Short's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 206
Beer Ratings: 17,907
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 20 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by northernbrews:
4.83/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Short's quite a bit over the last 3 plus years they've been open.
I usually stop in here at least once every time I'm up north at my mom's lake cottage on Intermediate Lake. Me and HellsBells24 were up last weekend taking all the toys and docks out of the water for the winter. I stopped in here to pickup my GABF sponsor card (dollar pints for a year Hell Ya) and t-shirt and have a few beers. (THANKS AGAIN JASON AND TODD! for the hookup)
Surprisingly I havent rated Shorts yet, but I figured this would be a good time.
Atmosphere: This is located in an old hardware store in downtown Bellaire. The interior is very cool. It kind of reminds me of Bells Eccentric café with the unique art and set-up. The walls of exposed old bricks have some interesting painting and other art. The handmade wood bar is pretty cool too as are the various types of seats throughout the place (old barrels, car benches, leather mis-matched couches and chairs). There are two separate sides (one with the bar and some seating and the other with the stage and some more different seating). During this visit, we sat near the stage (We didnt really have a choice since it was packed). Definitely a cool and relaxed atmosphere.
Quality: Everything here is done top-notch. From the expertly crafted beers to the unique and good ass food, you wont feel like you just wasted your time and money here. Everything is homemade and it shows.
Service: The service here is usually very good. It was very busy on Saturday (no open seat in the whole place), and the wait for beers was pretty quick. All the staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the food and beers. They are always giving non-locals help picking out something good. If you sit at the bar or in the bar area, they are always willing to give out samples before you buy a pint.
Selection: They have by far the best selection Ive seen at a brewpub, period. Its actually quite amazing that a small brewpub in northern MI can offer so many tasty, unique, and damn good beers at one time. First they offer the 13 Imperial Beers for either takeout or to enjoy at the pub. These are not cheap ($15 - $22.50 per 750 ml), but they are worth it if you think about the quality and amount of ingredients and time it took to brew, age, and bottle these. Ive had the Carob Stout, Soft Parade, Black Cherry Porter, and Publican Porter and theyve all been excellent. I hope to have the others soon. They also offered the 4 Anniversary IPAs (Part One 20% + triple IPA, Part Deux regular barrel aged, Part Deux barrel aged - double dry hopped, and Part Deux barrel aged w/ grapefruit for 9 months). These 12oz goodies ($7 - $9) are also available to consume there or at home. Ive had all these too, and these are also good with the grapefruit part deux being extraordinary. We had one of these during this trip. For the beers on tap, there are usually about 10 15 regular beers ($4.50 for 20 oz pint) and 4 or so premium beers ($6.00 for 14oz tulip) on tap at a time, which was the case today too. We had the Bellaire Brown, Huma Luma IPA, and Chocolate Wheat Stout this time. Other beers that Ive really enjoyed before that were on tap this time were the Black Cherry Porter, Pandemonium Pale Ale, and Autumn Ale. Unfortunately, they didnt have the Stellar Ale or Cup a Joe Crème Stout this time, but these are damn good too. They also fill growlers to go for about $12 for the growler and fill. We got a Chocolate Wheat to go.
Food: We didnt eat here this time (we went to LuLus Bistro a few doors down definitely worth checking out if in the area its one of the best restaurants in northern MI IMO), but Ive had most of the stuff on the menu. They have some unique and good sandwiches and pizzas. Everything is homemade and usually have some different combinations that you dont usually see at brewpubs.
Value: You definitely get what you pay for. Some of the items are a little pricey, but for what you get, you dont feel like youve been ripped off and youll be satisfied. If you plan on going here often, the mug club is a good idea. The mug club mug is about 32oz and theyll fill it with the regular beer for $3.00 or $3.50 and $6.00 for the premium beers.
Overall: This is one of favorite brewpub overall if you factor in atmosphere, selection, quality, food, and most importantly beers. Ive been to a few that have had better beer and food, but not all in one. This is worth a few hour detour to come enjoy some of the most unique and carefully crafted beers in the country. Im very lucky my mom has a lake cottage a few miles from here, so I can have Shorts beers pretty much whenever I want. If you get a chance, stop in, you will not be disappointed.
10-15-2007 14:42:08 | More by northernbrews
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