Feeling stressed? Cuddle a cow.

Goat yoga is so last year. These days, all the cool kids are cuddling cows for stress relief. This latest animal-wellness trend comes to us from the land of tulips, windmills and Rembrandt. The Dutch call it cow hugging, or koe knuffelen, which come to think of it might not be a bad name for a brew. Maybe a milk stout? Here’s the rub: when you nuzzle up to ole Bessie, her warm body and slow heartbeat can bust your stress by releasing feel-good hormones in your brain. Udderly fantastic! In fact, we’re thinking of getting some cows up at the Pint Size Park soon. Invisible cows. Herd, but not seen. But seriously, if you don’t have a cow to cuddle, we’ve got your stress relief here at Barley Creek… great food and brews to put you in a fantastic mooooood. (PS: if you were thinking of getting some stress relief from our limited release APPLEJACK, there are only 4 bottles left.)

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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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Indoor Dining Is Open

Monroe County is going into the green! That means we can open our indoor dining room at 50% capacity. Of course, we’ll be following all guidelines for sanitation and social distancing, like extra space between tables and new partitions between booths. Same as with the yellow phase, you still need to wear masks when entering, exiting and walking around the place. You can take your masks off while seated at your table or the bar. Yes – the bars will be open both inside and at the Pint Size Park! Some green phase rules apply: Sorry, but no standing at the bar just yet. You can sit together with up to 4 people max in your party. We’ll have appropriate social distancing between each ‘party’ at the bar. Pint Size Park game equipment will be kept behind the Tiki bar, and we’ll have a check-out system in place to ensure proper sanitation between guest uses. Hey, thanks for all of your support as we work our way through this together. We’re looking forward to seeing more of you soon, whether it’s for indoor dining, outdoor dining at the main restaurant or at the Pint Size Park, or curbside pick-up and delivery. We’re here to help you get your Barley Creek whatever way works best for you. Oh, and one more thing – the Tasting Room at the Crossings also opens today! Cheers to Green!

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Open for Outdoor Dining – Now taking Reservations online

Our first week of outdoor dining was great. Thanks so much for all of your support! We’re looking forward to another great week, and then moving into the “green” phase next week with indoor dining (following all guidelines for health and safety of course!). We’ll have more details about indoor dining in next week’s Ale Mail (sign up at the bottom of the page if you don’t get it already).  Most of you know that Barley Creek has never taken reservations before. Well last week, we took our first reservations in Barley Creek history, and Aimee volunteered her email for the job. Yeah, we pretty much broke her phone and almost sent her into early labor. Sorry Aimee! (Sorry Aimee’s Baby!) I guess you were all excited to get out because Aimee got a LOT of emails. Hey – we missed all of you too! This week, we’re teaming up with Yelp to take reservations and manage a remote wait list. Exactly 63 seconds after it went “live” we got our first reservation, so we know it works! Here’s the most important thing to remember. We are taking a limited number of reservations, and we are not taking any same-day reservations. BUT – WE HAVE A LOT OF WALK-IN TABLES!! So, if you can’t book a reservation on Yelp, it does NOT mean that there are no tables or even that there is a wait. You can book reservations a few different ways: directly from our website (click here), use the Yelp app on your phone, or go to Barley Creek’s Yelp page here. You can make a reservation (up to 14 days in advance; no same day reservations). You can also see the live wait time and join the waitlist if there’s a wait. Once you’re on the waitlist, Yelp will let you know when to arrive and text you a link so you can track your place in line. Easy, right?

Okay, pop quiz: What’s the most important thing? Repeat after me: if you can’t get a reservation, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a table for you! We have a lot of tables. We love walk-ins! We love you and can’t wait to see you!

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Outdoor Dining Coming June 5!

Friday, June 5 is the day outdoor dining will be allowed at restaurants in yellow phase counties. Our entire team has been working like crazy for weeks to get the Pint Size Park ready! If you’ve stopped by for curbside pickup (and massive thanks to all of you who have!), you’ve probably seen us out there cleaning, planting and planning. As always, you can be sure that Barley Creek will be following and exceeding all the guidelines for social distancing, sanitation and safety. We have really missed you and can’t wait till we can dine safely together again! We will continue offering our awesome delivery and curbside takeout options as well.

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Mother’s Day is NOT cancelled!

So, this might be the weirdest Mother’s day ever, right? But, guess what? Mother’s Day is NOT cancelled! Whether you’re social distancing from Mom or driving her crazy  — oops, we mean quarantining with her — you can still make this day special. We’ve got you covered. Four words of advice:

  1. Do NOT make Mom cook today! You can still do Brunch and dinner! We’ve got an awesome Brunch package and Prime Rib dinner that each feeds a family of four. Available on Saturday & Sunday for pick-up or delivery – order here.
  2. Mom *might* need a pick-me-up (yeah – almost definitely). We’ve got two different “Momosa” baskets and a Build-Your-Own Cocktail Kit that comes with candles, coffee and – yup – booze.
  3. Pick up your dirty socks, ya filthy animals!
  4. Say I love you. Often and loudly! Whether it’s in person, or via Facetime-Skype-Zoomaloomadingdong. Take it from us – this is what all Moms need to hear the most!

Sending love to all the Moms, Aunts, Grammas, and other special women out there. Cheers and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Cinco de Mayo Specials

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We’ll miss seeing here at the pub, but you can celebrate at home with some great Cinco de Mayo specials. How about a Family Taco & Burrito feast with all the fixings? Serves four for just $32. You can also get your own personal taco platter, a great taco salad and some chips & creamy poblano and avocado dip. It’s all available for delivery or curbside pickup. Have yourself a burritoful day!

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New Menu Items Added!

We expanded our menu! New items include Pan-seared Atlantic Salmon, Boneless Wings, Keilbasa & Sauerkraut, Steak & Cheese Sandwich, Poutine, Cheese Steak Poutine, Chicken & Waffles, and Cauliflower pizza crusts. We also have Girl Scout cookies back in stock! Hungry? Order today for delivery or curbside pickup. Don’t forget to check out the Barley Creek Market for a selection of household goods, including hand sanitizer, juices, soda and other beverages, produce, snacks, canned and dry goods, and more. Stay tuned for more additions soon…

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