Let’s Make History

blog joeBy Joe Bergin

Picture this: You have just finished chatting with a friend you haven’t been able to spend time with for a little while.  It is brought up in the conversation that you’d like to plan a day or night to go out, kick back, and try to catch up.  There was even some talk about inviting a few more of your friends to tag along.  It sounded great, and you were excited for it. You were really just tangled up in the moment.

Until the conversation ended, and the phones were put down, you hadn’t really thought about HOW you were going to actually spend the night.  In a way, you seem to expect the perfect plans to just fall into your lap. Continue reading

Tap Talk with Fry

John RyanBy: John Ryan Fry


OktoberfestWell 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

The next big thing.

bai-bottlesBy: Jerry Perng

We are all constantly looking for the next big thing, the next trend and the next health craze.  Bai5 which started in Princeton, NJ by Ben Weiss is the next big thing in healthful beverages and it’s taking off like a rocket to the moon.

So what is Bai5, you ask? Well if you ask me, my answer is simple: “It’s a great tasting and refreshing beverage.”  Of course there is so much more to it than just that, Bai5 is  made from coffeefruit and exotic fruit juices, with only 5 calories per serving and it is also very low in sugar.  This delicious and refreshing beverage is also antioxidant-rich, so Bai5 not only tastes good; it’s also good for you!

baicoconutRecently we have launched a contest on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room Facebook page; calling all mixologists (professional or amateur) to create the perfect Bai5 cocktail with the newly launched Molokai Coconut flavor.  This is a new take on the “skinny” cocktail; with 9 different flavors of Bai5 the combination of the perfect skinny cocktail is endless.

bai cocktailWe have also partnered up with Bai5 to host the first ever Bai5 Cocktail party in Princeton on Tuesday, June 18th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will  feature the winning new Molokai Coconut cocktail at the party, free hors d’oeuvres, fun games with cool prizes supplied by Bai5.

If you are in the Princeton area on that day, stop by and be here to witness the next big thing taking off.

Tap Talk with Fry

John Ryan

By: John Ryan Fry



On May 9th, straight from Chippewa Falls, WI; we will be experiencing the finest beers they have to offer.  Oskar Blues Brewery has a very interesting selection of beers they will be bringing to our patio. Of my favorites is their famous Dale’s Pale ale.  Besides being an America’s first canned craft beer, Dale’s Pale Ale taste delicious.  Oskar Blues accomplished recipes well proportioned in flavor consisting of pale malts and hops. I will warn you now this beer is not for everyone but it is sure worth finding out. Oskar Blues Brewing Company is coming  May 9th so brace yourselves. Continue reading

Tap Talk with Fry

John RyanBy: John Ryan Fry



Yankee Doodle Tap Room PatioAlthough the ground hog may have been wrong about spring coming early, summer is just around the corner. Most breweries brew their seasonal beers a few months before the actual season comes. This being said, the newest item on the shelves right now are the Summer Shandys.  A Summer Shandy beer is a blend of lager and lemonade. It makes for a crisp and refreshing drink on those hot summer days by the pool or on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room’s dining patio. Continue reading

Springing into Spring

By: Jackie Brigante

In like a lion and out like a lamb – that’s what they say! The spring equinox is always (in my humble opinion) the quintessential end to dreary winter months. Day light saving time rolls in full-force behind that pesky Punxsutawney Phil bringing with it sunny mornings and delayed sunsets.

One of my favorite things about working in Princeton was the all-around buzz that arrived with the spring. Part of my morning ritual was always pausing to look at the tulips as they broke their way through the ground and sprung to life. Potted plants popped up outside of shops and downtown was full of kids eating Bent Spoon ice cream and playing outside. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day!

By: Jackie Brigante

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to rejoice: celebrate your friendships, relationships with loved ones and even revel yourself.

This day is celebrated in many countries around the world, and is associated with Saint Valentine; who was imprisoned for performing marriage ceremonies for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. While this background may not be quixotic, the meaning behind this genuine undertaking has been celebrated for centuries.

In today’s society, we find stores filled with red, white and pink hearts filled with fancy candies, romantic dinner packages offered at our favorite restaurants and commercials encouraging consumers to indulge and pamper their partners. But for those of you who may find this holiday a but commercialized, remember that we are celebrating love – and that can relate to any relationship!

Are you a pet-lover? The ASPCA has compiled a pet-friendly Valentine’s Day guide to pamper your pooch including non-toxic plants and pet approved chocolate! Your pet will appreciate your kindness and hopefully pile on extra unconditional love!

Need to entertain the kiddies? Consider a themed arts and crafts day. Using white paper, have the kids write down things they love about their siblings or family – and only in red or pink! They can also create a list of Valentine’s Day specific words and make their very own word finds. Help them out by cutting red or pink construction paper in to the shape of a heart and penciling on grid lines to keep their lines straight.

On a budget, but want to impress? At home dates with your partner are special! Surprise your loved one with all of the ingredients to their favorite at-home meal – and prepare it together. Eat at the dinner table sitting side-by-side with the table set, lights dimmed and your favorite scented candle lit. Turn off your phones and have a conversation with no distractions. Eat slowly and enjoy your time together!

Ready for a night or weekend out? A special dinner for two is just the thing you need! Many restaurants offer a prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day; just remember to make your reservations! Spending the weekend in a hotel with your partner can be extra special: quiet, comfortable and private! The Nassau Inn offers an Escape to Romance package year-round, but why not spoil yourself and your partner this February 14th with a retreat?

Whether your Valentine’s Day is spent with your partner or your family and friends, it is important to remember that this day is meant to celebrate togetherness – and you can achieve that sentiment with gusto!

Nassau Inn Hosts Holiday Toy Drive!

The holidays are upon us! Can you believe how fast this year has gone?

This season, those of us on the East Coast really have something to be thankful for – regardless of where we live or where we’re from, we were all affected by Hurricane Sandy.  The outpouring of support has been tremendous and many are grateful for the help especially coming into the holiday season.  Now we have to help the kids – they deserve a magical holiday!

In honor of the children who lost all of their belongings, the Nassau Inn is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive! From Black Friday through December 16th, the community is invited to drop off unwrapped toys (or gift cards) in Santa’s Toy Chest located in the Main Lobby of the Nassau Inn.

All toys will be hand delivered by the Nassau Inn staff to children living in the shore communities on December 17th.

Social Media Alert! You may take your picture as you drop off your gifts and upload them to our Facebook page (@TheNassauInn) or Tweet them (@NassauInn)!

We hope you’ll participate.  Every child should experience the magic of the holidays.

For questions, please email laurenscarpa@nassauinn.com or call 609.688.2624.

By: Lauren Scarpa

Hurricane Sandy – The Aftermath

On October 29th, 2012 Hurricane Sandy changed the lives of those living throughout New Jersey and New York like never before.  The freak weather phenomenon, or Frankenstorm as it was called, destroyed homes and businesses, left millions of people without power and resources – not to forget those who lost their lives, and left what was once the Jersey shore unrecognizable.

Now, here we are two weeks later.  The destruction still exists, although clean-up has begun.  People are slowly regaining power and trying to return to a semblance of normalcy as best they can.  The feelings of desperation and devastation are starting to ease and it’s all due to the tremendous outpouring of support and aid available.  People from around the world are donating to help those who’ve lost everything.  Electric companies from all over the US drove here to lend support – you may have seen them driving up and down the highways looking for their next location to restore.  It’s humbling to see communities pull together, government and celebrities assisting in the clean-up, and fundraising events to support the rebuild.  People are starting to have hope again.  Although they may not regain exactly what they once had, they will regain something bigger… a new lease on life.

One of the hardest parts for people to overcome is the loss of memories. Homes that people lived in, raised their families in, and built their lives in are under water.  Sites where many spent their childhoods are gone.  Restaurants where families enjoyed a meal no longer exist.  Businesses that people depend on are now closed.

A popular saying is ‘it takes a catastrophic event like this for people to realize what’s really important” and that’s pretty accurate.  Those who’ve experienced this hurricane will never forget it or the sacrifice of those who came to help.

The Princeton community was hit hard by Sandy, but in comparison to other areas, we were more fortunate.  To help those who’ve lost everything, the Princeton Business Community has united to host a Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive on November 20, 2012.  During that day, people are asked to shop and dine in participating business.  A portion of all sales will be donated to New Jersey coastline relief efforts as well as the American Red Cross.  Our Yankee Doodle Tap Room will be participating in the Drive and we hope you will too.  To see a list of all local area participating businesses, please click here.

Through darkness comes light – through tragedy comes awareness – through suffering comes comfort.   As time passes, New Jersey and New York will rebuild and we will regain our strength.  Our communities will thrive again, our shores will be restored, and we will create new memories.

How did Hurricane Sandy impact you? 

What was the most important thing that came out of this experience for you?

By: Lauren Scarpa