New Jersey

Local Brewery to Release Pope-Inspired Beer Called ‘You Only Pope Once'

A New Jersey brewery is releasing a limited edition beer to commemorate Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia next month.

Cape May Brewing Co. co-owner Ryan Krill says his company is brewing 500 gallons of YOPO, or "You Only Pope Once.'' The pope-inspired beer is a hoppy pale ale with 5.5 percent alcohol content and will only be available on draft.

Sales representative Justin Vitti says the beer pairs well with a nice cut of Argentinean beef, calling to mind Francis' home country.

Krill says the beer will get a laugh from pop culture enthusiasts, but it's also a tasty brew in its own right.

The beer will be available at the brewery's tasting room in the Jersey shore town along with watering holes throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey beginning Sept. 21.

The pope is set to visit Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York during his first visit to the United States in September. 

He is due to arrive in Washington, his first stop, on Sept. 22, where he will deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24 before heading to New York City. He will arrive in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 26 and depart on Sunday, September 27. Pope Francis’ stops in Philadelphia will include a prison in Northeast Philadelphia and the historic Independence Hall. His trip will conclude in Philadelphia with a special mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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