East Falls has quite a hoppy history — we once had at least five breweries in the little “Dutch Hollow” neighborhood around Ridge & Midvale, including John Hohenadel’s Falls Brewery which closed in 1953. It’s been more than half a century since anyone’s tasted a genuine East Falls lager: Now’s your chance to “sip back” in time!
This October 18th, East Falls Historical Society pairs with award-winning historical brewers and our own Epicure Cafe to bring back East Falls’ most famous beer — in the Victorian majesty of Hohenadel’s newly-restored mansion, yet. Live Big Band entertainment, too, plus a peek at an exciting new museum coming to East Falls.
If you’ve walked down Indian Queen Lane, you’ve noticed Hohenadel House . The once-grand Italianate villa from the late 1800’s had fallen to disrepair in recent decades, yet still commanded admiration with its one-of-a-kind details like carved woodwork, gilded mirrors, stained glass and secret compartments.
Former home of East Fall’s most famous brewer, the estate might’ve been razed for condos were it not for a plucky family of Oklahoma transplants, who took on the enormous task of restoring Hohenadel House’s original glory, while adding all the comforts & conveniences a modern household requires.
Phase One Complete — Let’s Party!
As a “Thank You” to East Falls’ helpful organizations and supportive community, owners Sean Hawley and Felicite Moorman are opening their doors for one special evening of food, song and history.
Come celebrate this breath-taking work-in-progress, a true architectural gem in its last stretch to the finish line. Contractor Mike Labetti coordinated countless projects this Summer, but with 4 stories, 5 staircases, sweeping windows and Victorian excess, plenty of Goth-y edges still remain to explore, and inspire mystery (it IS October, after all).
Historic beer in a historic setting! Plus, a Pop Up Museum by EFHS, displaying artifacts, letters, photos, and breweriana from local collectors.
Live Entertainment! Epicure Cafe is proud to present hometown legend Harry Prime performing all his favorites, nightclub-style, in the grand Hohenadel ballroom. Big Band hits and salty neighborhood stories. Wear your dancing shoes!
HEARTY COCKTAIL MENU BY EPICURE CAFE Appetizers, carving station and vegetarian options. $40 includes historically-reproduced “Hohenadel” lager, craft-brewed hard cider, plus red & white wine. Advance tickets only $35, available now online and at Epicure Cafe.
East Falls’ most famous brew returns for One Night Only.
*Proceeds benefit East Falls Historical Society and East Falls Community Council*