On Tap is a regular column featuring our recommendations on the most unique new draft beer offerings from local pubs. 

Our Recommendation: Sly Fox Royal Weisse Ale

Where: P.J. Whelihan’s, 1347 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA.

If you’ve been to a P.J. Whelihan’s Pub, you know they always have an extensive tap list. The new P.J.’s is no exception. During our sneak peak at this new venue in the Dilworthtown Shopping Center, we counted 24 beers on tap–a beer for every mood. This makes for tough decisions.

I decided to go local and give Sly Fox Brewing Co.’s Royal Weisse Ale a try. Sly Fox is based out of northern Chester County, with their own brewpub in Phoenixville and a new brewery in Pottstown.

This unfiltered wheat ale poured a beautiful copper color with a frothy head and smelled a bit like citrus. This was an enjoyable beer for a spring day–sweet with hints of fruit that ended with a finish of banana. At 5.6% ABV, this is a sessionable beer. When I think of unfiltered wheat beer, Victory’s Moonglow Weizenbock comes to my mind as being the best. This Royal Weisse is similar, though a little lighter in taste, color and ABV. This all works out well in my mind, as Moonglow is only available in late autumn, and Royal Weisse is available spring and summer. We now have three seasons covered.

Other interesting beers on tap at the new Whelihan’s to consider include: Dock Street‘s Man Full of Trouble Porter, which rocks roasted malt characters, and Lancaster Brewing Co.‘s Country Cream Ale, which has light hops and flavors of corn and malt. Oh, and if these don’t inspire you, there are twenty-one other beers on tap to choose from!

Starting May 1st, Whelihan’s will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. They are located at 1347 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA. Learn more about the new bar and restaurant by clicking here.