In honor of Presidents’ Day, it’s time for some random Presidential trivia. George Washington did not chop down the cherry tree (it was fake news; his biographer made it up) and he did not have wooden teeth (they were a combo of human, cow and horse teeth, with some ivory, copper and silver thrown in. The wooden-look probably came from red wine stains). On the other hand, George did make whiskey and beer at Mount Vernon. In fact, he named three of his dogs Drunkard, Tipler, and Tipsy — which would be an excellent name for a beer, right? Speaking of beer names, we should have two new beer names for you next Friday, including a new name and logo for our Irish Red Ale and a brand-new heather brew. Now to finish up our presidential trivia with the weird and the wonderful… John Quincy Adams went skinny dipping every day in the Potomac River (weird?). James Monroe was so good at unifying the country that he was re-elected without opposition in 1820 and they named his tenure the Era of Good Feelings (wonderful!). Cheers to good feelings! Happy Presidents’ Day!
When is a herd of buffalo not a herd of buffalo? Trick question… there’s no such thing as a herd of buffalo. Here in North America, what we have are bison, not buffalo. And while bison do gather in a herd, a gathering of buffalo is actually called an obstinacy of buffalo. In fact, most of the names for groups of animals are similarly awesome and were probably brainstormed over a late-night beerversation. A tower of giraffes. A shrewdness of apes. A prickle of porcupines. A crash of rhinos. A bloat of hippopotami. A stench of skunks. A pandemonium of parrots. (Pro tip from the Department of Procrastination: you can waste a LOT of time on the interwebs looking this stuff up.) But the name they had for a group of mules was just sad… a barren of mules. Well, a bunch of us (also known as a firkin of friends) were sitting around, having a late-night 11:01 vodkasation, when we decided that a barren of mules needed a better name. Drumroll please… a flight of mules. Next thing we know, Brenna is pouring us an actual flight of mules. Turns out, she’s testing some new recipes for our twist on the Moscow Mule. There was a lot of spirited discussion about which mule was best, but we decided to let you choose. For the next few weeks, you can get a Flight of Mules sampler at Barley Creek and the Morning Toast. Vote for your favorite mule and help us choose which one gets to become the official Pocono Mule. Or maybe the Barley Mule. Or perhaps the Flying Barley Mule? Hmmmm… that’s a vote for a different blog. Cheers!
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Gotta love those marketing geniuses in charge of chocolate. No, really… you do gotta love them because Brenna is mixing up some cool chocolate cocktails for this Saturday, which is National Chocolate Day. Never mind that there are like a dozen National/International/Universal “Chocolate Days,” and that doesn’t even include Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Eileen’s birthday. But who are we mere mortals to argue with the facts? Chocolate makes you smarter, thinner, happier, sexier and nicer. These are not just Jedi mind tricks; these are real facts. We know because we read them on the internet. Twice! Chocolate is even a vegetable, sort of, since cacao beans come from a tree that’s cousins with the okra tree, and (I’m pretty sure that) okra is a vegetable. But here’s the part you probably didn’t know: chocolate is made by fermenting cacao beans and then liquefying into a substance called – wait for it – chocolate liquor. That cannot be a coincidence! So, Brenna is absolutely right. Chocolate and alcohol were probably separated at birth and deserve the chance to be reunited. This is going to be good stuff: Chocolate Whiskey Cream, Chocolate Irish Coffee, Chocolate Rum-tini, Spiced Hot Chocolate, etc. To recap: We haz the chocolate. You deserve the chocolate. Drink up, friends!