Philadelphia Brewing Co. to release Pope Francis-inspired ‘Holy Wooder’ beer for papal visit

Pope Francis’ September visit to Philly has become somewhat beer-centric as of late, with several area breweries unveiling brews inspired by the Holy Father.

Now, Philadelphia Brewing Co. has gotten in on the action with their offering, “Holy Wooder”:

What better way to welcome @pontifex to Philadelphia then with a beer dedicated to his holiness. "Holy Wooder" is a very limited, draft only, Belgian style Tripel that guarantees to cleanse your soul and set you on the path to righteousness. Available at local "woodering holes" this September. Get Blessed!! (Design Credit: @katyjune_xo) @pope1501 #philadelphiabrewing #pope #popebeer #belgiantripel #getblessed #blessed #popecomestophilly2015 #officialbeerofthePOPE #holywooder

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Touted as a draft-only Belgian style tripel, PBC’s papal beer will be available this September and reportedly will stand at around 9 percent ABV. Local bars carrying the brew haven’t yet been announced, so keep an eye out at your local watering hole.

After all, this one is going to be somewhat rare, with Philadelphia Business Journal reporting a final batch size of 60 barrels — or about 15,000 pints. Not that many, considering it “guarantees to cleanse your soul and set you on the path to righteousness."

For those keeping score at home, this makes four local papally inspired brews thus far, with Holy Wooder joining Cape May Brewing Co.’s “You Only Pope Once,” Manayunk Brewing’s “Papal Pleasure,” and Crime + Punishment’s “Jesus Wept.”

Which, of course, only makes sense. Philly is America’s best beer-drinking city — even when the Pope’s in town.