Lent doesn’t have to be time without booze. German monks came up with a diet that was quite the opposite.
Many Christians around the world started a period of fasting yesterday at Ash Wednesday. For the remaining 46 days (or 40 when skipping Sundays) until Easter people give up meat, smoking or alcohol. Although this can be seen as the ultimate sacrifice, and that’s what the Lent Fast is essentially about, we’d like to present you an interesting alternative. In the 17th century German monks created the all beer diet. For 46 days they swore off solid food and stuck to their rich homemade doppelbockbier and water.
An Orthodox Christian icon of Saint Sava of Serbia.
This is a folktale from Serbia about the country’s national strong drink rakija. It reminds a bit of the legend of Gambrinus, which was told in Belgium and Holland, about the introduction of quality hoppy beer. In the Serbian tale the Devil appears again and introduces Saint Sava, an important prince and the first archbishop of medieval Serbia, to rakija. This fruit-distilled liquor plays an important role in the Serbian culture, as many people make their own and it’s consumed at every possible occasion.
Australia’s new national hero James Ross-Munroe takes the keys out of the robbers’ getaway car.
A group of heavily intoxicated guys foiled an ungoing robbery of a restaurant in Australia this weekend. Leader of the pack James Ross-Munroe was walking topless and barefoot, as he bravely went into the getaway car and grabbed the keys, before trying to take on the robbers, who made a run for it. And the best thing of all: the whole incident was filmed from start to finish.
Many bars in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius serve the tasty national treasure farmhouse ale.
Everywhere in the world craft beers are re-gaining popularity. People are fed up with the many traditional brands, that messed up their original recipes to make more money. But in the small country of Lithuania, people were way ahead of this so-called Craft Beer Revolution. Their centuries old homebrew culture never left. Not even when the Communists took over in 1940 and nationalized the beer industry. The old recipes lived on in the underground scene and are popular to this very day. So not only do Lithuanian farmhouse ales taste completely different than any common beer style, for the habitants of the Baltic country they are a symbol of national pride and independence.
Of all alcoholic drinks red wine is believed to have the most health benefits.
You ever had a discussion with a self-proclaimed health expert that tried to convince you to stop drinking? Annoying right?! Especially since that person probably didn’t know what the hell he was talking about. One drops the word ‘cancer’ a few times and the ignorant majority embraces abstinence. Time to give you some ammo for the next time you get into such a discussion. These are 11 health benefits of alcohol consumption.