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Short's Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.82/5
Based on:
214 Beers
21,916 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 89
Visits: 239
Avg: 4.51
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

121 N. Bridge Street
Bellaire, Michigan, 49615
United States
phone: (231) 498-2300 | map
www.shortsbrewing.com

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Reviews: 89 | Visits: 239
Reviews by Mitchster:
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4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Not having ever been to Bellaire, I had no idea where this place was, but I found it within about 20 seconds because it's right off the main strip.

The atmosphere is quite cool. I went there at about 6:00 on a friday night and there were 10 other people there, with about 20 there when I left at 7:30. The building is divided into the smoking section, which has an elevated stage and room for a dance floor and tables, and then the other side (the bar side) is non-smoking. That's forward thinking in my book. On the bar side, they have perhaps room for 15-20 at the bar, and comfy couches which would seat about 50-75 more. Everything except the furniture is wood and provides a nice natural decor.

Chad, the barkeep was exceptionally nice, calling us by our first name and chatting with us for a while. Met Joe, the owner and brewer and he was intrigued by my methodological dissection of his beer:) Nice guy...shot the shit about beer and life for a while. Told him about BA.

We tried 2 sandwiches, one was greek style, and the other was italian style. The breads are awesome and quite memorable.

I had 4 beers...The Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA, which was a great representation of the style...the Nicie Spicie, which is a wit hybrid fermented with ale yeast and brewed with tons of lemon and orange rind, pepper and coriander...The chocolate wheat was wonderful, which is kinda like a porter brewed with wheat and fermented with standard ale yeast...I also had the seasonal Double Chocolate Wheat, which is the chocolate wheat brewed with a shitload of cocoa...Quite rich and wonderful, reminding me of something between a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock and a Rogue Chocolate Stout.

I believe they had 9 brews on tap at this visit. All of the beers were excellent, including the sample of "The Soft Parade" which is brewed with 200 lbs of mixed berries. They were all cleanly fermented and unfiltered.

An excellent brewery with a very cool laid-back and friendly atmosphere make this a place that I will frequent again and would highly recommend to my friends.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tommy5
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of humaloopa
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

one of the best places i have ever been. some moments have been odd. all in all quite congenial. christopher hitchens would love it.

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Photo of bhwk
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of NateDyk47
4.15/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of chuckj6643
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of cards22
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.15/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of bigleague
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of nickhefferan
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Michigan only, Michigan forever, and they make sure it is worth the drive. Around 20 some beers on tap, as well as a couple of ciders from their sister cidery. Good prices, new construction means a lot more space will open up soon! If you find yourself in Northern Michigan, you'd better make your way to Short's.

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Photo of mgavin
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of kryciacomposer
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sexton
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

4.98

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4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Shaskins80
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of MichaelGroebe
4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Gtg642
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.15/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of MrPlayboy
4.69/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of twkirkby
3.89/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of BIN29
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

It's about an hour away by the car from Traverse City, the closest city to Short's. I had great time at the brewery. The place was full of patrons during the day. I went there for lunch and shared two flights with my wife. I'm a big fan of their beers even though sometimes they don't make them right but I appreciate thier approach for experimenting. The bartender was great and friendly. It's a fun place worth visiting if you're a fan of their beers.

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Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
99 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.