POTTSTOWN PA – Thousands of visitors to the Sly Fox Brewing Company grounds Sunday (May 6, 2018) on the Circle of Progress in Pottstown cheered as a rookie entry won this year’s running of the goat races that traditionally signal the start of spring … as well as tapping “the largest offering of bock-style beers by any brewery in the United States at one time,” the company noted.
Overflow crowds ignored cloudy and later darkening skies, and ultimately a light rain, as the 18th annual Bock Fest and Goat Race event crowned Princess Jenny – a 2-year-old, 45-pound Pygmy goat owned by a Salem NJ resident – as winner of its rite of goat passage. The Sly Fox Maibock, the beer opened immediately after the champion is introduced, was named for the goat too.
The open, grassy field adjacent to the 30,000-square-foot brewery wasn’t nearly big enough to handle the throngs of people – some of whom came from outside the state – for the seven-hour party. A second vacant property on the circle was pressed into use, and served as a canopied launch pad for guests to refill their steins and enjoy a wide variety of German-style and other foods.
The beers from Sly Fox Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly and his crew included Slacker Bock, Helles Bock, Instigator Doppelbock, two Eisbocks, and the Maibock. Live German Oompah music provided by the veteran Emil Schanta Band played from a stage, and jumbotrons at both locations allowed those who wanted to stay in one place the chance to see all the race action.
Both before and after, some of the goats and their owners mingled with the crowd.
Photos by Debbie Zlomek for The Post Publications