Annual Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Races return for 18th year

This year, 60 competitors are registered to run in front of thousands of attendees on May 6 at the Sly Fox Brewery, 331 Circle of Progress, Pottstown. Goats run in heats of six with the winners advancing until there is a single champion for whom the brewery’s annual Maibock is named.(Image courtesy

A local favorite is returning to Pottstown this weekend, so round up some goats and grab a beer mug. The annual Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Races will make it’s return for the 18th year this Sunday. The day, which celebrates spring with Bock beers, is expected to draw thousands as attendees look forward to having a beer or two and cheering on a tribe of goats.

“The first year a few goats showed up to race,” recalls Brian O’Reilly, who hatched the idea of combining goat races with an annual bock festival. After the first few races, the event became regionally famous as the prime attraction of the fest, where O’Reilly and his team serve up a lineup of bock beers including Slacker Bock, Helles Bock, Instigator Doppelbock, Hefeweizen Doppelbock, Slacker Eisbock, and a Maibock, writes Marian Dennis in The Times Herald.

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Bock Fest is cash only and free to attend. All food and drink must be purchased with tickets, available on site. An ATM is located inside the Sly Fox Tastin’ Room (open during Bock Fest), and there will be a mobile ATM van in the parking lot. Guests may also purchase food and drink tickets using the secure BeerMe app, available for download on all smartphones.

The brewery will be equipped with large screen televisions so attendees don’t miss a beat. Additionally, a simulcast to Sly Fox’s original location, the Sly Fox Brewhouse and Eatery, in Phoenixville will also be set up. There will also be a feat of strength for beer drinkers. Masskrugstemmen, a traditional Bavarian bier stein holding contest will challenge participants to compete against each other to see who can hold a filled 5-pound, one-liter mug the longest.

“Bock Fest started small, but today, it’s the kick-off to our summer season and something we look forward to all year round,” said brewmaster Brian O’Reilly. “We can’t wait to wash down a delicious bratwurst or two with some great bock beers and cheer on this year’s racers!”

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