British Cleric to Pope: Party On!

Archbishop of York knows Bavarian pontiff likes brew
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2008 1:14 PM CST
In this photo made available by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI puts his hands up in the air. The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, recently made a gift of custom-brewed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An Anglican archbishop from the land of Monty Python brought Pope Benedict a hoppy Holy Grail this month, reports the Guardian. Archbishop of York John Sentamu had heard that Benedict liked Black Sheep, so he brought along the British ale and a custom brew dubbed Holy Grail to his audience with the pontiff.

“I told the brewery I was meeting the pope and they made a special brew for him,” said Sentamu, who visited the Vatican to strengthen relations between their churches. The Bavaria-born pope prefers beer to wine or water and is no stranger to designer consumer goods, such as the Prada shoes he wore to meet the archbishop.