By: John Ryan Fry
Well folks I will be the first to come out of denial that summer is wrapping up. Goodbye shorts, beach days and bikinis. However, there are some great distractions to keep us warm during the unforgiving winter. Things like the great American game of football, the warm fireplace at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, and of course (to go with the fire) Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer; held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Running from late September to the first weekend in October, it is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. To the locals, it is not called Oktoberfest, but “die Wiesn”, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event. Traditional recipes for the Oktoberfest beer is a Märze. Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich, toasty, and typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content. Continue reading
We are very excited to announce that the Yankee Doodle Tap Room will soon be installing four additional taps to our bar; for a total of 16 draft beers! The most drafts beers on tap in Princeton.
The additional taps will allow us to offer a variety of draft beers brewed both locally and around the world. A beer that we are particularly eager to offer is the Chimay Tripel (commonly referred to as Chimay White because of the color of the label). Chimay is a world renowned brewery of authentic Trappist ales.
An authentic Trappist beer is a beer brewed by or under control of Trappist monks and is offered in various styles. There are only seven Trappist monasteries that are authorized to label their beers with the Authentic Trappist Product logo that indicates a strict compliance to various rules edicted by International Trappist Association.
Chimay Tripel (White) Belgian- Style Tripel Strength (ABV): 8.0% ABV
The Chimay Brewery is a Belgian brewery founded inside Scourmont Abbey, in the Belgian municipality of Chimay in 1862. The brewery produces three widely distributed ales, Chimay Rouge (Red), Chimay Bleue (Blue), and Chimay Tripel (White). Of the three beers, the Tripel is the only Chimay made available on draft. The Chimay Red and Blue are readily available in conditioned bottles. The products of Chimay Brewery are sold only for financial support of the monastery and good causes. The brewery business pays rent for use of the property within the abbey, which is used to support the monastic community. The majority of the profit from the sale of the beer is distributed to charities and for community development around the region.
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
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 !!!
This is part of the ongoing “Beers with Newman” series. Check out the “Beers” category in the sidebar.
I’d like to indulge further into the topic of beer and the American Revolution. Many colonists would find themselves in their neighborhood pubs, secretly discussing the plans of revolt or the many taxes imposed on them by the British. The taxes levied on the colonist were so burdensome that many began a ban on British products, such as tea, molasses, and beer.
Yards Brewing Company: Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale 8.0% ABV
The ban on British beer, lead to the increased production of local beer. The local neighborhood pubs brewed their own drafts or purchased from a local colonist who brewed small batches at home. The colonist had to become creative with their brews, because such ingredients as hops and malts were not readily available. They substituted grains, spruce needles, juniper berries, molasses, etc. to create their very own unique brews. The patriot, Samuel Adams, is perhaps the most prominent colonist brewer, but what you may not know is that a few of our founding fathers were also brewers themselves.
The Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa has created the signature series, Ales of the Revolution which celebrates the unique brews of the founding fathers. These beers are created from the original recipes by these great men. The series includes the George Washington Tavern Porter, the Poor Richard’s Spruce Ale, and the Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale. Here at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room we are offering bottles of the Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale.
Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale
This is the original recipes used by Jefferson, with some of the ingredients specified and grown on his Virginia estate. It is classified as an “English Strong Ale” boasting an 8.0% ABV with an amber color, medium body, smooth caramel malts balanced with fruit hop, and a bitter dry finish. This beer is perfect with a honey glazed ham or honey BBQ ribs!
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