Inspired by a blogger who decided to live on beer for Lent, Jimmy’s No. 43 owner Jimmy Carbone is celebrating #liquidlent (yep, we have a hashtag!) with simple meals paired alongside Trappist, Belgian-style American, and Monk’s brews. Here’s what he has to say about his practice: “Growing up, Mardi Gras never had any meaning to me. Lent itself is an entire season of special foods and—as the monks show us—great beer. I’m going back to my roots!”
For the first week, Jimmy’s Liquid Lent has included:
Day 1 (3/5) – Jimmy made fried stale bread w/ scallions paired with Newburgh Hop Drop DIPA, which he found “almost Belgian like” due to it’s low (for a DIPA) ABV of 9% and its balanced hop profile.
Day 2 (3/6) – Jimmy took lunch at the vegan kosher diner around the corner (B&H), having vegetarian broth with carrots and noodles. Later in the day he drank Bridge and Tunnel’s Hazel Eyes: “What is more monk like? A nutritious brown ale with actual hazelnuts in it! Talk about a liquid meal!”
Day 4 (3/8) – Cold kale and cabbage with rye crackers, paired with Bridge and Tunnel’s Black Rye Ale.
Day 5 (3/9) – Grandma-style pizza: Day-old peasant bread toasted with Marinara and sprinkled with cheese scraps; paired with Pretty Things 1955-Style-Whitbread Double Brown (the perfect Monk’s brown ale).
Day 6 (3/10) – Jimmy paired Ommegang’s 3 Philosophers with a simple salad.
Jimmy is documenting his Lenten journey (follow him on Twitter: @jimmypotsandpan), and you can join in by tagging your Liquid Lent with #liquidlent and #drinklikeamonk. Celebrate Lent in true Trappist tradition!