SRT SPREEKEND: April 22 - 24, 2016
The popular SRT SPREE will return for a second year to announce SRT Ale's return for another summer. This year, the spree has evolved into a three-day SPREEKEND, featuring a series of river and trail cleanups and recreational events that celebrate the return of SRT Ale. All are invited to participate, so pick your mode of transportation (run, paddle or bike) and join in the fun. Trail cleanups and opportunities to taste the new SRT Ale will be held on April 22, 23 and 24.
How you can participate
Join a Trail Event: On Saturday April 23, you can paddle from Pottstown to Mont Clare during a group float trip on the river; or team up with fellow runners for an amazing 50K relay race on the Schuylkill River Trail; or take a 30-mile bike ride from Philadelphia to Mont Clare. It all ends at Schuylkill Canal Park for a festival with food, live music and more. Learn more.
Help Clean the Trail: Choose from four different river and Schuylkill River Trail cleanups in Birdsboro, Pottstown, Mont Clare, and Norristown on April 22, 23, 24. Register for a cleanup
SRT Ale Benefits the Schuylkill River Trail
"Brewing a tribute beer to the crown jewel of regional recreation was a natural for us. The Schuylkill Watershed is vital to the work we do and Sly Fox is committed to supporting it." - Sly Fox Brewmaster Brian O'Reilly -
Sly Fox Brewery in Pottstown, in collaboration with the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, released SRT Ale on Earth Day 2015. The "Ale for the Trail" benefits and celebrates the Schuylkill River Trail. In September, Sly Fox presented the Schuylkill River Heritage Area with a check for $4,018 raised from the sale of SRT Ale. Thank you Sly Fox and all who contributed to the cause by purchasing SRT Ale! Money donated from the sales of SRT Ale will be used to improve and maintain the 130-mile Schuylkill River Trail (SRT). Watch this WFMZ news clip about the SRT Ale donation. Sly Fox describes SRT Ale as "a golden, hop-forward American Pale Ale and a salute to the beautiful Schuylkill River Trail." While the seasonal beer is not currently available, Sly Fox will release SRT Ale again on Earth Day 2016 during the SRT SPREEKEND.
About Last Year's 2015 SRT SPREE
The 2015 SRT SPREE was the official, five-day launch event for the new SRT Ale that ending in Philadelphia on Earth Day 2015. The two-man Sly Fox launch team journied 110 miles along the Schuylkill River and Schuylkill River Trail, traveling from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. Throughout, they carried SRT Ale flags attached to their kayaks,bicycles, and even on horses. They welcomed river and trail lovers to join in along the way. And they made daily pit stops for an organized trail cleanup and recognition of a local beer purveyor that will introduce SRT Ale to the public. Read more
HIDDEN RIVER, PUBLIC TRAIL
The Schuylkill River Trail and accompanying Water Trail are well-used recreational resources that follow the length of the beautiful Schuylkill River. Recreational usage on and along the river is growing exponentially as the surrounding population does, and consequently, more resources will be required to complete, protect and maintain the trail.
Starting in Pottsville, PA and winding through the Schuylkill Highlands to Philadelphia, the river was historically flanked by railroad lines that have since been converted to paved and gravel trails as part of the Greater Philadelphia's Regional Trail Network. The Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area, managed by the non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association, works to promote and improve the entire Schuylkill River Trail and operates and maintains about 30 trail miles in Berks and Schuylkill Counties.
Not only is Sly Fox Brewing Company's SRT Ale contributing to trail upkeep, but the beer is a tribute to every step, paddle and pedal on the trail.