Iowan Man’s Beer Fast For Lent Nearing The Ending

An Iowa man made headlines recently for his announcement that he was going on a beer fast for Lent. J. Wilson is living on beer and water only, just like monks did hundreds of years ago. Resource for this article – Iowa man nears end of beer fast for Lent by

Life with only beer

If a man says that he is going to live off of beer, generally his friends joke around. Everybody finds the joke humorous. Beer and water was all some Bavarian monks did to get through the Lenten fast. AOL News reports that this was where J. Wilson of Iowa got the idea. He decided to undergo the same regimen, drinking several glasses of beer per day for nourishment with plenty of water. He decided to document what happened in a blog. The blog was called “Diary of a Part-Time Monk” and talked about the experience. Wilson simply wanted to see how he could feed his faith with this kind of sacrifice. The point was not to get really drunk.

The very best of the brew for fasting

Wilson had to have a beer that could provide the necessary calories to keep him alive during a 46-day fast. To be able to keep from dying, the monks had doppelbock. It was brewed specifically for this reason. Wilson is also the editor of a beer blog called “Brewvana” and enlisted a Des Moines brewery called the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. Rock Bottom created its Illuminator Doppelback for him to drink, and he has been living on it since Lent started. He said that he will have to drink over 21 gallons before the fast is over while saying he was “sick of it probably four of five days in” according to the Chicago Tribune. Easter Sunday, April 24, is when Lent ends.

Keep away from doing this

With medical professionals, boss’s permission and help from a pastor, Wilson got permission to do the project. The idea of living on beer is not without some precedent. The brewery of the “Paulaner monks of the Neudeck ob der Au” that he credits for inspiration is still operating. The manufacturing of Paulaner beer is done there. The whole world can purchase it. Beer was, next to bread, the most common source of calories in European history. Monks, who had a religious obligation to eat little, supplemented their diet by drinking about a gallon of beer per day.

Articles cited

AOL News

Chicago Tribune,0,7274382.story

Diary of a Part Time Monk


Wikipedia on Paulaner