Birthday Brewery Adventure: River Horse, Sly Fox, Victory

River Horse Brewing

River Horse Brewing

A few weeks ago I headed out with my wife, sister, and brother-in-law to go on a quick one day tour of some nearby breweries. We started our adventure at River Horse Brewing Company in Lambertville, NJ (a 90 minute drive from Brooklyn). This small, scrappy brewery has been producing some of my favorite beers lately, including Tripel Horse and Belgian Freeze, a dark ale that’s super easy to drink.

At River Horse, you can go on a free tour on weekends and do a tasting of four beers for $1. They are moving to a larger location soon, which will be good considering when we went there the tasting room was crazy packed. Growler fills, t-shirts, and bottles are available for sale.

Sly Fox Brewery

Sly Fox Brewery

From there, we drove 50 miles into Pennsylvania to Sly Fox Brewery. At this point we were pretty hungry so we had dinner there. Food selection is standard pub fare, from pizzas to pulled pork sandwiches. Everyone in our group loved dinner, and it was a fun place to hang out for awhile. We purchased a flight of beer, and ended up taking a 6-pack of my favorite, the Dunkel Lager. I normally don’t give lagers a second though but this one was special. Definitely check it out if its available in your area. They sell beer to go, growlers, and shirts.

Our trip ended at Victory Brewing, a 40 minute ride to Downington, PA. At this point it was about 8pm, and the place was packed. This combo brewery/restaurant seemed to have the entire town’s population hanging out that night. Good thing we ate at Sly Fox, because a wait for a table was close to two hours. Instead, we went to the super huge bar and bought pints for $5. They have a large merch room filled with beer, t-shirts, Victory ice cream, and everything else you can imagine. The place was crowded but we had a great time. We forgot to take photos of Victory, so you’ll just need to visit yourself and take your own.

Two hours later, we were home. If you live in NYC, it’s definitely worth going on this little adventure. You can see more of our photos here.

Robert Duffy

Robert Duffy is the co-founder of Empty Growler and lives in Brooklyn, NY

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