Cape May Brewery Celebrates Pope Francis Visit

To commemorate Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia this September, Cape May Brewery is releasing a beer called #YOPO, or ‘You Only Pope Once.’

CAPE MAY, N.J., Aug. 14 (UPI) — A New Jersey brewery is celebrating Pope Francis‘ upcoming Philadelphia visit with a pontiff-themed beer featuring “an unholy amount of hops.”

The Cape May Brewing Company announced the pope-inspired beer, dubbed #YOPO — “You Only Pope Once” — will be released next month, just in time for the pontiff’s planned visit to Philadelphia.

The brewery said on its website the beer, an IPA, contains “an unholy amount of hops — about three pounds per barrel.”  “The final product pairs great with a nice cut of Argentinean beef,” CMBC sales rep Justin Vitti said.  CMBC President Ryan Krill said the beer is more than an attempt to cash in on Pope Francis’ popularity.  “We’re always looking for ways to push the envelope,” he said. “At the same time, it’s never a gimmick we’re after. #YOPO will get a laugh from pop culture enthusiasts, sure, but it’s also a tasty and layered beer in its own right.”

To commemorate Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia this September, we’re releasing a beer called #YOPO, or ‘You Only Pope Once.’  We played around with the idea of a beer made with Argentinian hops, in order to pay homage to the pontiff’s home country. Here’s the email our Prez Ryan sent to several Argentinian breweries:

Hola, Mi nombre es Ryan y yo ejecutar una cervecería (capemaybrewery.com) en los EE.UU.. Quiero hacer una cerveza con lúpulo argentinos, pero no puedo encontrar ninguna para comprar. ¿Sabes dónde puedo comprar saltos argentinos o podemos comprar una pequeña cantidad de usted? Necesito unos 5 kilos.
Saludos,
Ryan

We also considered incorporating other unusual ingredients, like yerba mate, a caffeinated beverage made from the flora of South American rainforests and a favorite drink of Pope Franics.

But, alas, it’s not easy getting foreign hops through customs. And exotic rainforest teas aren’t  the most practical, either.

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So we settled on something even better: a pale ale containing an unholy amount of hops – about three pounds per barrel. This amounts to nine varieties, including several – like Simcoe and Citra — which were named “winners” in a recent report from the Brewers Association for being types most lusted after by craft beer makers.

“The final product pairs great with a nice cut of Argentinean beef,” says CMBC sales rep Justin. (Heh.) #YOPO will be available at our tasting room beginning Monday, September 21, and in accounts throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey mid-September.

“We’re always looking for ways to push the envelope,” Ryan says. “At the same time, it’s never a gimmick we’re after. #YOPO will get a laugh from pop culture enthusiasts, sure, but it’s also a tasty and layered beer in its own right.”

We can’t wait for you to try a heavenly pint.

In the meantime, follow CMBC’s social media channels to check out the Pope, er, the Flat Pope, as he comes on the beer journey with us.

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