Happy National Pretzel Day!

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Did you know that it’s almost National Pretzel Day? Yep, it’s right around the corner, this coming April 26th. We can’t wait to have you check out this unique commemoration with a nice pretzel treat from McGrath’s Irish Ale House.

What is National Pretzel Day?

First, we’d like to take a quick moment and explain National Pretzel Day. It came about in 2003 when then Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell announced it for the first time. Places like Pittsburgh, PA, have been mega hubs for producing pretzels since Prohibition, but pretzels have become staple bar food with good beer all across America.

The first pretzels were made by Catholic monks in the 7th century as a way to withstand the heavy fasting they did during the penitential season of Lent. It was one of the only things they could eat since meat was completely off-limits. After a while, pretzels became very popular throughout Medieval Europe.

Oftentimes, pretzels (“knotted bread”) were used at weddings to symbolize marital union. They were also given to the poor as a form of material and even spiritual food.

Here are some other fun facts about pretzels:

  • The U.S. pretzel business produces more than half a billion dollars in revenue annually.
  • The average American eats roughly a pound-and-a-half of pretzels every year.
  • Hard pretzels didn’t arrive until 1850.
  • Pennsylvania accounts for 80% of the country’s pretzel production.

Celebrate National Pretzel Day with our Giant Bavarian Pretzel

McGrath’s doesn’t peddle any ordinary pretzels. Hard pretzels are fine for house parties, but we have something better for you to enjoy on April 26th during National Pretzel Day:

  • McGrath’s Giant Bavarian Pretzel
    • German soft pretzel served with whole grain mustard
    • It’s a big pretzel; feeds multiple adults
    • Only $10

You probably need very little encouragement to come enjoy a delicious treat like that with us. While you’re here, wash it down with a cold draft beer like one of these:

  • Killians Irish Red
  • Smithwick’s Ale
  • Magner’s Cider
  • Guinness Stout
  • . . . and more!

We have a huge list of other beers, Irish whiskey, cocktails, and other great drinks to match with your Giant Bavarian Pretzel. Don’t forget that it’s Happy Hour almost all the time at McGrath’s, every weekday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. That’s when you can get $2 off craft cocktails, $3 house wines, and other awesome specials.
McGrath’s Irish Ale House invites you to help us celebrate National Pretzel Day the right way. Even if you’re not a pretzel fan, we have plenty of authentic Irish dishes all up and down our food menu. Nobody has ever come here and left disappointed. Feel free to call us with any questions or comments at 941-210-4398.

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