1,200 Breweries Got Together and Brewed One Beer

There’s 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!

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Brunch with Santa!

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!

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It’s a cigar…It’s a comet…It’s an alien?

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.

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If Barley Creek Was A Movie… We’d Be Better Than Titanic

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

 

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18 Record Nominations

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!

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Dine Out for No Kid Hungry

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. 

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Zombie Chickens and Roller Derby Bulls

With less than two weeks left for regular hours at the Pint Size Park, I got to thinking that we’d probably want to throw one last Pop-Up Party before the summer ends. To get ideas, I was googling “awesome summer festivals,” but I might have typed “weird” instead. Let me tell you, there is some pro-level summer weirdness out there. For example, in Colorado, they’ve got Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, which celebrates “one chicken’s will to live,” namely the infamous Mike, who kept going for another 18 months after his head was separated from his neck. True story. Or, there’s the annual blanket toss in Alaska. They don’t toss blankets, silly. They launch people from blankets, rogue trampoline style. Or, in New Orleans, they have the annual Running of the Bulls, only instead of bulls, you run from roller derby skaters who have horns on their helmets and wiffleball bats in their hands. Think that might work up at the Pint Size Park? What about underwater mermaid concerts (Florida); or naked bike riding (Vermont); or cow-chip throwing contests (Wisconsin)?

“Hey Eileen, how about a mashed potato wrestling contest like they do in South Dakota?”

“Too many carbs. But don’t worry, we’ll think of something.” 

We will. So, be on the look-out for a possible Pop-Up Party at the Pint Size Park. It *probably* won’t be (too) weird, but it’ll definitely be fun.

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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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It’s going to snow at Barley Creek this Sunday!

Winter is coming. Mady’s Snow Day blows into the Pint Size Park this Sunday, August 5. There will be rides, games, food, brews, trampolines, mechanical bulls, magic shows, face painting, and live music from some awesome bands, including Christian Porter, the SC Project and the Maybabies. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the full line-up above. And, just for fun, here are a few weird facts about snow:

June 6, 1816 – It actually snowed in Northeast PA, thanks to an Indonesian volcano eruption that messed with global temps.

In 1992, Syracuse tried to outlaw snow. Mother Nature just laughed and gave them the cold shoulder… and then more snow.

Every winter in the US, at least a septillion snow crystals fall from the sky. That’s one, with 24 zeroes following.

Silver Lake, Colorado has the record for most snow in a day – almost 76 inches. On the other hand, it has never snowed in Key West, Florida. How boring!

The very best snow of the year falls every August at Barley Creek’s Pint Size Park. Don’t miss the 8th Annual Mady’s Snow Day!

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Bacon, Lizzie Borden and the Dunmow Flitch Trials

Last night I was scrolling around the internet to see what’s special about July 19. At first, there wasn’t much to get excited about. Bloody Mary becomes Queen of England. World’s first GPS signal. Lizzie Borden’s birthday. But wait, what’s this? National Flitch Day? Quickly, I do the “research” (meaning, I call out to Eileen.)

Me: What’s a flitch?

Eileen: Gesundheit.

Me: No, really.

Eileen: Google it.

Turns out, a flitch is bacon… as in half a pig, cut lengthways. National Flitch Day is an old English custom in which married couples could win a flitch if they convinced a jury of six maidens and six bachelors that during the past “twelvemonth and a day” they had not “wisht themselves unmarried again.” I am not making this up. The Dunmow Flitch Trials date back to the 14th century and were so popular they were even mentioned in the Canterbury Tales, when the Wife of Bath dissed her husband by snarking that he wouldn’t bring home the bacon from Dunwmow. Immediately, I started planning a Morning Toast Flitch Trial, complete with Bloody Marys, Canterbury Cocktails, and Judge Bobby. That’s when I noticed that National Flitch Day is actually July 9 and the Flitch Trials are only held during leap years. Oops. Never mind. On the other hand, it’s only 723 days until the 2020 Flitch Trials. Pencil it in. And, in the meantime, we’re going for a three-peat with another Pop-Up Party at the Pint Size Park this Saturday. See you there!

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