Fat Tuesday marked the end of Mardi Gras and Carnival activities. It also marked the beginning of a beer blogger’s quest to drink only beer throughout Lent. Although some may choose to give up beer for Lent, J Wilson isn’t acting heretically; he’s following what was once a tradition of Paulaner monks in Munich.
The monks made a carb-dense beer that was viewed as similar to bread. By cutting off the fermentation process early, you’d be left with a drink with a nutritional profile similar to bread, especially because yeast didn’t exist back then to break down the starches to simple sugars. To pull off his stunt, Wilson enlisted a Rock Bottom Brewery in Des Moines — for those of you who forgot your state capitals, that’s in Iowa. (more…)