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Barley Creek Brewing Company

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3.21/5
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Place Score: 79
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.41
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Sullivan Trail & Camelback Road
Tannersville, Pennsylvania, 18372
United States
phone: (570) 629-9399

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Photo of mobud
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My family and I had the pleasure of visit BCBC recently after a trip to Camelback Beach. The place is standard brewpub (IMO); square bar for drinking/TV viewing and a rather large dining area that could hold a fair number of people when needed. People were hanging out waiting for the tour that I heard was a quick one, so I passed on the walk. The quality of the beer was OK. I had the IPA and the special stout that they had on. Both were OK and I would get them again. The service was so-so; our server was all over us or MIA. My son's food came quick, but our salads took longer than really necessary and we spent most of our time amusing him rather than enjoying our food. I believe there were 7 beers on tap (lost my notes for the beers) with a good cross-section of styles. The cost was what you would expect in a resort area; not cheap, but inline with the fooderies around it. Worth a stop if you are in the neighborhood; there is not much else in the way of beer that I found.

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Photo of kevrob802
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in after a day at camelback. Overall not a bad place, food was pretty good and beer was decent. I tried a few of their beers but the only one that really stood out to me was the imperial stout. Anyway, great place to stop by after a day of skiing/ riding.

Photo of aqualung23
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Overall above average microbrewery/brew pub. Food was pretty good pub faire, and the brews were above average but nothing really outstanding. There were not as many beers on tap as I would have expected for a place of this size, probably only 5 or 6 made there and your typical domestics. However, if I was shopping at the outlets I would definitely go here for food and drinks.

Photo of MrDave14
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

My wife, daughter and I stopped by for lunch.

We were greeted by a friendly server who promptly seated us. The place is open and clean with televisions situated throughout the dining area.

My wife and daughter had burgers which were very good. I loved the buffalo chicken pizza.
I sampled the golden ale, black ale, ipa and oatmeal stout; all were very good.

My only complaint was the service, it was extremely slow.

Photo of gpm9826
3.99/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

I stumbled upon Barley Creek Brewing Company after noticing a sign of the highway in the middle of PA. I enjoyed a nice meal, nothing exceptional, but better than fast food. The beer sampler is usually the way I go when trying new places but I was unable to choose any of the high alcohol beers to try in the sampler so I chose to enjoy a pint instead. The building was nice and environment was nice but it was very dead for a weekend lunch.

Photo of Pjev11
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Definitely a bit on the pricey side but overall a pleasant experience. I got a flight and wasn't blown away by the flavors they put out there but all things considered I was happy. Food was above average and the service was more than adequate. A really good atmosphere and kid friendly too.

Photo of FishBeer
4.65/5  rDev +36.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Barley Creek is a terrific place to visit each time you are in the Poconos. They were ahead of the curve in the Craft Beer boom. They opened in the infancy stage before anyone, especially yours truely, knew what craft beer even was. I worked at the resorts and this was the place to be on Friday night.

Forward to today: I truely enjoy craft beer and especially visiting breweries. When you go, you have to have the beer! In fact, if it is the first time, have a flight! Each beer has a clear and distinct aroma and flavor. It is obvious that time is spent in the creative process as many of the seasonal/limited edition beers are ones you have not had before. I most enjoy nitrogen beers and my last visit I have had the Irish Red on nitrogen. The full bodiness and creaminess of the nitrogen combined with the style of an irish red is fantastic!

The food is very good. I am not into the formal full-size meals. I love sandwiches and I have not had a sandwich better than I eat at Barley Creek. The quality and quantity are great for the value.

The service is prompt and they take care of any needs you may have.

I highly recommend Barley Creek and after you go, you will recommend it too!

Photo of armock
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Atmosphere - This place is pretty cool looking its like a big ski lodge restaurant and bar with lots of exposed wood. The bar is kinda cramped and the music is pretty loud even in the dinning areas.

Quality/selection - They had six house beers on tap a brown, light ale, golden ale, black lager, ipa, and a pumpkin ale during my visit. A decent selection however they were all below average for their styles.

Service - I came in for a late lunch and sat at the bar during my visit as I was by myself. the bartender seamed like he didn't want to be there as he would bitch about having to do his job each time a waitress had him make a drink. He also messed my order up and when he brought back the right thing there was a big chip in the corner of my plate.

Food - I ordered the Chipotle Turkey BLT Wrap which was pretty good but how hard is that to make right.

Overall this brrewpub isn't for the beer geek as the beer is subpar and its not worth going out of your way to get to.

Photo of tkepx182
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here after shopping at the outlets near by. Was surprised by the place, it has a small park on the other side of the parking lot called the pint size park with a full size wiffle ball field.

The food was very good, the girlfriend loved it, I was rather impressed with the quantity of food and the quality. This included the ale cheese soup, as well as the wings which were of descent size and very well cooked. Also the atmosphere was very friendly and the waitress was attentive but not over baring.

The beer sample of 6 of the house beers, however, when I was there they only had 5 so the substituted the 6th with Yeungling's Oktoberfest which I did not even know was released.
The beer was also very well done, which is more then I can say for most of the brewpubs that I have visited. That being said, it is rare that My gf and I agree on beer and we agreed on all of Barley Creeks beer. I look folward to going back.

Photo of bayougutter
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped by while in the Poconos. Wife and I pulled up to a nice new rustic place that was Barley Creek. As we walked in we were greeted and seated right away. Service was very good and the food, which was wings were above average. I had the beer sampler which consisted of four four oz pours. The beers that I had were not very good and I could not finish two of them, the other two were subpar at best. The staff, food, place was nice. Sorry but the brews were not very good at all. The wife doesn't drink beer and she had a good time.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.9/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Visited this place on a recent road trip with the girlfriend.

Barely Creek is located in the Poconos area of PA. On a really nice drive through the mountain area, Barley Creek is located just on the side of the road. The place is actually deceptively big. There's even an outdoor sports "arena". The bar is huge and the restaurant area is equally as big. The only knock against from a beer guy's standpoint that its structured like a sports bar for the most part, catering to the people coming off the mountain or from the surrounding mall area.

Quality is average. The beer is served in the correct glassware and at the proper temperature. Not much else to say here.

Service was decent. We got all phases of our meal quickly except when we had to settle the check... the waitress seamed to disappear for about 10 minutes during that time for no apparent reason. Weird. Still, it was par for what I expected from a pretty busy Sunday afternoon.

Selection was pretty poor. They had a summerfest, a light lager, a pale ale, and a pretty wretched IPA. All tasted about the same. Light and flavorless... almost like a bunch of craft variations on the common adjunct lager. I'll pass next time.

The food was decent. I got the chicken BLT wrap and my girlfriend got the stuffed shrimp. Both were pretty impressive.

Barley Creek is a bit pricey. About $12 for the wrap and $19 for the stuffed shrimp. BUt the biggest knock is against their beers. $9 for a 5 beer sampler... with almost all the beers being rather bland and tasteless? No thanks.

Worth visiting if you're in the area, especially after a day of shopping or skiing. But otherwise I'd pass. This is not a craft beer destination and to expect it to be so would be setting yourself up for disappointment.

Photo of yankeej13
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This was one of the first Microbreweries I have ever been to. I was pretty excited to see how the whole operation was run and when we got to the brewery. The inside was on the smaller side had bunch of tables to eat and had a massive bar.

The one brewmaster was a really nice guy too. He took us on a thirty or so minute tour and was very informative and answered every question the group had.

Afterwards we went up stairs and got to sample 5 or so beers and I had a barleywine in a cask that was extremely good.

Overall it was a great time and had a blast. Looking forward to going back there when I am back in PA. Cheers!

Photo of DrewV
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I'm going to have to go against the grain here and post a relatively positive review about this place. Nothing fancy here, nothing spectacular, and definitely not a beer snob hangout. But it does have plenty of TVs on the walls, a decent selection of beers on tap, and a pretty decent variety of food options. Service was reasonable, the waitresses came around every 5 minutes or so to check on us. We must have ordered drinks on at least 6 different occasions and they were responsive every time, even though it was dinnertime and they were fairly busy, maybe 80% capacity.

I ordered the ribs and, while the meat was less than spectacular, the sauce was out of this world! I know good barbeque when I taste it and their sauce was easily in my top 3. I would go back just for the sauce, quite frankly. I also had the mashed potatoes and they, too, were outstanding. Very flavorful and prepared well.

The beer, on the other hand, was a bit of a letdown. I had their chocolate-infused porter (Wanderlust, I think), which was watery and lacking flavor. I also had their "ultra-hoppy" Rescue IPA, which was also watery and below average, but drinkable. I didn't push my luck to try any other beers, as I feared they too would be watery and flavorless.

Prices were fair. A dinner for 2 adults and 2 kids, including 3 alcoholic beverages, was just over $50. Definitely not bad at all, especially for a tourist area.

Overall, a decent eating experience. Prices weren't outrageous and they had some "regular" beers on tap that would be suitable for a night out. And the ribs, oh man, the ribs. They, alone, were worth the trip.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Went here after running the Pocono Marathon in search of greasy food and delicious craft brews. Unfortunately, I only accomplished half of my goal.

First off, the design and look of this place is great. It's in the mountains, close to I-80 and a drinker's paradise. An outdoor wiffle ball stadium, and the main restaurant is a lodge-like setting with high arch ceilings and plenty of room.

The food and service as great as well. But the most important aspect for a brewery - the beer - was a letdown.

Navigator was uneventful, watery and bland. Tasted like a Miller lite. And I even forget the 2nd beer I had... Maybe the IPA?

Cool place, and perfect for the 'college' type beer drinker.

Photo of swolfe81
1.78/5  rDev -47.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2

Have known about the Brewery for a long time but never got up there.
Outside the place looked awesome, had an out side bar area where they had waffle ball, Bocce and Horseshoes. Very cool! The main restaurant had a “Lodge” feel fitting for the ski resort atmosphere, that where it stopped.
The beer list was not current with 5 beers on it not available, so we ordered the sampler for the 6 beers they did have.
Beers were watery and thin, little to no head and really all tasted the same. No real noticeable difference. If the beers lived half up to the descriptions on the menu I would have been happy.
Food was ok, nothing to write home about. Had beer and cheese soup, very thin, the entrees we had were ok, but you could tell that much of it came from a package or a can, not freshly made.
I think the most disappointing thing about this place was the fact that they were also serving, and promoting (by the signage and the staff), Miller, Coors, Corona, and other big Macro brands, at there bar and also to-go. That just solidified my thought that this was more of a novelty Micro Brew Pub, and less of an actual passion for beer.
Very Disappointing.

Photo of Knapp85
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Stopped in for a beer on my way home from Boston last summer. The place wasn't very crowded, I found a seat at the bar and proceeded to look over the beer list. The girl told me that they were out of a few on there... Is it weird that a brewery would run out of their own beers? I thought so. I ordered something can't even remember off the top of my head. The beer was mediocre at best. The service wasn't really that great. They tried to look busy and avoid people even though it was dead in there. The place looks really cool on the outside and even o the inside its a really nice building. By the time I finished my beer I was ready to leave, I didn't even want to stay longer which is not a common thing for me. Overall I could go back but I would take the Brew Works in Bethlehem or Allentown any day over Barley Creek.

Photo of spartanfan
2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A: We stopped here after an evening on the slopes at nearby Camelback Mountain. It was crowded but the wait was very short. Lots of TV's with sports on them, but the music was blaring so loud we had to shout to be heard across the table.

Q: Food was enjoyable, but I can't say the same about the beer. I tried the IPA, barley wine, chocolate porter, and belgain style and each one was as lackluster as the last. There were no distinct flavors and they all shared a similar "off flavor" I can't put my finger on now (perhaps it was the water or the yeast).

Service: When we got to the bar, my friend ordered a round of beers for us, and the bartender proceeded to rush our selection. There was no beer list posted, and no printed list to be found. I headed over to the taps, but the printing on them was so jumbled and small I couldn't make out a word on them. I asked the bartender what they had, and got a smart reply like "what do you want?". After inconvieniencing the bar tender I was able to get a barleywine that was extreemly thin in body and lacking in flavor. On the other had our server at our table was friendly and attentive. No complaints there.

Selection: They were out of at least 2 of the beers I wanted to try, but they did have SNPA, and I wish I had ordered that instead of trying they house brews. Standard food for a bar, and from what me and my friends tried it was all good.

F: I got the grilled chicked sandwhich. It was a large piece of chicken and cooked very well. Nice and juicy. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if it came with fries instead of chips, I don't think this is asking too much for $11.

V: Beers were about $4 each, and I still felt like I got ripped off. The food was a decent value, and about what I would expect for a tourist destination. If you just want a good plate of grub and don't mind sub par beer this is the place for you. If you want a decent pint, don't come here!

Photo of southsider
2.13/5  rDev -37.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Saw the signs on I-80 somewhere in the Poconos last summer and went for it.
The dining area looked nice, quite large and sportsbarish inside with a glass wall to view the brewing equiptment.I was put off by the disorganization in the brewing area with boxes heaped in a corner and crap on the floor. Dirty and brewery don't mix.
As my bride and I often do we sat at the bar (pretty empty but not for 3:30 in the afternoon.
The server was courtious and apologetic for being out of most of their beers.I settled for a Belgian wheat ale and the pulled pork sandwich(their signature item). My spouse had a brown ale and a chicken sandwich.
LONG STORY SHORT-OUR BEERS SUCKED BIGTIME!All four beers we tried tasted watery and had a horriblely bitter astringent finish to them. C'mon a bitter BROWN ALE? Even a beer that should be bitter, the Rescue IPA, where the brewer "unleashes more than a pound of leaf and pellet hops per barrel" couldn't be saved by what I'm now guessing to be the strange mountain water they must be brewing with. In desperation I did the unthinkable and ordered a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from the tap. Alas,they were out of it too.
This was the first time I did not collect a growler to go from a brewpub. Food was hot and OK but not nearly worth the high prices they charged.
Avoid this place like the plague!

Photo of gixxerman
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

I was told by a few people where I was working this was a good spot with all kinds of very unique beer.

Well, I must have caught them between batches, because they only had their Antler Brown and Navigator Golden ales available. Both were very good, and I guess July is a bit out of season for a ski town anyway. I guess it was better than then being closed. They did have a few guest taps to fill the void including Sierra Nevada, and they have a decent bottle selection as well.

I tried their wings, which were good and a burger which was also about average.

The atmosphere was ok, the place is really big inside and it seemed empty, even though there were many cars in the lot, people were just scattered about the place I guess. I was the only one at the bar for about 1/2 an hour, until a few more people came in. I think they close early too, it seemed like they were ready wrap things up around 10.

I would stop back, but hopefully it would be during their season, when there is more available.

Photo of brewman63
4/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First let me say that if I'd known this place was within walking distance of the outlet shopping center I would have spent more time here. As it turned out we stopped here on our last day of vacation on a whim only to discover it's located behind the outlets that we went to earlier in the week. I must not of had my beer-dar turned on that day. Inside it's a very nice looking cabin-ish styled bar/restaurant. I think they also have a separate deck/pavilion out back. The beer selection is pretty good for a brewpub (light ales, lagers, wheats, IPAs and barley wines). I had the Iron Arm wheat first which was good. It didn't knock me off my seat but I wouldn't turn it down either. Then I had the Rescue IPA which was the same; good but nothing to get worked up about. Didn't have anything else as our group was just stopping for a short time. Had wings and sweet potato fries which were also very good. Would like to have spent more time here. It looks like it could be a fun place to hang out while the significant others are shopping. And they have free tours every day at 12:30. Maybe next time.

Photo of aerozeppl
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Every year we go down to the Poconos for New Years so we stopped in this place for lunch. It was fairly crowded as people were finishing up skiing.We had a party of 6 and it was a little bit of a wait but that was ok. We sit down and asked what beer they had on. The waitress seemed at a loss and not in a good way. I got the cask Rescue IPA. The beer itself was the best thing they were pouring that day. A friend got a sampler and was underwhelmed. They did pour it from a hand pump but they poured it into a bar shaker then transferred it into pint glasses. Weird. The food was just ok but really expensive for what it was. I get this is a tourist trap but damn this was just not good. If you are in the area the first thing I suggest is bringing beer in. If you did not worth a stop but do not expect much and skip the food.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A typical off-season, ski town atmosphere lingers within the Barley Creek's spacious timber frame structure. This place probably gets crazy crowded with the après ski crowd in the winter, but in September this is just a local PA watering hole, with decent grub and good beer:
Navigator Golden Ale (5.4% abv) - I liked the flavor imparted by the Caramalt malt and the delicate balance of English Target hops. A very easy drinking beer.
Antler Brown Ale (4.8% abv) - An English brown session beer.
Angler Black Lager (5.0% abv) - Another decent beer that went down smooth and disappeared fast.
Iron Arm Belgian Wheat (4.0% abv) - An interesting seasonal with a big clove spice character that finishes dry. I would have preferred a higher abv on this.
Harvest Moon Octoberfest Lager (5.7% abv) - Not my idea of a traditional O'fest. Lower on malt taste than expected, despite the listed grain bill.
Rescue IPA (5.8% abv) - Plenty of flavor in this well balanced IPA that has a relatively clean finish despite its claimed 60 IBUs.

Overall, the beers ranged from average to good but, for the most part, seemed targeted for more mainstream tastes. The service was friendly, the atmosphere casual. I would not go out of my way to return, but since it's right off I-80, I'll probably be back again.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I visited this brewpub on a Wednesday night. It was surprisingly crowded and we barely got seats at the bar.

Atmosphere: They had a large restaurant area with plenty of tables and a fairly large wrap-around bar. There were several TVs and music too. It was a bit crowded and noisy but alright.

Quality: Their beers were a mixed bag for me. The IPA and Foreign Stout were ok, the Belgian Wheat and Barleywine were middling, and the Black Lager and Summerfest Lager were terrible. I wouldn't seek out any of them again, but if you're in the mood for new, mediocre beers I guess this is a good spot.

Service: I don't know if it was because we were sitting behind the tap station and were slightly hidden or because the bar was fairly packed, but the bartender ignored us most of the time and we had to flag her down to order something. I don't know if that's typical but I wasn't impressed with the service.

Selection: There were at least 8 taps plus a cask, plenty of different styles to choose from.

Food: I ordered the chicken cheese steak and it was very tasty.

Value: I ordered 10 oz. beers which were $2.75, so probably $4-5 per pint. The food was reasonably priced.

Overall: An ok place to stop by for a beer, probably not a place I'd return to, but you never know.

Photo of dublife1
1.9/5  rDev -44.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

First Off, I'd like to say We've been trying to like this place since it has opened. (but no such luck) Their beers all taste quite thin and a bit funky. (Odd, funky mouthfeel) Every now and then they will have a good cask conditioned offering but that's about it. I'm pretty sure a lot of their problems may be from the water they use. Ask anyone who truly knows good beer and the consensus will be the same. The food is a whole other fiasco. Overpriced and usually barely warm.($10 for 10 wings that are rubbery and tasteless) The place would have potential if there was a genuine effort put forth. The first Chef they had years ago did a fairly good job and the food seemed much better than it is now. It is by far the worst brewpub we have ever been to and we've been to well over 100. Drive 30 minutes south to Bethlehem and try Bethlehem Brew Works instead. The only reason this place survives is their close proximity to Camelback mountain. Take a pass on this one folks, sorry.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

There are 2 things to state right off the bat about this place..
1) the beer selection? Eh, nothing to be too excited about.
2) the location is so incredible it is worth going just to see the beautiful surroundings. If you're lucky enough to sit near the windows looking out at the mountain (and the creek from which they get their water) you will see it's worth paying just to sit there and have a beer, no matter how good. The beer really doesn't have anything special to offer from what I've seen. granted, I've only tried the angler black lager and the golden ale, but both were thin and lacked flavor. The food, also, was nothing exceptional (as a vegetarian I was only really able to have the onion rings and mushroom burger. It was nothing I couldn't get at an Applebees). Further, upon my 2nd visit the place was swarmed with tourists in ski gear and I had an interaction with a rude waitress who tried to argue with my girlfriend.So again.. Beer and food are not great. The atmosphere, though, is quite impressive.. I just wish a better place could have that location.

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Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville, PA
79 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.