The Breaker Brewing Company is a charming, local hotspot native to Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Coal mining is at the core of NEPA’s history, culture, and identity. Breakers Brewing Company dedicates its business to the heritage of our town through local themes and hand-brewed beer paired with a delicious menu.
Home to Wilkes-Barre, the brewery has been serving the public since 2009. However, the brewery’s history goes back much further than that.
Before closing its worship to consolidate with St. Mary Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, the 119-year-old parish served as the only Roman Catholic Parish in Wilkes-Barre Township. Franciscan priests from Holy Name Province administered it from 1930 until 2002, during which it was called St. Joseph’s Monastery.
The building’s transition into a beloved brewery came in 2012 when renovations by the founders of Breaker Brewing Company began. However, Chris Miller and Mark Lehman’s story began in 2005 when they began brewing their own beer at home. Research and hard work allowed them to create a homemade brewing system.
Experimenting with different methods and recipes led them to brew 12 gallons of handcrafted beer at a time of in their new location. The old schoolhouse was opened to the public in 2013 and offered a tap room as well as dining options. They expanded the dining area in 2016 when the company became increasingly popular and demand became apparent.
A couple married in the church on August 5, 1967 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the same place they said their vows—just not surrounded by pews this time. Instead, the space now holds large metal hoppers to brew the beer.
The history held by the building is in part composed of other treasures tracing back to the Northeastern Pennsylvania area. The artwork on Breakers’ walls is by photographer and artist Arthur Miller.
The space serves as a functional gallery for photographs reflecting the area to hang. Local towns, such as Scranton and Pittston, are featured in the pub. Some historical photos are digitally altered while others, like a photo of the Hotel Sterling, are in their original form.
Kendra is a content writer with a BA in literature from Wilkes University. When she’s not reading up on the latest home decorating trends, Kendra is busy designing her future home, library included.