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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Chocolate and Whiskey… Separated at Birth?

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!

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