Short's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 207
Beer Ratings: 18,028
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 20 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 83 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Mark1125:
4.9/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I stand by my statement that Michigan has outstanding breweries. Short's is no different. A little off the beaten path, but definately worth the trip. My girlfriend and I were on vacation in Traverse City and took the 45 minute drive to visit Short's.
We walked in around 4:00 on a Thursday afternoon and it was pretty empty. They have a walk up counter for you to place your order. I went up planning to order my usual Huma Lupa, but the bartender offered up some samples (free) of other beers she thought I might like. One of them was Kind Ale which I thought was a phenomanal beer. I ordered a pint of that while I perused the other options. Next was a sampler including Huma Bourbon, key lime, and some other ones. Short's is never shy about trying unique beers. not all of them hit, but more often than not, I like what they do.
If you are looking for a large menu, don't. They are limited to sandwhiches, salads, and pizza. I had a sandhwhich and it was very good. Lets face it though...you come here for the beer.
The service was first rate. From the knowledgeable and very friendly bartenders, to the attentive busstaff who was always around to clean up the table, to the manager who took us through for a tour of the brewery. We felt welcome.
The prices are also very reasonable with most pints available for $3. A little more for premium pours.
We left as the brewery got pretty busy towards the evening hours. I left with a full belly, drank some very good beers, and had a great time. Even left with t-shirts and a few 6 packs for home.
I was very impressed on all fronts.
11-05-2011 19:34:05 | More by Mark1125
More User Reviews:
4.43/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Visited the Brew Pub on 07/12/2014.
A- This was a Saturday evening and the place was packed, had to wait for a table for about 20 mins. Nice wood and metal decor. Multiple places to see what's on tap and a nice little stage in the back for bands. Everybody visiting and working seemed to really be having a good time.
Q- The place itself was very clean and the beer is always well made.
S- One of the better brewery experiences as far as service goes. A bit annoying having to find a table yourself and you find yourself hovering over a table you think is about to leave, some additional seating would be a great thing. Once seated though there is a server who takes drink and food orders, which very nice to see, something Bell's and Founders doesn't really have.
S- Always a wide variety of ales and lagers and usually several eccentric type flavored beers, as is the Short's way. So pretty much every time you go you're going to get something different.
F- Food was okay. your typical pizza and sandwich type stuff. More variety than Founders and Bell's but still would be nice to get some real entrees. The quality of the pizza was okay, not the best nor the worst and came to the table at surprising speed. They did get our toppings wrong though but it wasn't a big deal and a manager was quick to step in on her own accord and apologize and give us a discount, very nice.
V- Everything was very reasonable for a brewery and they offered several sizes of the beer if you just want to try. I believe there year round offerings are pretty cheap at the brewery compared to what you'd pay at a restaurant.
If you are in the area, make it a point to visit this place at least once, it's definitely one of the best beer destinations in the area.
07-31-2014 06:20:19 | More by PaulyB83
Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
100 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.