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February 21, 2007 - Sly Fox Invites Scott Morrison Over For a Guest Brew
Brewmaster Brian O'Reilly and Sly Fox Brewing Company will host former McKenzie House head brewer Scott Morrison for a guest brew at Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville on Friday, March 9.

Morrison and O'Reilly will brew a batch of the former's popular Biere de Garde in the pub's 10bbl brewhouse and the beer will be introduced at at the pub on Friday, March 30. The event will be named "Dude in Exile" in a reference to Morrison's nickname in the industry and both brewers will be present..

The brew will be a full 10-barrel batch and is a one-off, with no plans for it to be repeated. It will be on draft at both Sly Fox locations until gone.

Morrison was abruptly dismissed from his job making beer for both McKenzie locations just before Christmas last year, apparently as the result of a long-standing fissure between him and management. He is currently investigating his options in the brewing world, ranging from finding another brewer's post or starting his own company.

"This seemed like a good way to let Scott earn a few bucks and keep his hand in while he figures out his next step," said O'Reilly in a news story posted on the Sly Fox website on Monday. "Also, it never hurts to have a very popular and very good brewer working on the premises, even if only for a day. Scott has a big following in this area and I think we'll have a great crowd to wish him well on March 30."

The two brewers go back a long way, both having gotten started in the industry while working with Phil Markowski, the near-legendary brewmaster at Southampton Publick House on Long Island, in New England. In a striking coincidence, Markowski is also scheduled to be brewing at Sly Fox on March 9, in the company's Royersford brewery. Four of Southampton's top-line beers are produced and packaged there annually under contract.--JACK CURTIN