April in Bloom

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April was another incredible month for downtown Princeton. The entire town literally exploded with color in a matter of weeks as our natural surroundings quickly transitioned from bare, bleak, and brittle to robust, bright, and in bloom. The much welcomed spring weather provided ideal conditions for al fresco dining, window shopping, outdoor sports, and community events such as the Princeton University Farmers’ Market and Communiversity.


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The opening of our outdoor patio and the release of our Spring Menu has made for an outstanding month at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room. The fresh air and fine fare motivated many to ditch the indoors and dine with us. The interior of the Tap Room continues to see an abundance of activity too. In addition to our regular business, tour groups have been piling in to enjoy a beautiful buffet and an anecdotal history of our property.

If you like to unwind after work, our Happy Hour Specials and promotions may be just what you need. Monster Mug Mondays were made to quench your thirst while “I Made History” and “Beers Around the World” give you the opportunity to drink outside your comfort zone and win cool prizes. Live music on our patio is also on its way starting May 14.

Most importantly, however, we need to talk about Mom. Her special day is racing towards us. To celebrate, we’re holding our annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10th.  There’s no better way to remind Mom how amazing she is by treating her to a delicious meal with us. Click here for more information.

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The picturesque purlieu of downtown Princeton in the spring attracts an abundance of visitors from all around. Although the nearby Route 1 Corridor offers a cornucopia of shiny, brand name hotels to meet their lodging needs, it is at the independently owned Nassau Inn that travelers aim to book first. That’s because when you’re at the Nassau Inn, you’re already here, in the heart of downtown Princeton. Our iconic red door opens up to a lush green square, not a parking lot. The scent in the air is of efflorescence, not exhaust fumes. The distance to restaurants, entertainment, shopping and the arts is measured in steps, not miles.

Then there’s our history, which dates all the way back to the 18th century. Since opening our doors in 1756, we’ve prided ourselves on offering our guests the most neoteric amenities of the day. Whether you were to stay with us in the 1700’s, 1800’s, or 1900’s, you could expect to find available all the latest comforts and technology at the Nassau Inn. The same still rings true today. We continue to expertly exist as a historical landmark and a state-of-the-art, full service hotel and conference center.

It’s all of these inimitable attributes, and many more, that have made our property a target destination for tourism, corporate functions, and celebratory life events.. With 188 guest rooms and 13 beautiful conference/banquet options, our savvy coordinators can skillfully design and deliver a personalized experience sure to delight you and everyone in your party. To schedule a tour or to request more information about planning an event, please contact us at sales@nassauinn.com.

The Selfie Appeal of the Nassau Inn

With a dynamic history, brilliant architecture, and an extensive catalog of distinguished guests, the Nassau Inn has developed a solid reputation for its Selfie Appeal. If you’re visiting downtown Princeton, here are FIVE incredible selfie opportunities on the Nassau Inn property that you won’t want to miss.

THE ICONIC RED DOOR
The inviting bright red door of the Nassau Inn is as illustrious as the many historic figures that once walked through it. Between its curious colonial flair and enduring history, the Red Door has become both a popular tourist attraction and a backdrop for countless celebratory life events. Local legend has it that couples who wed before the red door will be endowed with a long, happy, and healthy marriage.

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THE LOBBY FIREPLACE
The warming flames of the upper lobby fireplace and comfy red leather chairs have long brought repose to enervated travelers. Some of the world’s finest leaders and innovators, past and present, have relaxed before the calm blaze discussing local, national, and world affairs. If you listen close enough on a quiet day, you can hear the whisper of conversations past within the soothing snap and crackle of the dancing flames.

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PRINCETON ALUMNI WALL OF FAME
If you’re entering the Yankee Doodle Tap Room from the Nassau Inn’s main lobby, it’s likely your attention will be briefly redirected from joyful thoughts of food and drink, to the allure of the Princeton Alumni Wall of Fame. The tributary wall showcases many young faces of Princeton graduates that went on to become prominent public figures of the past and present.

Selfie Station - Wall of FameDR. EINSTEIN’S SIGNATURE CARVED INTO TABLE
Since as far back as the day the Yankee Doodle Tap Room first opened its doors, Princetonians have long enjoyed the practice of carving their names and initials into the restaurant’s thick oak tabletops. Among these Princetonians, the world’s most famous scientist, Albert Einstein, also etched his signature distinctly into one of the many hardwood slabs. If you look close enough, perhaps you can find it. If not, just ask one of our helpful staff to point it out. 

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ROCKWELL PAINTING
Illuminating brilliantly behind the bar of the Yankee Doodle Tap Room hangs the centerpiece and namesake of the historic restaurant: Norman Rockwell’s Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1936, the Nassau Inn commissioned Rockwell to paint what would be his only mural, a 13 foot long detailed historical vignette of Yankee Doodle. Rockwell completed the work in 1937, and it was prominently put on display at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room ever since.

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True History of the IPA

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is no denying the fact that Indian pale ales have become America’s most popular beer style. In 1978, Congress passed a law that legalized home brewing in the United States. This law brought American brewing into a renaissance, allowing Indian pale ales into the hearts and mouths of main stream America.

ipa 2The origins of the style dates back to the 1700s. Back then, English colonies in India were heavily influenced by the East Indian Company. The imports they collected from trade were the colonists main supply line. A small brewery named Bow Brewery, on the most western edge of London, was credited with the widespread awareness of the style. Due more to the convenience rather than the craftsmanship, the EIC began trading with the small brewery. The style became popular with the colonists of India because of its lighter consistency and higher alcohol content. The Englishmen were used to drinking porters and the Pale Ale was a refreshing replacement. With approval of the Eastern Indian Colonists, the EIC was able to bring this style of beer across the Indian subcontinent, eventually coining the term “Indian Pale Ale”.

Indian Pale Ales require pale malts and a strong hop influence. This style is typically ipa 3higher in alcohol content (6-7% ABV) as appose to the tradition ales (4-5% ABV). With a variety of different hops in America there is no wonder American IPA became its own style. American IPA is considerably a whole different evolution from the English IPA. American IPA is generally drier and higher in alcohol where English IPA is malty. American hops causes the beer to be bitter and can give a collection of different flavors such as floral, citrus, and earthy characteristics. English hops are often fruity and give an herbal taste.

ipa 4The obsession with hops in our IPAs have given rise to an arms race in the field of IPAs. The development of the Imperial IPA or the Double IPA was a direct result. They typically have an alcohol content of 7.5% or higher. Claims have been made that the recipe originated in Santa Rosa, CA, in 1994 at the Russian River Brewing Company. The style is beloved by craft beer drinkers in San Diego with such a passion that some refer to the Double IPA as, “San Diego Pale Ale”. The beer is extremely hoppy in flavor, but that is not even the hoppiest, my friends. Somewhere in America there must be some non-descript building inhabiting an evil genius and their laboratory whose sole purposes is to develop the hoppiest beer known to man. The Triple IPA has been on the shelves of liquor stores for quite some time, but only the strong of heart dare to drink them. With the classification as nothing lower than 10% ABV, Triple IPAs are the most full flavored and bitterest of the IPAs known to date. But don’t worry, the same evil geniuses have developed a beer that is far less complex. The newest development to the Indian Pale Ales is not an ale at all, it is actually a Lager. The Indian Pale Lager (IPL) tends to be hopped as an IPA but values bottom-fermenting yeast which gives a lager its signature. An easier drink, the IPL has a lighter, cleaner body and the hops are more subtle.

From England to India then to its rightful home, America. IPAs have developed and evolved through history and will continue as long as there are creative brewers and ipa 5enthusiastic drinkers. So next time your at the bar with your buddies and someone asks, “Where do IPAs come from?” You can shut down the know it all who says, “It’s an Indian Beer”. Be sure to tell them the true story, where IPAs are from and where they are going. Until text time Keep Laughing ,Keep Drinking, and Keep Living!!!!!!

 

Pi Day of the Century

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Pi Day of the Century

For the 6th year in a row, there will be much ado in downtown Princeton about the number  einstein Pi (3.14) and Albert Einstein’s 136th birthday. People gather from near and far to partake in this eccentric annual celebration of math, science, and education. But, you don’t have to be a genius to enjoy this jam packed day of fun-filled, family friendly festivities. Everyone is an Einstein on Pi Day – even if you don’t know what Pi is.

This is year is a very special Pi Day. It’s actually so special that it is heralded as the Pi Day of the Century! Here’s why:

Normally, Pi Day falls on any old March 14, which is exciting because when written numerically, it follows the first three digits of the mathematical constant π that allows us to work out the circumference, area, and volume around objects. This year, however, Pi Day will give us 10 digits when we reach 3.14.15 at 9:26.53 AM! And, this only takes place once every century!

Pi Day of the Century will take place on Saturday, March 14, or simply 3.14, or even more simply π.  Check out this years’ schedule of events below or click here to visit the official Pi Day Princeton website for more detailed information:

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7:00 AM: Walk a Pi Event

9:00 AM: Pie Eating Contest

9:26:53 AM: My Once in a Lifetime Teacher Contest

9:30 AM: Westminster Conservatory of Music

10:00 AM: Kids of All Ages Violin Exhibition

10:00 AM:- 11:00 AM: KENKEN Lecture and Demo

11:00 AM: – 12:00 PM: KENKEN Tournament for Teens

11:00 AM: Happy Birthday, Albert!

11:00 AM: Einstein Look-A-Like Contest

11:00 AM: Pi X Pi(e) Bike Tour

12:00 PM: Miss Amy “Fitness Rock & Roll” Interactive Concert

12:00 PM: Dinky Train Rides with Einstein

12:00 PM: Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl

12:00 PM: 15 Minute Mini Production of the Steve Martin Play “Picasso at Lapin Agile”     pie eating

1:00 PM: Pi Recitation Contest

1:00 PM: Serious Inventors Only Cocktail Making Class

1:30 PM – 1:59 PM: Hands-On Interactive Event for Children

1:59 PM:- Princeton Pirade by Kids’ Music Round

1:59 PM: Pi Pizza Competition

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: He’s Got a Theremin and He’s Not Afraid to Use It! Where Music and Physics Meet

2:00 PM: 15 Minute Mini Production of the Steve Martin Play “Picasso at Lapin Agile”

2:30 PM: Where’s the Pi: A Physics Demonstration Show

2:45 PM: Best Apple Pi in Princeton Contest

3:14 PM: Pie Throwing Event                                          pie throwing

3:14 PM: Guided Einstein Tour

4:00 PM: Happy Birthday, Albert! Happy Birthday, Albert!

4:00 PM: Mega Chess Free Style Play

4:00 PM: Celebrating New Jersey’s Inventors: Understanding Their Contributions to Electromagnetism and Interactive Exhibits

5:00 PM: Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl

7:30 PM:  The Arts Council of Princeton presents RatioActivity: A Pi Day Concert
featuring Stop Correcting Me

9:26 PM: Last stop on the Smart Phone Self Guided Pub Crawl

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49 Things You May Not Know About The Super Bowl

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By Jake Everett

 

 

Hello all.

It’s that time of year again everybody, the mecca of all sporting events is upon us. Sports fans, bandwagoners, commercial watching girlfriends, foodies, boozers, and most everybody with a pulse will all have their eyes on the same event come February 1st, and who can blame them.  It’s the SUPER BOWL. It is a day that’s become a national holiday, with entertaining gatherings competing with a marathon of real housewives of NJ. So, to celebrate the 49th running of this glorious football game, we list 49 things you may not have known about the SUPER BOWL!

1.)    The first Super Bowl was held in LA in 1967 and hosted the Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs.
2.)     The least amount of points scored combined was during the 1973 Super Bowl when the Dolphins beat the Redskins 14-7.
3.)    The Cowboys and Steelers are tied for the most Super Bowl appearances– 8 each.
4.)    The Steelers have won the most Super Bowls with 6 titles.
5.)    The Broncos have lost the most Super Bowls with 5 (way to keep up the trend Peyton).
6.)    The NFL pays for 150 rings for the winning team, costing upwards of $1,500 per ring, depending on how much bling they want on it.
7.)    The NFL also pays for 150 pieces of jewelry for the losing team, with the price of each item being exactly half the price of the winning teams’ rings.
8.)    The Vince Lombardi, possibly the manliest trophy of modern day, is made of sterling silver by a Tiffany & Co.
9.)    In 2011, during one of the biggest Super Bowl blunders ever, 1250 temporary seats were not installed properly, leaving that many ticket holders without seats for the big game. The NFL issued triple refunds for those ticket holders whose admission cost them a cool $800.00 per ticket.
10.)  In Super Bowl I, a 30-second commercial cost $40,000. Roughly $280,000 in today’s currency.

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Let’s Make History

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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

Proud To Be An American Beer Drinker: Summer Kickoff

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By John Ryan Fry Bartender

Happy summer friends! I hope everyone was able to make it through that frosty and harsh winter!  Now that the weather is really starting to heat up, I’m sure all of you, like me, are ready to kick back, relax, and pick up a frosty pint to cool off.  After getting in the spirit over the weekend with Independence Day, I couldn’t be more excited to announce that we will be celebrating American beers this month down at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room!  And what better way to kick things off then to reflect on why beer is such a part of America’s pastime. Continue reading

Tap Talk with Fry

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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

Princeton Summer Happenings – Fun Activities for All to Enjoy!

If you’re already thinking about hightailing it into the fall and getting the kids back in school; I need you to take a step back, take a deep breath and listen: The summer is not even close to being over! Princeton has a lot of fun and exciting happenings to take advantage of while we still have plenty long, sun filled days to soak up.

A fun activity to do with the kiddies is Lunchtime Music on the Green. This event is hosted by Palmer Square and takes place right on the green! Between noon and 2 p.m., you can enjoy live jazz music while having a leisurely lunch from one of the many Princeton eateries. The last event will take place on Thursday, August 18th featuring Sophiztajazz.

Palmer Square is also hosting the Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale – this year taking place on Friday, August 18th through Sunday, August 21st. This event will feature live music and great deals from some of your favorite local Palmer Square shops.

The Princeton Tour Company is also in full swing for the summer! With these tours, you can see where Albert Einstein lived, famous architecture in Princeton and see which of your favorite places is haunted with ghosts! You are able to choose from group and private tours to accommodate your group!

Every Thursday you can have a pleasurable outdoor lunch, listen to live music and enjoy fresh local produce and the Princeton Farmer’s Market located on Witherspoon Street in front of the Witherspoon Grill and the Princeton Public Library. Some vendors include: Tassot Apiaries for local honey, beeswax candles and soaps; The Witherspoon Bread Company showcasing and selling freshly baked breads and pastries and Tico’s Juice Bar where you can get freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices.

If you are looking for some indoor fun, the Morven Museum & Gardens is presenting The Stars and Stripes: Fabric of the American Spirit which is running now through October 31st. This exhibit follows the American Flag from its 1777 creation into the twentieth century. You can follow the history of each flag while visually experiencing each edition.

The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is also hosting weekly Acoustic Thursday, every Thursday night on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio in August! The Tap Room will be featuring CJ Barna on August 11th & August 25th. August 4th & August 18th will feature Greg Nease and Suzannah Sabin.  CJ Barna will also be performing live acoustic sets on August 3rd, August 17th and August 31st.

Kicking back and relaxing through the end of the summer is important for your personal Zen and mental health. Before you start back to school shopping, creating lunch schedules and getting the car pools set take advantage of the vitamin D that is shining and waiting for you! Keep your kids entertained and treat yourself to some yummy summer cocktails. Be sure to check back next month for some more great tips!