My Kind of Lenten Fast
A report on a "38-year-old from Iowa [who] is following the example of 17th-century Bavarian friars who did not allow solid food to pass their lips during the penitential season" — Lenten fast of nothing but beer. Some history:
- Doppelbock received papal approval in the late 1600s, so the legend goes, because the Paulaner friars sent a cask of the brew to Rome which turned sour on the long journey across the Alps. The pope tasted the sour liquid and decided that anything so disgusting must be good for penitents, giving it his sanction.