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An Interview With Peter Telge: A NH Brewery Legend

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Last month, Emily Goulet from Granite State Ambassadors took the time to sit with Peter Telge.  As the founder and owner of the second NH brewery and first operating brewpub, one can imagine the experiences Peter has to share! If you missed the interview, we’re highlighting a few key points here!


NH Brewery history

Originating in 1994, the history of Stark Brewing Company is almost as intriguing as Stark beer itself. Formerly known as the Stark Mill Brewery, the company was brought to life through the efforts of Queen City native Brewmaster Peter Telge. Later, the brewery would reopen as Milly’s Tavern, and again transform to Stark Brewing Company.


A little about the brand

If you’re familiar with the brand, you’ve probably guessed that Peter has a love for German Shepherds. So much so that the Stark logo was designed after his first Shepherd, Tasha. As an inspiration for Peter, Tasha’s Red Pale Ale was crafted and quickly became a staple for the company. From there, every label and name followed the same suit. From Millie’s Oatmeal Stout to Bo’s Scotch Ale, many of the carefully crafted brews have gone on to win several gold medals in various world competitions!

Because of our love for animals, we’re proud to support foundations like Paws of Peace and The Animal Rescue League. But we don’t stop there – at Stark Brewing, we support and host several local charities, including Families in Transition, Manchester’s Little League Foundation as well as several cancer foundations. From charity nights to sponsorship, we’re proud to give back to the community that made us who we are today.


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Keeping up with the times

To keep up with customer’s demands, Peter brought Stark Brewing to new heights by becoming the first NH brewery/distillery in the state. With a taste for only the finest liquors, Peter combines his expectations with the desires of connoisseurs to craft the highest quality, smoothest liquors in the region.

Whether you are a bourbon lover or a vodka drinker, Stark Brewing has various spirits that are sure to impress. Not only does Peter consider his spirits “pretty frickin good,” but he thoroughly enjoys this new adventure!


Beyond the best handcrafted beer and finest spirits in New Hampshire, Stark Brewing offers a full menu of delicious food! Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay in touch with the most recent happening. From mac and cheese Mondays to salsa dancing, there is never a dull moment at Stark!


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As a New Hampshire small business, Stark Brewing Company continues to stretch its reach through offering its beer in over 150 stores and spirits in over 27 stores throughout the state. However, if you’re local, stop by and visit the team! We offer beer and spirits to go as well as their full menu and family meals!

Since its inception, Stark Brewing Company has been an instant favorite amongst Manchester beer lovers. Creatively designed and innovatively crafted, Stark Beer is a legend among legends.


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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!