Making beer in Maine isn't just for laymen anymore. Next month, Friars' Brewhouse will begin offering its small-batch beers to the public. The nano brewhouse on the grounds of the monastery of the Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary will be Bucksport's first brewery and will be one of only a handful of U.S. breweries operated by religious communities. The Bros also run the popular Friars' Bakehouse in Bangor.
There will be a release party for the beers on September 21 at noon at the Bangor Wine & Cheese Company. According to Br. Donald Paul, Keeper of the Brewhouse, the following beers will be offered in 750 ml Belgian-style, cork-and-cage bottles (all bottle-conditioned and numbered by hand), priced from $9 to $12 each: St. Francis Brown Ale (English style brown ale with American hops), Traditional Monastery Ale (Amber Belgian-style single, flavored with orange, coriander and juniper) and Original Whoopie Pie Porter (dark, full-bodied, bittersweet chocolate porter).
·Friars' Bakehouse [Facebook]
·Bangor Wine & Cheese Company [Official Site]