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Short's Brewing Company

Short's Brewing CompanyShort's Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 191
Beer Ratings: 16,165
Beer Avg: 3.75

Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y

125 Ratings
Ratings: 125
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.85%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

121 N. Bridge Street
Bellaire, Michigan, 49615
United States
phone: (231) 498-2300

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(Place added by: fantome)
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Photo of BertSugar


3.7/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Got to spend a whole, enjoyable afternoon here last week. Stayed at the hotel across the street. Not driving is a good idea! The tap room is a nice airy room bustling with customers. I really didn't like the get-up-and-get-your-own-beer service scheme. That always ends up being chaotic, so at the earliest opportunity we got some bar seats. Service wasn't much better there because it was so busy.

Anyway, the beers were very interesting both good and bad. Some decent standard pales and Octoberfests, some very odd sour/fruity beers. Had the Whiskey Sour (limes and barrel aging were an interesting combo), a really good imperial porter (smoky and deep chocolate), Nicie Spicie is a mind-bending snappy peppery ginger-ish beer. I am, however, always a little paranoid about odd sour tastes in beer that could indicate poor fermentation, but what the heck do I know about infection? Don't over-interpret that because I think they have a really good thing here.

Food: Great salad, bad pizza. Other food looked good though.

This is really off the beaten path, so you had better mean it if you're looking for good beer "up north".

10-17-2011 02:46:41 | More by BertSugar
Photo of morimech


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

The forums told me a stop at Short's is a necessatiy. Glad I made the trip. The location and building is what I picture a brewpub should look like. A recent renovation maintained the atmosphere while introducing modern anminities. Orders are placed at the bar and the service is brisk. It appeared to back up a little when more than a few people want something. Got the slip to order my sampler and sat at the bar and made my choices of the 20 possible options. I never particularly cared for the bottled Short's beer, but everything I had at the brewpub was good to outstanding. Even Whiskey Sour was good. I ordered a club sandwich which was also very good. Pretty much sandwiches is the only thing on the menu but there are many options.

This is the model for brewpubs in my opinion. Great building, good food and beer that that will draw people from far away. Also picked up a 6-pack to-go. A nice drive out of the way. Some nice roads and natural beauty.

10-07-2011 21:23:07 | More by morimech
Photo of claminat420


4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

went yesterday. awesome brewery!

A- inside an old hardware store. had a clean rustic small town but open woody feel to it. love how you have to order up at the bar for whatever.

Q- beer and food were delicious. no hair in food and beer seemed spot on.

S- all the staff were as friendly as a hippy at bonnaroo.

S- they have a huge chalkboard behind the bar explaining all the beers for patrons. they also give you a little sheet if you get a table.

F- pizza, sanwiches, salads, and starters.. only a crotch would complain. we got the spinach artichoke dip for a starter which i found to be quite good. i hate to state that was my first time eating spinach artichoke dip. then we split the mutilated lips pizza which was quite good.

V- everything seemed reasonable and their beer prices are awesome.

Overall- we drove an hour and a half away from our vacation spot to go there and i would walk that today if i didn't get 3 growlers. no one seemed crotchety their. there were bikers, families, republicans, and gays all drinking good beer and being merry. ok i made alil of that up but i did seem like a cool place where anyone and everyone could hangout.

08-16-2011 17:49:41 | More by claminat420
Photo of mattcrill


4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

In the middle of nowhere Michigan but what a great pub.

You can pick 5 beers to be on your sampler and they easily have 10-15 beers on tap. I did two rounds of samplers and still had more to choose from.

You can buy growlers or six packs right at the counter.

Very informal eating as you step up to the counter and place your order.

My service has always been quick and the waiter/waitresses have always been attentive.

It's one of my "must stops" whenever I visit Michigan. Great place. Even better beers.

Strongly recommended.

08-13-2011 01:16:52 | More by mattcrill
Photo of jale


4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I always look forward to stopping here when I'm in the area. You never know what crazy beers will be on tap. Located in an old hardware store, the pub looks laid back outside as well as inside. The menu is not too extensive, but what they offer is done well. The wait staff seem friendly and knowledgable about the beer offerings. Just a nice casual place to have a nice lunch with some great beer. They usally have a wide variety of beer styles so finding one just perfect for you is not hard. This is a place where if they only served bread, I would still come here. It is all about the beer for me.

08-04-2011 22:00:14 | More by jale
Photo of steebo777


4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $

I love Short's, I will say that right off the get-go. I have family in the Grayling area, so I hit Short's alot. I always feel like I am at home when I go into Short's. Everyone is freindly, it is a very eclectic laid out brewpub and always a 'homey' feeling.

Their taplist is always off the charts. They have an amazing amount of different brews on tap, and even if I don't like 80% of them that still leaves me 5-6 I love. Prices are extremely reasonable and I always feel like I am paying a fair price. They also have a lot of carry-out beer that usually breaks my credit card.

The food is not an afterthought at all, and they really deliver on it. My wife is crazy about pizzas and she pretty much gets one everytime there. I like to try something new each time as they always are changing stuff up at Short's.

This place is a must visit when you're in northern Michigan. The Bellaire area itself is great as-is and Short's just adds to the beauty of it.

08-04-2011 20:53:00 | More by steebo777
Photo of RocPorterFanatic


3.59/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

07-28-2011 13:57:02 | More by RocPorterFanatic
Photo of DannyDan


4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I went to Short's not too long ago for the first time. I walk in and it is nice and comfy. I walk around to take a look at the place. A really neat place with tables and chairs in most of the place, but they also and couches and living room style chair with a coffee table in the bar lounge. They also had living room style chairs in the lobby where the entertainment stage is. I have not seen any bands play there, but heard they have good music there. It was also cool that they had a large chalkboard telling about the 20 beers they had on tap. The service was good and the employees are very friendly. They have a very good selection of beers and you can try a sampler plate of five beers in 5oz. glasses. The prices for what you get is rather reasonable for the size they give. Most beers are $3 for a 14oz. draft and $4.50 for the larger size. After trying the sampler, I ordered my two favorites from the sampler. The Chocolate Wheat and Cornholio were really good and satisfied me very much. I did not try the food, but when I do try it I will update this review. I had a very good time there and if I could have stayed longer I would have but I got a ride to Short's and had to go when the driver wanted to go. I do highly recommend going to Short's. You will enjoy your experience there and will not be disappointed. Also it was my first time at Shorts.

07-19-2011 01:33:08 | More by DannyDan
Photo of JordanEllwanger


4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$

Living only two hours away it should not have taken me two years to visit this place but it did. Went there on a family vacation to the Traverse City area. I got there close to 5:00 P.M. on a Thursday with my in laws, wife, and our two children, ages 6 & 2 at the time. I was a little worried about bringing in the kids but the atmosphere is very family friendly. In fact after we sat down at least three other families with young kids came in. There were even a couple young teenage boys there enjoying a deli sandwich and a bottle of hand crafted root beer.

You seat yourself and have to go up to the counter to place an order, which is okay unless there is seven or more people in line to order something. There just isn't enough room at the counter to handle a rush of people. So no waitress to take your order from the table all orders are taken ant the counter. That is my only gripe. Everything else is perfect. Two beers and a growler for $22 is a very good deal for me.

If you ever visit be sure to GET THE FLIGHT! Five decent sized samplers for one low price. Still kicking myself over not seeing that till it was too late!


07-17-2011 05:14:19 | More by JordanEllwanger
Photo of GoldenChild


4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

Alright i live about 30 minutes from here this is my third time visiting the brew pub and i realized today as i was stuffing my face with pizza and beer that i had not yet done a review of the pub, So here it is.

The remodel came out very nice i dont think that i see a big difference on the size of the place but it still looks nice. Great live band in there. it took us around 45 minutes to finally get a seat.

The Quality is always top notch

Service was excellent, just wish that they had waiters and waitresses that came to you table and took you order.

Selection was superb but they have like 20 taps.

Food was not bad.

I would say the prices were about right
1 large pizza
5 samples of beer and one 20oz
plus a appetizer (chorizo queso) all for 41.00 and that includes a tip

Plus i picked up some super beers that im excited to try

07-03-2011 04:41:20 | More by GoldenChild
Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
99 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.