Sly Fox Bock Fest & Goat Race, Sly Fox Brewing Company, Pottstown, Pennsylvania Craft Beer

#BOCKFEST

BOCK FEST
& GOAT RACE

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!

WHEN:

MAY 1, 2016

11:00am - 6:00pm (Rain or Shine)

WHERE:

SLY FOX BREWING COMPANY

POTTSTOWN, PA

GOAT RACE REGISTRATION:

ONLINE REGISTRATION:
CLOSED


A German menu is offered to compliment what might be the largest offering of bock-style beers by any brewery in the United States at one time.

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!


 

THE DETAILS- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL INFO

When does Bock Fest begin?

Bock Fest begins at 11:00am and winds down at 6:00pm. Our Tastin' Room will remain open until 8pm.


How much does Bock Fest cost?

It's free! There is no admission for this event but there will be wonderful Sly Fox food, beer, and gear available for purchase.


Wait...is there really a Goat Race?

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.


Do I need an admission ticket for Bock Fest?

Nope, just show up!


Is this event cash only?

Great question! Bock Fest is cash only. ALL FOOD, BEVERAGES AND MERCHANDISE MUST BE PURCHASED WITH BOCK FEST TICKETS. Tickets are valued at $6 each and will be sold from our two ticket booths that are cash only.


Oh fiddlesticks, I forgot to bring cash!

No worries, there are ATMs on site in the Tastin' Room and in the parking lot. Tell all of your friends to bring cash!


Does Bock Fest benefit any charities?

Yes! Portions of the day's proceeds benefit both Pottstown PAL and the Brandywine Valley SPCA.


Is there an event map for Bock Fest?

You bet there is:

PARKING / TRANSPORTATION

Where can I park my car?

NEW FOR 2016: We will have over 1,000 parking spots available at the Coventry Mall! Here is the address: 351W. Schuylkill Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465. Get ahead of the game and purchase your BOCK FEST TICKETS in front of the old Super Fresh next to Rita's Water Ice while waiting for one of the 9 shuttle buses that will drop you off directly in front of the brewery.

Acquiring a parking spot near the brewery can be a huge challenge during the Bock Fest. If you do utilize a parking spot around Circle of Progress Drive, please be conscious of all parking signage; illegally parked cars are subject to towing at owner's expense! Our neighbors are super generous. Please do not park on their beautiful green grass!


I parked my car at the Coventry Mall . How do I get to the brewery now?

Sly Fox has arranged for 9 FREE shuttle buses to run guests from the Coventry Mall (351W. Schuylkill Rd, Pottstown, PA 19465) 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.

While you wait for a bus, pick up your BOCK FEST TICKETS at our ticket stand, which will be located in front of the old Super Fresh. You can have your tickets in hand when you arrive at the party!


I am a goat handler. Where can I park my goat trailer and gear during Bock Fest?

We will have reserved parking for goat handlers behind the brewery and in the adjacent parking lot (325 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464). Please make sure you have your official parking pass with you when you arrive.

LODGING

We'd like to be safe and stay the night in Pottstown. What hotels are near the brewery?

Thanks for drinking responsibly! Here are some super-closeby, local accommodations:

Motel 6
78 Robinson St., Pottstown, PA 19464

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

 

ACTIVITIES

How do I register my goat in the races?

Head over to slyfoxbeer.com/bockfest and follow the directions to register your goat. Registration is $60 per goat and includes an official Bock Fest 2016 shirt, mug and food/drink tickets. Don't delay - registration closes Friday, April 22 at Midnight! 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.


Are children welcome at Bock Fest?

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, can toss and an opportunity to meet our new mascot Billy the Goat! Bock Fest is fun for all ages!


Can we bring our family dog, cat, iguana, chinchilla?

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.


Are tents, lawn chairs, etc. permitted?

NEW FOR 2016: EZ-Up tents will be permitted ONLY in our neighbor's field at 374 Circle of Progress Driveā€”the same field we used for the KanJam tournament. Tailgate chairs and blankets are permitted anywhere on our property. For the benefit of all our guests, we are trying to maximize sightlines of the track, stage, and Jumbotron and provide enough space for folks to hang out.


Will there be tours of the brewery during Bock Fest?

Sorry, tours will not be available during Bock Fest. Come back and visit us on another weekend and we will gladly show you around!


Can I purchase sweet Bock Fest and other Sly Fox apparel at the event?

Absolutely! We will have the merchandise tent up and running all day. Merch can only be purchased with official Bock Fest tickets. You can also purchase hip Sly Fox swag on our website.

FOOD / BEVERAGE

What are the food and beverage selections for the day? Will there be food that my kids will like?

We will have plenty of options for food and beverages at Bock Fest. All items must be purchased with official Bock Fest 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, Hefeweizen Doppelbock 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, including a Bock Beer ice cream!


Will the Sly Fox Tastin' Room be open for Bock Fest?

Yes, but only for beer purchases at the bar. The Tastin' Room's delicious pizza will be sold at a stand outside.


Can I bring my own food/beverage?

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!



THIS YEAR'S GOAT RACE CONTENDERS

Clint

Breed: Pygmy
Weight: 70
Age: 3
Favorite Food:
Banana peels
Known for:
Being sweet
Super Power:
Channels Clint Eastwood

Goat Race Rookie

Crafty

Breed: Pygmy
Weight: 27
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Orange peels
Known for:
Named after my orthopaedic surgeon
Super Power:
Helps with knee rehab

Goat Race Rookie

Lizzy

Breed: Boar Goat
Weight: 60
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Sweet feed of course!
Known for:
Standing on my igloo house so I can get a better view
Super Power:
No super powers but I am super cute!

Goat Race Rookie

Theo

Breed: Nubian cross
Weight: 60
Age: 7
Favorite Food:
Grapes
Known for:
The magic go button
Super Power:
The death stare

Asher

Breed: Unknown
Weight: 70
Age: 3
Favorite Food:
Dead leaves
Known for:
Exploring the woods
Super Power:
Avoiding human contact at all costs

Goose

Breed: Goat
Weight: 100
Age: 1.5 years
Favorite Food:
Peanuts
Known for:
Escaping
Super Power:
Expert goat!!

Tosh

Breed: Lamancha
Weight: 100
Age: 1.5yrs
Favorite Food:
Animal crackers
Known for:
His sweetness
Super Power:
Expert goat

Marley

Breed: Alpine
Weight: 100
Age: 1.5 yrs
Favorite Food:
Poison ivy. Christmas tree
Known for:
Being a goat
Super Power:
He can escape anything!!

Finnegan

Breed: Nigerian Dwarf
Weight: 25lbs
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Guinness (He's Irish you know!)
Known for:
Knocking an entire flight of wine glasses off of a table once when I decided to let him on the porch during a party
Super Power:
Winning the hearts of anyone he meets.

Goat Race Rookie

Chevre

Breed: Nigerian Dwarf
Weight: 25lbs
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
chicken feed
Known for:
Falling into the pool and screaming bloody murder until we rescued her.
Super Power:
Having the loudest scream in the goat kingdom

Goat Race Rookie

Belle

Breed: Nubian cross
Weight: 40
Age: 7
Favorite Food:
Nilla wafers
Known for:
Standing around
Super Power:
Pick pocketing

Rockko Jr.

Breed: Semi-Alpaca
Weight: 65 lbs (30 kilos for you metric fans)
Age: 12
Favorite Food:
The blood of his fallen enemies.
Known for:
Eating Shoelaces.
Super Power:
Running in the opposite direction during a race.

Ragnar Lothbrok

Breed: Pygmy
Weight: 57
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
Saltines
Known for:
Conquering Paris
Super Power:
Conversing with Viking gods.

Goat Race Rookie

Samantha

Breed: Lamancha
Weight: 70
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
Gold Fish and Animal Crackers
Known for:
Being a bully to her sister
Super Power:
Being guilty but looking innocent.

Goat Race Rookie

Charli

Breed: Lamancha
Weight: 60
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
Gold Fish and Animal Crackers
Known for:
Loving good nature
Super Power:
Killing with kindness!

Goose

Breed: Alpine
Weight: 40lbs
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Lucky Charms
Known for:
Good Looks
Super Power:
Power to Believe It's Not Butter

Goat Race Rookie

Harvey

Breed: Nubian
Weight: 120
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
Oranges, peels too!
Known for:
Acting like Eeyore
Super Power:
Untouchable

Goat Race Rookie

Elvis

Breed: Pygmy
Weight: 75
Age: 4
Favorite Food:
Peanut butter crackers
Known for:
Raking shins with his horns
Super Power:
He's the King!

TESSA

Breed: Pygmy
Weight: 40
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Oats
Known for:
Participating in live Nativity
Super Power:
Fence jumper

Goat Race Rookie

Ernie

Breed: Unknown
Weight: 25
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Carrots
Known for:
Cuddling
Super Power:
Hypnotizing personality

Goat Race Rookie

Samson

Breed: Nubian/Alpine
Weight: 70
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
raspberry bushes
Known for:
head-butting
Super Power:
able to leap tall fences in a single bound

Delilah

Breed: Alpine
Weight: 70
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Pine needles
Known for:
Letting us know she's hungry
Super Power:
Climbing trees

Vincent Van Goat

Breed: Nigerian Dwarf
Weight: 50lbs
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Cookies
Known for:
Celebrity status
Super Power:
Paper disposal

Goat Race Rookie

MANbearpig

Breed: Boer
Weight: 65
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
Pellets and leprechauns
Known for:
Being fast and loud
Super Power:
Telekinesis

Goat Race Rookie

Stella

Breed: Alpine Goat
Weight: 150
Age: 10
Favorite Food:
Tears of her opponents that are washed down with a Sly Fox Pikeland Pils.
Known for:
Creating the GoatPro and her rowdy fan club that packs onto a school bus to cheer her on each year!
Super Power:
The power to read minds, but only in languages that she doesn't understand.

Maverick

Breed: BadAss
Weight: 50
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Raw Steak
Known for:
Lady Skills
Super Power:
X Ray Vision

Goat Race Rookie

Crosby

Breed: Fainting
Weight: 40
Age: 8
Favorite Food:
Shoes
Known for:
Headbutts
Super Power:
Flying

Georgette

Breed: Pygmy
Weight: 35lbs
Age: 4
Favorite Food:
Our garden plants!
Known for:
Escaping the pen
Super Power:
Super momma goat

Goat Race Rookie

manBEARpig

Breed: fainting
Weight: 35
Age: unknown
Favorite Food:
pellets and gingers
Known for:
being so darn cute
Super Power:
bone crushing jaw power

Goat Race Rookie

Beer Yard

Breed: Lamancha
Weight: 35
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Alfalfa
Known for:
Eating
Super Power:
Beer can eating

Goat Race Rookie

Drake

Breed: Pygmy
Weight: 75
Age: 8
Favorite Food:
Anything Bread
Known for:
Jail Break from Pen
Super Power:
Flying

Dominic

Breed: Pygmy
Weight: 78
Age: 8
Favorite Food:
All things bread
Known for:
Coming in last in his heat
Super Power:
Sprinting

Penny

Breed: Nubian
Weight: A lady never tells!
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
Is this a trick question? Anything!!
Known for:
2015 Sly Fox Champion
Super Power:
Staring, staring, staring!

Blue Hazel

Breed: Nubian
Weight: None of your business!
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
Mom's flowers!
Known for:
Sister of 2015 Winner Penny. I'm going to beat her this year!
Super Power:
Able to eat while sleeping.

Wild Bill

Breed: Awesome
Weight: Prefer not to disclose...
Age: 1
Favorite Food:
Rocky Mountain Oysters & Lamb Chops
Known for:
Being the World's Premier Skydiving Goat
Super Power:
Making Beer Disappear

Slippery Pete

Breed: Saanen
Weight: 45
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
Jumbalayaaaaa
Known for:
Being and Anti Dentite
Super Power:
Lip Reader

Goat Race Rookie

Sundae

Breed: Pygmy Goat
Weight: 80
Age: 9
Favorite Food:
Birdseed and flowers
Known for:
Escaping from fields and pens and roaming about to find food and unexpectedly visiting the neighbors
Super Power:
Houdini Powers

Glitzy

Breed: goat
Weight: 50
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
carrots
Known for:
winning the silver medal in 2015!
Super Power:
Annoying our dog

Luna

Breed: Unknown
Weight: 35
Age: 1 year
Favorite Food:
Everything
Known for:
Causing trouble
Super Power:
Climbing on a barn roof

Goat Race Rookie

Mrs. Moogoo

Breed: Unknown
Weight: 40
Age: 1 year
Favorite Food:
Everything
Known for:
Climbing on the barn roof
Super Power:
Finding trouble

Goat Race Rookie

Oreo

Breed: Pygmy
Weight: 100
Age: 10
Favorite Food:
Grain
Known for:
2nd place
Super Power:
Love

Maximus

Breed: Nuvian
Weight: 125
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
Roasted Peanuts
Known for:
Super Goat Strength
Super Power:
Leaping Buildings In Single Bounds

manbearPIG

Breed: Boer
Weight: 85
Age: 2
Favorite Food:
bamboo and terrorists
Known for:
instagram addict @pigthegoat
Super Power:
bottomless stomach

Goat Race Rookie

Speedy

Breed: Fainting
Weight: 45
Age: 7
Favorite Food:
Everything
Known for:
Faking its own death
Super Power:
Playing dead

Annabelle

Breed: Mutt
Weight: 55
Age: 3
Favorite Food:
You name it, I eat it
Known for:
Being a love bug
Super Power:
Seductress

Wally

Breed: Boer
Weight: 200
Age: 4
Favorite Food:
Fruit snacks
Known for:
Destruction
Super Power:
Head butting

Sawyer

Breed: Nigerian dwarf goats
Weight: 65
Age: 4
Favorite Food:
Carrot Flavored Horse Treats
Known for:
Picking Fights
Super Power:
Keeps the family inline

Goat Race Rookie

A salute to past Goat Race winners!


2000
George


2001
Clover


2002
Ernie


2003
Nelly


2004
Weird Beard


2005
Savannah


2006
Han


2007
Sundae


2008
Jasper


2009
Dax


2010
Nelly


2011
Peggy


2012
Peggy


2013
Simon


2014
Jixxer


2015
Penny



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