Short's Brewing Company

Short's Brewing CompanyShort's Brewing Company
BA SCORE
3.81/5
26,732 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:
294
Reviews:
7,954
Ratings:
26,732
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.56/5
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
269
pDev:
8.33%
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

An exceptional place to visit, this is a full day drive from Toronto. A touristy area, relaxed, and that filters into the brewpub. Exceptionally friendly service, everyone seems to acknowledge you are there, and with a smile. Many, many bottles and varieties available, easing the travel burden. Many beers, mostly one-offs, on tap and there were some very good ones that invent their own style or take you someone you have never been in that style.A variation of styles on tap, a guest tap would have been interesting, and of course some casks.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of tommy5
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Stopped in on a summer evening. Heard many great things about Shorts and hoped it was worth it, as it was quite an adventure getting there. Place had a nice old town feel, nothing artsy but had the character of an older brewpub. Did a flight of beers and was impressed by the offerings, then proceeded to buy one each of all the bombers and one sixer each of all the beers I had not gotten yet down state. Considering, service was great, and considering the boldness of the brewery selection would be almost impossible to not be great. I would visit again and recommend to a friend. Perfect Score!

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Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited for lunch on the second day of our Michigan tour.

Atmosphere: Wood, lots of it, adorns the bar and entrance. The long wooden bar is immediately on entrance, with tables also dotting the area. A separate seating area includes a stage. We settled on the bar.

Quality: Top notch. The restaurant was clean, food was good, beer was great, and staff was friendly. A great experience.

Service: The barstaff was attentive and friendly to us as out-of-towners. They offered samples and recommendations along with chatter.

Selection: Over 15 beers on tap! The stand-outs were the 2009 Anniversary Ale and Strawberry Short's Cake. We ended up carrying out way too many things but it was worth it.

Food: Food was a step above pub grub. My quesadilla was very nice with just enough heat from the salsa to rattle my tastebuds.

If you are anywhere near Bellaire, stop and visit. We had a great experience.

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

Visited with SierraGS, Ffejherb and Brewslut for the Brew Ski Bash. A fun place, in a small town, off the beaten path in the northwestern section of Michigan's lower peninsula.

A small bar that seats around 10, and a unique seating area in old car seats greets you. Exposed brick walls, high ceilings, exposed piping and such. A rather small, cozy and inviting space. The other side contains the music room connected by a doorway and ramp/stairs. This area has a "roadhouse" feel with scattered tables and a nice sized stage for music acts.

Selection was impressive to say the least! Just about everything you could ever want, to include five stouts to choose from for the Brew Ski Bash! You could even get bottles of the Imperial beers if you found the draft list of 20 some beers to be lacking!

The food was very nice and reminded me very much of our beloved Selin's Grove. A nice soup, good wraps, pizza and munchies. All very well prepared and perfect to compliment the beer.

Service was very solid with good attitudes, good beer knowledge and big time help when I was ready to order my almost 2 cases of bottles and 6 growler!

If Short's was in my hometown I would be a very happy man! This place has the balls to try "different" things....come on S'mores Stout, Bloody Beer, Soft Parade...and they combine it with a warm atmosphere and good food. What more could you ask for.

Short's has vaulted into my "short" list of must visit places in the USA. I will most certainly be back to visit whenever my travels take me anywhere near Bellaire, like going up I-75! I will make sure to give myself extra time for a visit.

Keep up the great work Joe!

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Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of midlifec
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.15/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the coolest brewery I’ve visited in a long time. Worth the detour through Michigan’s back country roads. The place itself is spacious, with two bars pouring their beers. I ordered a few taster flights and took a growler home. No food so I can’t comment on that. The staff was across the board as friendly and welcoming as I would expect. Although my visit was for a special occasion I sure hope that I can repeat it someday.

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Photo of atone315
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!

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

Once again, Short's has been one of those stops in the L.P. that I wasn't sure when or how I would make it there, but I finally did on my recent L.P. cruise to Bells for Eccentric Day and Dark Horse for the 4 Elf Party.

I stopped at Short's in Bellaire for one reason, and one reason only. BA Wizard. This beast as eluded me for decades, if not centuries!

I arrived around 5:30 on a Thursday afternoon, and there was one table of younger (what appeared to be locals) occupying one table, and a few other locals at the bar who were very friendly. We chatted about beer, Three Floyds, Bells, Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin, a good beer geek experience. The bar side is rather small, but comfortable and inviting. A really nice north woods feel to it, almost rustic, yet modern. Great looking place. The other side is sort of the restaurant/stage area. Very impressive. The ramp is beautiful, make sure to look down if you check out the other side when you're there! Very awesome.

I ordered the Mac n Cheese, which was very good. The BA Wizard was fantastic, everything I had hoped it would be. A nice barrel character, nice raisin character, dried fruit, nice malt balance. Wonderful brew. Worth the drive up to Bellaire if you are in the TC area, or even in if you have to go out of your way form I-75 or anywhere north of GR. Great stop. Extra points for Ween themed menu items! Taaaake me away...to some other land!

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Photo of joe1510
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Last stop of the day as part of a whirlwind Michigan beer tour. After driving from Kuhnhenn, Dark Horse, and Bells, we were ready to chill with a good meal and great beer.

We hit up Shorts around 9:45 after a long-ass haul from Bells, and found the place totally jam-packed. We totally lucked out and got a table near the bar after we had ordered beer. I guess that a lot of places in Michigan don't have waitstaff that got to the tables? Odd. Anyways we found that they only offered pizza at that time with the kitchen closing pronto, so we ordered up quick.

Short's seems to be split up into two halves. The bar side with just a few seats at the bar and several tables, and the live entertainment side. I have no idea if there were any tables on the other side as there was just a sea of people standing.

Lots to choose from on the chaulkboard. Plenty of regular draughts with a few seasonals. Lots of growlers being filled and plenty of the Imperial 750's still for sale ranging from $16-$25. Ouch. I didn't see any of the anniversay beers for sale though, and I was dissapointed that there were no six packs available of Humalupalicious.

The Pizza was great but they really skimped on the toppings on my side. There might have been one or two slivers of onions on each slice. Minor gripe on a very good pizza otherwise.

The beer was very good, as expected. Pam had a Cup 'O Joe, and I had a Golden Rule and a Humalupalious. I hate to say it but after experiencing so many rare, over-the-top beers from Shorts at the Extreme Beers fests, I was mildly dissapointed at the selection. Loads of variety but the bigger, bolder stuff was fairly limited.

We were really beat, and we needed to unwind in a quiter space so we split after a couple and hit the sack. I feel that we really "Shorted" ourselves on this visit!
No sign of Joe either, too bad because I had a bunch of beer for him.

We would definately go back. Shorts is a long haul from the Southern part of the state, about a four hour drive, but the whole NW part of Michigan is beautifull and theres plenty to explore.

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Photo of arizcards
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We found this place while vacationing via an article in a weekly newspaper circulated in the NW Michigan area.

The atmosphere is very cool. The owner and friends worked on this place for a year and a half, comverting it from a hardware store to a full service brewery and restaurant. It is set up for live entertainment and we were fortunate enough to catch a little of a jazz band that was playing. The bartender Chad was very friendly and made it a point to introduce himself and ask the name of every customer coming in. It was divided into two parts, one part for dining and conversation and the other side primarily catering to live music.

It is a very good quality brewery. A lot of work went into it and the staff was very friendly.

The service was outstanding. Chad hustled his butt off the two hours we were there.

There were about 9 beers to choose from but being the IPA junkie I am I only sampled that.

The food was near perfect. I had the apple smoked pork sandwich that was melt in your mouth.

The only disappointment was that Joe the owner did not acknowledge our presence at the bar.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of frazbri
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Short's Brewing Company of Bellaire, Michigan is right on the main street of small northern town, and Bellaire isn't exactly a pitstop on the highway. If you get to Short's it's either as a destination, or an extremely happy accident. I made it a target on my return trip from Ontario.

Short's public area is divided in two sections. The main bar area is located on the north side of the brewpub. The bar is along the north wall with tables and stools and a couple more homey furnishings as well. The south area was a sort of lounge. Most of the seating being the more padded, living room style adornments with a few tables as well. The stage sits at the west end of the lounge. Friendly, folksy art adorns most of the wallspace in both rooms. The whole place has a homey vibe to it.

Food and beer service was at the bar only on this sunny memorial day monday. The staff was friendly, and courteous. The menu is deli sandwiches, soup and pizza. We ordered sandwiches and pints, found a table and relaxed. The food took a little while, but it was hot upon arrival. (There was a pretty big group ahead of us, and it wasn't suprising to have a little wait.) I had a chicken sandwich that was on the specials board, it was tasty and had a nice, spicy kick. My cousin ordered the Puerto Rican Power quesadilla and noted the salsa was hotter than he expected. We both enjoyed our lunches.

The beer menu was quite impressive. There were aproximately fifteen beers on tap, and the variety available should appease almost any beer drinker. They brew many session strength beers as well as thier heavy weight ales. I had a pint of the Chocolate Wheat Stout, and my cuz had the Village Reserve. I also grabbed a growler of the Huma Lupa Licious and one of the Stellar ale. There were no duds in the bunch.

Would I go to Short's again? I intend to visit again and again. I've been mapping out routes, trying to determine the best way to get there on my future northern expeditions. This is the kind of place I go out of my way to get to.

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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 morimech
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The forums told me a stop at Short's is a necessatiy. Glad I made the trip. The location and building is what I picture a brewpub should look like. A recent renovation maintained the atmosphere while introducing modern anminities. Orders are placed at the bar and the service is brisk. It appeared to back up a little when more than a few people want something. Got the slip to order my sampler and sat at the bar and made my choices of the 20 possible options. I never particularly cared for the bottled Short's beer, but everything I had at the brewpub was good to outstanding. Even Whiskey Sour was good. I ordered a club sandwich which was also very good. Pretty much sandwiches is the only thing on the menu but there are many options.

This is the model for brewpubs in my opinion. Great building, good food and beer that that will draw people from far away. Also picked up a 6-pack to-go. A nice drive out of the way. Some nice roads and natural beauty.

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Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
Brewery rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 26,732 ratings
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