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Stark Brewing Company

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3.63/5
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375 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

500 N Commercial St
Manchester, New Hampshire, 03101-1151
United States

(603) 625-4444 | map
starkbrewingcompany.com

Notes:
Formerly Milly's Tavern

On *Firkin Fridays*, we will be tapping a new cask ale which will be available throughout the weekend until it's all gone. Depending on production and consumption, a new cask will be tapped every Friday or other Friday. Look for Firkin Friday details on our website and in our email newsletter.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
40
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
375
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.81/5
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
60
pDev:
13.39%
 
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Reviews by hbis2gut:
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'm truly surprised it took me this long to finally visit since I live 10-15 minutes north of the brewpub and all of my vacations and trips have some kind of beer oriented twist to them.
The location is a bit imposing being under the highway overpass, but the mill building itself seems quite appropriate. Once inside I got a distinct "warehouse" feeling. Very open and without alot of warmth. Initially, the atmosphere is a turn-off for me. This is especially the case when I saw all of the "coors light, budweiser, and other swill" advertised all over the brewpub in the form of flags and posters. I can't understand why a place like this would cater to the Nascar/BudLight crowd when the beers are truly outstanding.

The good news is that the beers were all exceptional. This is especially true when I compare them to the other two NH brewpubs I visited lately, Woodstock Inn and Marthas Exchange. If I had my way, I would combine the atmosphere of the Woodstock Inn and the beer from Milly's.
There were 4 of us that 1st night and we were able to rifle through quite a complement of different beers. We quickly met the manager(possibly the owner), and when I began discussing the beers he had the Head Brewer Mike come out and talk to us for a while. It was a really nice touch and he is a really down to earth guy with and obvious passion for beer. In fact, he was working out the last few days before a beer vacation to Belgium and Germany. He gave us the lowdown on styles he's working on and upcoming cask ales. He also gave us a free sampler of a whisky cask Porter that was just great.

As far as food, we only had apps and sandwiches, but the food was high quality and fresh. There didn't seem to be anything truly unusual for the gourmand types out there but many pub staples and a good variety. This is a nice surprise as well considering many brewpubs seem to treat food as an afterthought...

Long story short, this is a brewpub where the beers speak for themselves. I would revamp the atmosphere and tacky decor if it were my place, but it won't stop me from visiting often to see the regular beers as well as the specials and cask pulls. Also, happy hour here cannot be beat. Great deals on pints and half price apps. 3pm - 7pm? See you there!.

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4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of vdamato_25
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Absolutely love Stark Brewing Co. Me and my buddies went their this past week for some great beers, food and football. It is a unique brewpub with the brewery and distillery at the center of attention. I had the rueben sandwich which was one of the best I have ever had. It was quality pastrami coupled with the sauerkraut of course; but what really made it was the creaminess of the melted Swiss and Russian dressing. Because of their very well known home-grown beer selection I chose to go with the 10 beer sampler which gave me 10 tastings of different beers on the menu. I am not a huge stout guy at all but their oatmeal stout was like nothing I have ever tasted. If you are looking for a full bodied, sweet beer to sip on, look no further. The scotch ale was also incredible and had a very smooth finish after a very unique, malty taste. If you are looking for something light to go with your meal, I would go with their Mt. Ucanoonuc or Red Ale. Although this place was a little hard to find, it was well worth it. I would highly recommend it and will be going back!

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Justin82
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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3.2/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of MacSon1982
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Really cool location and look to this place. They brew their own beer and it's not too bad.

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3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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2.28/5  rDev -40.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Beer and food for a college crowd

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2.96/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +22.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of jamespeissner
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great selction of beerfrom a pumpkin (still) it was awesome! to a lambic (great for style) the Scotch Ale was right on and the Double IPA was really really good. the service was good and the food was great. Had the Ribs. Probably the best ribs I have ever had. the sweet potatoe fries were awesome also. I highly recommend this place if you like micro beers. Another thing I liked they don't sell bottled beer.

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Stark Brewing Company in Manchester, NH
Brewery rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 375 ratings
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