Even Parrots Don’t Like Quarantine

Sometimes you just need a bit of weird news, right? For example, what happens when you put six salty parrots in quarantine together? They curse a lot. Like, all the time. That’s what happened at a British Wildlife Park this week. Apparently it got so bad, they had to separate the fowl-mouthed parrots so the kiddies wouldn’t hear them. Their solution? They sent each of the six birds out to a different parrot bubble in the park. What could go wrong? According to the head of the park, it’s *possible* they could um, parrot each other, and the park could end up with 250 cussing birds. That sounds just about right for 2020.

So what do swearing parrots have to do with beer or spirits? Nothing. Not everything is about beer you know. On the other hand, have you seen the menu for our Fall Dinner on October 22 at the Tasting Room? Five amazing courses each paired with a different brew. Oh, and Apple Pie with whiskey infused ice cream for dessert! Space is limited due to social distancing, so email Crystal to reserve your spot now. $50 per person.

 

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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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Indoor Dining Is Open

Monroe County is going into the green! That means we can open our indoor dining room at 50% capacity. Of course, we’ll be following all guidelines for sanitation and social distancing, like extra space between tables and new partitions between booths. Same as with the yellow phase, you still need to wear masks when entering, exiting and walking around the place. You can take your masks off while seated at your table or the bar. Yes – the bars will be open both inside and at the Pint Size Park! Some green phase rules apply: Sorry, but no standing at the bar just yet. You can sit together with up to 4 people max in your party. We’ll have appropriate social distancing between each ‘party’ at the bar. Pint Size Park game equipment will be kept behind the Tiki bar, and we’ll have a check-out system in place to ensure proper sanitation between guest uses. Hey, thanks for all of your support as we work our way through this together. We’re looking forward to seeing more of you soon, whether it’s for indoor dining, outdoor dining at the main restaurant or at the Pint Size Park, or curbside pick-up and delivery. We’re here to help you get your Barley Creek whatever way works best for you. Oh, and one more thing – the Tasting Room at the Crossings also opens today! Cheers to Green!

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Now this is art!

A banana duct taped to a wall just sold for $120,000 at a Miami art festival. True story. It would make a very a-peeling Christmas present. But what does it mean? Sometimes a banana is just a banana. But, that Barley Creek Moscow Mule duct taped to the wall? That’s art! Notice the high quality blue duct tape. This Barley Creek original art is now on sale for only $60,000 – otherwise known as half a banana in the art world. We’re not monkeying around. We’ve got bunches of these at the Tasting Room & Pub. And, if you want to forego the artsy duct tape, you can pick up some Moscow Mules for considerably less than $60,000. Just saying.

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You’re Bacon Me Thirsty

Nobody puts Bacon in the corner. But what about putting Bacon in the bottle? Oh yeah, we did. The team’s gone hog wild with Bacon Vodka. You think we’re kidding? That’s not what your Bloody Mary thinks. Seriously, you gotta try this. Barley Creek Bacon Vodka, now available at Barley Creek, The Morning Toast, and The Tasting Room & Pub. Can’t you just hear that sizzle? Bacon… it’s what’s for vodka.

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Cool Koozie Science & Free Stuff

Let’s talk about science. Beer science, actually. No, not all that stuff about fermentation and enzymatic breakdown of starches into sugars, blah-blah-blah. No, we’re talking cool beer science, literally… the science of beer can Koozies. Back in 2013, a bunch of genius scientists at the University of Washington figured out a way to get funding to find out if beer Koozies work. Think about that. They got funding to drink beer and study how cool it is. Sounds like a pretty sweet gig. Plus, the funding came from — get this — the National Center for Atmospheric Research. I guess it makes sense…when beer gets warm, the atmosphere at your party could get uncomfortable, right? So they drank a few bevvies, studied latent heat properties, and learned…. drumroll… Koozies work! Of course the surfers in Australia who invented “Stubby Holders” in the 1970s could have told you that. Apparently, when their beer got too warm one day, they simply cut off a strip of a neoprene wetsuit and wrapped it around the can to keep things cool. Yes – necessity is the mother of invention. Anyway, the official science-y explanation is that Koozies work because they prevent condensation. Apparently when it comes to the optimum temperature of beer or ready-to-drink cocktails in a can, the equation goes like this: Condensation = Bad. Koozies = Good. And Free Koozies = Awesome. What’s that? Free Koozies, you say? Yes. This weekend only at the Barley Creek Tasting Room & Pub, we’re giving away a pair of free Koozies with your purchase of a six-pack of Barley Creek canned cocktails to-go. Only this weekend and only at the Tasting Room. Happy Labor Day weekend! Oh, and one more thing… remember that this Sunday is the last official Pint Size Park day for the season. I’m sure we’ll have some pop-up parties when the spirits move us and the weather is good, but don’t miss this Sunday!

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