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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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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Outdoor Dining Coming June 5!

Friday, June 5 is the day outdoor dining will be allowed at restaurants in yellow phase counties. Our entire team has been working like crazy for weeks to get the Pint Size Park ready! If you’ve stopped by for curbside pickup (and massive thanks to all of you who have!), you’ve probably seen us out there cleaning, planting and planning. As always, you can be sure that Barley Creek will be following and exceeding all the guidelines for social distancing, sanitation and safety. We have really missed you and can’t wait till we can dine safely together again! We will continue offering our awesome delivery and curbside takeout options as well.

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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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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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If Barley Creek Was A Movie… We’d Be Better Than Titanic

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

 

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18 Record Nominations

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!

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Zombie Chickens and Roller Derby Bulls

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.

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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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