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!
When is a herd of buffalo not a herd of buffalo? Trick question… there’s no such thing as a herd of buffalo. Here in North America, what we have are bison, not buffalo. And while bison do gather in a herd, a gathering of buffalo is actually called an obstinacy of buffalo. In fact, most of the names for groups of animals are similarly awesome and were probably brainstormed over a late-night beerversation. A tower of giraffes. A shrewdness of apes. A prickle of porcupines. A crash of rhinos. A bloat of hippopotami. A stench of skunks. A pandemonium of parrots. (Pro tip from the Department of Procrastination: you can waste a LOT of time on the interwebs looking this stuff up.) But the name they had for a group of mules was just sad… a barren of mules. Well, a bunch of us (also known as a firkin of friends) were sitting around, having a late-night 11:01 vodkasation, when we decided that a barren of mules needed a better name. Drumroll please… a flight of mules. Next thing we know, Brenna is pouring us an actual flight of mules. Turns out, she’s testing some new recipes for our twist on the Moscow Mule. There was a lot of spirited discussion about which mule was best, but we decided to let you choose. For the next few weeks, you can get a Flight of Mules sampler at Barley Creek and the Morning Toast. Vote for your favorite mule and help us choose which one gets to become the official Pocono Mule. Or maybe the Barley Mule. Or perhaps the Flying Barley Mule? Hmmmm… that’s a vote for a different blog. Cheers!
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!
Santa is coming to the Morning Toast! Join us for Brunch with Santa on December 16th from 9am-1pm. We’ll have all your favorites, plus free photos with Santa. Each child will also get a small gift, while supplies last. Call 570-629-9399 for reservations. Adults: $25. Kids 10 & under: $10. Kids 3 & under: free!!
According to Harvard researchers, a cigar-shaped interstellar object discovered by Hawaiian astronomers last year could be a “fully operational probe sent intentionally to the Earth vicinity by an alien civilization.” They are calling it Oumuamua, which I’m pretty sure means holy s#%it in Hawaiian. Because of its unusual shape, acceleration patterns, and other “various anomalies,” scientists are guessing it could be a solar sail, some space junk from a broken alien ship, or maybe even internet clickbait. Since the news broke, there’s been a noticeable uptick in Ou Muama jokes (Ou Muama is so alien, she eats soup with the Big Dipper), as well as a veritable tweet-storm from skeptical scientists calling the study flawed and outlandish. One Canadian scientist even went so far as to say that he is “distinctly unconvinced,” which is like a ten on the Canadian Outrage Scale. Local scientist, Dr. Frothy Brewe, claims that he knows exactly why aliens haven’t visited our solar system yet. “They looked at the reviews… we only got one star.” To get to the bottom of the story, I conducted a thorough, completely scientific survey of the dozen people sitting at the bar last night. The consensus is that Oumuamua is either a Tesla-type car sent into space by an eccentric alien billionaire (let’s call him Elon Moumuamusk), or an alien tap handle for Ho’opakele IPA (That’s Rescue IPA in Hawaiian, folks.) Anyway, check out the photo above and decide for yourself.
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!
Barley Creek will be helping raise money for No Kid Hungry, a great organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. Come to Barley Creek from September 10-21 and donate to No Kid Hungry. For every $5 you donate, we’ll give you a $5 coupon off your next visit.* Not only that, but Barley Creek will match total donations up to $2,500! Click here for more info about how your donation can help kids who don’t get enough food.
*$5 off minimum $20 purchase, alcohol excluded.