Here's something I won't be giving up for Lent ... I'm delighted to report the following about my domestic beer of choice - Shiner Bock:
Shiner Bock — Shiner's flagship beer. Bock has been brewed since 1913, almost as long as the Spoetzl Brewery has been in business. However, it wasn't until a few decades ago that Shiner began producing Bock year-round. Bock was considered a lent beer, and therefore was only made around that season.Source: Wikipedia entry for "Spoetzl Brewery" (emphasis added).
Shiner: The town was named after Henry Shiner, who donated 250 acres to get it started in 1887.Source: Dallas Morning News story "Deciphering the label of a Shiner Bock", May 30, 2008 (emphasis added).
Bock: A type of wheat-based lager, this beer was popular among monks who needed sustenance during the fasting season of Lent.
Spoetzl Brewery: Kosmos Spoetzl was the Bavarian brewmaster who bought the brewery in 1915 and started brewing what would become Shiner Bock.
So, I'm going to follow the example of the monks who drank bock during Lent, and continue to drink Shiner Bock throughout the Lenten season. Because I'm going to need some sustenance during my fast from sweets and soda pop.