Beers with Newman

Seasons Greetings! The holiday season is a time for sharing with family and loved ones and what better way to do that than with a flavorful seasonal brew.

The beer community is rich with offerings of Holiday/Winter Seasonal brews that are sure to delight. Winter Warmers are the beers of choice this time of the year and many breweries throughout the world have a tasty brew to offer. A winter warmer is an ale that is characterized by its big malt presence both in body and flavor. Their color can range from brownish reds to nearly pitch black. And these brews have pronounced alcohol warmth. There are variations on this style of brew, but the two most prominent versions are a traditional and a wassail.

The traditional English style ale is often referred to as an “Old Ale”, with no spices added. A perfect example and a personal favorite is Theakston Brewery’s Old Peculiar. A wassail which is popular among many U.S. microbreweries has added spices, such as, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Another personal favorite is Anderson Valley Brewery’s Winter Solstice Ale. Continue reading

The Night Before Thanksgiving

12 World Beers on Tap

What does the night before Thanksgiving mean to me?

Meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in a year, my stomach hurting from laughing, listening to great music, and last but certainly not least, having an ice cold adult beverage in hand. The night before Thanksgiving reminds me of a high school reunion. It’s that one night a year you look forward to seeing all your old friends and reminiscing about the good ol’ times. It’s that one night you’re okay with waiting in a line. It’s the one night no matter what type of music the band is playing for that night, it’s everyone’s favorite. It’s a night of never ending rounds, a constant flow of beer and laughter that could carry on into the morning. The beers never seemed so cold; the drinks have never tasted so superior and the conversations never get dull.

It is said that the night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest bar nights of the year. You could go to any town and walk into almost any bar and know that the crowd around you is experiencing a great time too. If it’s Princeton you choose, the Yankee Doodle Tap Room is the place to be.

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room has a vast collection of people who range in age from 21 to 65 years that share two things in common; cocktails and catching up with some old friends. Helping you in your journey to fun times are 12 well-known beers on tap, whichever cocktail you desire and who can forget about the jell-o shots. If the line at the main bar gets a bit long, no need to worry–the Tap Room will be providing three satellite bars for easier access. The Tap Room will be featuring an outstanding cover band called The Big Bang that has been seen playing throughout the Greater Philadelphia and New York regions.

If you’re still looking to make plans or to add one more stop to your agenda, travel no further than Nassau Inn’s Yankee Doodle Tap Room. Enjoy the best cocktails and the coldest beers in the area. If you’re looking to make new memories, the Tap Room would like to be a part of them. See you on November 24th !!!

New Fall-Winter Menus at the Tap Room

As the seasons change and the brisk October air of autumn chills us all, I always start to think of the warm comfort foods that have satisfied my cravings over the years. I think back to my grandmother’s hearty chicken pot pie filled with earthly goodness, the succulent leg of lamb that has made my mother a culinary master in my eyes, and the classic steak that my father roasts to perfection. Executive Chef Matt Volpe of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room has embraced this comfort food theme with classic dishes and new dishes that are sure to excite.

Brie Lobster

Chef Volpe has created two new appetizers to our menu, the Brie Lobster and Chicken Pot Stickers. The Brie Lobster features soft brie cheese and lumps of lobster meat wrapped together in phyllo, then baked to a crisp golden brown and served with a portobello sherry sauce.

Chicken Pot Stickers

The delicious Chicken Pot Stickers have bits of chicken wrapped in an Oriental pastry, and then pan fried and served on a bed of sesame mustard sauce with pickled ginger and drizzled with soy sauce.

To continue with his classic comfort foods, Chef Volpe has created these new entrees to the menu that will delight your taste buds and fulfill your winter time appetites. Below are descriptions of the new dishes with suggested wine pairings:

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Welcome Back Princeton University Students

This post was co-written with Lucia Scotto.

Autumn is the season that the Nassau Inn staff looks forward to the most.  The trees along Palmer Square and Nassau Street begin to burst with vibrant colors and the streets awaken, filled with the hustle and bustle of Princeton University students, parents, and professors.  The Nassau Inn has the great fortune of bearing witness as a host for all, from near or far.

View of Nassau Inn From Palmer Square

Nothing can replicate the energy that derives from this annual migration into Princeton.  Every spring we say goodbye to one and in the fall hello to another, always keeping the town’s spirit renewed and the memories of yesterday’s guests close.

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room becomes the hub of sociability, bringing together students, locals, and hotel guests providing the perfect venue for the forging of lifetime friendships and bonds.

The lobby of our Inn is always buzzing as it serves as the gateway to everything Princeton and the Nassau Inn has to offer. Whether it’s a bride and groom organizing their last minute wedding details, guests checking in, or friends planning their next excursion, we will certainly greet you with a warm smile as you re-energize this town (and our staff). We are thrilled and honored you have chosen to be a part of the rich history of the Nassau Inn.

So whether you’re here to say hello, goodbye, or meet up with friends, the Historic Nassau Inn would like to say, “Welcome back and see you again soon.”

September Events For Everyone in Princeton

Theatre.  Sports.  Music.  Food.   September brings seasonal and annual events you won’t want to miss – within Mercer County and right here in our backyard.  As the Princeton CVB states: “Princeton.  Not just a town, an experience.”  After the summer winds down, the pools and beach houses are closed, the kids go back to school, or get on the bus for their first day of kindergarten, college classes begin – welcome back PU!,  and the leaves begin to fall, people look to fill their calendars with things to do with the whole family.  Here are some events you won’t want to miss: Continue reading

Team Nassau Inn

The historic Nassau Inn would like to welcome our newest  members of the Food and Beverage Management Team, Greg Newman and Carter Smith.

Greg Newman

Greg got his start in the field of hospitality while in college. While attending East Stroudsburg University, he was highly involved with the Campus Activities Board, planning numerous events for the students on campus. His interests lead him into a career in event management, where he worked as a stadium operations manager, a park ranger, an event coordinator, and dining services manager. Greg’s favorite part of hospitality is seeing the favorable expressions on his clients’ faces when an event goes well. Recently, Greg had the opportunity to be on the receiving end of his own line of work, when he married his fiancé of 5 years! The wedding was exactly what they were looking for. Greg is a beer fanatic; he would say he is an expert. Greg has recently posted, Beers with Newman, featured here on our blog. Continue reading

Beers with Newman

Custom Yankee Doodle Ale on Tap

I have been a beer enthusiast for many years, attending all sorts of events such as brewery tours, beer festivals, tasting and pairing dinners, and home-brewing seminars. My wife hates going into the beverage store because I spend so much time searching for a new beer I haven’t tasted. Each month I receive my Mid-Atlantic Brewing News and I immediately sit at my kitchen table, crack open a cold bottle and read about the wonderful world of beer that has me so fascinated.

I have the great opportunity to work at the most historic restaurant and bar in Princeton, The Yankee Doodle Tap Room. My initial brainstorming about Yankee Doodle and historical Princeton lead me to the American Revolution. Many of our founding fathers and American patriots were beer enthusiast themselves and brewed beers of their own creation in small batches for their family and friends. When choosing what beer to write about first, I immediately decided I would choose the Boston Beer Company because after all Boston was the birthplace of the American Revolution. Continue reading

Time in a Bottle

Historic Bottles

“Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce was the theme song of my elementary school graduation.  I remember feeling that all I wanted to do was look to the future and what wonder it would bring.

Now, several years removed from that day, I find myself pondering what the past held for the Princetonians who lived in the Palmer Square area many, many years ago and hoping that by burying a present day time capsule in our new patio area I will be able to answer that question for the inquisitive person that unearths it in the very distant future.

When the construction of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio began we were pleasantly surprised to find that we uncovered numerous old bottles that had been buried in the dirt outside of the Nassau Inn.  The MOD construction crew was careful when extracting them so that we could keep some of these treasures to showcase with our other historical artifacts at the Inn. Continue reading

What’s “Square” But Also “In?”

Princeton is full of talents. One of our favorites is writer and producer, Craig Keller, who recently had some nice things to say about the Nassau Inn:

Nassau Inn's Famous Red Door

In a college-town awash with ‘upscale’ chain stores and overpriced eateries, the Nassau Inn stands like an oasis — totally refreshing in its old-world charm and convivial atmosphere. So take heed: its facade is no facade. That fire-engine-red door, which centers a tableau like something from Mister Rogers’ train-set, speaks to the genuine charm and civility found just beyond the threshold.

And it is a very old door indeed, standing as one of the more appealing examples of the “1775’ish” elements that abound throughout town, and which include but are not limited to the celebrated Bayard Lane hairshirt, and the Chambers Street weathervane cast in the shape of Lady Sarah Lennox. Continue reading

29 Forever!

Tony Pirone, Bartender

Yankee Doodle Tap Room

Tony Pirone began working at the Nassau Inn at the famous Yankee Doodle Tap Room bar in June of 1981. 29 years later he’s still here. Tony states “I love how I am treated by my fellow employees and patrons. Many guests have become life long friends from all over the country and the world.” He has been a poster boy for some of our ads and editorials, including this one from the Summer issue of Princeton Magazine.  Photo Credit:  Michael Bonotto