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Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing CompanyShort's Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
190 Beers
6,715 Reviews
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 89
Visits: 232
rAvg: 4.48
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @shortsbrewing

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Reviews: 89 | Visits: 232
Reviews by RocPorterFanatic:
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.59/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Made the drive to Short's from Traverse City while on vacation on Lake Leelanau. Bellaire is a sleepy, out of the way town with alot of character, but Short's is the highlight by far.

Approx. 20 beers on tap, some of their mainstream, but alot of their one-offs as well.

A flight of 5 beers ran $8.75 for 5 6oz. pours, a great way to taste the lot and not be destroyed. We had 2 flights to try all of the beers we were interested in. My personal favorite was the India Spruce Pilsner, while my fiance preferred The Magician.

We were only stopping in for a few beers and a snack, so we really didn't get to try the food, but the menu was very appealing.

Alot of diehard Short's fans know that they are huge fans of the band Ween. Their menu displays this almost infatuation with them. The menu is designed to look like an record jacket. All of the food is named after Ween songs, and some of the descriptions include lyrics as well, a nice kitchy touch, but fits in with the overall environment.

The only downfall to the entire time there was the service. When we got in, around 2:30pm, the bar was pretty empty. There were only 2 people sitting at the bar besides us, yet we waited almost 15 minutes to be greeted, then another 10 minutes to get our first drinks. When we decided on another round, we waited 10 more minutes to get our order taken, then it took a committee of 4 people to decide who would actually pour the beers.

I will definitely be back next time I'm up in this part of the country, its well worth the drive. (1,534 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bigleague
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of nickhefferan
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of mgavin
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of kryciacomposer
4.66/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sexton
4.98/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

4.98 (4 characters)

Photo of Jaszucs
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Shaskins80
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of MichaelGroebe
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Gtg642
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.39/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of RKing44
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of MrPlayboy
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of twkirkby
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of BIN29
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Brent14
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of snydee
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My favorite brewery for sure (28 characters)

Photo of Segnem5
4.39/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Flavorful beers. Always have variety which allows a wide range when doing a flight. Clean, friendly, and enjoy the food. Liked the small town feel before they got big. (169 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Lots of strange seeming but delicious looking and tasting food.

Awesome nachos and pretzels with dipping sauces made from their beers.

Food was a little pricey but high quality. Beer was tasty. (196 characters)

Photo of BrandoBrews
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Arguably best spot in Michigan. North of Grand Rapids FOR SURE. Great vibe. Music is stellar. Small town makes for great mingling. Staff is on point (150 characters)

Photo of deakin
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BryanA
4.57/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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