Short's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 207
Beer Ratings: 18,007
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 20 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 82 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5 | $$
This place was great. We stopped in on a Thursday for lunch while in the area. We had a flight of 5 tasters for $8.75 I believe. You could pick any 5 from the tap list no matter what class they were in. I picked something from all categories, every beer I had was very good and hit its mark stylistically. We had a pizza that was fantastic. If I lived in the area this would be the place I order pizza from. We had a great time and I'm looking forward to going back.
08-26-2013 19:51:54 | More by Durb777
5/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Atmosphere: a truly one of a kind place. everything there in essence is shorts. live music on the weekends. extremely relaxed place. great artwork. beautiful bar top.
Quality: shorts is known for their tasty experimental beers. they have a wide variety of these great experimental beers and a some good true to style beers as well.
Service: no problems. the bartender was nice and friendly. gave me tastes of beers without a problem and were helpful
Selection: almost 20 beers on tap. i had 3 and tried a lot more. most were good, some were okay and a few were great
Food: great food and a kinda unique menu. very tasty though
Overall: shorts is an extremely unique place, everything there is their own and it is all just wonderful. I wish this place wasn't so far out of the way so i could go more often
08-21-2013 22:16:35 | More by SportsandJorts
3.59/5 rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My family and I were taking a short road trip in MI and thought to stop there for supper. Turns out the place was quite busy. We expected to be taken to a table and offered menus. But this was far from what we thought. Like Panera Bread, we had to order at the front before grabbing a seat. The food sounded delicious but unfortunately there was only one main vegetarian item. While I was trying to not eat a lot of meat, I ended up ordering a bacon sandwich. It was tasty but wished there were more options to pick from.
Then after ordering we had to find a table for the three of us including my 20 month old. Unfortunately it was quite a tedious task. We could not find a single place to sit. It was full and there were no tables outside either. We ended up standing for 5-10 minutes just hoping someone would leave the table so we could snatch it before someone else did. Unfortunately that did not happen. A staff was kind enough to help us find a table. She ending up asking a group of people if we could share the table with them as there were spare chairs. They were kind enough to let us sit there and all went well.
The beer was fantastic. I really enjoyed Soft Parade. Its high in alcohol and very deceptive. Before the food came, I was feeling quite a buzz. But I enjoyed it. When we left I ended up buying a pint glass and some beers for the road as my souvenirs.
Overall the food was good but struggling to find a table was a big deal-breaker in my opinion. I also wished for more vegetarian options (I know this may not matter to most people). In addition, I would also not recommend this place for kids. Too crowded with little space. My hats off to the staff though as this seemed like a stressful environment to work in.
Also what I was most impressed with was the large tap list. Too many beers to pick from and I only had one. I wish I tried another but we still had to drive to a campground.
08-13-2013 17:51:14 | More by Benish
4.18/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
On the annual beer trip, this was the final destination. We arrived at about 8:00 on Friday, August 8, 2013.
Atmosphere - It was very crowded. It raised the question in my mind as to why a table of high school aged kids were allowed to sip soda and eat pizza in a brewpub. Shorts can not help being crowded, but they can control who they let in to the pub. I was later surprised to learn a band was playing. I could not hear them.
Quality - The facility was nice. The beer was a little disappointing because beers that were advertised earlier in the week were not available when I arrived. No one beer stood one. Per the standard I have for Shorts, I was somewhat disappointed.
Service - Bearing the crowd size in mind, I thought the service was outstanding. I felt sorry for the servers bring food through the massive crowd.
Selection - Again, I was disappointed by the selection of the beers available despite 17 being on tap. The food selection was great. Short's also had a huge selection of merchandise available.
Food - The food was the highlight of the stop. I had a sandwich called "The Tree". On sourdough bread, it was curried cauliflower, paprika potatoes, spinach and raisin yogurt. Others in my group really enjoyed the pizza.
Value - The price for a pint or a sample tray was among the lowest I have seen. The food was also fairly price.
I would recommend those planning a trip to avoid Friday nights. Also, one might consider planning a trip according to a desired beer release.
08-11-2013 16:35:27 | More by JohnnyHopps
4.78/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Had the pleasure of stopping by Short's twice in a three day period. The beer is as phenomenal as expected, not only is the brew experimental, flavorful, and delicious, but there also is a large amount of beer (around 24 beers) on tap. Highlights include AwwJeaahhh (double huma), Dubbel Down, Kiwi Destroy Mission, Cerveza de Julie, Captain Fantasy and the chocolate wheat.
The quality is indisputable, the atmosphere is great, although the brewery was much busier than the last time I visited. The service is great, although there isn't much service required with the way the brewpub works (you can only order at the bar).
We had pizzas, which were delicious and enormous! Visiting Short's is a treat, definitely one of my top five brewery trips!
08-08-2013 00:26:15 | More by jt31914
4.64/5 rDev +2%
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 +1.8%
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%
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 -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere - Located in "downtown" Bellaire, MI Short's Brewery is a great place to stop for lunch or spend the evening hanging out with friends. There are two halves to the brewpub with each side featuring its own bar. Live music is a staple at Short's.
Quality - The beer is top-notch. Why else would you find it in grocery stores state wide? My wife and I both love the Bellaire Brown but that is only one of several excellent choices. Short's is always putting out something new. The bloody mary beer wasn't my favorite but it goes a long way in showing how innovative the crew there is.
Service - Take a table and figure out what you want to try. Order at the bar and enjoy a beer while you wait a few minutes for your meal. The staff always makes sure I never have an empty glass on the table. Everyone is friendly and really wants to make sure you have a great experience.
Selection - I have no idea how many beers they have on tap, but I haven't run out of choices yet. From the typical browns to IPA's to stouts and the eccentric stuff, there is always something good on tap.
Food - Great stuff! Mainly sandwiches and appetizers.
Value - I have never emptied my wallet here despite my best efforts to try. Everything is rather reasonably priced.
05-27-2013 03:32:42 | More by redleg64
5/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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
Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
100 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.