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 atone315:
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atone315 from Wisconsin

4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited Short's most recently on 10-8-13 as part of a week long vacation in the Traverse City area. My wife and I have visited Short's before, last time was on a busy Saturday afternoon (2012 Memorial Day Weekend) so it was nice to experience this place on a more calm Fall Tuesday afternoon.

We walked into Short's and there were no seats at the bar. We walked up to the ordering area/ register and ordered a few pints. Walked to the second/ back bar area and grabbed a table. This is also the area with the stage, I have seen that they have live music during evening hours. Seems like a good venue for it. After about a half hour, we felt like we were missing out so we checked and 2 seats opened at the bar. We bellied up and really began to enjoy Short's. Our bartender came over by us, took our order, and introduced herself to us. She then asked what our names were, which was a definite personal touch. Everyone that works at Short's is super friendly, all look extremely happy to work there.

The beer menu is extremely impressive, I believe they had 20 or so taps on hand. There looked to be about 5 or 6 of their usual beers, 6-10 rotating beers, and a few one offs. This was the same the last time I was here, so I can only assume it is always like that. Prices for the beers are exactly were they should be, Pints and Flights included. I wasn't disappointed with any of the beers we tried (in fact, we loved 95% of them!), we went through a few flights and a few pints during our 3ish hour visit. They had a BBQ beer on, it was surprisingly tasty!!!

We also had a couple of appetizers while at Short's, both dishes were tasty and huge for the cost. Worked well to offset the effects of all the beer we consumed. I think the next time I visit Short's I am going to get a sandwich or pizza, they both look real tasty!!

Overall, I absolutely LOVE Short's. It is one of my favorite Michigan stops, worthy of being a destination especially considering the area it is in...absolutely lovely! If you haven't been here and you are going to be in the area, make it a point to get here!

Oct 16, 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