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Cheers! Rev James gives the Thirsty Priests their own beer

South Wales-based Brains Brewery has renamed one of its beers after a group of trainee priests who were initially turned away from a pub after a member of staff mistook them for a stag do.

The brewery has renamed The Rev James beer ‘Thirsty Priests’ in the pub where the incident happened, as a tribute to the seven seminarians.

As reported in last week’s Universe, the (sober!) group of seminarians had initially been barred entry from The City Arms in Cardiff last month despite insisting their clothes were not fancy dress but proper ‘office’ attire.

They eventually received their pints on the house after the bar manager realised they were the real thing.

However, Brains Brewery has now gone one step further in thanking the seminarians for being so understanding over the incident by renaming its popular Rev James ale in The City Arms after them.

“We wanted to do something as a ‘thank you’ to the priests for taking the misunderstanding in such good spirits,” Tim Lewis, PR manager for Brains, told The Universe.

“We thought what could be better than renaming The Rev James, their favourite ale, in their honour. It had to be something that captured the light-hearted nature of the story and we think the ‘Thirsty Priests’ is perfect.”

Mr Lewis said that the newly named beer had been on the bar in The City Arms from last weekend and there was no doubt that it had become a “real talking point”.

“The incident has brought worldwide attention to The City Arms with people from places as far away as America and New Zealand getting in touch with the brewery about it,” he added.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the priests back for a pint or two of Thirsty Priests in the near future.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the archdiocese of Cardiff thanked The City Arms for “being good sports” about it all and for their kind gesture towards the

“Please note a number of our clergy, including the Archbishop of Cardiff, frequent your bar so don’t turf any more out please!” the spokesperson jokingly added.

Picture: A beer pump at the City Arms in Cardiff offering the new ale.