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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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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Barley Creek to Build Pool with Swim-up Bar at Pint Size Park

On April 1, 2018, Barley Creek Brewing Company announced plans to develop a multi-depth pool with swim-up bar at its Pint Size Park Complex. Situated between the wiffleball field and the beer garden patio deck, the Barley Creek Pint Size Pool will feature swim-up access to a tiki-style bar, with a dozen bar stools each on the “wet” and “dry” sides. Pool access will be limited to guests 21 and older.

Hospitality business experts have hailed the move as the next logical progression of the indoor/outdoor waterpark trend in the Pocono Mountains.

 

“We’ve been working on this concept for the last ten years,” said Trip Ruvane, president and co-founder of Barley Creek. “The idea came to me back in 2007 when I was testing a four-by-four inflatable pool for our annual Summerfest party. Unfortunately, the inflatable pool collapsed our old deck, but the idea for a Pint Size Pool never left me.”

 

Developed by Aprillipäivä of Finland, the Pint Size Pool will have a zero-depth entry from Barley Creek’s wiffleball field, graduating to a maximum depth of 6 feet. The swim-up bar will feature pedestal-style stools in the shape of beer kegs, set 16 inches below water level, allowing seated bar guests to be submerged to just above the stomach. The current tiki bar will have to be moved back 10 feet to accommodate the new Pint Size Pool.

 

In a related announcement, Ruvane said that preliminary plans were underway for a major collaboration between Camelbeach, Aquatopia, and Barley Creek to develop the world’s first aquatic attraction to connect a ski area, indoor water park and brewery/distillery. The CAB Crazy River would be a Willy-Wonka-style beer river originating at Camelbeach, connecting through Aquatopia, and splashing down at Barley Creek’s Pint Size Pool.

 

“Engineering will be complex, but we have one major force on our side,” explained Ruvane. “Gravity.”

 

Ruvane said for plans to proceed, approval would have to be secured by the Bureau of AFJ. “The AFJ really takes public sentiment into account. Approval for the project depends on how many signatures we can get.”

 

People can voice support for the project on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, or by writing to April F. Joak at the Bureau of AFJ, Pier 1995, Tannersville, PA 18372.
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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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Who Would Win?

Super Hop is back on tap! That brings up a question that has been debated by millions since the beginning of time (or at least since 1995): Who would win in a fight between Superman and Super Hop? No contest.. Super Hop would crush Superman. Think about it. Superman is the Man of Steel, but Super Hop has stainless kegs of steel. Superman stole the identity of a mild-mannered reporter, but Super Hop is incredibly bold. Superman lies to his girlfriend constantly, but Super Hop has strong hop character.  Superman has a major identity crisis… Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Super Hop knows exactly who he is:  It’s a BEER.  Really, this is exactly the kind of stuff that should be discussed over a beer. Cheers!

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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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Sun vs. Moon

Did you know that Moscow got a total of 6 minutes of sunlight in Red Square for the entire month of December? That doesn’t really have anything to do with Barley Creek, but we thought it might make you feel just a little bit sunnier here in the Northeast USA. On the flip side, we do have some exciting moon news here at the Creek. The distillery is releasing two new moonshines by the end of next week. Our Coffee Moonshine is made with organic, decaf cold-brewed Colombian coffee, while the Maple Moonshine is made with pure PA maple syrup. So, if you’re feeling a little sun-deprived this winter, come in for a bit of the dark side of the moon. Like Pink Floyd says, everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

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The Chicken or The Egg?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s an ancient paradox that has confounded humans for at least 2,000 years. Both Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye the Science Guy say that the egg came first, when a creature that was kind of like a chicken, but not quite a chicken, laid an egg that hatched into an actual chicken, thanks to a tiny mutation. On the other hand, some researchers say that in order to form, chicken eggs need a specific protein that’s only found in chicken ovaries, so score one for the chickens coming first. The great philosopher Aristotle danced around the question by saying that both the chicken and the egg have always existed. Come on dude, take a stand. Now you can argue the question at the Morning Toast while enjoying the brand new “Which Came First Benedict,” which features two toasted English muffins topped with poached eggs and fried chicken. (Or is that fried chicken and poached eggs?) Either way, there’s no question that the new Morning Toast menu is awesome! So, come in for a great breakfast, a morning cocktail, and an eggcellent philosophical debate. Cheers to morning!

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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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