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Got Chili? 4 Interesting Facts Everyone Should Know

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Here at Stark Brewing, there’s always something good going on. From our latest brew to the best live music, other restaurants in Manchester are having a hard time keeping up with the fun here! Function rooms, handcrafted bourbon, and daily specials – the list goes on and on.

That said, we’d like to take this time to honor one of our most requested menu items, the Oatmeal Stout Chili. You didn’t think we’d craft an original chili recipe without the brew, did you? Here are four facts to entice the senses –


Texans take claim to the first chili creations.

While stories vary, stews and creations similar to chili date back to the early 1700s in America. It was then that many families from the Spanish Canary Islands came to what is now known as San Antonio. Although it was not called chili, the spicy stew crafted by these settlers was very similar. However, some give claim to Texan adventurers and cowboys for the first true chili recipes.

These ‘recipes’ are referred to as ‘chili bricks.’ Simple, dehydrated blends of beef, spices, and chile peppers made for an easy meal along the trails.


The Chili Queens.

During the late 1800s, Latino women crafted stews at home, which they referred to as ‘chili.’ The women then loaded their stew into wagons and took to the streets. With small fires, the women kept their chili warm and served it to those passing by. Many considered a night incomplete if a visit wasn’t made to the Chili Queens.


Stout makes an appearance.

In 1677, the first documented stout took to the books. As one of the most popular styles of beer today, this dark, full-flavored ale sparked some creative flair in our founder, Peter Telge.

Smoky meat combined with hints of the chile pepper complimented with a deep stout – the rest is history.


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Restaurants in Manchester love chili.

Did you know that there are over 650 restaurants in Manchester? From coffee shops to breweries, fine dining to local pizza shops, the options are truly endless. And, with such options, consumers are provided with a vast array of menu selections, many of which include chili.


Did you know that Stark’s chili was voted number one for “Best of NH?” It’s true! Next time you’re searching through restaurants in Manchester, be sure to put Stark Brewery on the top of the list! From our famous oatmeal stout chili to our brewhouse chicken starkadilla, our menu is sure to satisfy any craving!


Visit Stark Brewing today at 500 Commercial Street in Manchester!

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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!