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What’s in a name? East Falls, street by street

We’ve got three “Queen” lanes in East Falls — Queen, New Queen, and Indian Queen  — but does anyone know who this “Queen/queen” is? Any Googling fool can tell you that Philadelphia’s Queen Village was named for Sweden’s Queen Cristina, but our local sovereign’s identity is not so apparent. A yellowed newspaper clipping we found […]

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Meet the brewer: Tom Coughlin

Our Q&A with Tom Coughlin, the brewer behind the Hohenadel lager: How did you get started in home brewing? It took place in stages and began back in the 1980s. Stage I: Craft beer awareness (1980s) In the 1980s I dropped out of college and I worked at a neon sign shop that did a […]

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Lager, Our Hometown Brew

Summertime is the perfect weather for enjoying ale’s refreshing sister:  lager. Lager vs. Ale:  What’s the difference? Strictly speaking, every beer is either a lager or an ale. Ales were here first, an ancient brew. Top-fermented, known for fruitiness, bitterness, and high alcohol content. Lagers are bottom-fermented, thanks to a special strain of yeast developed […]

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How much is your dog worth?

How about five bucks? In 1854, that was the reward offered for a “large white pointer dog” that was stolen from the Falls Hotel. That seems pretty cheap, until you consider that $5 then is worth about $140 today. In the mid 19th century, dogs weren’t invited to restaurants or spoiled with Busy Bee toys, […]

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Here Comes the Hohenadel Beer Project

This October, Hohenadel House is going back to its roots! There won’t be horse-drawn carriages or gas lamps in the streets, but we’re bringing back the best of that old world: classic Bavarian lager beer, and the catfish and waffles that made the Falls famous. Oh, and we figure an old time orchestra sound by […]

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