Franciscan Friars in Maine Will Go From Bakers to Brewers

Their community staple bakery will reinvent itself in a new location.

By Ethan L. Johns
March 02, 2018

Image: Friars' Brewhouse/Facebook

What do you do when you’ve sworn your life over to the good of the community? Why, you make beer, of course!

After nearly 20 years, the owners of a community staple in Bangor, Maine, will shutter its doors. And like so many other hip men have done in past years, they will quit their day jobs and open a brewery.

Well, something like that. Brothers Donald Paul and Kenneth Leo just happen to be Franciscan Friars who live 40 minutes up the road at a monastery in Bucksport, and their bakery, Friars’ Bakehouse, has been in operation since 1999. Now, according to the Bangor Daily News, the brothers are closing up shop and moving closer to home.

While their new brewery, Friars’ Brewhouse Tap Room in Bucksport, will still offer the bakery items that their customers know and love, the freshly renovated brewery space will focus on producing more beer like the ones they have been selling at the bakery since 2013.

A particular fan-favorite is the Whoopie Pie Porter, which corresponds with an equally popular bakery item: the whoopie pie.

In updating their location, the brothers will also be moving into the space age in terms of their technology policy. While the Friars’ Bakehouse accepted only cash, the Brewhouse will accommodate credit cards, though cell phones will still be banned. It is meant to be a place of community, after all!

All souls will continue to be welcome, which means your doggos and puppers can tag along for the fun too.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns