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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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:
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!