arranged for FREE shuttle buses to run guests from four bus stops in Pottstown right to our brewery during the event (both school and public transit buses). The Bock Fest Express will transport you and your friends to the magical place that is Sly Fox Brewery. Buses will be running from 10am-7pm.
Bock Fest Express Bus Stops:
Montgomery County Community College (MCCC)
101 College Dr., Pottstown, PA
Hanover & Queen Bus Terminal
15-21 S Hanover St., Pottstown, PA
Pottstown Plaza (Old Giant Lot)
799 State St., Pottstown, PA
74 Robinson St., Pottstown PA
We will have reserved parking for goat handlers behind the brewery. Please make sure you have your official parking pass with you when you arrive.
Thanks for drinking responsibly! Here are some super-closeby, local accommodations:
Comfort Inn & Suites Pottstown/Limerick
99 Robinson St., Pottstown, PA 1946
Quality Inn Pottstown
61 W King St., Pottstown, PA 19464
Days Inn Pottstown
1600 Industrial Hwy., Pottstown, PA 19464
Head over to slyfoxbeer.com/bockfest and follow the directions to register your goat. Registration is $50 per goat and includes an official Bock Fest 2015 shirt, mug and food/drink tickets. Don't delay - registration closes Monday, April 27! Please note that you must have a real goat in order to register for the races. Humans dressed as goats are not permitted to compete in the races.
Of course! Bock Fest has been a family friendly event for over fifteen years. We will have the goat races (of course), oompah band, face painters, a balloon artist, can toss, silk screen printing, Trick the Fox from Pocono Raceway and an opportunity to meet our new mascot Billy the Goat! Bock Fest is fun for all ages!
Pets are welcome but please know that everyone will want to take a photo of your pet iguana on a leash. We also ask that you consider your pet's behavior around large groups/other animals and decide if it's a good venue for them. Sly Fox will not be held responsible for their actions or picking up your pet's doo-doo.
For the benefit of all our guests, we are trying to maximize sightlines of the track, stage, and Jumbotron. Bring your tailgate chairs and blankets for the field! EZ-Up tents will be permitted ONLY in the green space directly in front of the brewery.
Sorry, tours will not be available during Bock Fest. Come back and visit us on another weekend and we will gladly show you around!
Absolutely! We will have the merchandise tent up and running all day. Merch can only be purchased with official Bock Fest 2015 tickets. You can also purchase hip Sly Fox swag on our website.
We will have plenty of options for food and beverages at Bock Fest. All items must be purchased with official Bock Fest 2015 tickets.
There will be an assortment of beverages including water, soft drinks and (of course) beers. We will be pouring all of our year-round favorites plus Helles Bock, Slacker Bock, and Instigator Doppelbock. Maibock will be tapped after the winner of the goat race is announced. *We will be checking IDs and wrist banding individuals over the age of 21.
Sly Fox will be serving up German brats, schnitzel sandwiches, pretzels, and pizza all made with love. Stella Jeanne’s Festival Food’s menu includes hamburgers, chicken fingers, french fries, potato tornados, fried oreos, and frozen lemonade. The Cow & the Curd will be serving their mouth watering cheese curds. And for dessert Weckerly’s Ice Cream will be scooping their best flavors at Bock Fest this year.
Yes, but only for beer purchases at the bar. The Tastin' Room's delicious pizza will be sold at a stand outside.
Sly Fox asks that you refrain from bringing all outside food and beverages to Bock Fest. This helps us to keep Bock Fest a *FREE*, non-ticketed event for our guests. Please be courteous of our request so that everyone can enjoy the *FREE* day of fun with exciting goat race action, great food and the best beer in town!
A salute to past Goat Race winners!