Short's Brewing Company

Short's Brewing CompanyShort's Brewing Company
BA SCORE
66.8%
Liked Their Beers
3.81 w/ 26,651 ratings
Short's Brewing CompanyShort's Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: 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

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BEER STATS
Beers:
285
Reviews:
7,938
Ratings:
26,651
Liked:
17,796
Average:
3.81/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
97%
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
269
Liked:
261
Avg:
4.56/5
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
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Ratings: 269 |  Reviews: 93
Reviews by northernbrews:
Photo of northernbrews
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to Short's quite a bit over the last 3 plus years they've been open.

I usually stop in here at least once every time I'm up north at my mom's lake cottage on Intermediate Lake. Me and HellsBells24 were up last weekend taking all the toys and docks out of the water for the winter. I stopped in here to pickup my GABF sponsor card (dollar pints for a year – Hell Ya) and t-shirt and have a few beers. (THANKS AGAIN JASON AND TODD! for the hookup)

Surprisingly I haven’t rated Short’s yet, but I figured this would be a good time.

Atmosphere: This is located in an old hardware store in downtown Bellaire. The interior is very cool. It kind of reminds me of Bell’s Eccentric café with the unique art and set-up. The walls of exposed old bricks have some interesting painting and other art. The handmade wood bar is pretty cool too as are the various types of seats throughout the place (old barrels, car benches, leather mis-matched couches and chairs). There are two separate sides (one with the bar and some seating and the other with the stage and some more different seating). During this visit, we sat near the stage (We didn’t really have a choice since it was packed). Definitely a cool and relaxed atmosphere.

Quality: Everything here is done top-notch. From the expertly crafted beers to the unique and good ass food, you won’t feel like you just wasted your time and money here. Everything is homemade and it shows.

Service: The service here is usually very good. It was very busy on Saturday (no open seat in the whole place), and the wait for beers was pretty quick. All the staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the food and beers. They are always giving non-locals help picking out something good. If you sit at the bar or in the bar area, they are always willing to give out samples before you buy a pint.

Selection: They have by far the best selection I’ve seen at a brewpub, period. It’s actually quite amazing that a small brewpub in northern MI can offer so many tasty, unique, and damn good beers at one time. First they offer the 13 Imperial Beers for either takeout or to enjoy at the pub. These are not cheap ($15 - $22.50 per 750 ml), but they are worth it if you think about the quality and amount of ingredients and time it took to brew, age, and bottle these. I’ve had the Carob Stout, Soft Parade, Black Cherry Porter, and Publican Porter and they’ve all been excellent. I hope to have the others soon. They also offered the 4 Anniversary IPA’s (Part One – 20% + triple IPA, Part Deux – regular barrel aged, Part Deux – barrel aged - double dry hopped, and Part Deux – barrel aged w/ grapefruit for 9 months). These 12oz goodies ($7 - $9) are also available to consume there or at home. I’ve had all these too, and these are also good with the grapefruit part deux being extraordinary. We had one of these during this trip. For the beers on tap, there are usually about 10 – 15 regular beers ($4.50 for 20 oz pint) and 4 or so premium beers ($6.00 for 14oz tulip) on tap at a time, which was the case today too. We had the Bellaire Brown, Huma Luma IPA, and Chocolate Wheat Stout this time. Other beers that I’ve really enjoyed before that were on tap this time were the Black Cherry Porter, Pandemonium Pale Ale, and Autumn Ale. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the Stellar Ale or Cup a Joe Crème Stout this time, but these are damn good too. They also fill growlers to go for about $12 for the growler and fill. We got a Chocolate Wheat to go.

Food: We didn’t eat here this time (we went to LuLu’s Bistro a few doors down – definitely worth checking out if in the area – it’s one of the best restaurants in northern MI – IMO), but I’ve had most of the stuff on the menu. They have some unique and good sandwiches and pizza’s. Everything is homemade and usually have some different combinations that you don’t usually see at brewpubs.

Value: You definitely get what you pay for. Some of the items are a little pricey, but for what you get, you don’t feel like you’ve been ripped off and you’ll be satisfied. If you plan on going here often, the mug club is a good idea. The mug club mug is about 32oz and they’ll fill it with the regular beer for $3.00 or $3.50 and $6.00 for the premium beers.

Overall: This is one of favorite brewpub overall if you factor in atmosphere, selection, quality, food, and most importantly beers. I’ve been to a few that have had better beer and food, but not all in one. This is worth a few hour detour to come enjoy some of the most unique and carefully crafted beers in the country. I’m very lucky my mom has a lake cottage a few miles from here, so I can have Short’s beers pretty much whenever I want. If you get a chance, stop in, you will not be disappointed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JeffSK
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of leantom
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).

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Photo of Zonian1
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

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

Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
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.

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

My favorite brewery.

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Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of Dshepp1979
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of KeyserGose
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.

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Photo of Tjb14
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

Went there for the first time and it was really nice. I really like their Autumn Ale, Space Rock, Strawberry Shortcake, lager, Huma, Anniversary Ale, Soft Parade...those are my favorites that I can remember right now.

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

Photo of stadmo1
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gear54
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of JollyRoger
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of davandwar
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BretMC987
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
Brewery rating: 66.8% out of 100 with 26,651 ratings
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