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 joe1510:
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been wanting to go to Shorts for years now and finally made my way to Bellaire recently. Short's has a brick storefront with large windows on the main street of sleepy little Bellaire. As you walk in there's a wall of clothing; t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, biking jerseys, all for sale and next to that is the bar seating 15-20. Communal bar tables fill the rest of the open space in the main room. I didn't walk around much but there's another seating area next door that I believe has a stage. A large chalkboard adorns the wall behind the bar and a small chalkboard advertises the daily food specials next to the ordering station. You walk to the bar, order food and beer, pay, and are then served at your table. Each successive order must be placed the same way.

The staff was great, friendly, talkative, and happy to be there or so it seemed. Sampler paddles are cheap and recommended with the extensive taplist while pints are reasonable and delicious. The to-go beer is stacked in single door coolers behind the bar and there seems to be a large variety for sale at any given moment. For some reason I didn't expect much from the sandwiches but they ended up being amazingly good with unique combinations and super fresh ingredients.The charcuterie plate was nicely put together as well. There was a lot of great beer on tap along with the oddballs Short's is so well known for, all of which were fun to try.

I can't really say enough about the food or beer at Short's. It was probably my favorite stop on a recent trip around the lake and a place I will no doubt be back again.

Oct 23, 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