Category Archives: Hop Angel Brauhaus

Hop Angel Brauhaus- German/American Food and Great Beer

Hop Angel 1We have enjoyed The Hop Angel Brauhaus located at Rhawn Street and Oxford Avenue since it opened.

The service is always warm and friendly and the quality of the food has continued to improve especially after a change in Chefs. Our only bad dining experience involved returning a steak ordered well done that was delivered rare and returned to the Chef. The result was not appetizing to say the least and we were disappointed as we are regular customers. 99% of the time we have a wonderful dining experience at the Hop Angel.  Let us talk about the positives.

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Our daughters enjoy the appetizer menu. The two favorites are Brauhaus Mac and Cheese and Potato Pancakes. The Mac and Cheese is wonderfully prepared with cavatappi pasta tossed with smoked gouda, parmesan and a cheddar cheese sauce toped off with crackers.  The Potato Pancakes are topped with apple sauce and sour cream and are served in a quantity of six. These appetizers are a meal in themselves and the girls are never disappointed. The Fries are also a favorite.

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Alone or in a group we normally order the following menu items that never fail in receiving praise from those who dine with us.

  1. Sirloin Steak: The steak is normally cooked and served as ordered. Grilled and topped with a blue cheese herb it melts in your mouth. The mashed potatoes are outstanding as is the vegetable of the day.
  2. Meatloaf:  It is difficult to polish off the meatloaf that is served in an onion sauce topped with a fried egg. As with the steak the mashed potatoes are outstanding.
  3. Burgermeister Meisterburger: This 10 oz. burger is simply a belly buster. Topped with ham, crisp onions, Hab Sauce, smoked gouda cheese and a fried egg it rates as one of the best in Philly.
  4. Build Your Own Burger: For those on an adventure you can enjoy the 8oz burger with a wide array of toppings of your choice to include various cheeses, bacon, fried egg, tomato, onions, pickels, hot peppers, sweet peppers, pickled peppers and of course lettuce.

Our friend Noah and his wife Diana normally order from the extensive German menu and always rave about the presentation of the food and the atmosphere of the Brauhaus.

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The beer menu changes often offering a mix of German and other imports; as well as Philadelphia craft beers. A taste is always offered before ordering a beer and we have never been disappointed in our choice.

hop angel 4The restaurant consists of a main dining area and an upstairs dining area. The bar also has seating in addition to the traditional bar seats. The crowd can be unique at times with hipsters and middle aged folks mixing about the bar and dining areas. The Hop Angel is rustic in appearance with Wissahickon stone walls, dark wood molding and tables as well as wood carvings about the restaurant. In the warm weather a Biergarten is open for those who enjoy dining outside.  There are always special events at The Hop Angel and you can check them out or just visit on the web at :


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The Hop Angel Brauhaus is located at 7980 Oxford Avenue in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia. It is close to the Fox Chase Train Station and the 18 bus loop. There is a large parking lot in the rear of the Brauhaus for those who desire to travel by car.

This is the second in a series on eateries in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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2012 Year in Review

2012 was a good year here in Fox Chase. We published three editions of The Fox Chase Review publishing 43 poets and 9 prose writers. We continued to strive to offer diverse selections of poetry and prose to our readers. We encourage you to read the works of these artists at these links:  

Our 2012 Editions of The Fox Chase Review

.and visit: Comprehensive List of Contributors for our archives.

The Fox Chase Reading Series  partnered with Ryerss Museum and Library in Fox Chase to present eight events featuring 16 Poets in the second floor gallery of the museum.       





Our Poetry Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri conducted 2 workshops in 2012. The Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop for the Delaware Literary Connection in April and for The Fox Chase Reading Series at The Hop Angel in November.




The Fox Chase Review and Reading Series Blog promotes our readings, poets, writers,  interviews, book reviews and general information of interest for our readers and the Fox Chase community.

We are looking forward to 2013 with nine events featuring eighteen poets/writers reading for The Fox Chase Reading Series at Ryerss Museum and Library.  For dates and times please see our schedule at: . In January we will release of the Winter/Spring 2013 edition of The Fox Chase Review and are pleased to announce Poets on the Porch returns with 17 poets reading on the porch of Ryerss Museum and Library on July 13th.

The review and reading series are made possible by

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Poetry Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

SR Moser
Fiction/Web Editor S.R. Moser


Fiction Editor T.G. Davidson

Rodger Lowenthal reading 3-27-11

Occasional Book Reviewer and Host Rodger Lowenthal

In addition to contributors of book reviews and the poets and writers who grace our review with their work and read at our series. We do this for our love of the art of the written word and look forward to 2013 and your continued support.

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Celtic Connection – A profile


The Celitc Connection is a Philadelphia based Irish Band with deep roots in Fox Chase.  The connection  is: Joe Mullin ~ Guitar & Vocals, Patrick Touey ~ Vocals, Washboard & PercussionGlenn McCollum ~ Mandolin & Vocals, Tom Neuhauser~ Keyboard, and Michael Hannelly~ Drums.

The connection has played in Las Vegas at The House of Blues, toured Irish festivals and pubs across the United States. Although in demand, The Celitc Connection maintains its roots in the community playing a benefit for Lions Park at the American Legion Hall, supporting pubic events in the community such as the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Art in the Park and the annual 4th of July parade in neighboring Rockledge. The Celtic Connection also supports the local music scene playing at such venues as The Red Rooster, Hop Angel Brauhaus, The Rockledge Pub and The Austrian Village.

No matter where they play The Celitc Connection provides a high energy performance of traditional and modern Irish music with a mix of rock standards in their act. To find out where the Connection is playing, view videos and how to book the band please visit them on Facebook:

Celtic Connection on Facebook

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Photographs from The Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop

On November 10th The Fox Chase Review sponsored The Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop with our Poetry Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. The Workshop was held in the intimate Fox Chase Room of The Hop Angel Brauhaus in Fox Chase. We thank all those who participated. You can view additional photographs at this link:

The Calm Before The Storm- Belloumini and Kozinski close out 2012 Season

Just before Hurricane Sandy meets up with two cold fronts and travels up the Delaware Bay the calming poetic voices of David Kozinski and Michele Belloumini stirred the crowd in the 2nd floor gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library. 

Thanks to open mic poets Joe Roarty, Steve Delia and Diane Sahms-Guranieri.

We thank everyone who has supported the reading series this year and look forward to our first reading of 2013 with Lester Mobley and Bruce Kramer on the last Sunday of January 2013.

Our next event: November 10th-  The Tenth Muse Workshop with Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

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The Tenth Muse Workshop with Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Only 15 spots open

 A Poetry Workshop for Novice & Experienced Poets

Workshop Leader: Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Sponsored by The Fox Chase Reading Series
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

Poems are words. These words are uniquely the poets and may through the revision process become poems, which will merit a place in any publication. In creating, there is always room for revision, as T.S. Eliot writes in Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, “for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” The poet always has final say in the completion of their poem(s); however, “Workshopping” can be a means whereby a poet is joined by other poets in the tedious revision process. This workshop will afford each poet a unique opportunity to read/perform one of their own poems in front of others; to hear their work read by another; and to have constructive input from others, while being guided by the workshop leader. Revisions by peers are only meant as suggestions (to be regarded or discarded). This workshop may be just what you’re looking for to assist you in the revision process and ultimately help you in finishing a poem, or it may get you just one step farther along in the revision process. Whatever the outcome, this will be an enjoyable event.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri is a native Philadelphia poet and currently the poetry editor of The Fox Chase Review. She has served on the editorial board of Philadelphia Stories magazine and founded The Center City Poets Workshop. Her poetry has been published in The Southern Ocean Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Autumn Sky Poetry, Many Mountains Moving, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Fox Chase Review, Folio, Philadelphia Stories, Mid-West Cultural Council, Mad Poets Review, Northern Liberties Review, Levittown Leader, The Camel Saloon, Limited Editions among others.

Her latest release is Images of Being. Nicolette Milholin of the Montgomery County News said of Images of Being,“Like a well-written memoir, Sahms-Guarnieri’s work shoots straight to the center of human experience instead of hiding pain under a false fabric of pretension.” Barbara Bialick of the Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene said, “To Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, images are an all-important way she remembers people from her childhood and on into motherhood.”

The workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Reserve your spot now. The cost of the workshop is $25.00. Please register for the workshop and send two poems no later than 10/20/12 in word doc to attention Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

What workshop participants said about The Tenth Muse Poetry Workshop :

~Diane was very supportive to each and every participant and handouts were super. She was great about allowing participant feedback, as well as her own, really well done!  I learned a lot. – K.H.

~Excellent, informative, helpfulWendy S.

~It was a wonderful workshop.  You are an excellent leader.  You found the positive in each poem and gave really excellent suggestions.  Thank you – Arlene H.

~My first time and I really enjoyed it!  So great to know others who share a love of poetry and language.   The dialogue and handouts were great too. – Jane M.

~Very much appreciated the excellent organization, adherence to time for each poet, and the wealth of helpful information – Eleanore M.

~I use this format when critiquing in a poetry group.  It really worked extremely well here.  What a lot of work and thought went into this workshop.  Thank you – I am sure as I read the handouts and remember comments I will further benefit– E.Jean L.

~Wonderful! Great presentation and preparationMarie K.

Summer Break

The Fox Chase Reading Series  will be on hiatus  for the months of July and August but will return with a poetry/prose packed Autumn/Winter 2012 edition of The Fox Chase Review and the Featured Poets/Writers Series at Ryerss Museum and Library on September 23rd with Kirsten Kaschok and Ditta Baron Hoeber. Until then please enjoy our summer 2012 issue at

Remember there is plenty to do in Fox Chase this summer:

Ryerss Museum and Library:

Pennypack Environmental Center:

Fox Chase Farm:

And if you get hungry visit our friends at :

The Fox Chase Deli

Hop Angel Brauhau

2nd Tuedays Poetry Open Mic Photographs 5-10-11

It was a great evening for poetry at The Hop Angel Brauhaus in Fox Chase.  Photos can be viewed at this link:

Next Up: Lisella andFagiani in Fox Chase May 22nd

Spring into Summer 2011 Reading Schedule

We end our spring season with May 10th- 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic and two poets from New York who will entertain and  challenge you with their verse Lisella andFagiani in Fox Chase May 22nd . Two events you shouldn’t miss!

Our Summer Season

June 1st – The 10th Edition of The Fox Chase Review will be published on line

June 12th – The last 2nd Tuesdays Poetry  Open Mic until September at The Hop Angel Brauhaus.

June 26th
Philadelphia Poet Paul Siegell joins with NYC Poet Ocean Vuong for our Featured Poets Reading at Ryerss Museum and Library followed by an open mic.

July 16thPoets inthe Park returns to Lions Park in the heart of Fox Chase when Poets Thaddeus Rutkowski, Leonard Gontarek, Timothy Gager, Chad Parenteau  join Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and G Emil Reutter in the park for a magical evening of poetry.

July 31st – The Outlaws return to Ryerss Museum and Library when Poet David Blaine heads east into town from Michigan and Nathan Graziano heads south from New Hampshire. A great afternoon of poetry will follow their arrival followed by an open mic.

August 20thPoets onthe Porch returns to Ryerss Museum and Library when poets Dan Maguire, Lynn Levin, Amy King, Ana Božičević, Elizabeth Pallitto join Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and G Emil Reutter on the porch of the historic museum for a special afternoon of poetry in Fox Chase.

We will post updates to each event as they approach. Thanks to all those who come out to support the poets and The Fox Chase Reading Series. We hope to see you on May 10th for the open mic and for two great poets at Ryerss on May 22nd, Lisella and Fagiani.

May 10th- 2nd Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic


7:30pm to 9:30pm

Join us on May 10th for an unpredictable evening of open mic poetry and a great menu at The Hop Angel Brauhaus , 7980 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. To sign up in advance email .