Sly Fox Brewing Company is headquartered in Pottstown, Pennsylvania with a 50-hectoliter production brewery at 331 Circle of Progress.
The brewery opened in January 2012 and Sly Fox beers are currently available in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. John and Peter Giannopoulos are the Managing Partners. Brian O’Reilly is the brewmaster, assisted by Director of Brewing Operations Tim Ohst and the brewing staff. Patrick Mullin is Director of Sales. Sly Fox is considered to be one of the premier craft brewers in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The company was founded in December 1995 by the Giannopoulos family when Peter Giannopoulos opened the Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. After brewmaster Brian O’Reilly arrived in the Spring of 2002, he developed an off-premise sales program to gain Sly Fox beers a place on the taps at some of Philadelphia’s best bars and taverns, greatly expanding the customer base. The pub is now destination spot for beer lovers near and far and its annual Bock Fest & Goat Race on the first Sunday of May draws crowds of 2,500 or more to town every year.
When off-premise sales increased beyond the Phoenixville location’s ability to keep up, Sly Fox opened a 20-barrel production brewery and accompanying restaurant in nearby Royersford, in November 2004. John Giannopoulos joined the company at that point to manage the brewery side of the business. After seven years, demand once again made greater production capability a necessity and the restaurant was sold to former employees in 2011.
Sly Fox’s success has been due not only the award-winning quality of its beers but also to solid judgment and forward-looking business decisions. The company was an early adopter of the craft-beer-in-a-can revolution and became the first brewery in the Mid-Atlantic region to put in a canning line in 2006, at Royersford. The awarding of a Gold Medal to Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in Denver marked the first time a GABF medal of any sort had been given to a canned craft beer.
Sly Fox Brewing Company founded
Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery opens in Phoenixville, PA
Brewmaster Bill Moore hired
First Bock Festival & Goat Race
Brewmaster Brian O'Reilly hired
Helles Golden Lager wins GABF Bronze Medal
Named Top Three Brewpub in the country by Beer Advocate
Pikeland Pils wins GABF Bronze Medal
20-barrel production Brewery opens in Royersford, PA
Named Philadephia's Best Brewery by Philly Mag
Hop Project series inauguration
First release of Odyssey Imperial IPA
Second pub opens at Brewery location
First of the 750ml and 22oz. bottles begin rolling off the line
Tenth anniversary celebration
First craft beer canning line in the Mid-Atlantic region
Entry into New Jersey and New York markets
Pikeland Pils wins GABF Gold Medal
Instigator Doppelbock wins GABF Bronze Medal
Rauchbier wins GABF Gold Medal
Original Phoenixville location makes the leap across Route 113
Pikeland Pils and Sly Fox Oktoberfest named National Grand Champions
at 15th annual USBTC
30,000 s.f., 50-hectoliter production Brewery opens in Pottstown, PA
Tastin' Room opens at Pottstown Brewery location
Distribution expands to Delaware
Sly Fox becomes first North American Brewery to offer 360 end cans with launch of Helles Golden Lager
Distribution expands to Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC
Grisette wins GABF Silver Medal
Oktoberfest wins GABF Bronze Medal
Sly Fox releases their first 16oz. can—360 IPA