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Restaurant and drinks reviewer Craig LaBan heaped praise on Sly Fox's Pikeland Pils in the Philadelphia Inquirer this morning, completing what was most definitely a very good month for the brewery's multiple Gold Medal winning beer:

"Cans can be beautiful when they're filled with Pikeland Pils. This stellar golden brew from Sly Fox in Royersford has firmly established itself in my fridge as one of my favorite local summer beers.

"Sly Fox helped pioneer the craft beer world's recent embrace of cans, which are coated with a polymer to prevent that metallic taste. Brewmaster Brian O'Reilly's full-flavored pilsner, meanwhile, has also helped redeem the famed Czech beer style that has long been corrupted into "lite" oblivion by thin mass-market American pretenders.

"This pilsner has pop. Made with authentic German malt and cold-fermented for six weeks, it has a rich straw-gold glow and a formidably foamy head, with a bracingly dry finish that is quenchingly good. The only thing better than cracking open a can may be drinking it on draft in a box seat behind the Phillies' dugout at Citizens Bank Park (beer kiosk in section 119).

"Pikeland Pils is available by the case, from $28 to $32, at most good local beer distributors. It's also available on draft at better bars, including the Good Dog at 15th and Locust ($4), Bridget Foy's at Second and South ($5), and Yello'bar ($5.50) at 2425 Gray's Ferry Ave..."

That hearty accolade came in the wake of two local magazines citing the brewery's flagship pilsner as the best in the area.

Philadelphia Magazine appeared on the newsstands with its annual August "Best of Philly" issue last week and selected Pikeland Pils as the Best Beer of the Year, writing

" The best beer around (and there are a lot of them, comes from a can. Sly Fox's brewers known that modern cans protect their pale, German-style lager, Pikeland Pils, better than a bottle. We know that cans chill faster, the better for an afternoon spent relaxing with this seriously good brew. Its citrusy hops, malty barely core and bracing, bitter finish are sure to make you forget that other lager."

Earlier in the month, the July issue of Main Line Today featured Pikeland as the Best Microbrew in its "Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs" listings:

"Brewer Brian O'Reilly recently won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Fest in Denver for his Pikeland Pils. It's the third gold for this exceptional beer, brewed with imported German pilsner malt and German and Czech hops, resulting in a light body and color, and a dry, crisp flavor."

In additional to its Gold Medals in 2000 and 2007, Pikeland Pils also won a Bronze Medal at the 2003 GABF.

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