Nature of the Brew

The Sly Fox Brewing Company creates a special beer
to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail

Southeastern Pennsylvanians who love nothing more than enjoying a cold, local beer in the great outdoors needn’t look further than Sly Fox Brewing Company of Pottstown to satisfy their thirst. In April, the brewery will release a new craft beer inspired by and benefitting the Schuylkill River Trail.

A portion of the sales of SRT Ale, a “hop-forward American Pale Ale” best for post-activity consumption because of its 4.7 percent alcohol by volume level, will go toward improvement projects on the trail it represents. The Schuylkill River Trail (SRT), which stretches from Pottsville to Philadelphia, is a multi-recreational series of trails along the Schuylkill River. Currently, the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area is looking to further expand SRT trail routes in addition to keeping up with regular maintenance. The donations from SRT Ale figure to be a big help. 

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Volunteer for National Trails Day in Wissahickon Valley Park

The 21st anniversary of National Trails Day is on Saturday, June 1, and the trails Kitchen’s Lane of the Wissahickon Valley Park is getting a polish to celebrate. Volunteers can spend the morning performing invasive plant removal and trail maintenance to keep the trails in tip top shape, both recreationally and ecologically.

The event, sponsored by the American Hiking Society, takes place every year on the first Saturday in June. Friends of the Wissahickon is joining with REI Conshohocken for the event in an effort to raise awareness of and care for the trails in Wissahickon Valley Park. REI is a national outdoor retail co-op that has been a partner for the event for over ten years. Friends of the Wissahickon has been working to advocate and care for the Wissahickon Valley since its founding in 1924.

Trail work begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues until 12:30 p.m. Meet at the parking lot at Kitchen's Lane, down Wissahickon Avenue in Mt. Airy. Register with FOW Volunteer Coordinator Eric Falk at or 215-247-0417 x107.

SARAH E. ADAMS enjoys old trees, spring vegetables, and pollen season.