Short's Brewing Company

Short's Brewing CompanyShort's Brewing Company
Short's Brewing CompanyShort's Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

121 N. Bridge Street
Bellaire, Michigan, 49615
United States

(231) 498-2300 | map
shortsbrewing.com

Notes: 19.99% owned by Lagunitas/Heineken
BEER STATS
Average:
3.85
Beers:
369
Reviews:
8,185
Ratings:
27,830
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.56
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
279
pDev:
8.33%
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Reviews by PapaGoose03:
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

UPDATE Sept, 2015 - This was stop #5 on a 6-day pub crawl that would take my wife and me to the Brewers Guild UP Beer Fest and back. We've been to Short's a dozen times or more, so this is just an update about some observations that we made during our visit. I'm not going to ding the brewery for items 1 and 2, but I will slightly for item #3 in my rating.

#1 - It was a Thursday night stop, and the place was jammed. First time that we've ever experienced that. A music group was playing and there was no cover charge, so maybe that's part of it. Good for Short's to offer free live music, but don't let the place get so crowded that I have to wait to be seated.

#2 – The music group did not seem to be playing oldies, big band sound, etc. but we were guessing that half of the crowd that was there were gray-headed beer drinkers. Good for Short's to attract more types of crowds, but sadly, I felt out of place.

#3 – The beers on tap were woefully short of one-offs that I've always experienced in my past visits. I think only 3 of the available beers were something that had not been bottled before, thus because I buy everything that Short's puts into bottles, I was short on having new beer experiences.

But still, I'll keep coming back. This is my favorite Michigan brewery.

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My wife and I stopped here as part of a pub crawl in northern Michigan and the UP to visit the newer brewpubs (plus several others) that have opened since our last trip ‘up north’. This place happens to be one of the ‘several others’. Although this is the first time I’ve reviewed this brewery, we’ve been here a few times before, and will be here again on our return trip from the UP later in the week. The place was not busy on a weekday night, and we could have sat at the bar, but we chose a small table near the bar. (On the return trip on a Saturday, they were packed, and had a band playing, so we had to ask someone to share a table.)

There is not much that hasn’t been said about this pub in the previous reviews, so I’ll merely state that the constant changing and addition of new beers every time that we come here, and how unusual many of them are, plus the ultimate grade of an A+ that we gave them for their quality is about all I need to say. We ordered food on both visits this week, and it also was very good (like it always has been on every previous visit).

Anyone who is looking for the perfect brewpub needs to come here. It’s well worth it even though it’s a little off of the beaten path, and we’ll be back again someday as always when we’re in the area.

Oct 29, 2013
More User Reviews:
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nov 14, 2020
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Seal4676 from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Jan 04, 2020
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Muss42 from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Feb 15, 2019
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited October 2018

Shorts Brewing Company is located in the Village of Bellaire a nice quiet and friendly small town in Michigan's Northern Lower Peninsula on the west side of the state. Shorts is inside an old renovated brick building.

The tap selection was extensive with approximately 21 unique brews. The brewery also had a large selection of beer in bottles and cans. The beer was fresh and prices were reasonable. The staff was knowledgeable about their offerings. Unfortunately I had eaten prior to visiting so I did not try the food. However, the food looked and smelled good.

If you are anywhere close to Bellaire stop and visit the brewery - sure worth the visit.

Dec 14, 2018
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U2Chaser from North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Oct 15, 2018
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6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jul 30, 2018
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Coho11 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Jul 08, 2018
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Hallbrauhaus from Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Jun 29, 2018
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Kjager13 from Michigan

4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Jan 24, 2018
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Oct 30, 2017
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JeffSK from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Sep 17, 2017
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JDoHo from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Aug 26, 2017
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leantom from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Very nice place; additional seating on the outside for those who like that sort of thing.

Beer selection was adequate; the food was also very, very good.

Service was excellent! These people truly car about their patrons and strive to make them comfortable.

Only issue I had with this place was the uncomfortable chairs. High, metallic and very narrow. My dad's fat ass could hardly fit (albeit he is very large).

Aug 15, 2017
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Zonian1 from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Jul 26, 2017
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Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Jul 26, 2017
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HopHEAD1522 from Michigan

4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Jul 14, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great visit to a bustling spot, lots of fine choices, beer and food. The service was a bit lackadaisical, friendly but often absent. That said, the bar staff and shop staff were attentive and helpful. The beer is exceptional, frankly a significant step above what I expected based on the beers in circulation at home. The variety was not surprising but the quality takes on wild ales and NE IPAs made an impression. I liked Short's before, but I have a renewed respect for their brewing chops.

Jul 08, 2017
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MJPG from Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My favorite brewery.

Jun 11, 2017
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heddar33 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

May 23, 2017
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Michiganman2325 from Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

May 21, 2017
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PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Apr 09, 2017
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Dshepp1979 from Michigan

4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Mar 26, 2017
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KeyserGose from Michigan

4.98/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Cool old hardware store in a small town in northern Michigan. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Gets busy in the summer but plenty of seating. Live music on weekends. Great beers on tap and even some specialty bottles available only there to try.

Dec 15, 2016
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Tjb14 from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Dec 11, 2016
Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 27830 ratings