Ohio Man Observing Lent With 46-Day, Beer-Only Fast… No Food, Just Beer

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For the season of Lent, people like to give something up to commemorate the 40 days and nights Jesus spent fasting in the desert before his ministry began. Common sacrifices include things like junk food, soda, and sometimes, even alcohol, but for one Ohio man, he’s giving everything up… except beer.

Del Hall, an employee of Fifty West Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, is giving up ALL food and drink until Easter Sunday, with the exception beer. According to him, this is the way 17th century monks did it.

“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,” Hall said. “So the monks in Bavaria, they would call doppelbock liquid bread and basically it would sustain them through the 46 days of Lent,” he continued.

He will be documenting his journey on social media, however just 3 days in, he claims to have already lost over 7 pounds. But, then again, they say it’s not necessarily the beer itself that’s responsible for your beer gut, it’s the $14 of Taco Bell that you eat at 3am when you’re shitfaced.

Of course, Del will be drinking water and also monitoring his health with a doctor.

I’m an army veteran, I was number one in my class in the army, I’ve run a full marathon before, 26.2 miles, I’ve done big challenges but this seems very daunting,” Hall said. “So I’m just curious if I’m up to the challenge, if I’m going to be able to do it or not.”

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A beer bottle on a dock