How does a pub make up for mistakenly trying to kick out a group of celebrating seminarians? By naming a beer after them, CNA reports.
Tim Lewis is the PR Manager for Brains, the company which owns the City Arms Pub in Cardiff, Wales. He said that re-naming one of the seminarian’s favourite beers was a small thank you for the group’s good humour in being mistaken as a bachelor party and nearly kicked out of City Arms Pub on July 29.
“We wanted to do something as a ‘thank you’ to the priests for taking the misunderstanding in such good spirits,” said Mr Lewis, according to Wales Online.
Described as a “rich, warming ale with a clean, rewarding finish,” The Rev James beer was renamed the “Thirsty Priests,” with the added slogan “saving souls and satisfying thirsts”. It was added to the pub’s tap last weekend.
While celebrating the ordination of Fr Peter McClaren, the seminarians – dressed in their cassocks – entered the pub, only to be turned away by staff members who mistook them for a bachelor party.
But as the seminarians were about to leave the bar, the manager overheard them praying, and, realising the establishment’s mistake, invited the men back in for a round of beers on the house.
The seminarians took the error in good humour, and were warmly received by staff and customers for the rest of their time at the pub. The whole affair was amusing, noted the seminarians, and the men were encouraged by the positive interaction with the community – which also enabled the locals to engage the seminarians in questions about the Church.
Cardiff Archbishop George Stack, who is also a fan of City Arms Pub, said he was happy to hear about the seminarians' interaction with the community, noting that “Priests are of the community and for the community they serve.”