Not Just For Pirates

Avaste ye scurvy bilge rats! Nope – it’s not Talk Like a Pirate Day. Today is Let The Rum Do The Talking Day. Yes, it’s a real day… as far as you know. I mean, Talk Like A Pirate Day was created by a few guys in Oregon who screamed AAARRRR after getting beaned by a racquetball (true story). They wrote to humor columnist Dave Barry and the rest is history. So, we figure all we gotta do is add Dave Barry to our Ale Mail distribution list, and Let the Rum Do the Talking Day will be “a thing” very soon. Right, Dave? Are you reading this, Dave? So for this inaugural Let the Rum Do the Talking Day, we’re celebrating Barley Creek’s brand new Coconut Rum and rolling out a new label for our Spiced Rum. Both are available now for your drinking and gift-giving pleasure. And check out the labels! Both were designed by local artists. Noah Henning won our rum label contest earlier this year for his Spiced Rum label. And our own Michelle Cotumaccio designed the Coconut Rum label for us. Check it out above. And now, pour yourself a rum cocktail and sip on these random rum facts:

  • Sailors were sometimes paid in rum. To test to make sure it was the real stuff, they’d mix it with gunpowder (don’t try this at home) and light it up. If it ignited, it was “proof” that the alcohol content was high enough. Hence, the term “proof” for alcohol content.
  • The British Navy gave sailors daily “tots” of rum all the way until 1970! Sadly, they stopped the tots on July 31, 1970, a day known as Black Tot Day.
  • After Admiral Nelson died at the battle of Trafalgar, his body was shipped back to England in a rum-filled casket. They say sailors nipped from the casket during the voyage, giving British Royal Navy Rum its nickname: Nelson’s Blood.
  • The very first Let the Rum Do the Talking Day was celebrated on December 5, 2019 at Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville.
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You’re Bacon Me Thirsty

Nobody puts Bacon in the corner. But what about putting Bacon in the bottle? Oh yeah, we did. The team’s gone hog wild with Bacon Vodka. You think we’re kidding? That’s not what your Bloody Mary thinks. Seriously, you gotta try this. Barley Creek Bacon Vodka, now available at Barley Creek, The Morning Toast, and The Tasting Room & Pub. Can’t you just hear that sizzle? Bacon… it’s what’s for vodka.

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Cool Koozie Science & Free Stuff

Let’s talk about science. Beer science, actually. No, not all that stuff about fermentation and enzymatic breakdown of starches into sugars, blah-blah-blah. No, we’re talking cool beer science, literally… the science of beer can Koozies. Back in 2013, a bunch of genius scientists at the University of Washington figured out a way to get funding to find out if beer Koozies work. Think about that. They got funding to drink beer and study how cool it is. Sounds like a pretty sweet gig. Plus, the funding came from — get this — the National Center for Atmospheric Research. I guess it makes sense…when beer gets warm, the atmosphere at your party could get uncomfortable, right? So they drank a few bevvies, studied latent heat properties, and learned…. drumroll… Koozies work! Of course the surfers in Australia who invented “Stubby Holders” in the 1970s could have told you that. Apparently, when their beer got too warm one day, they simply cut off a strip of a neoprene wetsuit and wrapped it around the can to keep things cool. Yes – necessity is the mother of invention. Anyway, the official science-y explanation is that Koozies work because they prevent condensation. Apparently when it comes to the optimum temperature of beer or ready-to-drink cocktails in a can, the equation goes like this: Condensation = Bad. Koozies = Good. And Free Koozies = Awesome. What’s that? Free Koozies, you say? Yes. This weekend only at the Barley Creek Tasting Room & Pub, we’re giving away a pair of free Koozies with your purchase of a six-pack of Barley Creek canned cocktails to-go. Only this weekend and only at the Tasting Room. Happy Labor Day weekend! Oh, and one more thing… remember that this Sunday is the last official Pint Size Park day for the season. I’m sure we’ll have some pop-up parties when the spirits move us and the weather is good, but don’t miss this Sunday!

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We’re releasing two new brews

The brewers are getting spontaneous and wild. Today, we’re tapping our first ever sour brew, Spontaneous: Die Hard References. It’s the first in our Spontaneous series of sours. We started with our Summer Double Wheat, then introduced lactic cultures and let it ferment longer for extra flavor. Then, we hit it with some organic blueberry puree, for a great blueberry sour taste. Spontaneous, wild, strong and sour, it’s a bold brew at 7.45% ABV. Give it a taste, then supply your own Die Hard references. On the other end of the brew spectrum, we’ve got a brand new Jamm Session Porter. It’s a lighter-bodied porter that’s perfect if you want more than one, but don’t want the weight of a typical darker brew. We condition it on coffee beans and use a diverse malt background, with subtle hop complexity. Both on tap today. Come down, jamm out and get sour!

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Kicking Grass and Taking Names

We have one golden rule for all sports played at the Pint Size Park: you have to be able to play with a beer in your hand. Now, Nicole and Aimee want to take that to the next level… a sport where you MUST play with a beer* in your hand. Get ready for Barley Creek’s first ever Cup-in-Hand Beer Kickball Tournament. It’s simple: See the ball. Kick the ball. Hold the beer. You must always have a cup in your hand filled to a certain level with beer (*or any other liquid). No putting the cup down, or holding it in your teeth, or putting it under your arm, or spilling too much. Basically, it combines lots of stuff we love to do: kicking things, running, spilling stuff, drinking beer. The date is August 15, 2019 (rain date August 16) at the Pint Size Park. You must be 21+ to sign up. Registration is $10 per person to play and you get one free beer. Email Aimee to sign up (put “Beer Kickball” in the subject line) or stop by Barley Creek, The Tasting Room, or the Pint Size Park. Teams will be about 4-6 people, but you can sign up with more or fewer (even just yourself) and we’ll put teams together for you. Go ahead and give your team a fun name (Booze on First? The IncrediBalls? Run Like the Winded?) and let the trash talk commence.

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Dad jokes: You know you love them!

I was just looking at my ceiling. I’m not sure if it’s the best ceiling in the world, but it’s definitely up there. Rimshot! You’ve just been Dad-joked. Dad jokes have been described as jokes that make you laugh and cringe in equal measures. But, where do Dad jokes come from? Pretty much everywhere these days. A Google search for Dad jokes brings up 127 million results. There are Reddit pages devoted to Dad jokes, a video series that pits celebrities against each other in a Dad-joke-off competition (if you laugh, you lose), and even a Twitter account featuring Dad jokes as told by Star Wars character Han Solo. (I baked a gingerbread Wookie, but it was a little Chewy.) Go ahead and groan, but you know you love Dad jokes. Yes, sometimes Dad jokes are quite obvious (What do you call a person who points out the obvious? A person who points out the obvious.) But sometimes Dad jokes can be very insightful. (Turn that music down; it’s way too loud. That’s just sound advice.) Maybe Dad jokes get a bad rap, but look at it this way: your kids are going to be embarrassed by you anyway. You might as well take back your power with a good Dad joke. Remember, Father’s Day is next weekend. We’re going to have great specials and tons of fun at Barley Creek, The Morning Toast, The Pint Size Park and The Tasting Room & Pub. Come on out and laugh with us!

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Imagine a world where you can’t brew beer for five months…

Luckily, we don’t have to worry about that at Barley Creek. But, if you were a 16th century Bavarian brewer, an annual five-month brewing ban was a real thing. So, what did they do? How about a little work-around that eventually led to the rise of the biergarten?

Necessity is the mother of invention, folks. The Brauordnung beer laws limited brewing to only the winter months, so Bavarian brewers had to figure out how to keep enough cold beer on hand to satisfy the thirsty masses during the hot summers. They dug deep cellars, put the beer barrels on ice, and then planted big ole chestnut trees on top for some extra cooling shade. Then someone had a Big Idea. You know, a picnic table would be prettttty nice under that tree. A perfect place to drink a brew. And voilà, the biergarten concept was born.

We may not have chestnut trees at the Pint Size Park & Biergarten, but we do have great beer, and plenty of it. And this Sunday kicks off the Pint Size Park 2019 Season! Don’t miss our Opening Day party. We’ll have live music from the Bandana Brothers, awesome food, a bounce house, and plenty of fun and games for the whole family. Plus, a portion of proceeds will benefit Camp Papillon animal shelter.

As the Germans like to say: Da Steppt der Bär… Literally, it translates to the bear dances there, but the English equivalent is this: It’s going to be a great party!

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One tap at a time…

Most of you know that Eileen and I are juuuuust a bit crazy about baseball. (Read that in a Bob Ueker voice.) We’ve been having a blast going to a bunch of RailRiders games up in Moosic, where they have Barley Creek Rescue IPA on tap at the stadium. Well, sales were so good last month, they’ve asked us to put another Barley Creek brew on tap. Eileen’s response to the news: “We started with the Pint Size Park. Now, we’ll take over all the stadiums, one tap at a time.” Here’s how you can help: Every single time you go to a baseball game anywhere, ask for Barley Creek beer. Heck, ask for our vodka, whiskey and rum, too. If enough of you ask, we’ll probably have taps at every baseball stadium by the end of the summer. One tap at a time people, that’s how we’ll do it. Eileen chimes in: “People will come Trip. People will  most definitely come.” (Read that in a James Earl Jones voice.) And, if you’re ever at a RailRiders game, go to the bar behind third base and ask the bartender for a Rescue IPA or Iron Arm Wheat. And tell Tom that we sent you!

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