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Short's Brewing Company

Short's Brewing CompanyShort's Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 191
Beer Ratings: 16,171
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @shortsbrewing

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher


5/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

01-13-2011 07:21:43 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
Photo of B0bD0bbselbock


5/5  rDev +10.6%
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!"

01-20-2011 05:24:20 | More by B0bD0bbselbock
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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!


update 7.31.13

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
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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
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5/5  rDev +10.6%
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
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4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

On vacation in upper Michigan, so where does one go for their birthday...Short's Brew Pub of course. The beer here is world class. the Huma Lupa Ipa, is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Just an oustanding selection of original beers. The service was top notch as well. The waitress actualy took our names and remembered them the entire time, even though she had to have been waiting on 20 other guests. The food, although deli-style, and limited on the menu, was great. My wife thought their spinach dip was the best she's ever had. We left just before the live music began, but all in all just an extra special B-day present from the wife. If you are anywhere close to this place, you MUST go, fantastic! Skal.

08-03-2008 19:30:17 | More by Gtreid
Photo of JuliD


4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

06-02-2010 14:42:58 | More by JuliD
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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
Photo of Baileyuk


4.88/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

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!

02-17-2008 03:34:03 | More by Baileyuk
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4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

07-16-2007 18:36:44 | More by nicholasb
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Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
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