Long Strange Trip

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!

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Pop-Up Party, John Adams, Games, Bonfires & Illuminations

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!

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The bock is back, the steaks are high, and I need more sleep

I was up all night, trying to work three puns into an opening about Friday’s three-fer: National Prime Rib Day, Saison IPA on tap, and the return of Mountaineer Maibock. Drumroll, please:

Make no misteak, tis the saison to kick bock and enjoy!

Did that pretty much meat your expectations? (*collective groan*) Sorry to punish you with terrible punchlines, but it’s rare when a steak pun is well-done. Though, bock in the day, that was a prime joke that the audience ate up. (*dodges rotten tomatoes*) Oh, I am punstoppable today. Must be the lack of sleep. Thanks for your punderstanding.

Okay, no more puns now, I mean it. (*insert your own Princess Bride joke here*) In all seriousness, tomorrow is a big day. The Maibock is back on tap, along with our amazing tropical Saison IPA. And, we have Strawberry Blonde on firkin. All that, plus we’ve been smoking up some awesome specials for National Prime Rib Day. So, kick off your weekend right, but make sure you’re here on time. You know: punctual. (sorry) (not sorry) Cheers!

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Frigg and Phobia

There’s a huge debate going on in the country this week. No, not whether Mark Zuckerberg is an actual robot. The debate comes down to this: friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia? Both of them mean fear of Friday the 13th, but we think friggatriskaidekaphobia just rolls off the tongue better. Plus, it’s named after the Norse goddess Frigg (insert what-the-frigg joke here), who the day Friday is named after (Frigg’s day). The Stress Management/Phobia Institute says about 20 million Americans are afraid of Friday the 13th, but we say, there’s nothing to worry about…especially if you remembered to say rabbit-rabbit on the first of this month, which was also April Fool’s Day, which we are pretty sure doubles the good luck factor to the strength of a horseshoe, wrapped in a rabbit’s foot, and surrounded by four-leaf clovers. In any case, you can’t go wrong hanging out with friends on a Friday at Barley Creek. And with our new menu coming out next week, this will be your last chance to savor some of your winter favorites, like Firehouse Chili, Pot Roast Burger, and Crane’s Wicked Chip Dip. (FOMO on the Wicked Chip Dip is also called Cranamissachipawickedkaphobia.) Oh, and one more thing… it’s supposed to be sunny and 75 in Tannersville on Friday and Saturday. Bam!

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National Beer Day Weekend

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!

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Babylonians, Vikings and Beer Dinners

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.

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Eagles, Love and Free Pizza

It was a busy week last Sunday. Eli Manning went dirty dancing with Odel Beckham Jr. (Nobody puts Eli in the corner!) There was a big Fire & Ice rap battle between Tyrion Lannister and Morgan “Get Ur Freak On” Freeman. Oh, and the Eagles won the Super Bowl in a game that was actually better than all the commercials. Now that football is over, do you know what it’s time for? (No, Eileen. Not baseball, yet.) Valentine’s Day. Actually, Valentines Days, plural. We’ve got you covered at Barley Creek with three days of Sweetheart Deals on Feb 13, 14 and 15. We’ve got four-course dinners, three-course dinners and drink specials. From twin filet Oscars and rack of lamb, to heart-shaped ravioli and red velvet cupcakes, you’re gonna love it. Brenna is mixing up some awesome love potions, and Wanderlust Chocolate Porter is on tap. So bring someone you love to the Creek this week, like your sweetheart, or your best friend, or even just yourself. You know what else you’ll love at Barely Creek this week? Free pizza samples! February 9 is National Pizza Day, and we’re celebrating by offering free pizza samples (with meal purchase) between 12pm-7pm. That’s a lot to love this week. Cheers!

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Hunting For Helicopter-Flavored Potato Chips

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!

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The Chicken or The Egg?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s an ancient paradox that has confounded humans for at least 2,000 years. Both Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye the Science Guy say that the egg came first, when a creature that was kind of like a chicken, but not quite a chicken, laid an egg that hatched into an actual chicken, thanks to a tiny mutation. On the other hand, some researchers say that in order to form, chicken eggs need a specific protein that’s only found in chicken ovaries, so score one for the chickens coming first. The great philosopher Aristotle danced around the question by saying that both the chicken and the egg have always existed. Come on dude, take a stand. Now you can argue the question at the Morning Toast while enjoying the brand new “Which Came First Benedict,” which features two toasted English muffins topped with poached eggs and fried chicken. (Or is that fried chicken and poached eggs?) Either way, there’s no question that the new Morning Toast menu is awesome! So, come in for a great breakfast, a morning cocktail, and an eggcellent philosophical debate. Cheers to morning!

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Brunch with Santa – December 17

Coming soon to the Morning Toast at Barley Creek, fresh off sleighing his own world record for dashing through the snow, give it up for the one… the only… Santa Claus! That’s right, the Big Man is coming to the Morning Toast on December 17, 2017 for brunch with you! So, take a break from sprucing up your Christmas tree and getting your candy canes in mint condition, and join us for a Holly Jolly brunch. We’ll have an awesome buffet featuring all your breakfast favorites, with omelet and carving stations, plus great specials on morning cocktails and specialty coffees. Reservations are available from 9AM- Noon (lunch service starts at 1PM). Call 570-629-9399 or email christine@barleycreek.com today. Space is limited, so call today… yule be glad you did!

Adults – $25

Kids 12 and under – $10

Kids 3 and under – Free

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