When the Scottish heather blooms in the Highlands, it’s a sight to behold. Back in the old days, Scottish brewers would use the heather flowers instead of hops to impart flavor to their brews. Our Barley Creek brewers are taking a page from Old Scotland with our newest brew, Come Hither Ale. Come Hither is a spiced heather ale, brewed with Sorachi Ace whole cone hops and heather tips. Heather beers are the stuff of legends, literally. Robert Louis Stevenson penned the poem “Galloway Legend” in honor of heather beers (the ales, not the actress). “From the bonny bells of heather / they brewed a drink long-syne / was sweeter far than honey / was stronger far than wine.” We won’t quote the whole poem because it turns rather dark, as the last of the dwarfish men sacrifices his own son just to keep the secret recipe of Heather Ale from falling into the hands of the bloodthirsty King of Scotland. Yikes. Our Come Hither Ale is slightly sweet and aromatic. The heather imparts a mild, grassy, green-tea flavor. It’s light-bodied with a dry finish, similar to a Belgian Abbey Ale. We expect that at least a few of you will want to write legendary poems about it. Come Hither / don’t dither / this bonny brew drink with her. On tap March 1 at Barley Creek.
In honor of Presidents’ Day, it’s time for some random Presidential trivia. George Washington did not chop down the cherry tree (it was fake news; his biographer made it up) and he did not have wooden teeth (they were a combo of human, cow and horse teeth, with some ivory, copper and silver thrown in. The wooden-look probably came from red wine stains). On the other hand, George did make whiskey and beer at Mount Vernon. In fact, he named three of his dogs Drunkard, Tipler, and Tipsy — which would be an excellent name for a beer, right? Speaking of beer names, we should have two new beer names for you next Friday, including a new name and logo for our Irish Red Ale and a brand-new heather brew. Now to finish up our presidential trivia with the weird and the wonderful… John Quincy Adams went skinny dipping every day in the Potomac River (weird?). James Monroe was so good at unifying the country that he was re-elected without opposition in 1820 and they named his tenure the Era of Good Feelings (wonderful!). Cheers to good feelings! Happy Presidents’ Day!
Today is Beer Can Appreciation Day, National Peanut Butter Day, and National Compliment Day all rolled into one! My mind is officially blown. It’s like the best thing since beer in a can. Peanut butter is great and you do look marvelous, but we’re all about appreciating beer cans today. So, a big happy birthday to beer cans – born on January 24, 1935, when Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company first sold cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale. Tipping the scales at a hefty four ounces, these cans were made of steel and had to be opened with a church key. In 1963, Pittsburgh Brewing made things even better, selling their Iron City Beer in “self-opening” cans with pull tabs, and then a dozen years later, Falls City Brewing upped the ante, introducing the greener “stay tabs” that are still used today. 2013 was another amazing year in beer can history, when beer cans and growlers made a love match, and “crowlers” were born. You can make today a great day in beer can history, too. Post a picture of your Barley Creek crowlers on Facebook or Instagram (@barleycreekbrewing) today and you could be randomly chosen to win a Barley Creek gift certificate. Cheers to beer cans! Oh, and you are a wonderful person!
There is something really cool going on in the brewing industry, and you can be a part of it. More than 1,200 breweries across the country are joining forces to brew a single beer to help a lot of people. Barley Creek just brewed Resilience IPA. 100% of the proceeds from sales of Resilience IPA will be donated to the Camp Fire Relief Fund to help those affected by the devastating wildfires in Northern CA. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. had the idea and sent out a letter to other breweries asking for help. They were blown away by the response. The Resilience IPA fundraiser is the largest charitable collaboration ever among US breweries. It doesn’t surprise me. There are a lot of great things about brewing beer, but one of the best is the industry itself which, in my experience, has always been way more about collaboration than competition. We’re really proud to be a part of this effort. Now, here’s how you can help. Go to your local brewery — any local brewery — and order a Resilience IPA. Barley Creek’s version of Resilience IPA will be on tap starting next Friday, December 14. Cheers to the Resilience of the human spirit!
The votes are in and Barley Creek won a record 14 Pocono Record Readers’ Choice Awards. That’s 12 first-place awards and 2 additional winners. If Barley Creek was a movie and Readers’ Choice Awards were Academy Awards, we’d have won the most Oscars ever. Even more than Ben Hur, Lord of the Rings 3, and Titanic. You know, if Barley Creek WAS a movie, we’d totally do an epic Ben Hur style chariot race at the Pint Size Park, and then kick back with some 11:01 Vodka to celebrate our win. And, we’d totally hang out at the Shire with Samwise and Frodo, celebrating the destruction of Mordor with a Rescue IPA. But, Titanic? Sorry, we’d have a better script than that. First off, we would have let Jack on the door with us. There was room on the door, Rose! Plus, we would never throw the diamond necklace back into the sea. What were you thinking Rose??? Sorry… I digress. What I meant to say was: THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Barley Creek. If Barley Creek was a movie, you guys would get top billing in the credits.
Here’s the list of our awards:
#1 – Best Restaurant in Tannersville
#1 – Best Microbrewery
#1- Best Family Restaurant
#1- Best Happy Hour
#1 – Best Place To Have a Cocktail
#1 – Best Barbecue
#1 – Best Place To Go on a Business Lunch
#1 – Best Place To Host a Work Event
#1 – Best Company Culture
#1- Best Overall Leadership
#1- Best Workplace Culture
#1- Best Boss – Stephanie Rath
Additional winner – Best Outdoor Bar
Additional winner – Best Burger Place
So, here’s some fun news. Barley Creek got a record number of nominations for the Pocono Record Readers’ Choice Awards. We’re up for awards in 18 different categories. Eighteen. XVIII. That’s pretty cool. I mean, the record for the most Best Picture Oscar nominations was only 14 (La La Land, All About Eve, and Titanic). So, we’re pretty sure that some of you out there must have nominated us. Thanks a lot. Really. After all, Trip’s *probably* never going to win an Oscar, despite his stellar performance as Zombie-Falling-Off-Truck in the 2015 movie Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard. True Story, just see the photo above!
Anyway, here are the 18 categories that Barley Creek was nominated in. BEST Restaurant in Tannersville, Microbrewery, Happy Hour, Outdoor Bar, Place to Have a Cocktail, Venue to Hold an Event, Place to Have a First Date, Barbecue, Burger Place, Chicken Wings, Outdoor Dining, Family Restaurant, Catering, Company Culture, Boss, Overall Leadership, Place for a Business Lunch, and Place to Host a Work Event. Final voting takes place in a few weeks, so Trip is going to start practicing his Jack Palance one-armed pushups now, just in case he has to make a speech.
Cheers and thanks to all who nominated us!
Today is Jerry Garcia Day at the Pint Size Park, so we’ve got a flashback for you. (No, not that kind of flashback.) Picture this: It’s March 1970. Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Bobby Weir of the Grateful Dead are sitting on the diving board at their hotel pool with acoustic guitars, writing music to kill time before their concert at Pirates World theme park. In just 2 1/2 hours, they bang out the music for the iconic song, Truckin‘, which includes the famous line: Lately it occurs to me, what a long, strange trip it’s been. Despite the reference to “strange trip,” Trip was not named after this song. However, there is a long, strange list of coincidences to ponder:
- Jerry Garcia’s parents owned a bar. Trip owns a bar.
- Jerry’s first name was Jerome. Trip’s middle name is Jerome.
- Truckin‘ was recognized by the United States Library of Congress as a National Treasure. Trip once saw the movie National Treasure.
- Ben & Jerry named an ice cream after Jerry Garcia. Trip really, really likes ice cream.
- And in the most mind-blowing coincidence of all: The Grateful Dead played 2,314 shows. Barley Creek has been open 8,274 days, which is roughly 3 1/2 times the number of Dead shows. Guess how many Jerry Garcia ties Trip owns? 3 1/2! (The other half tie was lost in a scissors accident at Jeremy’s Ale House. Don’t ask.)
So tonight, put those rings on your fingers and bells on your toes. Tuck some scarlet begonias into your curls and ribbons, ribbons, ribbons in your long, brown hair. We’re gonna roll away the brew and celebrate Jerry Garcia tonight at the Pint Size Park from 4-9pm, with live music and a Grateful Dead tribute from the Bandana Brothers (music starts at 6pm). The bartenders are mixing up a special Jerry Garcia themed cocktail, and we’ll also have free t-shirts for you to tie-dye here and then take home, but supplies are limited, so get here early! And, remember this… If you get confused, just listen to the music play!
Winter is coming. Mady’s Snow Day blows into the Pint Size Park this Sunday, August 5. There will be rides, games, food, brews, trampolines, mechanical bulls, magic shows, face painting, and live music from some awesome bands, including Christian Porter, the SC Project and the Maybabies. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the full line-up above. And, just for fun, here are a few weird facts about snow:
June 6, 1816 – It actually snowed in Northeast PA, thanks to an Indonesian volcano eruption that messed with global temps.
In 1992, Syracuse tried to outlaw snow. Mother Nature just laughed and gave them the cold shoulder… and then more snow.
Every winter in the US, at least a septillion snow crystals fall from the sky. That’s one, with 24 zeroes following.
Silver Lake, Colorado has the record for most snow in a day – almost 76 inches. On the other hand, it has never snowed in Key West, Florida. How boring!
The very best snow of the year falls every August at Barley Creek’s Pint Size Park. Don’t miss the 8th Annual Mady’s Snow Day!
It’s weird when the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday. People don’t know what to do. Celebrate the weekend before? The actual day? The weekend after? (Ummm… yes, yes, and hell yes.) Even the founding fathers were split on when we should celebrate. John Adams argued for July 2, the day Congress voted for independence. Then there was July 4, the day we officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Or maybe it should have been July 8, when Philadelphia threw the first independence parade. Or July 9, when General George Washington announced the news to the Continental Army. Or, even August 17, when the news eventually made its way across the Atlantic and the British government was finally clued in. Whatever the day, John Adams predicted that we’d celebrate our independence forevermore with “Pomp and Parade, Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations.” By all reports, we’re doing a pretty good job of that. This year the PWETI (otherwise known as the People Who Estimate Things on the Internet) say that more than $1 billion of fireworks went up in smoke, about 150 million hot dogs went down the hatch, and Americans toasted to the tune of more than a billion bucks worth of beer. Well at Barley Creek, we’re keeping the party going. There’s a Pop-Up Party at the Pint Size Park this Saturday (4pm-10pm), with live music from Tim Fitzpatrick (5pm-8pm). We’ve also got Joe O’Malley inside on Saturday night from 8pm-11pm, and then Erin McClelland at the Pint Size Park on Sunday afternoon. So, keep celebrating the red, white and brews with Barley Creek. Happy fourth-fifth-sixth-seventh-eighth-ninth-etc. of July. Cheers to America!
Talk Derby to me, baby. This Saturday is Cinco de Derby (or Derby de Mayo, for you lefties out there), a day when we celebrate the most exciting dos minutes in sports with a run for the margaritas. Brenna is mixing up an amazing array of drink specials, including her famous mint julep margaritas, made with our own BCBC whiskey. So, don your hats of outrageous proportions, unbridle your spirits, and let the fiesta begin!