Sly Fox Brewing Company presented a check for $4,018 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 in April to benefit and celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail.
Sly Fox Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly presented the check on Saturday to Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Silas Chamberlin at Sly Fox’s popular Can Jam Festival in Pottstown.
“When Sly Fox released the seasonal SRT ALE in April, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area was named the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds of SRT Ale. Now, as we enter into fall we are honored to present our 2015 donation to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area in the amount of $4018,” O’Reilly said.
The money will go toward 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. “Every day the Schuylkill River Heritage Area is working to restore the
quality of the Schuylkill River and complete the Schuylkill River Trail, which will one day run 130 miles between Philadelphia and Pottsville. We’re nearly half way there, and we need the help of partners like Sly Fox to help us finish the job.”
SRT Ale hit local distributors on Earth Day and was available into September. Sly Fox officials said the beer, brewed specifically for craft beer fans who also love the outdoors, proved more popular than anticipated, and thousands of cases were sold. While production is now over for SRT Ale for 2015, it will be available again in April 2016.
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, PA, as well as 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.
“We count on great community partners like Sly Fox to help us continue expanding and improving the Schuylkill River Trail,” said Chamberlin
Sly Fox Brewery describes SRT Ale as “a golden, delicious, hop-forward American Pale Ale, and at 4.7% alcohol by volume, it’s designed to be the perfect post-activity beer.”
SRT Ale was launched in April through the SRT Spree, a six-day event during which a two-person team from Sly Fox, Todd Palmer and Corey Reid, traveled along the river and trail from Pottsville to Philadelphia, welcoming beer and trail lovers to join in along the way. The team journeyed by kayak, bike, horseback, and on foot, drawing awareness to the trail – and the ale.