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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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