Short's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 191
Beer Ratings: 16,127
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 81 | Show All Ratings:
4.64/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Atmosphere-This brewery is located in the quaint sleepy town of bellaire is a real gem. The brewery is located in an old brick building. The brew pub has hardwood floors with a small stage in the back for live band performances. Plenty of seating room with lots of tables, some of the artwork are blown up pictures of some of their beer labels. Only knock is that there is not much seating available at the bar. Not overly crowded but it does get busy at times. Friendly staff and patrons.
Quality/selection- there are over 20 beers on tap. All of there year round line up is available along with many of their seasonals and several one offs. I always get a sampler just so that I can try a greater variety of their beer. Some of the beers that I have tried here are sweet taters, Wowee Zowee, The Duke, and the Woodmaster. The woodmaster and Wowee Zowee were both awesome. Every beer I have had from them has been of at least a mid B to a high A in quality. No bad beers here.
Service- The service is not to bad but could be better. When you know what beer you want you walk up to the counter and let them know what you want and then they will bring it to you. The wait time from ordering your food to receiving it is reasonable.
Food- The sandwiches here are incredible! My wife hates sandwiches but even she raves about how good the food is here. All the ingredients are extremely fresh and their is even a kids menu if you decide to bring the kids along.
Overall, this is one of my favorite breweries to visit and may be my favorite. The quality of everything is amazing, the beer and food are both top notch. It is laid back enough that you could bring your kids with you but still has enough of a bar feel to it that you don't feel uncomfortable drinking in front of families. Highly recommend this to anyone in the Traverse City area.
07-22-2013 23:08:39 | More by king75
4.63/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $
The brewpub in Bellaire is a real treat for any Short's enthusiast. There are two sections - one with the main bar, and another larger area with a stage for live entertainment and another bar in the back. Family friendly atmosphere, at least on the Sunday that I visited. There were 21 beers on tap if I counted correctly. Had 2 flights to cover the styles we like and that were brewpub only offerings. First flight was Superfluid DIPA, In the Wheat of Passion (passionfruit wheat), The Village Reserve (CA Common), Schnozzleberry Griffin (oolong tea/blackberry wheat), and Chatterbox Pale. All were exceptional but the two wheats and Superfluid were definitive favorites for us. Second flight was another Superfluid, Cinnabilly (cinnamon doppelbock), Lession Siberator (sessionable Liberator, and definitely the tastiest session beer I've ever had - only 3.7%!!!), Soft Parade, PB & Banana Wheat. Again, you couldn't go wrong with any of them. My fiancee had the Puerto Rican Power and I had a pizza. My pizza was good, and my fiancee said hers was one of the best chicken quesadillas she's ever had.
If you're in Northern MI, you MUST make the drive to Bellaire and visit the brewpub. You will not be disappointed. Out of the 23 Michigan breweries I've visited, this is easily top 2.
06-21-2013 02:23:09 | More by HarmonMW
4.64/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I have gone to Short's once or twice a year over the last three years and have had a great experience every time. There are always a few surprises on the tap list that are worth trying, and the old standbys are great, too (for me, these are Pandemonium, Humalupalicious and some others). The food is great, too. We've usually had the pizzas and an appetizer or two, and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere is just what you would want from a brewpub in northern michigan--laid back with great music and friendly people. It was a great move to add another bar so that there's now one in each of the two main rooms within the place. To sum up--we recommend this place to anyone who is gonna be up that way. You won't be disappointed!
06-16-2013 15:19:35 | More by MDM
4.44/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere - Located in "downtown" Bellaire, MI Short's Brewery is a great place to stop for lunch or spend the evening hanging out with friends. There are two halves to the brewpub with each side featuring its own bar. Live music is a staple at Short's.
Quality - The beer is top-notch. Why else would you find it in grocery stores state wide? My wife and I both love the Bellaire Brown but that is only one of several excellent choices. Short's is always putting out something new. The bloody mary beer wasn't my favorite but it goes a long way in showing how innovative the crew there is.
Service - Take a table and figure out what you want to try. Order at the bar and enjoy a beer while you wait a few minutes for your meal. The staff always makes sure I never have an empty glass on the table. Everyone is friendly and really wants to make sure you have a great experience.
Selection - I have no idea how many beers they have on tap, but I haven't run out of choices yet. From the typical browns to IPA's to stouts and the eccentric stuff, there is always something good on tap.
Food - Great stuff! Mainly sandwiches and appetizers.
Value - I have never emptied my wallet here despite my best efforts to try. Everything is rather reasonably priced.
05-27-2013 03:32:42 | More by redleg64
5/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Atmosphere is great and family friendly which is important to me, our
kids love going to shorts as much as we do.
Quality is top notch, food ,beer, merchandise, all of it is great
Service is great, they make you feel like a local
Selection speaks for itself, at least 20 beers on tap and many great
limited and pub only brews
Food is the best I've ever had at a brewery, so many great choices
Shorts has made Bellaire a destination, I will continue to visit, and
each time i visit is better than the last. Life is Shorts drink it while your here!
05-07-2013 18:41:50 | More by Slay40
5/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
They have 20+ unique brews on tap, and a few unique beers you cant get in stores down in SE michigan.. even from the Beer Baron without a special order etc. Which was cool to see the selection at the Pub.
The service is more like a deli, order yourself and grab and go for beer. They bring the food out to you which is awesome. Went on a sat. and then a sun. evening. Excellent atmosphere! Loved every minute of it.. wish it was closer to home.
The beer was super fresh and the prices were more than fair! Will most definitely go back every summer.. a MUST see and experience place.
*** We ended up going back again and staying a night at the hotel across the street (Stone Waters Inn) just to hang out at the brewery again and spend a relaxing evening up north.
They had live music scheduled the ENTIRE weekend according to their board.. Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun.
The band was pretty good, even though Im not much of a bluegrass fan, it was a change of pace and a great atmosphere.
The line at the counter to order can become extremely long, so it helps to keep an eye on it and go when the line dies down. Going on 3 different nights.. a thursday.. then a saturday and even sunday night.. this place was PACKED pretty much all the time..which is AWESOME. Its great to see a company that worked hard and invented such quality brews and a unique image have such success!
If your from Michigan you absolutely MUST visit the Pub in Bellaire, Top notch experience every time!
They added a 2nd bar which really cuts down the lines! Love this place still.. we actually set a vacation every year to go here for a night and drink at shorts!! We stay at the hotel across the street! Excellent !
09-08-2012 02:57:37 | More by Drk93TT
4.06/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Driving to the place felt like we were heading to the middle of nowhere. Coming from Traverse City we had to go around a big lake making 30 miles as the crow flies about 50 miles. But it was worth it. My wife and I enjoyed our time there.
It's got a cozy atmosphere and a large tap list. We started out with a sampler of five beers. I wanted to try the Strawberry Short Cake, but didn't really want a pint. It was very well done, but the sampler was more than enough for me. The other beers on the sampler were all good and I ordered a pint of the ControvsiAle. Great beer! I bought a sixer of that to take home.
The next time you're in the middle of nowhere, stop by!
07-26-2012 01:47:44 | More by spartan1979
4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Once again, Short's has been one of those stops in the L.P. that I wasn't sure when or how I would make it there, but I finally did on my recent L.P. cruise to Bells for Eccentric Day and Dark Horse for the 4 Elf Party.
I stopped at Short's in Bellaire for one reason, and one reason only. BA Wizard. This beast as eluded me for decades, if not centuries!
I arrived around 5:30 on a Thursday afternoon, and there was one table of younger (what appeared to be locals) occupying one table, and a few other locals at the bar who were very friendly. We chatted about beer, Three Floyds, Bells, Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin, a good beer geek experience. The bar side is rather small, but comfortable and inviting. A really nice north woods feel to it, almost rustic, yet modern. Great looking place. The other side is sort of the restaurant/stage area. Very impressive. The ramp is beautiful, make sure to look down if you check out the other side when you're there! Very awesome.
I ordered the Mac n Cheese, which was very good. The BA Wizard was fantastic, everything I had hoped it would be. A nice barrel character, nice raisin character, dried fruit, nice malt balance. Wonderful brew. Worth the drive up to Bellaire if you are in the TC area, or even in if you have to go out of your way form I-75 or anywhere north of GR. Great stop. Extra points for Ween themed menu items! Taaaake me away...to some other land!
12-20-2011 15:52:53 | More by MarcatGSB
4.78/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is absolutely great. I wish this was my local watering hole. The people are great, the brewpub itself is warm and inviting, and the selection is second to none. Short's offers beer flights, bottles to go, and they fill growlers as well. The food is great, and I believe they have atleast 20 taps of all Short's beers at all times. I only wish I lived closer...I would frequent this place a lot of it were possible. On my latest trip here they had all their winter stouts on tap. Amazing. Best beer had on my trip by far...the Bourbon Wizard was World Class. Thank you Short's!
12-05-2011 22:20:00 | More by McCranky
4.9/5 rDev +8.4%
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
Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
99 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.