Grisette is a Belgian style ale which was originally brewed in the Hainaut province to be the beer of the miners in the area, just as Saison was the beer of the farmers. It was lighter than Saison and frequently contained wheat as well as barley malt (as does the Sly Fox version). The name is derived from the French word for "gray," referring to both the drab factory frocks worn by the young women (the grisettes) who doled out pints as the men exited from the mines, and also the color of the cobblestone rock being mined.
Sly Fox Brewing Company is headquartered in Pottstown, Pennsylvania with a 50-hectoliter production brewery at 331 Circle of Progress.
The brewery opened in January 2012 and Sly Fox beers are currently available in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Delaware. John and Peter Giannopoulos are the Managing Partners. Brian O’Reilly is the brewmaster, assisted by Director of Brewing Operations Tim Ohst and the brewing staff. Patrick Mullin is Director of Sales. Sly Fox is considered to be one of the premier craft brewers in the Mid-Atlantic region.