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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One tap at a time…

Most of you know that Eileen and I are juuuuust a bit crazy about baseball. (Read that in a Bob Ueker voice.) We’ve been having a blast going to a bunch of RailRiders games up in Moosic, where they have Barley Creek Rescue IPA on tap at the stadium. Well, sales were so good last month, they’ve asked us to put another Barley Creek brew on tap. Eileen’s response to the news: “We started with the Pint Size Park. Now, we’ll take over all the stadiums, one tap at a time.” Here’s how you can help: Every single time you go to a baseball game anywhere, ask for Barley Creek beer. Heck, ask for our vodka, whiskey and rum, too. If enough of you ask, we’ll probably have taps at every baseball stadium by the end of the summer. One tap at a time people, that’s how we’ll do it. Eileen chimes in: “People will come Trip. People will  most definitely come.” (Read that in a James Earl Jones voice.) And, if you’re ever at a RailRiders game, go to the bar behind third base and ask the bartender for a Rescue IPA or Iron Arm Wheat. And tell Tom that we sent you!

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Barley Creek Lager, Rinse, Repeat Is First Fully Integrated Shower Beer System

Barley Creek Brewing Company announced today the release of Lager, Rinse & Repeat, the first fully-integrated shower beer system, which expands traditional shower faucet options to Hot, Cold, and Beer.

According to renown beer scientist Dr. Buzz Hopper, “The body releases endorphins and dopamine when we take a shower and when we drink a beer. Combining the two increases the effect. Recent studies have linked the practice of drinking beer in the shower with measurable improvements in relaxation, hydration, cleanliness and creativity.”

Shower beers have grown in popularity in recent years, but until now, shower beer enthusiasts have had to cope with several problems. Barley Creek Brewing Company owner Trip Ruvane explains, “We all agree that fresh keg beer tastes better, but for most people, putting a keg in the shower is impractical. On the other hand, showering with a glass beer bottle is dangerous and beer cans get slippery, leading to unacceptable spillage rates. That’s why we teamed up with Bath Fitters and Micro Matic to create Barley Creek’s Lager, Rinse & Repeat. Positioned at mouth level, LR&R works like a water fountain, except it dispenses cold beer. When you hop in the shower with Barley Creek’s Lager, Rinse & Repeat, you’ll have the ultimate shower beer experience, leaving you both clean and refreshed.”

The Barley Creek Lager, Rinse & Repeat system can be used with any type of shower and comes complete with a dual-speed beer delivery spigot, a glycol-chilled beer storage unit, and a high-tech retinal scan system to prevent under-age beer showering and/or roommate theft.

According to Ruvane, Lager, Rinse & Repeat is just the beginning for Barley Creek’s Bath & Shower Beer line. “Soon, customers will be able to order their shower beer delivery directly through the Barley Creek Shower Tap App, which will be available on all smart phone platforms next month. We’re also developing other bath products, including BC Craft-Brew Shampoo, Minty Moonshine Mouthwash, and Rub-a-Dub Rum Soap.”

Barley Creek’s Lager, Rinse & Repeat system is currently available at Barley Creek’s original Tannersville location, in their online Brewtique, as well as in selected Beer, Bath & Beyond stores across Pennsylvania and Westeros. Barley Creek reminds everyone to enjoy their April Fool’s day and always shower responsibly.

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The Dogs of Washington

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!

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When is a herd of buffalo not a herd of buffalo?

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!

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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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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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It’s going to snow at Barley Creek this Sunday!

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!

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Talk Derby To Me

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!

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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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