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It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with Stout

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We’ve missed two St. Patrick’s Days, so we need to make up for lost time. There’s music to play, corned beef and cabbage to eat, and—most importantly—beer to drink. But not just any beer. When you’re in Manchester for drinks on St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in search of a very particular beer. That’s right, a stout from Stark Brewing Co.! You thought we were going to say a different one, didn’t you? No matter what stout you’re drinking come March 17 (though we think it should be one of ours), here’s a brief overview of what makes a stout a stout.

Dark and Delicious Origins

When we say dark, we mean the color, of course. Stouts started out as a variation of porter. All stouts are porters, but not all porters are stouts. The first known use of the word “stout” to describe beer appeared in 1677 in the Edgerton Manuscripts, referring to its strength. Brewers began making porters decades later, the first appearing in 1721. The stronger porters, 7% or 8% ABV, were called stout porters. These stout porters quickly gained popularity and stout porter morphed into its own style of dark beer.

Know Your Stouts

Like any style of beer, stout has multiple variations. Here are the three most common and how to tell them apart:

  • Dry or Irish stout – That one beer you’re thinking of because it’s St. Patrick’s Day? That’s a dry stout. Coffee-like roasted barley gives it its distinctive taste and medium to medium-high bitterness.
  • Sweet stout – Also called milk stout, these are usually English or American stouts. Lactose from oatmeal or milk gives this stout a sweeter flavor. Our Milly’s Oatmeal Stout is one of these if you’re looking to give one a try.
  • Imperial stout – This is the strong stuff. Usually ranging from 8%-10% ABV, these stouts were initially brewed in London for Russian royalty. Imperial stouts can be hard to find, but Stark Brewing has one you might like if you’re in Manchester for drinks.

Out for drinks in Manchester? Stop by Stark Brewing Co.

If you’re in Manchester having drinks this St. Patrick’s Day, stop by Stark Brewing Co. and try one of our beers. Even if stout isn’t your thing, we’re sure to have something on tap you’ll enjoy. Not really a beer person? Not a problem. We’re a distillery, too!

Looking for Manchester drinks this St. Patrick’s Day? Come to Stark Brewing Co. and distillery. You’ll have a great time!

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Jaime CholdenJaime Cholden
18:00 22 Jul 22
We visited on our travels, what an Amazing find!!! The food was delicious and the services was friendly. The owner even came over to chat and check in. They offered water and a treat for our service dog. The food was cooked to perfection. Tasty and well priced. The Puppy Pilsner was very good.
Lori MorrisLori Morris
13:56 20 Jul 22
This place is awesome, the management went above to help us out as we were from out of town and meeting up with our son and grandson! The food was really good, We all had the Reubens. Best ever! I had onion rings that were large and crisp! The beer was great and really cold!Thank you for a wonderful time!
Tarah NolanTarah Nolan
19:23 26 Apr 22
My husband and I love going there when we have a day off because the beers, food and service are amazing and it is pup friendly!We chose this as our venue for our wedding and I wouldn't have it any other way! The owner, Peter, worked with us so well and was so incredibly accommodating! Every single person had such an amazing time and I couldn't ask for a better day❤️I highly recommend this to everyone as would any person that came to our wedding Saturday!
Jeffrey AudyJeffrey Audy
11:44 19 Apr 22
Attended a wedding there. Venue was small but very nice. The staff was excellent and really went the extra mile to make sure the event was perfect. Highly recommend for small events!