Short's Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.83/5
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

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BEER STATS
Beers:
279
Ratings:
26,392
Reviews:
7,849
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
267
Reviews:
92
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
4.88%
 
 
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vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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.

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4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Short's is brewery that is not afraid to take a risk. You will alway find interesting beers to choose from and they are almost alway on point. The staff is always extremely friendly and helpful.
Whether it's to fill some growlers or get a bite to eat stoping at shorts when I'm in Bellaire is alway a great experience.

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4.01/5  rDev -11.1%
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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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

This place was great. We stopped in on a Thursday for lunch while in the area. We had a flight of 5 tasters for $8.75 I believe. You could pick any 5 from the tap list no matter what class they were in. I picked something from all categories, every beer I had was very good and hit its mark stylistically. We had a pizza that was fantastic. If I lived in the area this would be the place I order pizza from. We had a great time and I'm looking forward to going back.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere: a truly one of a kind place. everything there in essence is shorts. live music on the weekends. extremely relaxed place. great artwork. beautiful bar top.

Quality: shorts is known for their tasty experimental beers. they have a wide variety of these great experimental beers and a some good true to style beers as well.

Service: no problems. the bartender was nice and friendly. gave me tastes of beers without a problem and were helpful

Selection: almost 20 beers on tap. i had 3 and tried a lot more. most were good, some were okay and a few were great

Food: great food and a kinda unique menu. very tasty though

Overall: shorts is an extremely unique place, everything there is their own and it is all just wonderful. I wish this place wasn't so far out of the way so i could go more often

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3.59/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

On the annual beer trip, this was the final destination. We arrived at about 8:00 on Friday, August 8, 2013.

Atmosphere - It was very crowded. It raised the question in my mind as to why a table of high school aged kids were allowed to sip soda and eat pizza in a brewpub. Shorts can not help being crowded, but they can control who they let in to the pub. I was later surprised to learn a band was playing. I could not hear them.

Quality - The facility was nice. The beer was a little disappointing because beers that were advertised earlier in the week were not available when I arrived. No one beer stood one. Per the standard I have for Shorts, I was somewhat disappointed.

Service - Bearing the crowd size in mind, I thought the service was outstanding. I felt sorry for the servers bring food through the massive crowd.

Selection - Again, I was disappointed by the selection of the beers available despite 17 being on tap. The food selection was great. Short's also had a huge selection of merchandise available.

Food - The food was the highlight of the stop. I had a sandwich called "The Tree". On sourdough bread, it was curried cauliflower, paprika potatoes, spinach and raisin yogurt. Others in my group really enjoyed the pizza.

Value - The price for a pint or a sample tray was among the lowest I have seen. The food was also fairly price.

I would recommend those planning a trip to avoid Friday nights. Also, one might consider planning a trip according to a desired beer release.

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Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
3.83 out of 5 based on 26,392 ratings.
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