Even Parrots Don’t Like Quarantine

Sometimes you just need a bit of weird news, right? For example, what happens when you put six salty parrots in quarantine together? They curse a lot. Like, all the time. That’s what happened at a British Wildlife Park this week. Apparently it got so bad, they had to separate the fowl-mouthed parrots so the kiddies wouldn’t hear them. Their solution? They sent each of the six birds out to a different parrot bubble in the park. What could go wrong? According to the head of the park, it’s *possible* they could um, parrot each other, and the park could end up with 250 cussing birds. That sounds just about right for 2020.

So what do swearing parrots have to do with beer or spirits? Nothing. Not everything is about beer you know. On the other hand, have you seen the menu for our Fall Dinner on October 22 at the Tasting Room? Five amazing courses each paired with a different brew. Oh, and Apple Pie with whiskey infused ice cream for dessert! Space is limited due to social distancing, so email Crystal to reserve your spot now. $50 per person.

 

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Shark Bait, Chum Bucket and a Brand New Brew

Fun fact: sharks can hear a fish swimming over a mile away, can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water, and can sense that you are sitting on your couch watching Shark Week. That’s right, all this week, the Discovery Channel is pumping out something like 200 hours of fintastic sharky programming, sending shark lovers off the deep end into a viewing frenzy. Which got us to thinking… You know what would go great with that? No, not a bigger boat. How about some sharky curbside cocktails to go? It’s like Sharks Gone Wild around Barley Creek this week! We’ve got the Coconut Rum fun of the Chum Bucket at the Mothership and the Vanilla Vodka vamp of Shark Bait Hoo-Ha-Ha at the Tasting Room, both with gummy sharks circling. On the other hand, if you’re more of a landlubber looking for calmer waters, the brewers have just tapped a brand-new brew: the Streamside Lemon Shandy. It’s a light-bodied lager brewed with great German malts, then fermented on lemon peels and blended with fresh, hand-squeezed lemon juice. Coming in at 5.6% ABV and 13 IBUs, it’s the perfect summer brew. And if you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into, make sure you make it down to Barley Creek this weekend to check out our great slate of weekend specials. Happy (almost) weekend everybody! 

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Citrabellum and Iron Arm For The Win

At the United States Beer Championships, they have one simple mission: “to find the best beers in America.” Matt and the team have done it again! Citrabellum Double IPA and Iron Arm Belgian Wheat were both named BEST of the Mid-Atlantic Region for their respective categories at this summer’s championship competition. Now both brews are moving on to the National Grand Champion round. The final results are expected by the end of August. We recommend you have a beer or two while you’re waiting.

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Barley Creek Open For Pick-Up & Delivery

As you know, Governor Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for some PA counties, including Monroe. As an essential food supplier, Barley Creek will remain open for pick-up and delivery in order to help get food out to the community. Here’s what you need to know:

  • All orders should be placed by phone (570-629-9399) or order online.
  • When you come to pick up your order, park in the designated parking spot and then call to confirm that your order is ready. When it’s ready, you can come inside to pick it up or, if you prefer, we can bring it out to your car.
  • Delivery is also available online through Doordash.
  • Menus are available online here.
  • Beer, wine and spirits are also available for pick-up and delivery.
  • We’re still making hand-sanitizer. While supplies last, we may be able to include a small bottle with your to-go order if requested.
  • We’re looking at ways to expand our offerings to help meet key community needs and possibly save you an extra stop somewhere. This could include heat-and-eat meal kits, groceries, and other common household supplies. We’ll keep you posted.
  • We’ll keep posting daily specials and updates on the website, through Ale Mail, and on social media. Follow us here on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you so much to all of you who are continuing to support Barley Creek as we try to support our community. Stay healthy and stay sane! We’ll get through this together.

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Now this is art!

A banana duct taped to a wall just sold for $120,000 at a Miami art festival. True story. It would make a very a-peeling Christmas present. But what does it mean? Sometimes a banana is just a banana. But, that Barley Creek Moscow Mule duct taped to the wall? That’s art! Notice the high quality blue duct tape. This Barley Creek original art is now on sale for only $60,000 – otherwise known as half a banana in the art world. We’re not monkeying around. We’ve got bunches of these at the Tasting Room & Pub. And, if you want to forego the artsy duct tape, you can pick up some Moscow Mules for considerably less than $60,000. Just saying.

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Cool Koozie Science & Free Stuff

Let’s talk about science. Beer science, actually. No, not all that stuff about fermentation and enzymatic breakdown of starches into sugars, blah-blah-blah. No, we’re talking cool beer science, literally… the science of beer can Koozies. Back in 2013, a bunch of genius scientists at the University of Washington figured out a way to get funding to find out if beer Koozies work. Think about that. They got funding to drink beer and study how cool it is. Sounds like a pretty sweet gig. Plus, the funding came from — get this — the National Center for Atmospheric Research. I guess it makes sense…when beer gets warm, the atmosphere at your party could get uncomfortable, right? So they drank a few bevvies, studied latent heat properties, and learned…. drumroll… Koozies work! Of course the surfers in Australia who invented “Stubby Holders” in the 1970s could have told you that. Apparently, when their beer got too warm one day, they simply cut off a strip of a neoprene wetsuit and wrapped it around the can to keep things cool. Yes – necessity is the mother of invention. Anyway, the official science-y explanation is that Koozies work because they prevent condensation. Apparently when it comes to the optimum temperature of beer or ready-to-drink cocktails in a can, the equation goes like this: Condensation = Bad. Koozies = Good. And Free Koozies = Awesome. What’s that? Free Koozies, you say? Yes. This weekend only at the Barley Creek Tasting Room & Pub, we’re giving away a pair of free Koozies with your purchase of a six-pack of Barley Creek canned cocktails to-go. Only this weekend and only at the Tasting Room. Happy Labor Day weekend! Oh, and one more thing… remember that this Sunday is the last official Pint Size Park day for the season. I’m sure we’ll have some pop-up parties when the spirits move us and the weather is good, but don’t miss this Sunday!

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We’re releasing two new brews

The brewers are getting spontaneous and wild. Today, we’re tapping our first ever sour brew, Spontaneous: Die Hard References. It’s the first in our Spontaneous series of sours. We started with our Summer Double Wheat, then introduced lactic cultures and let it ferment longer for extra flavor. Then, we hit it with some organic blueberry puree, for a great blueberry sour taste. Spontaneous, wild, strong and sour, it’s a bold brew at 7.45% ABV. Give it a taste, then supply your own Die Hard references. On the other end of the brew spectrum, we’ve got a brand new Jamm Session Porter. It’s a lighter-bodied porter that’s perfect if you want more than one, but don’t want the weight of a typical darker brew. We condition it on coffee beans and use a diverse malt background, with subtle hop complexity. Both on tap today. Come down, jamm out and get sour!

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Kicking Grass and Taking Names

We have one golden rule for all sports played at the Pint Size Park: you have to be able to play with a beer in your hand. Now, Nicole and Aimee want to take that to the next level… a sport where you MUST play with a beer* in your hand. Get ready for Barley Creek’s first ever Cup-in-Hand Beer Kickball Tournament. It’s simple: See the ball. Kick the ball. Hold the beer. You must always have a cup in your hand filled to a certain level with beer (*or any other liquid). No putting the cup down, or holding it in your teeth, or putting it under your arm, or spilling too much. Basically, it combines lots of stuff we love to do: kicking things, running, spilling stuff, drinking beer. The date is August 15, 2019 (rain date August 16) at the Pint Size Park. You must be 21+ to sign up. Registration is $10 per person to play and you get one free beer. Email Aimee to sign up (put “Beer Kickball” in the subject line) or stop by Barley Creek, The Tasting Room, or the Pint Size Park. Teams will be about 4-6 people, but you can sign up with more or fewer (even just yourself) and we’ll put teams together for you. Go ahead and give your team a fun name (Booze on First? The IncrediBalls? Run Like the Winded?) and let the trash talk commence.

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