Here’s the deal. I’m too young to have followed The Dead, and too old to be tailgating at Justin Bieber concerts. I’ve certainly attended shows and events where people were selling everything from hot dogs to t-shirts (and some illicit things in between) but it’s not exactly part of my every day, 30-something culture.
Until I hit the Michigan Winter Beer Fest this past weekend. There were no grills in the parking lot, nobody “looking for a miracle.” But what we did see, and see plenty of, were pretzel necklaces. I’d love to tell you that a pretzel necklace is some kind of amazing hacky sack/devilstick move. But it literally is what it is. It is a necklace, made of pretzels.
Early on in the fest we became totally fascinated with the phenomenon. We had heard of “the pretzel necklace” before arriving, but I had imagined that people just purchased a big ass soft pretzel, on a string, to apparently mow down while holding a beer in each hand. Untrue my friends, untrue! In fact, people go all out for these beauties. From antipasti (meat and cheese on a string) to pretzels and marshmallows, these things were epic works of art.
I’d love to tell you we too engaged in a pretzel necklace, but in fact, it seems we are just way too cool for school. But, if you’re wondering?
Next year J will be going with a ham around his neck, white bread in one pocket and mustard in the other.