Even Parrots Don’t Like Quarantine

Sometimes you just need a bit of weird news, right? For example, what happens when you put six salty parrots in quarantine together? They curse a lot. Like, all the time. That’s what happened at a British Wildlife Park this week. Apparently it got so bad, they had to separate the fowl-mouthed parrots so the kiddies wouldn’t hear them. Their solution? They sent each of the six birds out to a different parrot bubble in the park. What could go wrong? According to the head of the park, it’s *possible* they could um, parrot each other, and the park could end up with 250 cussing birds. That sounds just about right for 2020.

So what do swearing parrots have to do with beer or spirits? Nothing. Not everything is about beer you know. On the other hand, have you seen the menu for our Fall Dinner on October 22 at the Tasting Room? Five amazing courses each paired with a different brew. Oh, and Apple Pie with whiskey infused ice cream for dessert! Space is limited due to social distancing, so email Crystal to reserve your spot now. $50 per person.

 

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Best Overall Business!

We’re super pumped to win the Best Overall Business at the 2020 Bizzy Awards! The Bizzy Awards honor the best of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce businesses in Northeast Pennsylvania. We always have fun at this event, with Barley Creek having won many Bizzy Awards over the years, including Overall Best Business three times. Thanks to the Chamber and all the people who voted for us. But the biggest thanks go to our team members, who are simply, without a doubt, the most talented, amazing, dedicated and fun group of people in the business. The Barley Creek team rocks!

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Shark Bait, Chum Bucket and a Brand New Brew

Fun fact: sharks can hear a fish swimming over a mile away, can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water, and can sense that you are sitting on your couch watching Shark Week. That’s right, all this week, the Discovery Channel is pumping out something like 200 hours of fintastic sharky programming, sending shark lovers off the deep end into a viewing frenzy. Which got us to thinking… You know what would go great with that? No, not a bigger boat. How about some sharky curbside cocktails to go? It’s like Sharks Gone Wild around Barley Creek this week! We’ve got the Coconut Rum fun of the Chum Bucket at the Mothership and the Vanilla Vodka vamp of Shark Bait Hoo-Ha-Ha at the Tasting Room, both with gummy sharks circling. On the other hand, if you’re more of a landlubber looking for calmer waters, the brewers have just tapped a brand-new brew: the Streamside Lemon Shandy. It’s a light-bodied lager brewed with great German malts, then fermented on lemon peels and blended with fresh, hand-squeezed lemon juice. Coming in at 5.6% ABV and 13 IBUs, it’s the perfect summer brew. And if you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into, make sure you make it down to Barley Creek this weekend to check out our great slate of weekend specials. Happy (almost) weekend everybody! 

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Rocco Baldassari Joins Barley Creek; Stephanie Rath Promoted

Barley Creek Brewing Company announced today that Rocco Baldassari has joined the company as General Manager and Stephanie Rath has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the Barley Creek Hospitality Group.

Trip Ruvane, Publican and Co-Founder of Barley Creek, said, “Barley Creek’s outstanding management team has helped us grow over the past 25 years into much more than just a restaurant and brewpub. Under Steph’s leadership, we’ve expanded our restaurant and brewery, established a small-batch craft distillery, built an outdoor dining and event venue at the Pint Size Park, started a breakfast concept, opened our Tasting Room at the Crossings, and solidified our reputation as a Pocono Mountain landmark. Now we’re excited to add another key player in Rocco Baldassari, who joins us with impressive expertise in the Pocono Mountains hospitality industry. With Rocco, Steph and the rest of our team, Barley Creek will continue to navigate the recent challenges of this pandemic and set ourselves up for renewed growth in the future.”

Mr. Baldassari joins Barley Creek with more than 16 years’ experience in the Pocono Mountain hospitality and tourism industry, most recently as Director of Operations at Camelback Lodge Resort. Prior to that he served as Director of Resort Operations for Split Rock Resort and Mountain Laurel Resort; Water Park Operations Manager for H2O Indoor Water Park; and owner/operator of Baldassari American Amusements. He received a BS at Temple University’s Fox School of Business Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Ms. Rath joined Barley Creek 16 years ago, quickly rising through the ranks to become General Manager and then CEO of Barley Creek Brewing Company. Now, as CEO of Barley Creek Hospitality Group, she will continue to lead the business, with an increased focus on medium- and long-term growth opportunities within the hospitality industry.

About Barley Creek

Barley Creek Brewing Company has been brewing up awesome food, award-winning beer, craft spirits, and good times for the past 25 years. One of the Pocono Mountains’ leading attractions, Barley Creek features three locations in Tannersville, PA, including its original restaurant, brewpub, and distillery; the new Barley Creek Tasting Room & Pub at the Crossings Premium Outlets; and the Pint Size Park, a seasonal outdoor dining, catering, and event venue. For more information, visit www.barleycreek.com or call 570-629-9399.

 

 

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Citrabellum and Iron Arm For The Win

At the United States Beer Championships, they have one simple mission: “to find the best beers in America.” Matt and the team have done it again! Citrabellum Double IPA and Iron Arm Belgian Wheat were both named BEST of the Mid-Atlantic Region for their respective categories at this summer’s championship competition. Now both brews are moving on to the National Grand Champion round. The final results are expected by the end of August. We recommend you have a beer or two while you’re waiting.

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Rescue Me!

Introducing our dog, Barley. If she looks worried, it’s because she’s never worn clothes before and she thinks the camera is a demon that steals your soul. But, she’ll do anything for bacon. It takes a lot of bacon and dedicated teamwork to get this chocolate lab to sit still for a photo shoot. But it was worth it. I mean, look at that face! Doesn’t it just scream Rescue Me? Now you can be Rescued, too. Rescue Me t-shirts are now available at the Barley Creek Brewtique and online for just $15. Rescue is also available in growlers, crowlers, and six-packs (the beer, not the t-shirt. And definitely not the dog!) Why not pick up some Rescue IPA and a Rescue Me t-shirt today? It makes a great gift for someone who might need a little Rescue right about now. Cheers!
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Indoor Dining Is Open

Monroe County is going into the green! That means we can open our indoor dining room at 50% capacity. Of course, we’ll be following all guidelines for sanitation and social distancing, like extra space between tables and new partitions between booths. Same as with the yellow phase, you still need to wear masks when entering, exiting and walking around the place. You can take your masks off while seated at your table or the bar. Yes – the bars will be open both inside and at the Pint Size Park! Some green phase rules apply: Sorry, but no standing at the bar just yet. You can sit together with up to 4 people max in your party. We’ll have appropriate social distancing between each ‘party’ at the bar. Pint Size Park game equipment will be kept behind the Tiki bar, and we’ll have a check-out system in place to ensure proper sanitation between guest uses. Hey, thanks for all of your support as we work our way through this together. We’re looking forward to seeing more of you soon, whether it’s for indoor dining, outdoor dining at the main restaurant or at the Pint Size Park, or curbside pick-up and delivery. We’re here to help you get your Barley Creek whatever way works best for you. Oh, and one more thing – the Tasting Room at the Crossings also opens today! Cheers to Green!

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Open for Outdoor Dining – Now taking Reservations online

Our first week of outdoor dining was great. Thanks so much for all of your support! We’re looking forward to another great week, and then moving into the “green” phase next week with indoor dining (following all guidelines for health and safety of course!). We’ll have more details about indoor dining in next week’s Ale Mail (sign up at the bottom of the page if you don’t get it already).  Most of you know that Barley Creek has never taken reservations before. Well last week, we took our first reservations in Barley Creek history, and Aimee volunteered her email for the job. Yeah, we pretty much broke her phone and almost sent her into early labor. Sorry Aimee! (Sorry Aimee’s Baby!) I guess you were all excited to get out because Aimee got a LOT of emails. Hey – we missed all of you too! This week, we’re teaming up with Yelp to take reservations and manage a remote wait list. Exactly 63 seconds after it went “live” we got our first reservation, so we know it works! Here’s the most important thing to remember. We are taking a limited number of reservations, and we are not taking any same-day reservations. BUT – WE HAVE A LOT OF WALK-IN TABLES!! So, if you can’t book a reservation on Yelp, it does NOT mean that there are no tables or even that there is a wait. You can book reservations a few different ways: directly from our website (click here), use the Yelp app on your phone, or go to Barley Creek’s Yelp page here. You can make a reservation (up to 14 days in advance; no same day reservations). You can also see the live wait time and join the waitlist if there’s a wait. Once you’re on the waitlist, Yelp will let you know when to arrive and text you a link so you can track your place in line. Easy, right?

Okay, pop quiz: What’s the most important thing? Repeat after me: if you can’t get a reservation, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a table for you! We have a lot of tables. We love walk-ins! We love you and can’t wait to see you!

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Pint Size Park & Sidewalk Cafe Open June 5

We’re so excited that Barley Creek is opening for outdoor dining this Friday! This is going to be fun. There’s lots of info to let you know, so here goes:

We’ll have our famous Pint Size Park Menu for tables up at the Park, while our regular Barley Creek menu will be available for tables at our Sidewalk Café, as well as for curbside pick-up and delivery service. Have you missed live music? Same here. We’re kicking things off with Joe O’Malley at the Park on Friday and Jim Roberti on Saturday, from 5pm-8pm both nights. Then, Tom Graham will be playing on Sunday from 4pm-7pm. Oh, and starting tomorrow, Barley Creek hours will be 11:01AM-9PM daily.

By request, we’ll be accepting limited reservations slots for now (email aimee@barleycreek.com). To make sure everyone gets a chance, we’ll have a 2-hour max on table time per party. You can make a reservation up to 7 days in advance, with the last reservation time slot at 8PM. Please note: just sending an email doesn’t confirm your reservation. We’ll email you back with confirmation. And of course, we’ll still be accepting walk-in guests for both locations.

Our whole team is geared up to make sure you have fun and stay safe. Tables are set up for social distancing, and we have sanitation stations everywhere. Our team is constantly cleaning and sanitizing, including wiping down tables after every seating. You’ll have the option of contactless menus (on your phone with a QR scan) or disposable paper menus.

For your safety, we ask that you do your part, too. Masks are still required for guests while entering, exiting, or anytime you’re walking around. While you’re seated – you can take your mask off. And, as always, if you have any COVID-related symptoms or concerns, please stay home and visit with us another time.

If you don’t feel like dining out, we’re still doing curbside takeout and delivery, too. We’ll help you get your Barley Creek fix whatever way works best for you!

As you know, things are constantly evolving, so we’ll keep you posted as we continue working through all the phases of this new normal. For the latest news, make sure you follow us on Instagram & Facebook! (Aimee wants more followers before she goes on maternity leave!)

Cheers! See you this weekend

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