BUCKSPORT – The Friars’ Brewhouse Tap Room has reopened now that Brother Don has recovered from his emergency quadruple bypass surgery.
Brother Donald Paul is one of the taproom’s co-owners. He had a heart attack on Jan. 14 and a week later underwent the knife to fix the problem.
At that point, the taproom closed.
That changed at the end of March when the doors reopened with 61-year-old Brother Don back at work making fresh-baked goods, other foods and, of course, craft beer.
He told a local newspaper that the warning signs for a heart attack were there but he ignored them thinking the aches and pains were related to aging.
Now, he feels better than ever.
Brother Don and Brother Kenneth Leo are ordained Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and their monastery is located on Orcutt Mountain Road in Bucksport, which is where they make their artisan brews.
The Friars started in the restaurant business in Bangor and opened the Bucksport taproom one year ago.
Mary Jude, a Friars’ customer for years, started a GoFundMe page to help defray the cost of the medical procedure. Her post states Brother Don’s medical bills exceed $150,000, at this point.
When reached on Monday, Brother Don said he wasn’t feeling up for an interview.