It is based on an ancient tradition from the 1600s followed by Bavarian monks
Giving up food and alcohol for lent is common. But one man decided to start a new practice. Del Hall from Ohio plans to have only beer during the lent season according to Fox19. Though the lent is only for 46 days, the army veteran is hoping to continue his challenge for 4 extra days. He is motivated to beat his own personal goal of a beer-only fast.
In 2019, Hall got inspired by an ancient tradition that dates back to monks in the 1600s and decided to commit to the beer only fast for 46 days. "Being master brewers, they decided they would take a popular style of beer in Germany, bock beer, make it extra hearty and that would be their liquid bread and that’s what they call it," said the brewery worker to Local 12.
"So the monks in Bavaria, they would call doppelbock liquid bread and basically it would sustain them through the 46 days of lent." And that's exactly what Hall plans to do as well.
The confident man stated it was "pretty plausible", and sure it was. Not only did he stick to his diet till the end of lent but he also lost 44 pounds during the fast. "I wasn't sure if beer was going to allow me to experience all those things that fasting does but it absolutely has. I mean I really feel like I'm in my 20's again and I'm in my mid 40's so I feel great," stated Hall.
"I didn't die. I'm actually healthier than when I started and it's actually possible," he adds.
However, though Hall admits he was tempted to break the fast, he did not give in and remained determined to complete it. He is definitely proud of his achievement. "I know that I have integrity and I did the entire challenge without a single cheat. I was really proud of the fact that I did that since obviously, you know, I'm overweight and I've indulged a lot in the past so to take on something like this and to do it and to do it with such integrity I'm really proud of that fact."
Just like the previous year, Hall is looking forward to the challenge. For him, it is a "sign of sheer willpower". He is keeping himself accountable for every single day by documenting his days on social media, according to Fox19. Despite the few extra days he will be doing the fast this year, Hall is certain it would be "smooth sailing" and hopes to lose more weight by being proactive during lent.