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Fruit Beer. The Debate Is out.

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Fruit and beer – it’s a hot topic with a hard line. As the number one bar in Manchester, our team at Stark Brewery has heard both sides. Whether your love fruit in your beer or want nothing to do with it, fruity beer is here to stay. In fact, the ‘trend’ dates back to the early 1900s! Because of its rich history, we think it only appropriate to take a moment to honor the history of fruit beer.


Taking a look back in time.

As we mentioned, some of the earliest documentation of fruit beer dates back to the early 1900s. However, fruit beer was a bit different then. Instead of infusing fresh fruit into the brew, people simply mixed fruit juice into their beer. The two most common mixers were orange juice and freshly squeezed lemonade.

While this may sound a bit odd, if you think about some of the most popular fruit beers of today, it’s truly the beginning of something beautiful. For example, come summer, there is nothing quite like the refreshing sip of a lemon shandy to cool the soul. Bet you never thought of it that way.



The possibilities are truly endless.

If you’re a fan of fruit beer, today is your day. While history provided beer lovers with only a few options, today, you have hundreds. Some of the most commonly infused fruits include blueberry, raspberry, lemon, and lime. However, some brewers get a bit creative with other items like bananas, apples, and even grapefruit.


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Your favorite bar in Manchester has something up its sleeve too.

Here at Stark Brewery, we love our customers. With that, we also understand the need to satisfy any thirst. Whether you fall into the ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ category, we have fruit beer. And, dam good fruit beer if we can say so. Below are just a few of the most popular brews here at Stark.

  • Blueberry Wit – Blueberry with a hint of spice to keep you on your toes!
  • RazzCat – Our house light ale with natural fruit puree added is a summertime favorite – especially outside on our patio!
  • Raspberry Key-Lime – A crowd pleasing German sour wheat, tart with a subtle hint of lime.


Next time you’re craving a craft beer, be sure to stop by Stark Brewery. We offer the best fruit beer in town as well as seasonal selections, IPAs, Stouts, Lagers, Red Ale, and so much more. Did we mention our patio is open?


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Be sure to stop in, you won’t want to miss what we brew up next!



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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!