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Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing CompanyShort's Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

183 Ratings
Ratings: 183
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.73%
Active Beers: 209
Beer Ratings: 18,997
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 20
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.58/5  rDev 0%

Amazing place. Joe remodeled himself, it used to be an old hardware store. It's a pretty impressive building. It was pretty crowded but we were lucky enough to get a seat at the bar.

There are 16 taps of great beer, I'd move to Bellaire just to be closer to this place. Some of the highlights were Cup-A-Joe, Bellaire Brown, Uber Goober and the Rocky Top Black Cherry Porter. Everything served in a 16 or 20 ounce pour.

The staff is amazing, they some of the friendliest people(except Kristen.) Leah was awesome and Jon gave us an outstanding tour earlier in the day.

The pizza was good and very filling.

TheBlackMallard, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%

About unique as you can get. It is converted out of an old hardware store and most of the brewery (including the stunning bar) is handcrafted. In putting this place together they managed to blend class with an eclectic mix of furniture and decorating that creates a unique atmosphere and appearance.

There were a lot of beers on tap and they also had about 20 different beers in bottles available. The most notable was a set of 13 Imperial beers with varying degrees of craziness including Peaches and Cream and a Bloody Mary Beer.

The food menu seemed a little uninviting as I am a plain eater. That said everything I tried was exceptional. I especially liked the Artichoke Pesto Dip, the Pizzas and the soups. I belive they are in transition a little right now and are expanding the kitchens out later in the year.

The beers are great and what a variety. There are the favorite IPA's of course but then a varying mix of all sorts of beers. A good one was the Soft Parade which was a fruity beer that finished a little dry like champagne. There was no wine or liqour which was a small problem with some people in the party although everyone found something they liked.

The brewery is somewhat divided into two halves. The pub side and the stage. The stage side is raised on a beautiful stone stage that gives great accoustics throughout the building. There seems to be live bands most weekends and a lot of weeknights in the summer.

A community feel that sucked out my stress out of me. I want to be there now!

Baileyuk, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of BeachHoppy
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

I have been to Short's several times. I am from lower Michigan and am fortunate enough to have a summer cottage on a quiet lake about 30 miles from Bellaire, where Short's is located. My wife and I often ride over to Short's for a late lunch and a few beers.

Atmosphere: this place is what you expect in a brewpub. Cool music, good food, interesting building, and a variety of friendly people. No pretentiousness here.

Beers: there are only 3 or 4 breweries in Michigan that produce the selection and quality that Joe Short does. Across the board, Joe produces solid products, and is a true brewmaster.

Service: I think Short's is challenged with being able to retain staff. They have some good friendly people, but sometimes the staff seem indifferent. The staff seem to come and go, but there are a few superstars, like Leah, that do a great job and hold the place together.

Food: a great menu for a brewpub. They basically have a deli menu, but it is solid, with quality breads and meats, and not your ordinary stuff. Many of their selections are made fresh and use fresh, local products, including some meats from the local "smokehouse" which is worth a stop if you are going to Bellaire.

Closing comments: my wife and I love this place. We usually have their beer on tap in our home kegerator. Highly recommend a stop here if you are within 300 miles!

BeachHoppy, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of northernbrews
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%

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 haven’t rated Short’s 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 Bell’s 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 didn’t 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 won’t 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 I’ve seen at a brewpub, period. It’s 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. I’ve had the Carob Stout, Soft Parade, Black Cherry Porter, and Publican Porter and they’ve all been excellent. I hope to have the others soon. They also offered the 4 Anniversary IPA’s (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. I’ve 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 I’ve really enjoyed before that were on tap this time were the Black Cherry Porter, Pandemonium Pale Ale, and Autumn Ale. Unfortunately, they didn’t 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 didn’t eat here this time (we went to LuLu’s Bistro a few doors down – definitely worth checking out if in the area – it’s one of the best restaurants in northern MI – IMO), but I’ve had most of the stuff on the menu. They have some unique and good sandwiches and pizza’s. Everything is homemade and usually have some different combinations that you don’t 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 don’t feel like you’ve been ripped off and you’ll be satisfied. If you plan on going here often, the mug club is a good idea. The mug club mug is about 32oz and they’ll 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. I’ve 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. I’m very lucky my mom has a lake cottage a few miles from here, so I can have Short’s beers pretty much whenever I want. If you get a chance, stop in, you will not be disappointed.

northernbrews, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of willygreen
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Shorts is my favorite brewpub in Northern Michigan. There are several other brewpubs right in or near Traverse City and I often will drive 45 minutes just to get to Short's. The beer is that much better there.

If you are a pale ale fan you will be in heavean; they usually have 5 or 6 on tap. I usually get half pints so I can sample 3 or 4 beers and then I take two growlers home. My favorites are the huma lupa liscious, hangin frank, coffee stout and the autumn ale.

The food is always good too, great sandwiches and pizza.

My only complaint is that sometimes the food takes too long - over 30 minutes - but the beer is so good I don't mind waiting. The staff is really friendly but I wish they knew more about the beer because there are always beer geeks there asking questions.

willygreen, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of mgobrew
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%

Seemingly every year at the Michigan Beer Fest I tell my wife that we need to get up North to sample at the source. Finally the dream was realized…although it was a spur-of-the-moment and too quick I was not disappointed.

We stopped in for a late lunch as we made our way to Traverse City for the night. The place had quite a few people in it for 3PM on a Saturday, but we were greeted quickly and offered a menu and an unsolicited introduction and description of the beers on tap. We decided on a sampler to start. One of the choices I asked for the Smoked Apple Ale as I do like a good smoked lager from time to time. Immediately I was given a taste by the bartender as to not “waste the whole sample.” This was thoughtful given the beer type as well as the fact that it was busy and she could have just let me deal with my choice. As it turns out I really enjoyed the taste as well as the sample. It was different than many of the smoked beers that I have had in that it had a noticeable sweet apple presence in the finish. It truly tasted like smoked apples. I recommend tasting in it and giving it a shot just to broaden the beer pallet (It went great with the pok loin sandwich!). I also had the Stellar Ale which is brewed for a local establishment and only available there and at the brewery. It was a very nicely done Pale Ale with a nice hop kick. I was told it was brewed to have less alcohol than an IPA but the same amount of hop bitterness. I would agree it was my second favorite behind the Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA. If this IPA was bottled and distributed in MI, it would definitely be a regular in my fridge. There are several great Michigan IPA’s and this one ranks right up there.

We split a pork loin with cherry and apple chutney sandwich for lunch and it was outstanding. The whole menu seemed like it was cutting edge with a variety of not your every day run of the mill offerings. Our next visit will involve advanced planning and a room at a closer B&B to take advantage of the menus of beer and food.

We took three of their imperial beers with us and I look forward to trying these special hand numbered and signed offerings. I’ll review them as they are consumed….

As I said before the place was pretty busy but the service was outstanding. I think each employee at some point stopped by and asked how we were doing and thanked us for stopping by. This is a very special place if you get a chance you must get here. This brewpub is a gem in the Michigan wilderness which will definitely be a more frequent destination for this BA. I have a feeling even if they grow larger that the atmosphere will remain as welcoming.

One drawback was the temperature, there was no AC and as the bar was filled with patrons it did get quite hot on this August afternoon. Other than that, this place rocks!

mgobrew, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of stouty1
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%

Stopped in on my way back home from Traverse City on a day long business trip at lunch time. Laid back atmosphere with order at the bar mentality. Not too busy but definitely a popular place with people keeping them in business. We met everyone that worked here or at least that served us. They asked our name an welcomed us.

Food has as much flavor as the beer. Spices and flavor oustound! Had the Chocolate Wheat and it was great. See my review. Menu had enough choices for everyone delight at pretty reasonable prices for the average brewery. Portions were not overwhelming like most breweries but the flavor satisfied enough.

I was very disappointed that that did not bottle their Huma and were out of Growlers! Now, what do I do??? They just forced me into another trip!

Highly recommend this place. So much in fact, that I made my colleague go 45 minutes out of the way before we headed back on our way home (3.5 hours roundtrip).

edit: Before I left we asked for a tour since the guy I was with had never been in a brewery before. They walked us around and found out we had traveled quite a distance to come see them. Leah (brewer Joe's SO) said she would go home and pick up a couple Growlers for me. She came back and filled up two of them for me! Outstanding!!! Where would you ever experienece that kind of service? That was awesome and I truely thank her for that! That bumped up teh service 2pts!

stouty1, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of nicholasb
4.86/5  rDev +6.1%

Stopped by on a Sunday evening while on the way home from Sleeping Bear Dunes (12 miles or so off the highway and in the middle of nowhere). Stopping by was a good decision.

Very relaxed atmosphere. Clean and simple and well-kept. No acoustic jam as advertised. Small, mellow Sunday night crowd.

I was somewhat disappointed, but not surprised that Short's Imperial line of ales (from their anniversary party in June) was no longer available. Alas, I had already had Soft Parade (aka Ye Olde Leg Spreader) the night before (@ City Park Grill in Petoskey) and a keg of Pontius Road Pilsener at my wedding the weekend previous, so I opted for a Hangin' Franks and then a Chocolate Wheat.

Hangin' Franks, I am told, is a contract beer that is only sold at City Park grill and Short's proper. I would have purchased a growler of it otherwise. Dubbed a stong American pale, it seemed to be a member of the IPA clan. It is a flawless beverage, and were it available in the bottle where I live, it would be one of my go-to ales.

The Chocolate Wheat was an exotic delight. Coffee-like, roasty, yet medium bodied; it would make a very nice dessert beer, though I didn't eat there.

The staff was chill and friendly, but not in-your-face, and definitely not uppity. And though they're not necessarily quick to move in the name of service, they were closing up shop by 10:00 pm as we sipped on dregs. All the same, we needed to be on our way by that time.

It was an excellent experience and well worth the detour. I'll definitely go back for a longer stay the next time.

(Note: There isn't much in the way of lodging in Bellaire and that could present a problem if one spends too much time in Short's tap room. Consider making arrangements ahead of time.)

With no reservations, I would rank Short's alongside Founder's and Kuehnenn as the Happy Triad of Michigan breweries. Highly recommended.

nicholasb, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of xav33
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%

Went to da UP and figured I would hit Short's on the way down. I walked in the door and the place looked clean, new and inviting. It was fairly busy (around 5pm), but the tall ceilings make it so the crowd noise wasn't so disruptive.

The quality of their beers is excellent, but I've only scratched the surface...

The service was great but they were busy and apparently in between shift changes so they seemed a bit slowed down due to the amount of orders. Very friendly and smiling staff. I asked some specific questions pertaining to the nature of the hops in the beer and the brewing process and the guy didn't know so he went to try to find Joe Short who unfortunately was unavailable :(

They have way too many beers!!! ( or I don't have enough money)


I only dropped by to pick up a few beers and head back home, I was too tired to throw back a few and relax after having been on the road for 6 hours driving ( I probably would have passed out on my barstool), so I didn't get the full effect, just a 15-20 minute session of talking and moseying around the bar checking out the artwork and general atmosphere. I will definitely go back again though for the full experience, this place is great, smack in the middle of nowhere right by Traverse City, my favorite MI travel destination.

xav33, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of Magpie14
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Great place to sit and grab a quality beer. I had my doubts about going to a brewery in the small town of Bellaire, MI. But upon my arrival I was very impressed. The brewery itself has a nice atmosphere with quailty brews, friendly staff, and big selection. I loved the old plush leather cadillac car seats used as furniture!

All the brews I tried were tasty the brown ale, pale ale, soft parade. Not to mention the sips I had of my friends and samples that I tasted

Service was good and they were wise about their beers. A very nice lady gave numerous samples to my friends and I and gave the history of the beers and local favorites. I must say that I was impressed!

I was very surprised by the number of beers on tap, had to be at least 12! and they covered all types from light to dark. I did not eat but If the food is anything like the beer it should be pretty darn good.

Reasonable prices for great craft beers! Can't go wrong! Make the trip if you are ever up that way. I plan on looking for these beers around town and making the trip to Bellaire again. Way to go Short's!!

Magpie14, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of frazbri
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%

Short's Brewing Company of Bellaire, Michigan is right on the main street of small northern town, and Bellaire isn't exactly a pitstop on the highway. If you get to Short's it's either as a destination, or an extremely happy accident. I made it a target on my return trip from Ontario.

Short's public area is divided in two sections. The main bar area is located on the north side of the brewpub. The bar is along the north wall with tables and stools and a couple more homey furnishings as well. The south area was a sort of lounge. Most of the seating being the more padded, living room style adornments with a few tables as well. The stage sits at the west end of the lounge. Friendly, folksy art adorns most of the wallspace in both rooms. The whole place has a homey vibe to it.

Food and beer service was at the bar only on this sunny memorial day monday. The staff was friendly, and courteous. The menu is deli sandwiches, soup and pizza. We ordered sandwiches and pints, found a table and relaxed. The food took a little while, but it was hot upon arrival. (There was a pretty big group ahead of us, and it wasn't suprising to have a little wait.) I had a chicken sandwich that was on the specials board, it was tasty and had a nice, spicy kick. My cousin ordered the Puerto Rican Power quesadilla and noted the salsa was hotter than he expected. We both enjoyed our lunches.

The beer menu was quite impressive. There were aproximately fifteen beers on tap, and the variety available should appease almost any beer drinker. They brew many session strength beers as well as thier heavy weight ales. I had a pint of the Chocolate Wheat Stout, and my cuz had the Village Reserve. I also grabbed a growler of the Huma Lupa Licious and one of the Stellar ale. There were no duds in the bunch.

Would I go to Short's again? I intend to visit again and again. I've been mapping out routes, trying to determine the best way to get there on my future northern expeditions. This is the kind of place I go out of my way to get to.

frazbri, May 30, 2007
Photo of thbeer
4.13/5  rDev -9.8%

Good selection of house beers. Always a wide range of styles, seasonals and year round selections. Great place to sit back and have a pint. Old building in a small town which has been remodeled without losing it's freat character. Food is not just burger and hot wings. Good variety of daily food specials without being too ecclectic. Food is an excellent compliment to the beers. Live music on weekends and special events. A mix of locals and tourists . Prices are reasonable. A definite must visit if in the area.

thbeer, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%

Just purchased some land up in Bellaire area. Intuition told me to check into a local brewery and lo and behold: a reason for the 4+ hour drive up to beautiful northern michigan!

Took a friend to lunch. I had the Argus sandwich, he some kind of club sandwich. Food was very good, beers complimented food well.

Had the Nicie Spicie, which was definitely spicie. Lots of coriander and pepper overtones.

Went back later for more beer and entertainment. Beer, pizza and live music was impressive (it was a Saturday). Staff was very friendly.

I hope this place sticks around, as winter travelers are small in comparison to the summer lake dwellers.

I like the feel of the place, formerly a hardware store. Eclectic furniture and general kitsch energize its one-of-a-kind appeal.

BelgianAleSlut, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of jimbotrost
4.58/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed on my second visit and this one was even better than my first. Located in an ols hardware store in what is downtown Bellaire, this place has a great do it yourself feel and that is for a good reason. They had 9 beers on tap, a few less than last time, but the ones I tried, noble chaos and village reserve were very good. The bartender introduced herself by her name, Megan, and seemed genuinely interested in making the visit fun. The menu consists of soups, sandwiches, and pizzas, all moderately priced but very good. The feature 20 oz pints for 4$, 10 oz for 2$, 32 oz for 7$ and snifters 11.75 oz of the bigger stuff for 6$. I will make this a stop everytime I am within 50 miles of the place.

jimbotrost, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of tyee
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

A wonderful place in the upper part of lower Michigan. I made a special trip to this place because of the beerfly reviews and I am glad I did. Great, fresh food. Very friendly people that introduce themselves by name and want to know yours. Very granola feeling. The bar was all wood and brick. Their beers were good (had about 12 on tap) but the Anniversary Ale (I2PA) was very, very, very good. My girlfreind had the Soft Parade and loved it. I will be back to this place whenever I am in the area. Well worth the trip!!

tyee, May 31, 2005
Photo of mentor
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Stopped in just before New Year (2004 into 2005). The sign for Short's is bold and well-lit, which I found gaudy in this small northern Michigan town. I stepped inside, tentatively. The inside was really amazing. A long wooden bar streched along the right-hand wall. A few couches were on the immediate left and some bar tables further in. The building is brick, like a brownstone. Through an opening, the other half of the establishment is down a few steps. In that room are some tables, another area of couches and a stage that is apparently used frequently. Hanging on the walls were an interesting display of artwork, apparently created by someone affiliated with the brewpub. The bar-tender was friendly and knowledgable about the selections. About 12 beers were on tap and the small menu offered a number of interesting food items. I split a beer sample platter with my brother and we each ordered a soup. A wide range of beer styles were represented and all were quite tasty. The soup was good, too. It had a granola atmosphere, was clean, and the service was great. All and all, this was a worthwhile destination and I recommend stopping in if you are in the area.

mentor, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of proc
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

What a gem.

I stopped in at Short's (in Bellaire) on my way to our annual duck hunting camp (read: cabin on a lake) just a short 15 minute drive fruther north in Central Lake. We hit the place around 9:30 on a Tuesday night in late October. I was expecting to see 4 people, tops, in there, but was surprised to see about 30 or so.

Short's is located in an old hardware store right on M-88 in downtown Belliare, a quaint, little community south of Charlevoix near the big ski lodges of the area (Schuss Mtn., Shanty Creek, etc.). The interior is well done with lots of wood and stone work present. There are two rooms, the main room complete with bar/kitchen and the back room, complete with a stage. It happened to be open microphone night and we had quite the grin listening to "Cadillac Willie", whose real name was probably Fred Smith.

The beers were very good to outstanding. We sampled a bunch of the beers which were listed on the menu board. The Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA was fantastic. Nicie Spicie, Autumn Ale, Choco Stout, Soft Parade, Funkin' Punkin', Pale Ale, and Bellaire Brown were all excellent. We stopped back every day/night of our trip to reload growlers as well as take 'em home.

A listing of nightly events was on hand, which included bands and a movie/popcorn night.

We didn't try the food, but saw others eating it and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. It appears all the food is cooked fresh to order, including some interesting daily soup choices.

If you are ever in the northwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, I would highly suggest a stop here. Its not that far of a drive from Traverse City, which is a big, summer destination for many folks from Detroit and Chicago.

Shorts...well done!

proc, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of nortmand
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%

Wow! Quite a gem nestled in Michigan's great wet North.
Very cool place in the heart of downtown Bellaire. Nice new, clean feel, with some interesting artwork on the walls and old carseats for non-bar seating.
Oh my, are their beer ever good. I tried the Chocolate Wheat, Pale Ale, Nicie Spicie and took a growler of the huma-lupa licious. All were solid and many were different. The locals are friendly and the staff are friendlier. I was quite impressed.
Selection? The best brewpub selection I have seen. (In my limited experience. But I have yet to go to Kunnhenn's or Kraftbrau in MI.)
Great deli sandwich, fit nicely with the overall atmosphere.
Michiganders, get here immediately. Everyone else, be jealous of us.

nortmand, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.06/5  rDev -11.4%

Had the pleasure of stopping in on my way back from Petoskey. 3 kids (2 asleep) and wife waited in the car while I ran in for a pint of ale. 40 minutes later, 2 trips to the car and 2 pints, 4 samples and 2 growlers were secured and a very happy man was made for the haul back to K'zoo. Really cool atmosphere with old Caddy seats but on wood furniture frames. Nice bar room and pretty coll looking stage in the back. Semed a pretty young but still diverse crowd. Ended talking to a "local" retired guy and pleasant afternoon was had.
Food and menu looked great just wasn't in the cards. Definitely worth a trip back at some point.
Service was attentive, patient and generous with the samples.

CRJMellor, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of arizcards
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%

We found this place while vacationing via an article in a weekly newspaper circulated in the NW Michigan area.

The atmosphere is very cool. The owner and friends worked on this place for a year and a half, comverting it from a hardware store to a full service brewery and restaurant. It is set up for live entertainment and we were fortunate enough to catch a little of a jazz band that was playing. The bartender Chad was very friendly and made it a point to introduce himself and ask the name of every customer coming in. It was divided into two parts, one part for dining and conversation and the other side primarily catering to live music.

It is a very good quality brewery. A lot of work went into it and the staff was very friendly.

The service was outstanding. Chad hustled his butt off the two hours we were there.

There were about 9 beers to choose from but being the IPA junkie I am I only sampled that.

The food was near perfect. I had the apple smoked pork sandwich that was melt in your mouth.

The only disappointment was that Joe the owner did not acknowledge our presence at the bar.

arizcards, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Mitchster, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of emmasrue1
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Every beer from this brewing company is outstanding. Never disappointed. Tried Noble Chaos tonight. So good.

emmasrue1, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of domfreego
5/5  rDev +9.2%

If you're in the area it's a place you definitely need to visit, by far the best atmosphere, food, and beer combination in a brew pub.

domfreego, Aug 19, 2014
Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
100 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.