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Major changes since we last checked in on Hohenadel. Felicite and Sean have taken over the renovating duties since the departure of Mike Labetti from the project earlier this year.  Seems the bank’s schedule for completing the project and Mike’s didn’t quite jibe.  

With the days getting shorter and cooler, Sean’s first focus has been the windows, all 56 of them (!). Luckily the sturdy old world design of these beauties makes them (relatively) easy to rebuild. The problem is finding the time (we mentioned there’s 56, right?) read more…

Spring has sprung at Hohenadel

5-3 Hohenadel with stucco
Slow-henadel no more! With spring kicking into high gear, things are buzzing inside and outside Hohenadel’s walls. By the way, you’ll notice a fancy new coat of stucco on those exterior walls, compliments of Mike Labetti’s crew, who are taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather to make the old lady really shine. (After the stucco gets a hand-rubbed finish, it’ll be painted white with black trim. Very period-appropriate for an Italianate house from the 19th century, according to Mike.)
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When Hohenadel Lost (some of) His Family Jewels…

When Hohenadel Lost (some of) His Family Jewels…

Thank you, John C. Hohenadel of Lancaster, PA — a distant relative of our own “brewer branch” here in East Falls. He’s been collecting Hohenadel breweriana for over 30 years, and also has uncovered lots of interesting clippings he’s been so very kind to share with us.

Here’s one from a break & enter at the mansion on Indian Queen Lane  (from the Evening Public Ledger, January 26, 1918):

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Update: Party Goes Hard Core

Update: Party Goes Hard Core

This just in — Hohenadel’s lager and Harry Prime won’t be the only historical effervescence at the East Falls House Party on October 18th. There will be a few special gallons of America’s oldest beverage on tap — hard cider. Joe Getz, co-founder of Pennsylvania’s own Kurant Cider, has kindly donated a batch of his company’s unique brand of handmade, local cider to the cause.   read more…

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  1. Chris Salisbury

    I, too, am a Hohenadel. My grandfather was John F. Hohenadel; his father (my great-grandfather– Theodore Hohenadel) owned the Quaker City Furniture House (I have a photo). His father was John Hohenadel (1823-1894) (photo indicates was taken at Neuman Photography, 228 N Ninth St, Philadelphia). His brother, John, owned the City Park Hotel at 29th and Penn Ave opposite the Fairmont park (I have a postcard). Was he the brewer? The brewery connection in my accumulation of family items is fuzzy. I own all the Hohenadel breweriana which is fun, and my mother always referred to the brewer as her uncle or cousin. I live in the Chicago area and the Hohenadels came from Phil and settled in the German enclave in the city. Anything or anyone you can connect me to to help fill in the gaps would be much appreciated.


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