In the 17th century, a strict order of monks gave up all solid foods for Lent. So to sustain themselves, they developed a particularly rich version of what they called “liquid bread.” That is to say, beer.
This was the origin of the Paulaner brewery, which still makes its acclaimed beer.
A few years ago, a Christian journalist went on an all-beer fast. Intoxication faded. Hunger subsided. And he developed a remarkable “clarity of focus” and devotional intensity.
I suspect that any kind of long-term fasting can have that affect. (Can anyone speak to this?)
I should add, don’t try this at home! Most beers today lack the nutritional substance of the old brews. (The journalist found a special doppelbock.) And there can be other unintended consequences. [Read more…]