Sly Fox Brew­ing Co. do­nates over $4,700 to the Schuylkill River Trail

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

POTTSTOWN >> Sly Fox Brew­ing Com­pany, with a brew­pub in Phoenixville, pre­sented a check for $4,711 to the Schuylkill River Her­itage Area re­cently to ben­e­fit the Schuylkill River Trail.

The money was raised through the sale of SRT Ale, a sea­sonal beer in­tro­duced by Sly Fox last year to ben­e­fit and cel­e­brate the Schuylkill River Trail.

Sly Fox Brew­mas­ter Brian O’Reilly pre­sented the check to Schuylkill River Her­itage Area Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Si­las Cham­ber­lin at Sly Fox’s pop­u­lar Can Jam Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Pottstown Sept. 24.

In con­junc­tion with the check pre­sen­ta­tion, the Schuylkill River Her­itage Area also held its in­au­gu­ral Ride for the River event, a bike ride that ben­e­fited the Schuylkill River Trail. The ride, which took place pri­mar­ily along the trail, at­tracted over 300 cy­clists and be­gan and ended at the Can Jam Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

This marks the sec­ond year that Sly Fox has both brewed SRT Ale and do­nated a por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the beer to the Her­itage Area. Last year, $4,018 was do­nated. There­fore, over the past two years, the sale of SRT Ale has gar­nered over $8,000 for im­prov­ing, main­tain­ing and ex­pand­ing the trail.

“On be­half of the Schuylkill River Her­itage Area and all of the part­ners work­ing to build the Schuylkill River Trail, I want to thank Sly Fox for their part­ner­ship,” said Cham­ber­lin. “We count on great com­mu­nity part­ners like Sly Fox to help us ex­pand and main­tain the Schuylkill River Trail.”

Money do­nated by Sly Fox has been tar­geted for the Her­itage Area’s Safe Cross­ing pro­gram, which im­proves safety at var­i­ous places where the trail crosses road­ways.

SRT Ale was de­vel­oped as a trib­ute to the Schuylkill River Trail, one of this re­gion’s most beloved re­cre­ational re­sources. A sec­tion of the trail me­an­ders near the brew­ery in Pottstown as well as near Sly Fox’s orig­i­nal Brew­house & Eatery in Phoenixville.

The Schuylkill River Trail will one day span the en­tire length of the Schuylkill River from Philadel­phia to Pottsville to­tal­ing an es­ti­mated 130 miles, and run­ning through five coun­ties (Philadel­phia, Mont­gomery, Ch­ester, Berks and Schuylkill). Cur­rently, there are over 60 miles com­plete.

The trail is owned and main­tained by a num­ber of dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions. The Schuylkill River Her­itage Area op­er­ates and main­tains about 30 miles of the trail, and works to pro­mote and im­prove the en­tire trail.

At the check pre­sen­ta­tion are (from left) SRHA board mem­ber Wendy Wheeler, SRHA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Si­las Cham­ber­lin, Sly Fox Brew­mas­ter Brian O’Reilly and SRHA Grants Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor Tim Fenchel.

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