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Which Bar in Manchester Will Host Your Halloween?

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One of the best times of the year is right around the corner, and here at Stark Brewing, we couldn’t be more excited! As Halloween creeps in on Saturday, people have a big decision to make – which bar in Manchester will you be at? Whether you’re looking for a low-key night on the town or one to remember, Stark Brewing Company is always the go-to option.

Why? Well, besides the amazing food and live music, we have the best beer in the region. Yes, we’re tooting our horn because people tell us we can, especially when it comes to our seasonal brews.



Grumpy Pumpkin Ale

Tis’ the season for pumpkin ale. Even if you think you’re not a fan of pumpkin, we dare you to try our famous brew! Unlike other brews, Stark Grumpy Pumpkin incorporates the undeniable flavors of vanilla, brown sugar, and nutmeg. With over 400 pounds of pumpkin, this brew is one our most requested – and for a good reason!


We’re often asked why one would ever incorporate pumpkin into a beer. We didn’t come up with the idea; we just perfected it.


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The origins of pumpkin beer

Whether you like it or not, pumpkin beer has actually been around for quite some time. And, as a beer lover, we believe it’s imperative to know your history. So, in honor of the season, here’s your history lesson on pumpkin beer –


Believe it or not, the first pumpkin brew dates back into the 18th century.  A time when folks were unbiased about seasons, pumpkins were the thing. If you’ve ever grown a pumpkin, you know how quickly they take over, leaving you with an abundance of fruit. From pies to bread, people incorporated pumpkin into everything, including their beer.

Known as the “pompion,” the mashed and fermented pulp was used not only for flavor but more as a starch, converted into sugar. It’s safe to assume that the colonial version of pumpkin beer was much different than today’s offerings. Described as a “tang,” the beer was not a popular choice unless aged for a few years.



It’s all about the spice

When you think of pumpkin beer, what is the first thing that pops into mind? Probably not the flavor of pumpkin, but instead the spices within the brew. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and so on are popular choices when it comes to a pumpkin spice brew. The Brewers Association has distinct guidelines differentiating pumpkin beer and pumpkin spice beer. While pumpkin beers are not spiced, they may have associated flavors such as smoke, fruit, and sour. On the other hand, pumpkin spice is characterized by the spices added.


There you have it, an inside look at pumpkin beer. If you don’t yet have plans (or even if you do), consider making Stark Brewing Company the bar in Manchester this Halloween. While you’re here, be sure to give our Grumpy Pumpkin a try, we promise you’ll be happy you did!

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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!