Short's Brewing Releases & Updates (2018)

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  1. red94tt

    red94tt Disciple (371) Nov 27, 2008 Michigan
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    I may have missed it somewhere in this thread but what's the deal with the abv increase in some of the Shorts brews this year? I'm not complaining, just genuinely interested in what changed :sunglasses:
     
  2. BeyondDescription

    BeyondDescription Disciple (315) Feb 9, 2009 Vermont
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    That's a great question, and from what I've been told we simply have a lot more accurate equipment, these days. For example, Juicy Tree always hit me like a train when I've had it, but when it was listed @ 7.5% I was utterly confused. Now, not so much.
     
  3. myxmastrmike

    myxmastrmike Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Michigan

    Juicy Tree typically hits me hard too, but its usually because I crush 2-3 of them haha.
    LOVE Juicy Tree!
     
  4. IntlDrainageCommission

    IntlDrainageCommission Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2015 Australia

    Feels like forever since I bought my last Short's specialty 6 pk. (less than 2 weeks is a long time for me/them). Wake me up when Aorta is released. One of the last few old era Shorts staples that's eluded me (and i'm sure many of you too). really excited to try it. love hoppy reds.
     
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  5. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Zealot (505) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan
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    Picked up the new sampler pack, Mmmmkay is tasting great like usual, Small Heath was a smooth mild ale, love the label on Small Heath as well. About to crack open a Bim Bam Boom, seems like a great beer for this cold weather.
     
  6. Tracker83

    Tracker83 Zealot (502) Jun 26, 2012 Michigan
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    First I'm hearing of this variety pack. Awesome, MmmKay is one of my all-time favorite Shorts beers!

    Also looks like Aorta is now on shelves.
     
  7. BeyondDescription

    BeyondDescription Disciple (315) Feb 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Aorta is a straight up booze cruise, folks. Be careful when handling this one.
     
  8. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (3,072) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    Weird thing about the variety pack, there's nothing in the Beer Announcements or News link on the website; however, clicking the Variety Pack link on the 2016 release schedule takes you to it under Our News. Anyway, here's the rundown.

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    Ester is a clear golden Extra Pale Ale with an abundance of doughy, fruity, and spicy yeast and hop aromas. With a very light body and some delicate cracker-like malt flavors, the focus quickly shifts to big bitter hop flavors of dandelion and similar leafy greens, punctuated by a dry finish.


    4.5% ABV
    53 IBU

    Small Heath is an English Mild Ale inspired by the show “Peaky Blinders.” This ale is copper colored and has a lasting white head. The nose is malt forward with notes of toasted grain and caramel, but balanced with herbal and grassy flavors derived from the use of English Noble hops. The beer is creamy, medium bodied, and finishes smooth.
    3.9% ABV
    22 IBU

    Bim Bam Boom is a rich dark Stout brewed with cacao nibs, cayenne pepper, and orange. Initial flavors are of sweet citrus followed by a lively tingling of peppery spice. A finish complete with roasted cocoa and tart orange flavors leaves a lasting impression.
    10.3% ABV
    36 IBU


    MMMKAY is an India Pale Lager originally produced from the final runnings of Aww Jeah. Since then, its own malt bill has been developed so the good people of Michigan can have access to MMMKAY even when Aww Jeah hasn’t been brewed. The initial fragrances are of bold citrus fruit; guava, orange, and lemon. As the head settles, the aromas shift to fresh evergreen accents. Indicated by the light body and pale yellow appearance, the focus of the beer is on hops, rather than malt. An array of enjoyable American hop flavors shock the palate ranging from slightly fruity to an intense earthy pine. A bold bitterness dominates the finish, enhanced by the clean unobtrusive nature of its lager origin.
    5.6% ABV
    72 IBU


    Decent enough pack, BBB is probably my favorite, although I haven't tried Small Heath. If you look around, there's still some BBB on the shelves, saw a six pack of that and Key Lime Pie (!!) at a store in Goodrich last weekend. Wish I'd kept some Aww Jeah around to pair with Mmmkay, too.
     
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  9. MittenBrews

    MittenBrews Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2015 North Carolina

    IIRC, wasn't BBB only around 7% when it was in sixers? If so, I'm intrigued to see how the 10% batch compares.
     
  10. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (3,072) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    I'm assuming it gotta boost when Short's started using their newer equipment for measuring ABV.
     
  11. Billet

    Billet Zealot (511) Dec 17, 2013 Michigan
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    I would buy this primarily for Ester, it is pretty good as I recall. Small Heath sounds promising too.
     
  12. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Zealot (505) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan
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    Aorta ale is so good and smooth, probably my favorite red ale.
     
  13. MittenBrews

    MittenBrews Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2015 North Carolina

    All I can say is wow, you are 100% correct. This is my first rodeo with Aorta Ale and holy smokes, it's delicious! That 9.6% isn't noticeable in the slightest way. Brown sugar nose and nice caramel and dark fruit flavor lead to that great hop finish. I'm very impressed with how complex this one is. *high five*... (forgive my non-matching glassware)
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  14. jaybags

    jaybags Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Michigan

    any of you fine gentlemen seen aorta ale in the lansing area?
     
  15. TurboBrew

    TurboBrew Initiate (0) May 13, 2012 Michigan

    Small heath was great at the pub end of this summer. Cant speak for aorta or bim bam boom. I will try some aorta ale and post feedback soon
     
  16. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Zealot (505) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan
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    Horrocks has the beer you seek.
     
  17. BeyondDescription

    BeyondDescription Disciple (315) Feb 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Aorta. My goodness. What a beast.

    FYI folks, Good Humans ABV came in -- 9%
     
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  18. BeyondDescription

    BeyondDescription Disciple (315) Feb 9, 2009 Vermont
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    I really dig the new variety pack. 12 pks of MMMKAY wouldn't be a bad idea, either...:wink:
     
  19. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Defender (619) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    wondering if it is making way to IL?
     
  20. BeyondDescription

    BeyondDescription Disciple (315) Feb 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Probably. You should just consider moving the the Mitten.:wink:
     
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  21. MittenBrews

    MittenBrews Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2015 North Carolina

    My wife would approve...a lot.
     
  22. jaybags

    jaybags Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Michigan

    is it just me? or do you get a fruity, lighter red wine taste on the front end of aorta ale?

    crazy
     
  23. BWichmann74

    BWichmann74 Initiate (103) Sep 27, 2014 Michigan

    I get the same "red wine" both in the scent (especially smelling the empty bottle after pour) and also on the front end as well.
     
  24. Billet

    Billet Zealot (511) Dec 17, 2013 Michigan
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    The Bim Bam Boom from the variety pack is really good. It has a nice chocolate/orange flavor with just a hint of hot pepper.
     
  25. fishmich

    fishmich Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2013 Michigan

    That 7 Monks tap list this coming Thursday....nice little bottle surprise there too...
     
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  26. Billet

    Billet Zealot (511) Dec 17, 2013 Michigan
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    Just had a Small Heath, very nice... This would make a good year rounder, it has great flavor but is still mild and easy to drink.
     
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  27. BeyondDescription

    BeyondDescription Disciple (315) Feb 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

    Get ready, because in early January Smore Stout gets distributed for the first time in about a decade!
     
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  28. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Zealot (505) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan
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    Can't wait for Smore stout, I'll be buying some marshmallows at the same time for the proper garnish!
     
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  29. Blackop555

    Blackop555 Meyvn (1,259) Dec 12, 2016 Michigan

    Aorta in upper peninsula. Bought some a week ago forgot about it. I'll have to try it tonight
     
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  30. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (3,072) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    All right, y'all here know I'm a total Short's homer here, and I enjoy most of their output. But it's not just the brews that make Short's great, it's the people behind the brand. Right now at home I've got this case o' Chocolate Wheat...
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    And I'm enjoying the hell out of it! Gotta send thanks to Emily in marketing and Joe in Liberation. Short's is full of some of the finest folks in the Mitten.
    And thanks to our regular guy-on-the-inside, @HopHeadHerman! Sean, we all appreciate you keeping us up to date and answering our questions. Here's to a delicious 2017.
     
  31. Tracker83

    Tracker83 Zealot (502) Jun 26, 2012 Michigan
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    2006 Imperial Pilsner? I assume this is imperial spruce pilsner? Is that even drinkable anymore?
     
  32. Brianw508

    Brianw508 Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2013 Michigan

    Could be the curl? Which is the most rarest of rare Short's beers of im correct
     
  33. fishmich

    fishmich Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2013 Michigan

    I believe it's the Curl. I'm unsure of quality but it's interesting either way depending on price.
     
  34. BeyondDescription

    BeyondDescription Disciple (315) Feb 9, 2009 Vermont
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    From what I've been told, it's still damn good. I had one a year or two ago, and can say that.
     
  35. Tracker83

    Tracker83 Zealot (502) Jun 26, 2012 Michigan
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    Heck yeah, it's interesting! I was just wondering if they were selling it for collector reasons, or if it's still a good drinkable brew. According to Sean looks like its good to drink!
     
  36. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Zealot (522) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    Just got a hoppy holiday pack from my folks. They found it yesterday at a Meijer in the western burbs. Said they had a big stack of 12-packs sitting on the floor. Not quite a fresh as my MI peeps got it, but still looking forward to trying these brews!
     
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  37. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Zealot (505) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan
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    Last beer of 2016 was a Smore Stout, suprised to find it today. Garnished it with a flaming marshmallow. Very tasty! Shorts rocked it in 2016 and I know 2017 will be even better!
     
  38. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Poo-Bah (3,072) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    Guess I know what I'm looking for tomorrow! Happy new year to all my fellow Michigan BA'S!
     
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  39. cl3

    cl3 Disciple (339) Aug 16, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Just returned from my trip back home to the U.P. I drank so many great Short's beers, during my trip. Highlights were (in no particular order) BA Carrot Cake, Critterless, Juicy Tree, Spruce Pilsner, and Guess the Dry Hop Locals Lager (amazing!). Just wanted to say thanks the all of the Short's folks making such great beer
     
  40. Tracker83

    Tracker83 Zealot (502) Jun 26, 2012 Michigan
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    Any other S'more stout sightings today? I've scoured the west side of GR today and it looks like it's still a no-show here. Patiently waiting.....
     
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