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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Pop-Up Party, John Adams, Games, Bonfires & Illuminations

It’s weird when the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday. People don’t know what to do. Celebrate the weekend before? The actual day? The weekend after? (Ummm… yes, yes, and hell yes.) Even the founding fathers were split on when we should celebrate. John Adams argued for July 2, the day Congress voted for independence. Then there was July 4, the day we officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Or maybe it should have been July 8, when Philadelphia threw the first independence parade. Or July 9, when General George Washington announced the news to the Continental Army. Or, even August 17, when the news eventually made its way across the Atlantic and the British government was finally clued in. Whatever the day, John Adams predicted that we’d celebrate our independence forevermore with “Pomp and Parade, Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations.”  By all reports, we’re doing a pretty good job of that. This year the PWETI (otherwise known as the People Who Estimate Things on the Internet) say that more than $1 billion of fireworks went up in smoke, about 150 million hot dogs went down the hatch, and Americans toasted to the tune of more than a billion bucks worth of beer. Well at Barley Creek, we’re keeping the party going. There’s a Pop-Up Party at the Pint Size Park this Saturday (4pm-10pm), with live music from Tim Fitzpatrick (5pm-8pm). We’ve also got Joe O’Malley inside on Saturday night from 8pm-11pm, and then Erin McClelland at the Pint Size Park on Sunday afternoon. So, keep celebrating the red, white and brews with Barley Creek. Happy fourth-fifth-sixth-seventh-eighth-ninth-etc. of July. Cheers to America!

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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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Superhop Gets the Gold

Our Superhop Triple IPA was awarded a gold medal in the Tastings 2018 World Beer Championships. That’s exceptional! Congrats to Matt and the whole brewhouse team. You keep making great beer, and we’ll keep drinking it. Cheers!

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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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Frigg and Phobia

There’s a huge debate going on in the country this week. No, not whether Mark Zuckerberg is an actual robot. The debate comes down to this: friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia? Both of them mean fear of Friday the 13th, but we think friggatriskaidekaphobia just rolls off the tongue better. Plus, it’s named after the Norse goddess Frigg (insert what-the-frigg joke here), who the day Friday is named after (Frigg’s day). The Stress Management/Phobia Institute says about 20 million Americans are afraid of Friday the 13th, but we say, there’s nothing to worry about…especially if you remembered to say rabbit-rabbit on the first of this month, which was also April Fool’s Day, which we are pretty sure doubles the good luck factor to the strength of a horseshoe, wrapped in a rabbit’s foot, and surrounded by four-leaf clovers. In any case, you can’t go wrong hanging out with friends on a Friday at Barley Creek. And with our new menu coming out next week, this will be your last chance to savor some of your winter favorites, like Firehouse Chili, Pot Roast Burger, and Crane’s Wicked Chip Dip. (FOMO on the Wicked Chip Dip is also called Cranamissachipawickedkaphobia.) Oh, and one more thing… it’s supposed to be sunny and 75 in Tannersville on Friday and Saturday. Bam!

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