But that Iowa man -- local newspaper editor J. Wilson -- is actually taking his Lent sacrifice pretty seriously. Just on Thursday, Wilson passed the halfway mark on his 46-day spiritual journey fueled exclusively by rations of beer and water.
A father of two, Wilson got the idea for his "liquid bread" diet when he encountered German monks' 300-year-old practice of drinking just beer and water to complete the fast of Lent.
The home brew, which earned an A- rating from Beer Advocate, is now breakfast, lunch and dinner for Wilson, who, aside from the occasional inadvertent buzz, is managing the experiment just fine.
"From time to time, if I have an appointment, I have to move my beers around," Wilson told the Chicago Tribune. "If I have to have two beers in quicker succession than I would like, sure, you might get a little tipsy. But I haven't been sloshed the last three weeks."
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