Beer, Wine & Spirits

Craft brewers get divine inspiration from pope

Papal visit brewing up competition

There's a papal buzz brewing in the craft beer business ahead of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States.

New Jersey's Cape May Brewing Co. first made a splash when it , or "You Only Pope Once." According to the brewery's website, the beer contains "an unholy amount of hops."

Now reports that more local brewers are hopping on the papal brew bandwagon.

Philadelphia Brewing Co. is releasing "Holy Wooder," a Belgian-style Tripel "that guarantees to cleanse your soul and set you on the path to righteousness," according to the brewer's Instagram account.

Manayunk Brewing Co., also in Philadelphia, brought in a local priest to bless the water being used for "Papal Pleasure," a Belgian amber ale to be released next month. And Crime + Punishment Brewing, also in Philadelphia, is creating a Gose, a style of beer that is sour and salty; the brewery is naming it "Jesus Wept."

Pope Francis will visit the U.S. from September 22 to 27 with stops in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia.