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Short's Brewing Company

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Place Score: 100
Ratings: 212
Reviews: 88
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 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.

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3.25/5  rDev -29%

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3.25/5  rDev -29%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Benish
3.59/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.59/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of BertSugar
3.7/5  rDev -19.2%
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".

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Giggy
4.01/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Nice brew pub. Wide variety of beers. Second time at this bar but have enjoyed their beers bottled for a few years. Short's is not afraid to brew with unique and interesting ingredients. Food was very good,ordered a couple of signature pizzas. This is a place you don't want to leave. Summer in Northern Michigan :)

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4.04/5  rDev -11.8%

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 spartan1979
4.06/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Driving to the place felt like we were heading to the middle of nowhere. Coming from Traverse City we had to go around a big lake making 30 miles as the crow flies about 50 miles. But it was worth it. My wife and I enjoyed our time there.

It's got a cozy atmosphere and a large tap list. We started out with a sampler of five beers. I wanted to try the Strawberry Short Cake, but didn't really want a pint. It was very well done, but the sampler was more than enough for me. The other beers on the sampler were all good and I ordered a pint of the ControvsiAle. Great beer! I bought a sixer of that to take home.

The next time you're in the middle of nowhere, stop by!

Photo of CRJMellor
4.06/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 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.

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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.

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Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
100 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.