If you did something profoundly gluttonous on Fat Tuesday, like eat two whole King Cakes, that's a decision you're probably still regretting. Now it's Lent, meaning you and/or your Christian friends are currently suffering through all kinds of self-imposed torture diets. That's not the case, however, for Chris Schryer, who just reinvented the game by pledging to consume nothing but beer for 40 days and 40 nights.
Schryer, of Toronto Beer Blog fame, embarked on his all-beer diet after asking his friends at Amsterdam Brewing Co. if they could "help [him] make a beer to drink so [he didn't] starve". The result was a German-style doppelbock called Brewmaster's Tithe, and there are plenty of oats in it to ensure Schryer got at least a few nutrients. Along with the brew, Schryer is allowing himself liquids including fruit juice, tea, and water in between "meals", plus a multi-vitamin to further up his survival odds. (Understandably, his family doctor will also be on stand-by.) You can follow the only diet that genuinely sounds great over at Schryer's blog, where history is in action.
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist. She never embarked on any particularly crazy Lent quests, but her brother's high-stakes Lent sacrifice of "candy canes" remains family legend to this day. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.