As Philadelphia and South Jersey jump on the Pope-is-coming bandwagon, why not a Cape May County beer brewer?
The Cape May Brewing Co. in Lower Township is brewing a limited 500 gallons of pope-inspired beer, a hoppy pale ale with 5.5 percent alcohol content, co-owner Ryan Krill said.
It’s called YOPO, “You Only Pope Once,” and is timed to be released the week before Pope Francis’s historic visit to Philadelphia on Sept. 26.
“It has to be tasteful and fun,” said Krill, who with co-owner Chris Henke graduated from Villanova University in 2005. “It’s a great thing he’s coming to Philadelphia.”
Krill hopes the beer will be popular but is unsure what type of reception it will get when it comes out Sept. 21.
“It tastes amazing. If anything the beer is delicious,” he said.
The brewery based in the Cape May Airport complex distributes in South Jersey and in five Philadelphia-area counties.
Although the Pope theme was new, the company has developed the practice of releasing specially-name beers timed with local events.
An Escape the Cape Ale came out with the Escape the Cape Triathlon in June. Every year a City to Shore double IPA gets distributed coordinated with the Bike MS: City to Shore bike ride.
A Smooth Sail Pale Ale was made for the 50th anniversary of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry last year.
“It’s something fun to do with beer,” Krill said.
The pope-themed beer was being kegged on Wednesday and will make about 3,000 pints.
It will only be available on draft.
Krill said the brewery toyed with different names for the Pontiff brew before picking YOPO.
“We invented that,” he said.