Offbeat: Man vows to fast on beer during Lent!

I know, I know: it sounds like a headline for The Onion.

But it’s actually by Anna Arco of the UK Catholic Herald, who relays to us a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek story to make us smile on this dreary day of fasting and abstaining:

An American blogger has pledged to live only off beer during Lent.

Following the ancient tradition of Bavarian monks who brewed stronger beer during the Lenten fast in order to subsist on an almost entirely liquid diet, J Wilson will spend the 46 days of the Lenten period drinking only beer. The young man, who writes about beer on the internet and claims never to have done a Lenten fast in his life, will drink bockbier, which was originally brewed by the Paulaner monks in Munich. [Continue reading…]



  • middy

    Hmm, just as long as he doesn’t drink too much at a time. It could turn into worshipping something other then God, specicially, something made of porcelain.

  • John

    I am in awe of what this guy is doing because I wanted to do the same thing. I am only able to achieve the same level of committment on ash wednesday and every friday of lent. Remember that the monks carried the light of the church throughout the dark ages, so rather than be wowserish about our history we should be proud!


    Since I’m over 60 I don’t have to fast, but I do have to abstain. During lent, each and every meal will consist of a McDonald’s Filet o’ Fish, large fries and a large Coke. I will freeze the sandwiches so I don’t have to run back and forth all the time to Mickey D’s. Why do both my pastor and primary care physician want me to see a shrink?



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