Eternally beer-crazed Philly has been stricken with a nasty case of Pope Fever, so it only follows that we'd be in for some Pope beers from local breweries. Here are nine to keep an eye out for from now until the time His Holiness alights in late September.
Don't hold your breath for everyone to hop on board, though: The Philadelphia Business Journal notes that Victory, Yards, and St. Benjamin have all officially passed on the pun-heavy trend, with Tom Kehoe of Yards musing, "We don't think it's that classy to do it." But there are plenty of events coming along and other ways bars have found to get into the Papal visit spirit: Dirty Frank's recently made good on its plan to add Pope Francis to its mural of famous Franks and Frank-variants, while a Pope Francis cutout eerily and inevitably graced the POPE.
The POPE will also be one of your best bets to try all of these limited edition beers. They already got their hands on Holy Wooder, they're promising a block party with these and other religious-themed beers throughout Official Pope Weekend, and on Tuesday, September 22, they're holding an event in conjunction with Billy Penn that will allow you to taste all eight of these special local brews. (Tickets available here.) UPDATED 9/23: In case you missed the event, Billy Penn has helpfully published their tasting notes and some updates, including another entrant into the pope beer fray (Forest & Main's White Smoke Saison) and a couple that weren't quite ready on time to make it to Tuesday's event.
Holy Wooder and You Only Pope Once will also make an appearance at Morgan's Pier during their "Popeapalooza," which runs September 25 through 27 and promises to donate a dollar per guest to one of three charities (the Francis Fund, Mil Mujeres, or PennEnvironment; you get to choose which one gets your dollar). And though Yards isn't debuting a Pope beer of their own, the weekend will feature their annual limited-release Cape of Good Hope DIPA.
Monk's, meanwhile, is going a slightly different way to celebrate the Pope's visit. They'll tap 24 rare and coveted beers hewing to the religious theme that weekend, September 26 and 27. That means a slew of goodies from Avery, Lost Abbey, and Russian River (Consecration!), plus Firestone Walker Helldorado and Evil Twin Even More Jesus (see the list here). They only have one keg of each, so don't sleep.