Trip Reports (And Eileen Chimes In) – Pickleball Coming to Barley Creek

Morning at our house. Our dog, Barley, jumps out the window to get the newspaper (don’t worry; it’s porch level), Eileen is already in her office working, and I’m cooking up breakfast. Usually, I like to keep Eileen informed by yelling out interesting (he means random) stuff about life, philosophy, and the next big thing. (This morning’s Trip Report: Taking a hot bath is just as good as doing exercise!) A few months ago, I yelled out a single word: Pickleball. Apparently, that was interesting enough to get Eileen out of the office for a conversation that will change your summer:

Eileen: Pickleball?

Me: Pickleball!!

Eileen: Okay.

So, what does that mean for you? Pickleball is coming to the Pint Size Park! What exactly, you may ask, is pickleball? It’s the fastest growing sport in the country. (So, I guess that makes it a pretty big dill.) A cross between tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, pickleball can be played by just about anybody, no matter their fitness level. (Even people who do all of their exercise in bathtubs?) Plus, it fits in with our Pint Size Park sports philosophy: only sports you can play while holding a beer. Barley Creek’s new pickleball court is getting painted this week and will be ready for the official opening of the Pint Size Park on June 3. So, get ready to get pickled this summer. (I relish that joke.) Cheers!

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Talk Derby To Me

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!

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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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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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On the fourth day of Christmas, thank you Liam Neeson.

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!

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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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Snow and Solving the Firkin Mystery

It snowed this week, and that means it’s time to get ready for… Firkin Curling! Wait, you’ve never heard of Firkin Curling? Think Olympic curling, except you slide mini beer kegs instead of stones. If you haven’t seen Firkin curling yet, you’re like most of the world, because we made it up here at Barley Creek, but we haven’t quite perfected it. Yet. The way we look at it: there’s a right way to do Firkin Curling and a wrong way. The right way is to build an ice rink like Rockefeller Center, get a golden Atlas statue, and have some nice Canadian (that’s redundant, eh?) from the Royal Montreal Curling Club consult for us to make sure we go “aboot” it the right way. But that sounds expensive. Besides, we’re experts at doing it the wrong way. In the past five years, we’ve done real ice that didn’t freeze (the scientific term for that is “water”), synthetic ice that sucked (the scientific term for that is “not slidee enough”), and Teflon coasters that… I can’t remember what happened with the Teflon coasters. Anyway, we’re hard at work on solving the firkin mystery. This winter we will have Firkin Curling at the Pint Size Park. And the scientific term for that is “firkin great”!

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