April 7 is National Beer Day and we’re celebrating all weekend! Before you get your brew on, here’s a little history lesson: On April 7, 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act (CHA) went into effect, which was basically the first step toward ending Prohibition. Also known as the Beer Permit Act, the CHA was “an act to provide revenue by the taxation of certain nonintoxicating liquor, and for other purposes.” (Other purporses? Hmmm. Like maybe, fun?) The CHA allowed the sale of beer with a low enough alcohol content for people to not get intoxicated, pegged at anything below 4.05% ABV. People were so excited to buy their first legal beer in 13 years, they lined up outside taverns and breweries the night before, waiting for the stroke of midnight. (That’s why April 6 is known as “New Beer’s Eve.”) In honor of these historic events, we’re celebrating beer all weekend at Barley Creek. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 6-8, all of our food specials will come paired with an expertly chosen five-ounce brew. You can also get one of our ceramic souvenir pint glasses with any Barley Creek brew for just $20 (it’s normally $20 for just the glass, so that’s kind of like a free beer.) If you want to take your beer to go, you can get a three-pack of Barley Creek flagship crowlers for just $20 (higher ABV brews for a slight upcharge). As FDR famously said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” Cheers!
Do you know when the very first beer dinner was held? Yeah, neither does anyone else. It was most likely back in ancient Mesopotamia maybe 5,000 years ago during the month of Nisannu (March/April), when they celebrated New Year’s. The menu might have paired turtle eggs and barley flatbread with any of 20 different types of beer. Guests would drink the beer through long straws so they wouldn’t choke on the barley hulls that floated around in the brew. Sounds like it was a bit more elegant than the Vikings, who sometimes drank their ale out of the boiled skulls of their slain enemies. Viking beer dinners were serious stuff. Guests would bleed into each other’s ale as a sign of brotherhood, and any promise you made while you were drunk was legally binding. The Viking beer dinner menu probably paired up ale and mead with horse-kebabs, scurvy-grass, and goat. Yeah, none of that will be on the menu at Barley Creek’s beer dinner on March 22. We’ll have a great five-course menu highlighted by the likes of Beef Tenderloin Filet, Pan-Seared Scallops with Tarragon Butter Sauce, Spinach & Gouda Soup, and Dark Chocolate Cake with Whiskey Cherries and Chocolate Mouse. And of course, it will all be paired with amazing brews, plus educational color commentary from our gurus in the brewhouse and the kitchen. Our Spring 2018 beer dinner is $45 per person. Click for reservations or for more information call 570-629-9399.
Super Hop is back on tap! That brings up a question that has been debated by millions since the beginning of time (or at least since 1995): Who would win in a fight between Superman and Super Hop? No contest.. Super Hop would crush Superman. Think about it. Superman is the Man of Steel, but Super Hop has stainless kegs of steel. Superman stole the identity of a mild-mannered reporter, but Super Hop is incredibly bold. Superman lies to his girlfriend constantly, but Super Hop has strong hop character. Superman has a major identity crisis… Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Super Hop knows exactly who he is: It’s a BEER. Really, this is exactly the kind of stuff that should be discussed over a beer. Cheers!
A guy walked into the bar and asked Brenna for some helicopter-flavored potato chips. “Sorry,” she said, “we only have plane.”
And so began my trek to British Columbia. I grabbed my skis, donned my urban sombrero and set out for the land of helicopters, a million miles from nowhere, a place teeming with champagne powder, inspirational bartenders, and over-dramatic blog posts. I’m on the hunt for helicopter chips and big ideas. At the very least, I’m sure to return with some good stories.
In the meantime, back in the real world, the Pocono Beverage Trail (PBT) is being officially launched today at Barley Creek. The Trail is all about the hunt for local craft beverages. For $25, you can buy a passport that gets you special discounts, tastings and incentives at local breweries, distilleries and wineries on the Trail, including Barley Creek (of course). This weekend, all participating PBT locations are hosting a January Jammies Party, with different specials at each stop on the trail. Barley Creek will be featuring a special Beverage Trail tasting, along with drink and appetizer specials for PBT passport holders. At Barley Creek, you don’t even need to wear your jammies. Wait, let me clarify that… you DO have to wear clothes.
Cheers and happy trails!
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 4 firkin updates, 3 crowler packs, 2 window floors, and a Winterfest on tap tomorrow.
4 Firkin Updates: Firkin Curling worked… for about 4 seconds. Then, it got warm and the ice melted. Check out the video on Facebook.
3 Crowler Packs: Crowler 3-packs of Barley Creek signature brews are on sale this weekend, December 22-24. Stock up your stockings now!
2 Window Floors: After a month lost in transit, bouncing from the UK, to Canada, over the hills and through the woods, to the dark and dusty corners of JFK airport, our new Brewtique window floors were finally tracked down by a very angry Liam Neeson. These floors have a very particular set of skills… you can see through them to the Lager Fermentation Room below. Cool stuff. The new Brewtique will be open soon. Stop by and check it out.
And a Winterfest on tap tomorrow: Happy Winter Solstice and cheers to the fastest sunset of the year. Remember, by tomorrow the days will start getting longer again, so raise a glass of Winterfest and have a wonderful holiday season!