I hesitate to judge here, but fasting to drink only doppelbock for 46 days during Lent seems more like a stunt than a true spiritual journey. I’m not saying that I know better because I’ll admit right up front; I do not. This guy is clearly fasting in a very traditional sense, if what I read is true, having lost some eleven pounds since he started. On top of that, it’s a pretty neat way to get at brewing a style of beer that exists to sustain you for a long period of time.
I just can’t help but feel like it’s an attention grabbing move though-especially when he’s blogging about it-instead of a quest to understand on a deeper level the meaning of suffering and the trials that others have gone through in order to get closer to a greater consciousness. However, that is most likely me reading into what he ought to be doing, or what I think of when I see actions like this rise up, than it is about what this person is actually doing.
So with that little bias admitted comes the disclaimer; I don’t know what he’s doing, beyond fasting for 46 days. I’m glad he’s got a doc looking after him but after that, it’s a neat thing and not mine to say what his intentions are.