By KATHRYN ROBINSON, WKRC
NEWTOWN, Ohio (CIRCA via WKRC) — The season of Lent means Christians are fasting and giving up certain pleasures or vices.
One Ohio man is taking a page from history.
For 46 days, Del Hall is drinking only beer.
“I’m going to have all styles of beer,” the Fifty West Brewing Company worker said about the fast.
Beer will be the only thing on Hall’s menu, and he won’t have solid food until Easter Sunday, which is April 21.
Hall says he’s taking a nod from monks in the 1600s that fasted during the season by partaking in a bock-beer diet.
“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."
It’s not an entirely new concept for Hall. He previously did a four-day water fast, but this is a whole different beast.
“I'm an Army veteran. I was No. 1 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.”
The beer connoisseur will still consume water during the fast and will be checking in with a doctor.
Hall is documenting each day on his social media, tracking his weight and how he is feeling.
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