The Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery has received a "Best of Philly" award from the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine late last month.

The award, "Best Local Brewery" lauds the Sly Fox on page 170 of the August 2004 edition of Philadelphia Magazine. While citing the increasingly popular annual Goat Race & Bock Festival at Sly Fox and the praise for its beers from international beer expert Michael Jackson, the editors of Philadelphia Magazine stated the primary reason for the award was "because brewer Brian O'Reilly's idea of fun is to celebrate (Sly Fox's ninth anniversary) by crafting nine different India Pale Ales."

While it's actually the Sly Fox's ninth anniversary, both O'Reilly and assistant brewer Tim Ohst said the Sly Fox is extremely proud of this latest accomplishment.

"It's a great honor to be recognized by Philadelphia Magazine," said O'Reilly. "Tim and I are looking forward to meeting the challenge of producing enough beer to meet the kind of market demand such awards always create. More importantly, I think this is further evidence of the wisdom of the Giannopoulos family in making a commitment to building a full scale brewery to meet and grow that market demand."

"Everyone's excited about winning the award," said Ohst. "There's a great beer scene going on in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas and to be singled out is quite an achievement."

Ohst said the magazine called the Sly Fox two weeks ago to inform them of their recognition, and they've been receiving a lot of praise since the award.

"Some of our customers, who've seen the magazine, have congratulated us about winning the award," said Ohst. "We've been talking about it amongst ourselves quite a bit. We feel this award gives us a lot of prestige."

Ohst spoke of O'Reilly's India Pale Ales (IPA) Project 2004, which involves eight varietal IPAs (beers brewed with a single hop) being produced over the course of the year and Odyssey, an Imperial IPA brewed with all eight hops which will debut on Friday, December 10. All nine special beers will be on tap that evening.

"We're still working on the IPA Project through the rest of this year," said Ohst. "In fact, The Drafting Room in Exton will be carrying five of our previously served IPAs in the near future."

Although the Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery is one of several award winners in Chester County, it is the lone area representative in the magazine. This is the second major acknowledgment of Sly Fox beers in two years. Almost exactly one year ago, voters at named the Pikeland Village Square pub the Third Best Brewpub in the United States.

The August 2004 "Best of Philly" edition of Philadelphia Magazine, is currently available at newsstands or wherever magazines are sold.

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