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Short's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 155
Beer Ratings: 13,985
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
121 N. Bridge Street
phone: (231) 498-2300
(Place added by: fantome)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 81 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went to Short's not too long ago for the first time. I walk in and it is nice and comfy. I walk around to take a look at the place. A really neat place with tables and chairs in most of the place, but they also and couches and living room style chair with a coffee table in the bar lounge. They also had living room style chairs in the lobby where the entertainment stage is. I have not seen any bands play there, but heard they have good music there. It was also cool that they had a large chalkboard telling about the 20 beers they had on tap. The service was good and the employees are very friendly. They have a very good selection of beers and you can try a sampler plate of five beers in 5oz. glasses. The prices for what you get is rather reasonable for the size they give. Most beers are $3 for a 14oz. draft and $4.50 for the larger size. After trying the sampler, I ordered my two favorites from the sampler. The Chocolate Wheat and Cornholio were really good and satisfied me very much. I did not try the food, but when I do try it I will update this review. I had a very good time there and if I could have stayed longer I would have but I got a ride to Short's and had to go when the driver wanted to go. I do highly recommend going to Short's. You will enjoy your experience there and will not be disappointed. Also it was my first time at Shorts.
07-19-2011 01:33:08 |
More by DannyDan
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Living only two hours away it should not have taken me two years to visit this place but it did. Went there on a family vacation to the Traverse City area. I got there close to 5:00 P.M. on a Thursday with my in laws, wife, and our two children, ages 6 & 2 at the time. I was a little worried about bringing in the kids but the atmosphere is very family friendly. In fact after we sat down at least three other families with young kids came in. There were even a couple young teenage boys there enjoying a deli sandwich and a bottle of hand crafted root beer.
You seat yourself and have to go up to the counter to place an order, which is okay unless there is seven or more people in line to order something. There just isn't enough room at the counter to handle a rush of people. So no waitress to take your order from the table all orders are taken ant the counter. That is my only gripe. Everything else is perfect. Two beers and a growler for $22 is a very good deal for me.
If you ever visit be sure to GET THE FLIGHT! Five decent sized samplers for one low price. Still kicking myself over not seeing that till it was too late!
07-17-2011 05:14:19 |
More by JordanEllwanger
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Short's pub is comprised of a room with the bar and a few small tables next to a larger room with larger tables and a stage for live music. There was a pretty wide age distribution, and pretty crowded on a Saturday night.
They have a wide variety of rotating beers on tap and their Imperial series available in 750 mL bottles to go. I was there just in time to try the 2009 Anniversary Ale.
The menu was comprised of sandwiches and pizza. Food and beer was all very reasonably priced and everything was ordered at the bar.
Definitely worth visiting if you happen to be in northern Michigan.
09-02-2009 03:42:18 |
More by webmanspidey
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: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Reviewed on 6/30/2010.
Shorts is a nice, cozy brewpub located in the small town of Bellaire (which I wouldn't call a touristy town based on my brief impressions of it). Most of the patrons were not locals but they seemed to be relative locals (ie somewhere else in Michigan). There were 20 beers on tap, including specialty and gourmet beers. Obviously, there is a wide variety of beers to choose from, although a lot of the styles offered were very similar. While most of what I had was pretty good, I didn't find anything great which was a little disappointing. The food was good (I split the spinach & artichoke dip plus had a bowl of soup). I liked the atmosphere - it had a very cozy feel with the long bar and the seats by the windows. There also is a small stage, but it obviously wasn't in use on a Thursday afternoon. Anyway, if you come to Shorts plan to stay awhile to try a bunch of their taps. Also they sell a limited amount of their special bottled items (1/2 of which were sold out when we were there). Definitely a great place to check out in Michigan!
12-23-2010 22:04:10 |
More by LilBeerDoctor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
08-06-2009 23:46:25 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First stop on our MI brewery/pub/beer tour.
Quite the interesting environment inside - as expected from Short's unique beers. A bit on the rustic side, like the town. Quirky seating and decoration.
Quite a selection of drafts to choose from, from a light lager to BA'ed Cherry Porter and Barleywine (had both, by far the best Shorts beers I have had). We each split a flight, which was convenient and well displayed, I had those two "big" beers and got a couple six packs to go...only letdown was the lack of "special" release bottles.
Service was overall good, a bit "cold" at first but really warmed up once they found out we had traveled so far for a visit. Many nice people at the bar as well.
The food, was for the most part enjoyable. The pretzels and beer mustard was a bit disappointing, but the sandwich we shared as well as other apps were much better.
Overall, an enjoyable experience - one we will most likely make again at some point. Thank you to everyone at Shorts!
11-16-2010 20:50:59 |
More by Stigs
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
08-11-2013 16:35:27 |
More by JohnnyHopps
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Good selection of house beers. Always a wide range of styles, seasonals and year round selections. Great place to sit back and have a pint. Old building in a small town which has been remodeled without losing it's freat character. Food is not just burger and hot wings. Good variety of daily food specials without being too ecclectic. Food is an excellent compliment to the beers. Live music on weekends and special events. A mix of locals and tourists . Prices are reasonable. A definite must visit if in the area.
01-16-2007 13:00:14 |
More by thbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
03-19-2009 19:25:17 |
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