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Short's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 155
Beer Ratings: 14,013
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
121 N. Bridge Street
phone: (231) 498-2300
(Place added by: fantome)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 81 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nice, Northern Michigan feel in this 100+ year old converted hardware store. Exposed brick and homey mismatched tables and chairs.
Food and beer were both good, albeit the food menu is limited mainly to appetizers, sandwiches and pizza. The chorizo queso and pizza we had were both above average.
All orders are taken at the bar, which is fairly efficient. The staff was friendly and our food was delivered promptly.
There about 20 taps with a wide arrangement of styles. We tried 11 sample sizes and even found one (Agave Peach Wheat) that my non beer drinking wife enjoyed enough to order a pint.
Well worth the drive out of the way to make a visit.
06-26-2011 14:10:01 |
More by ssimpson89
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
I like this place, I like the relax feel of it. When ever I am visiting my family in the area I always make sure to go to Short's about 2-3 times. They always have a great variety of their own beer on tap. The prices seem really fair to me (of course I am use to San Diego prices).
There is no table service, but the bartenders bring you your food. The staff is always very friendly.
There are two main rooms, the bar, and the stage area. I like that bar area more, though it is always crowded. The stage area is nice, but it is very loud, and not even when a band is playing. All of the conversations carry and it get really noisy.
As a brew pub they have a great amount of taps and great variety. The mug club is a great deal if you are a local. I got to use it because the place I was staying had some mugs.
Overall it is good. Nothing ground breaking but nice. It is typical bar food (pizza, sandwiches, mac-n-cheese) done a little special.
06-23-2011 18:29:33 |
More by nanobrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Short's brewpub has a very nice worn in sort of atmosphere that really fits the Northern Michigan setting. Plenty of wood and a lodge like decor go well with the small town of Bellaire where it resides. Parking is on the street only, but I have never had trouble getting a spot more than a brief walk from the building.
It is divided into two sections, a bar area with a long wooden bar and limited high top seating and a music area that has lots of folding tables that make me feel like I am at a church or municipal building. I actually like that it is a simple and no nonsense sort of place and they keep it clean and tidy. My only real complaint is that any time I have been here and there is music going on that quality is pretty damn bad. I realize they want to get local "artists" in here, but it seems like any wannabe with a guitar can get on stage.
The quality of the beers is of course exceptional. Short's is one of those places that has become known for pushing the boundaries with beers like Key Lime Pie and Uber Goober, but they also do more classic styles extremely well. Every beer I have ever had from Short's is better on tap and so for those of you thinking of taking a road trip, I have to say that it will totally be worth it. They also tend to have plenty of one-offs and limited brews on tap.
I have never had a problem with the service at Short's, but must advise that it is a little bit different than most places, especially places out east. All ordering is done at the bar. They bring out food and samplers to you, but you must go up to order and pay your tab. I actually think this works fairly well and they keep the line moving, but I know some people have an issue with not having a server.
The food is also quite high quality with an array of amazing sandwiches that are all named after Ween songs. They tend to change up the menu a lot, which is nice for people that frequent the pub and I would say they have a broad enough assortment to please most people. Apps are also quite good and while I was very disappointed with the pizza, a lot of people seem to really like it.
Overall Short's is a fantastic brewpub and the absolute best place to try their beers. I feel fortunate that it is only an afternoon or evening trip away and I am wishing I could make the trip there right now while writing this review. If you did not need an excuse to come up to our beautiful corner of the lower peninsula before, Short's just might be the reason you were looking for. Highly recommended.
03-09-2011 23:30:40 |
More by zoso1967
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
What great brewpub!! To my mind, they have got it all going on here- a nice, laid back atmosphere with great decor, a genuinely friendly and cheerful staff, and an amazing selection of outstanding brews.
From beers like their Pineapple Pilsner, Turtle Stout, and Raisin Apollo, I was bedazzled by the incredible range of flavors to be experienced under one roof. So much so, that i bought a sixer of the Woodmaster (one of the few ones i havent had yet), plus a t-shirt, and came back the following day for a growler of Uber Guber to savor back home as well. I was also impressed (but not surprised) by the number of people who were also enjoying themselves on a Sunday evening (near closing time, at that!).
If you live anywhere in Michigan (or anywhere, for that matter), i would highly recommend that you wow yourself with a visit to this fantastic brewpub. I know if i lived closer, i'd practically live there :) Massive props go out to Brian for the tour and humbling generosity!!!
"May the Short's be with you!"
01-20-2011 05:24:20 |
More by B0bD0bbselbock
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!
01-13-2011 07:21:43 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Reviewed on 6/30/2010.
Shorts is a nice, cozy brewpub located in the small town of Bellaire (which I wouldn't call a touristy town based on my brief impressions of it). Most of the patrons were not locals but they seemed to be relative locals (ie somewhere else in Michigan). There were 20 beers on tap, including specialty and gourmet beers. Obviously, there is a wide variety of beers to choose from, although a lot of the styles offered were very similar. While most of what I had was pretty good, I didn't find anything great which was a little disappointing. The food was good (I split the spinach & artichoke dip plus had a bowl of soup). I liked the atmosphere - it had a very cozy feel with the long bar and the seats by the windows. There also is a small stage, but it obviously wasn't in use on a Thursday afternoon. Anyway, if you come to Shorts plan to stay awhile to try a bunch of their taps. Also they sell a limited amount of their special bottled items (1/2 of which were sold out when we were there). Definitely a great place to check out in Michigan!
12-23-2010 22:04:10 |
More by LilBeerDoctor
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First stop on our MI brewery/pub/beer tour.
Quite the interesting environment inside - as expected from Short's unique beers. A bit on the rustic side, like the town. Quirky seating and decoration.
Quite a selection of drafts to choose from, from a light lager to BA'ed Cherry Porter and Barleywine (had both, by far the best Shorts beers I have had). We each split a flight, which was convenient and well displayed, I had those two "big" beers and got a couple six packs to go...only letdown was the lack of "special" release bottles.
Service was overall good, a bit "cold" at first but really warmed up once they found out we had traveled so far for a visit. Many nice people at the bar as well.
The food, was for the most part enjoyable. The pretzels and beer mustard was a bit disappointing, but the sandwich we shared as well as other apps were much better.
Overall, an enjoyable experience - one we will most likely make again at some point. Thank you to everyone at Shorts!
11-16-2010 20:50:59 |
More by Stigs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Went to Shorts Brewpub in July for the Jetty Rae show. She rocked by the way. It is a small cozy venue decorated very cool, nice little bottle collection by the bathrooms. The prices for beer were not bad and they had a very wide selection, also they sell six packs and growlers to take home (the growlers are a GREAT deal). I got a flight which is 5 different samples of beer that you choose from the long list of stuff they have on tap. Got some food while we were there which was a little bit pricey, but the pizza above all was really good (especially after a few beers). At the end of the night i got a growler of huma lupa licious to go, and couldn't have been happier. I miss shorts beer now that I moved to NYC, but I will definetly go back my next trip to Michigan. I definetly reccomend this place to anyone who hasn't gone yet.
10-21-2010 03:43:15 |
More by JizackFH
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been a huge fan of Short's beers for a long time. There really is no one who takes the chances that Joe does with beer, hit or miss. I buy a lot of it.
The hits are usually quite delicious, and the misses just as bad the other way.
So I stopped in on the way back from Traverse City on 10/10/10, it was actually bit of a detour.
Had a sandwich, pretty good, a bit too much of the mayo, but not bad. I liked it. The pilsner was really good, the Huma good, of course.
What I didn't like was one of the bartender persons (Jessica) copping an attitude with me twice, as if I was inconveniencing her and I wasn't there spending money in their establishment. It wasn't even busy and she treated me as if it was just too much to ask for a napkin or what was in the cooler. Throwing the beer list at me without explanation is ridiculous, when I inquired what were the 22oz bottles in the cooler as is not responding to me when I asked for a napkin and then getting surly and yelling at me when I asked again. What in the world...bush league amateur stuff. I've worked in all manner of restaurants, you just don't do that. There were ten people in the bar, it was not busy.
Very disappointing, very much so. No tip, and I actually won't make it a big point of going back. You tend to remember the negatives long term, they make a bigger impression if they happen, and they outweigh the positives.
There were two other servers that were good and attentive so they weren't all as anti-social.
10-11-2010 01:08:09 |
More by langmick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in while on a road trip and really liked this place. Warm and inviting you a greeted by a nice wooden bar and tables. Everything needs to be ordered from the bar but no worries as we were sitting at the bar. Got a nice sampler of six beers along with a pizza. Pizza was pretty good. Also ended up picking up some of their special release beers while there. Wish they had more beers on tap though. Shorts is in a fairly rural town so it seems everyone in town goes there. Being out of the way of Detroit, Lansing, and Grand Rapids, I would have to imagine most of the customers are local so it seems that they love when travelling beer geeks pop in and say hello.
08-23-2010 19:21:53 |
More by kbutler1
Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
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