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Short's Brewing Company

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Place Score: 100
Ratings: 210
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.58
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

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Photo of nanobrew
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I like this place, I like the relax feel of it. When ever I am visiting my family in the area I always make sure to go to Short's about 2-3 times. They always have a great variety of their own beer on tap. The prices seem really fair to me (of course I am use to San Diego prices).

There is no table service, but the bartenders bring you your food. The staff is always very friendly.

There are two main rooms, the bar, and the stage area. I like that bar area more, though it is always crowded. The stage area is nice, but it is very loud, and not even when a band is playing. All of the conversations carry and it get really noisy.

As a brew pub they have a great amount of taps and great variety. The mug club is a great deal if you are a local. I got to use it because the place I was staying had some mugs.

Overall it is good. Nothing ground breaking but nice. It is typical bar food (pizza, sandwiches, mac-n-cheese) done a little special.

Photo of zoso1967
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Short's brewpub has a very nice worn in sort of atmosphere that really fits the Northern Michigan setting. Plenty of wood and a lodge like decor go well with the small town of Bellaire where it resides. Parking is on the street only, but I have never had trouble getting a spot more than a brief walk from the building.

It is divided into two sections, a bar area with a long wooden bar and limited high top seating and a music area that has lots of folding tables that make me feel like I am at a church or municipal building. I actually like that it is a simple and no nonsense sort of place and they keep it clean and tidy. My only real complaint is that any time I have been here and there is music going on that quality is pretty damn bad. I realize they want to get local "artists" in here, but it seems like any wannabe with a guitar can get on stage.

The quality of the beers is of course exceptional. Short's is one of those places that has become known for pushing the boundaries with beers like Key Lime Pie and Uber Goober, but they also do more classic styles extremely well. Every beer I have ever had from Short's is better on tap and so for those of you thinking of taking a road trip, I have to say that it will totally be worth it. They also tend to have plenty of one-offs and limited brews on tap.

I have never had a problem with the service at Short's, but must advise that it is a little bit different than most places, especially places out east. All ordering is done at the bar. They bring out food and samplers to you, but you must go up to order and pay your tab. I actually think this works fairly well and they keep the line moving, but I know some people have an issue with not having a server.

The food is also quite high quality with an array of amazing sandwiches that are all named after Ween songs. They tend to change up the menu a lot, which is nice for people that frequent the pub and I would say they have a broad enough assortment to please most people. Apps are also quite good and while I was very disappointed with the pizza, a lot of people seem to really like it.

Overall Short's is a fantastic brewpub and the absolute best place to try their beers. I feel fortunate that it is only an afternoon or evening trip away and I am wishing I could make the trip there right now while writing this review. If you did not need an excuse to come up to our beautiful corner of the lower peninsula before, Short's just might be the reason you were looking for. Highly recommended.

Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What great brewpub!! To my mind, they have got it all going on here- a nice, laid back atmosphere with great decor, a genuinely friendly and cheerful staff, and an amazing selection of outstanding brews.

From beers like their Pineapple Pilsner, Turtle Stout, and Raisin Apollo, I was bedazzled by the incredible range of flavors to be experienced under one roof. So much so, that i bought a sixer of the Woodmaster (one of the few ones i havent had yet), plus a t-shirt, and came back the following day for a growler of Uber Guber to savor back home as well. I was also impressed (but not surprised) by the number of people who were also enjoying themselves on a Sunday evening (near closing time, at that!).

If you live anywhere in Michigan (or anywhere, for that matter), i would highly recommend that you wow yourself with a visit to this fantastic brewpub. I know if i lived closer, i'd practically live there :) Massive props go out to Brian for the tour and humbling generosity!!!

"May the Short's be with you!"

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped in on a summer evening. Heard many great things about Shorts and hoped it was worth it, as it was quite an adventure getting there. Place had a nice old town feel, nothing artsy but had the character of an older brewpub. Did a flight of beers and was impressed by the offerings, then proceeded to buy one each of all the bombers and one sixer each of all the beers I had not gotten yet down state. Considering, service was great, and considering the boldness of the brewery selection would be almost impossible to not be great. I would visit again and recommend to a friend. Perfect Score!

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Reviewed on 6/30/2010.

Shorts is a nice, cozy brewpub located in the small town of Bellaire (which I wouldn't call a touristy town based on my brief impressions of it). Most of the patrons were not locals but they seemed to be relative locals (ie somewhere else in Michigan). There were 20 beers on tap, including specialty and gourmet beers. Obviously, there is a wide variety of beers to choose from, although a lot of the styles offered were very similar. While most of what I had was pretty good, I didn't find anything great which was a little disappointing. The food was good (I split the spinach & artichoke dip plus had a bowl of soup). I liked the atmosphere - it had a very cozy feel with the long bar and the seats by the windows. There also is a small stage, but it obviously wasn't in use on a Thursday afternoon. Anyway, if you come to Shorts plan to stay awhile to try a bunch of their taps. Also they sell a limited amount of their special bottled items (1/2 of which were sold out when we were there). Definitely a great place to check out in Michigan!

Photo of Stigs
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First stop on our MI brewery/pub/beer tour.

Quite the interesting environment inside - as expected from Short's unique beers. A bit on the rustic side, like the town. Quirky seating and decoration.

Quite a selection of drafts to choose from, from a light lager to BA'ed Cherry Porter and Barleywine (had both, by far the best Shorts beers I have had). We each split a flight, which was convenient and well displayed, I had those two "big" beers and got a couple six packs to go...only letdown was the lack of "special" release bottles.

Service was overall good, a bit "cold" at first but really warmed up once they found out we had traveled so far for a visit. Many nice people at the bar as well.

The food, was for the most part enjoyable. The pretzels and beer mustard was a bit disappointing, but the sandwich we shared as well as other apps were much better.

Overall, an enjoyable experience - one we will most likely make again at some point. Thank you to everyone at Shorts!

Photo of JizackFH
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went to Shorts Brewpub in July for the Jetty Rae show. She rocked by the way. It is a small cozy venue decorated very cool, nice little bottle collection by the bathrooms. The prices for beer were not bad and they had a very wide selection, also they sell six packs and growlers to take home (the growlers are a GREAT deal). I got a flight which is 5 different samples of beer that you choose from the long list of stuff they have on tap. Got some food while we were there which was a little bit pricey, but the pizza above all was really good (especially after a few beers). At the end of the night i got a growler of huma lupa licious to go, and couldn't have been happier. I miss shorts beer now that I moved to NYC, but I will definetly go back my next trip to Michigan. I definetly reccomend this place to anyone who hasn't gone yet.

Photo of langmick
3.33/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have been a huge fan of Short's beers for a long time. There really is no one who takes the chances that Joe does with beer, hit or miss. I buy a lot of it.

The hits are usually quite delicious, and the misses just as bad the other way.

So I stopped in on the way back from Traverse City on 10/10/10, it was actually bit of a detour.

Had a sandwich, pretty good, a bit too much of the mayo, but not bad. I liked it. The pilsner was really good, the Huma good, of course.

What I didn't like was one of the bartender persons (Jessica) copping an attitude with me twice, as if I was inconveniencing her and I wasn't there spending money in their establishment. It wasn't even busy and she treated me as if it was just too much to ask for a napkin or what was in the cooler. Throwing the beer list at me without explanation is ridiculous, when I inquired what were the 22oz bottles in the cooler as is not responding to me when I asked for a napkin and then getting surly and yelling at me when I asked again. What in the world...bush league amateur stuff. I've worked in all manner of restaurants, you just don't do that. There were ten people in the bar, it was not busy.

Very disappointing, very much so. No tip, and I actually won't make it a big point of going back. You tend to remember the negatives long term, they make a bigger impression if they happen, and they outweigh the positives.

There were two other servers that were good and attentive so they weren't all as anti-social.

Photo of kbutler1
3.93/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped in while on a road trip and really liked this place. Warm and inviting you a greeted by a nice wooden bar and tables. Everything needs to be ordered from the bar but no worries as we were sitting at the bar. Got a nice sampler of six beers along with a pizza. Pizza was pretty good. Also ended up picking up some of their special release beers while there. Wish they had more beers on tap though. Shorts is in a fairly rural town so it seems everyone in town goes there. Being out of the way of Detroit, Lansing, and Grand Rapids, I would have to imagine most of the customers are local so it seems that they love when travelling beer geeks pop in and say hello.

Photo of AylwinForbes
2.95/5  rDev -35.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

Dulcie and Aylwin's Big Beer Adventure Volume V targeted Shorts as our northernmost destination in Michigan. Have had the Huma Lupa prior and many have spoken highly; so the visit was one of those high-anticipation things.

The long and the Short, so to speak, disappointed. To be clear, and perhaps this is what really matters, the disappointment lay not in the beer, which is good, but in everything else, which was not. It's one of those things where you wonder what the place is trying to be: a real beer place or a ChuckeCheese catering to vacationing families.

When we arrived the bedlam was awful with kids and brats everywhere. We persevered and endured the rather annoying tradition of ordering everything at the bar. So there is a huge line for everyone except the lucky few who have seats at the bar - hotly contested.

I will commend the beer selection; besides the Huma Lupa that needs no introduction, there was a broad selection of variously-hopped pales of different hue, along with an impressive Bourbon Barrel Sustenance black lager. Some may enjoy the various essays in fruit, but we avoided those like the plague. Dulcie's fav was Stellar. No, not Artois.

Food very disappointing; the kitchen must be something like a fridge and a microwave. Anyone who makes a claim that this is good is violently misled.

I would like to return, out of season, to capture it in a more tranquil mode, where perhaps the true colors can be shown.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I really had a blast in Michigan this past weekend. We were only staying in Bellaire for one night so I made the best of it. I tried every single beer they had on tap (got to love flights!). I enjoyed pretty much all of them.

The atmosphere is great, very relaxed lots of seating room. The staff were great, it got pretty busy at times but they managed just fine.

I ended up buying a couple growlers and six packs to take home as well as some t shirts.

If you happen to be anywhere near Shorts I would highly recommend dropping in.

Photo of Mgrad92
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Bellaire, MI is kind of the middle of nowhere, but Short's Brewing is well worth the trip!
The selection of brews is great. I especially liked that their brews were unique, and ran the spectrum. (I find that craft brewers tend toward the porter and stout end of the spectrum when they make really unique beers.)
I also liked the fact that their menu had food for all ages, which means you can bring the wife and kids with you if you're on vacation (like we were.)
It would have been nice to get table service for our food, but the bartenders were knowledgeable and friendly, so ordering everything at the bar wasn't that bad.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.58/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Drove up to Bellaire to kick off a 3-brewery crawl in the Traverse City area with family. Shorts is essentially the only place in town that I observed worth going to. Located in an old building with beautiful wood storefront and eye-catching sign.

We were the first to arrive that day as we got there a few minutes before opening. The bartender let us relax inside until they opened, on the custom made Cadillac couches. The interior is very nice with hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings with brick walls and local artwork lining much of the interior.

Flights of 5 came in around $8 with 20 offerings on tap, the annuals plus several more. My flight consisted of their Village Reserve, Pandemonium Pale Ale, Bellaire Brown, the Magician, and their Anniversary Ale. The best however was their Woodsmaster brew - this beer was exceptional with hints of maple, pecan and toffee. I've had several Pecan beers and this one takes the cake. The Bourbon Barrel Sustenance wasn't bad either. There's few times when ordering flights there isn't one beer that I like and Shorts did that exactly. All the beers were expertly made and outstanding.

I only rated a 4.0 for food as the only food consumed was an appetizer of spreads. All were decent and affordable. Had we tried more things I have no doubt the score would be higher.

Shorts easily makes the best beer in Michigan. The depth of styles and quality is unmatched and I only look forward to what's next from Bellaire.

Photo of JuliD
4.9/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My husband and I went to Short's for the second time recently and it was wonderful. We sampled all the beers - Soft Parade and Huma Lupa were the tops but they also had some interesting mixes in their Pistachio Cream and Key Lime Pie (a bit too sweet). The food was delicious and service great - we loved the honey mustard sauce and our server brought us some to take home with no charge. We were there in the early afternoon for lunch, so the atmosphere was fairly quiet but I imagine it's a bit louder/exciting when a band is performing.

Overall, the beer was great, the service was great and the food was great which makes this one of my favorite breweries in the state.

Photo of Roeters
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place is great, try to make it up a few times a year. The pub is inside an old hardwear store, brick walls and creeky old wood floors give it a good feeling. Small inside till you notice the other side with a stage and ample seating. Everything is served from the bar so don't wait around at a table and hope to get a beer. Even with everyone being served from the baeer the line never takes to long. They always have a large list of beers on tap, alot of thier many stays with just enough specialties to keep it interesting. The food is great, it is a big reasons that I I keep coming back out to the pub now that I can get most of thier beers in bottles around home.

Photo of nflmvp
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited Short's on our whirlwind beer tour, April 23rd, 2009 so I'm more than a little bit behind on posting this review.

The atmosphere of the pub is awesome. They've done a great job with this old building and it's very inviting. The first thing you notice is the 16 foot high ceilings and all of the excellent woodwork (done by Joe, himself). The floor, bar and tabletops are all hand made and the quality shows through. The decor is fairly eclectic and it's a perfect fit for the pub.

Quality is top notch....in the beer, in the food, in the service and in the building itself. I was not disappointed in anything and we hung out there for about 4 hours. This year, I'd love to spend and entire day at Short's but we'll have to see how the trip planning goes.

Service was great, too. We had a couple of different bartenders and they were both very attentive. Of course, the place wasn't even 1/4 full so we had that going in our favor.

Selection was top notch. There were numerous taps available and most of the entire Imperial Series as well as a couple of Anniversary series beers...and I took a little of everything!

Food was very good, too and the menu selection was varied.

Pricing was about what you would expect from this type of establishment.

All in all, this was a most excellent place to start our beer tour and we fully intend to get back here again, even if it is a 7 hour drive.

Photo of goethean
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Food --- Good selection, high quality.

Service --- Very good. We had a complaint and it was dealt with in a thorough, accommodating fashion. They are clearly serious about serving their customers well.

Beer --- Outstanding selection --- 16 beers on tap. We (by which I mean I) had two flights of samplers: 10 beers.

Ambiance --- Coming to this rather young urban professional place directly from the laid-back, rural UP resulted in quite the culture shock. However, the place is family-friendly: there were young kids running around constantly, and no one said a word. (This is a plus in my book.) Also: bars with sofas and coffee tables are a plus. The folding chairs, on the other hand, were not as comfortable.

We enjoyed the live music, and the staff that I spoke to were more than friendly. However, the atmosphere (i.e, my fellow customers) is not really my speed.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Short's pub is comprised of a room with the bar and a few small tables next to a larger room with larger tables and a stage for live music. There was a pretty wide age distribution, and pretty crowded on a Saturday night.

They have a wide variety of rotating beers on tap and their Imperial series available in 750 mL bottles to go. I was there just in time to try the 2009 Anniversary Ale.

The menu was comprised of sandwiches and pizza. Food and beer was all very reasonably priced and everything was ordered at the bar.

Definitely worth visiting if you happen to be in northern Michigan.

Photo of Georgejt
4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We drove off our route to eat and have some of the beers at this brewpub. We were very pleased with out decision. The food and beer was excellent. The atmosphere was very welcoming, rustic, and original. We had the sampler of beers and really enjoyed The Magician brew. The place had a number of families, which I found quite odd at first. I guess I'm not used to seeing the local brewery as the place to bring the kids out for food. However, there seemed to be a lot of out of town people on vacation eating and drinking at this place. Even with the family friendly atmosphere, I very much enjoyed the place and would definitely recommend traveling to the little town to have some beers and a bit to eat.

Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

An exceptional place to visit, this is a full day drive from Toronto. A touristy area, relaxed, and that filters into the brewpub. Exceptionally friendly service, everyone seems to acknowledge you are there, and with a smile. Many, many bottles and varieties available, easing the travel burden. Many beers, mostly one-offs, on tap and there were some very good ones that invent their own style or take you someone you have never been in that style.A variation of styles on tap, a guest tap would have been interesting, and of course some casks.

Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited for lunch on the second day of our Michigan tour.

Atmosphere: Wood, lots of it, adorns the bar and entrance. The long wooden bar is immediately on entrance, with tables also dotting the area. A separate seating area includes a stage. We settled on the bar.

Quality: Top notch. The restaurant was clean, food was good, beer was great, and staff was friendly. A great experience.

Service: The barstaff was attentive and friendly to us as out-of-towners. They offered samples and recommendations along with chatter.

Selection: Over 15 beers on tap! The stand-outs were the 2009 Anniversary Ale and Strawberry Short's Cake. We ended up carrying out way too many things but it was worth it.

Food: Food was a step above pub grub. My quesadilla was very nice with just enough heat from the salsa to rattle my tastebuds.

If you are anywhere near Bellaire, stop and visit. We had a great experience.

Photo of kbeals
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Short's did a pretty good job of converting this old hardware store into a brewery. Has a nice small town atmosphere to it along with a set of great workers. All of them seemed very friendly and more than willing to answer any questions you might have. They had around 15 beers on tap I believe, although they didn't have any stouts on tap, which was somewhat disappointing. This was on their anniversary day however, so I was able to pick up a couple bottles of BA Sustenance and they also had the six packs of their IPA, Brown, and Pale Ale for sale. The place was getting pretty crowded by the time we left, and unfortunately there's not much room in there. Food selection wasn't real big, and it was somewhat pricey. However, their beer was pretty well priced, $3 for a 14 oz. pour and $4.50 for a 20 oz. pour for most of their beers. The quality of their beer is outstanding obviously and I was glad that I made the trip up. I would definitely like to come up again sometime, hopefully their Cup-A-Joe will be on tap then.

Edit: I went up there again and this time it was little less busy which made a definite difference. Their service was outstanding, arguably the best waitstaff I've ever had at a bar. Once the music started the place seemed to mellow out and there were less people moving around which made the place much roomier. Short's is an awesome place to be.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Last stop of the day as part of a whirlwind Michigan beer tour. After driving from Kuhnhenn, Dark Horse, and Bells, we were ready to chill with a good meal and great beer.

We hit up Shorts around 9:45 after a long-ass haul from Bells, and found the place totally jam-packed. We totally lucked out and got a table near the bar after we had ordered beer. I guess that a lot of places in Michigan don't have waitstaff that got to the tables? Odd. Anyways we found that they only offered pizza at that time with the kitchen closing pronto, so we ordered up quick.

Short's seems to be split up into two halves. The bar side with just a few seats at the bar and several tables, and the live entertainment side. I have no idea if there were any tables on the other side as there was just a sea of people standing.

Lots to choose from on the chaulkboard. Plenty of regular draughts with a few seasonals. Lots of growlers being filled and plenty of the Imperial 750's still for sale ranging from $16-$25. Ouch. I didn't see any of the anniversay beers for sale though, and I was dissapointed that there were no six packs available of Humalupalicious.

The Pizza was great but they really skimped on the toppings on my side. There might have been one or two slivers of onions on each slice. Minor gripe on a very good pizza otherwise.

The beer was very good, as expected. Pam had a Cup 'O Joe, and I had a Golden Rule and a Humalupalious. I hate to say it but after experiencing so many rare, over-the-top beers from Shorts at the Extreme Beers fests, I was mildly dissapointed at the selection. Loads of variety but the bigger, bolder stuff was fairly limited.

We were really beat, and we needed to unwind in a quiter space so we split after a couple and hit the sack. I feel that we really "Shorted" ourselves on this visit!
No sign of Joe either, too bad because I had a bunch of beer for him.

We would definately go back. Shorts is a long haul from the Southern part of the state, about a four hour drive, but the whole NW part of Michigan is beautifull and theres plenty to explore.

Photo of ffejherb
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited with with fellow BA's brewslut, Deuane and SierraGS on 11/29/08 for the annual Brew-Ski event.

Short's is situated in the quaint little town of Bellaire, MI. It was particularly cold and snowy during our visit, which was probably par for the course during this time of year in Michigan. We were able to park right outside the brewpub, which was nice. Upon our entrance, we were greeted by a decent-sized room with high ceilings and a short bar, as well as a variety of seating options, including some old car seats! On the far, "colder" side of the establishment (and down a few steps), there are plenty of tables, a side rail for standing, and also a nice-sized stage for musical entertainment. The band on this particular night was unfortunately not that great. At any rate, it is still awesome for Short's to host live music. Overall, this place has a really unique vibe.

The selection on this particular evening certainly wasn't lacking, especially for stout fans, because they had FIVE great stouts on tap, including a S'more Stout (complete with marshmallow garnish!), Coffee Stout, Irish Stout, Peanut Stout and a Mystery Stout. In addition to the special stouts, they also had a variety of excellent ales, fruit beers and more. All in all, I'd say around 20 beers on tap!

The service and food were both fine. Prices are reasonable as well, although their 750ml bottles are a little pricey. Still, we took home a bottle of Soft Parade, which brewslut absolutely loved. This definitely has a hometown feel, and I wish I lived closer! It kind of reminded me of Selin's Grove a little bit, although much bigger. But it still has the same type of atmosphere.

If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of Bellaire, MI, do yourself a favor and stop in to Short's. This place has the entire package, from a cool, unique vibe to some of the best beer around!

Photo of Deuane
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited with SierraGS, Ffejherb and Brewslut for the Brew Ski Bash. A fun place, in a small town, off the beaten path in the northwestern section of Michigan's lower peninsula.

A small bar that seats around 10, and a unique seating area in old car seats greets you. Exposed brick walls, high ceilings, exposed piping and such. A rather small, cozy and inviting space. The other side contains the music room connected by a doorway and ramp/stairs. This area has a "roadhouse" feel with scattered tables and a nice sized stage for music acts.

Selection was impressive to say the least! Just about everything you could ever want, to include five stouts to choose from for the Brew Ski Bash! You could even get bottles of the Imperial beers if you found the draft list of 20 some beers to be lacking!

The food was very nice and reminded me very much of our beloved Selin's Grove. A nice soup, good wraps, pizza and munchies. All very well prepared and perfect to compliment the beer.

Service was very solid with good attitudes, good beer knowledge and big time help when I was ready to order my almost 2 cases of bottles and 6 growler!

If Short's was in my hometown I would be a very happy man! This place has the balls to try "different" things....come on S'mores Stout, Bloody Beer, Soft Parade...and they combine it with a warm atmosphere and good food. What more could you ask for.

Short's has vaulted into my "short" list of must visit places in the USA. I will most certainly be back to visit whenever my travels take me anywhere near Bellaire, like going up I-75! I will make sure to give myself extra time for a visit.

Keep up the great work Joe!

Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
100 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.