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Short's Brewing Company
Active Beers: 155
Beer Ratings: 14,014
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
121 N. Bridge Street
phone: (231) 498-2300
(Place added by: fantome)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited Short's on our whirlwind beer tour, April 23rd, 2009 so I'm more than a little bit behind on posting this review.
The atmosphere of the pub is awesome. They've done a great job with this old building and it's very inviting. The first thing you notice is the 16 foot high ceilings and all of the excellent woodwork (done by Joe, himself). The floor, bar and tabletops are all hand made and the quality shows through. The decor is fairly eclectic and it's a perfect fit for the pub.
Quality is top notch....in the beer, in the food, in the service and in the building itself. I was not disappointed in anything and we hung out there for about 4 hours. This year, I'd love to spend and entire day at Short's but we'll have to see how the trip planning goes.
Service was great, too. We had a couple of different bartenders and they were both very attentive. Of course, the place wasn't even 1/4 full so we had that going in our favor.
Selection was top notch. There were numerous taps available and most of the entire Imperial Series as well as a couple of Anniversary series beers...and I took a little of everything!
Food was very good, too and the menu selection was varied.
Pricing was about what you would expect from this type of establishment.
All in all, this was a most excellent place to start our beer tour and we fully intend to get back here again, even if it is a 7 hour drive.
02-03-2010 14:02:06 |
More by nflmvp
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Not having ever been to Bellaire, I had no idea where this place was, but I found it within about 20 seconds because it's right off the main strip.
The atmosphere is quite cool. I went there at about 6:00 on a friday night and there were 10 other people there, with about 20 there when I left at 7:30. The building is divided into the smoking section, which has an elevated stage and room for a dance floor and tables, and then the other side (the bar side) is non-smoking. That's forward thinking in my book. On the bar side, they have perhaps room for 15-20 at the bar, and comfy couches which would seat about 50-75 more. Everything except the furniture is wood and provides a nice natural decor.
Chad, the barkeep was exceptionally nice, calling us by our first name and chatting with us for a while. Met Joe, the owner and brewer and he was intrigued by my methodological dissection of his beer:) Nice guy...shot the shit about beer and life for a while. Told him about BA.
We tried 2 sandwiches, one was greek style, and the other was italian style. The breads are awesome and quite memorable.
I had 4 beers...The Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA, which was a great representation of the style...the Nicie Spicie, which is a wit hybrid fermented with ale yeast and brewed with tons of lemon and orange rind, pepper and coriander...The chocolate wheat was wonderful, which is kinda like a porter brewed with wheat and fermented with standard ale yeast...I also had the seasonal Double Chocolate Wheat, which is the chocolate wheat brewed with a shitload of cocoa...Quite rich and wonderful, reminding me of something between a Sam Adams Chocolate Bock and a Rogue Chocolate Stout.
I believe they had 9 brews on tap at this visit. All of the beers were excellent, including the sample of "The Soft Parade" which is brewed with 200 lbs of mixed berries. They were all cleanly fermented and unfiltered.
An excellent brewery with a very cool laid-back and friendly atmosphere make this a place that I will frequent again and would highly recommend to my friends.
06-05-2004 14:29:26 |
More by Mitchster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in while on a road trip and really liked this place. Warm and inviting you a greeted by a nice wooden bar and tables. Everything needs to be ordered from the bar but no worries as we were sitting at the bar. Got a nice sampler of six beers along with a pizza. Pizza was pretty good. Also ended up picking up some of their special release beers while there. Wish they had more beers on tap though. Shorts is in a fairly rural town so it seems everyone in town goes there. Being out of the way of Detroit, Lansing, and Grand Rapids, I would have to imagine most of the customers are local so it seems that they love when travelling beer geeks pop in and say hello.
08-23-2010 19:21:53 |
More by kbutler1
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5 | $$
Dulcie and Aylwin's Big Beer Adventure Volume V targeted Shorts as our northernmost destination in Michigan. Have had the Huma Lupa prior and many have spoken highly; so the visit was one of those high-anticipation things.
The long and the Short, so to speak, disappointed. To be clear, and perhaps this is what really matters, the disappointment lay not in the beer, which is good, but in everything else, which was not. It's one of those things where you wonder what the place is trying to be: a real beer place or a ChuckeCheese catering to vacationing families.
When we arrived the bedlam was awful with kids and brats everywhere. We persevered and endured the rather annoying tradition of ordering everything at the bar. So there is a huge line for everyone except the lucky few who have seats at the bar - hotly contested.
I will commend the beer selection; besides the Huma Lupa that needs no introduction, there was a broad selection of variously-hopped pales of different hue, along with an impressive Bourbon Barrel Sustenance black lager. Some may enjoy the various essays in fruit, but we avoided those like the plague. Dulcie's fav was Stellar. No, not Artois.
Food very disappointing; the kitchen must be something like a fridge and a microwave. Anyone who makes a claim that this is good is violently misled.
I would like to return, out of season, to capture it in a more tranquil mode, where perhaps the true colors can be shown.
08-06-2010 02:35:57 |
More by AylwinForbes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Got to spend a whole, enjoyable afternoon here last week. Stayed at the hotel across the street. Not driving is a good idea! The tap room is a nice airy room bustling with customers. I really didn't like the get-up-and-get-your-own-beer service scheme. That always ends up being chaotic, so at the earliest opportunity we got some bar seats. Service wasn't much better there because it was so busy.
Anyway, the beers were very interesting both good and bad. Some decent standard pales and Octoberfests, some very odd sour/fruity beers. Had the Whiskey Sour (limes and barrel aging were an interesting combo), a really good imperial porter (smoky and deep chocolate), Nicie Spicie is a mind-bending snappy peppery ginger-ish beer. I am, however, always a little paranoid about odd sour tastes in beer that could indicate poor fermentation, but what the heck do I know about infection? Don't over-interpret that because I think they have a really good thing here.
Food: Great salad, bad pizza. Other food looked good though.
This is really off the beaten path, so you had better mean it if you're looking for good beer "up north".
10-17-2011 02:46:41 |
More by BertSugar
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This place is great, try to make it up a few times a year. The pub is inside an old hardwear store, brick walls and creeky old wood floors give it a good feeling. Small inside till you notice the other side with a stage and ample seating. Everything is served from the bar so don't wait around at a table and hope to get a beer. Even with everyone being served from the baeer the line never takes to long. They always have a large list of beers on tap, alot of thier many stays with just enough specialties to keep it interesting. The food is great, it is a big reasons that I I keep coming back out to the pub now that I can get most of thier beers in bottles around home.
05-24-2010 17:26:45 |
More by Roeters
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
08-21-2013 22:16:35 |
More by SportsandJorts
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Drove up to Bellaire to kick off a 3-brewery crawl in the Traverse City area with family. Shorts is essentially the only place in town that I observed worth going to. Located in an old building with beautiful wood storefront and eye-catching sign.
We were the first to arrive that day as we got there a few minutes before opening. The bartender let us relax inside until they opened, on the custom made Cadillac couches. The interior is very nice with hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings with brick walls and local artwork lining much of the interior.
Flights of 5 came in around $8 with 20 offerings on tap, the annuals plus several more. My flight consisted of their Village Reserve, Pandemonium Pale Ale, Bellaire Brown, the Magician, and their Anniversary Ale. The best however was their Woodsmaster brew - this beer was exceptional with hints of maple, pecan and toffee. I've had several Pecan beers and this one takes the cake. The Bourbon Barrel Sustenance wasn't bad either. There's few times when ordering flights there isn't one beer that I like and Shorts did that exactly. All the beers were expertly made and outstanding.
I only rated a 4.0 for food as the only food consumed was an appetizer of spreads. All were decent and affordable. Had we tried more things I have no doubt the score would be higher.
Shorts easily makes the best beer in Michigan. The depth of styles and quality is unmatched and I only look forward to what's next from Bellaire.
06-20-2010 13:01:07 |
More by BehindtheFinBrew
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
On vacation in upper Michigan, so where does one go for their birthday...Short's Brew Pub of course. The beer here is world class. the Huma Lupa Ipa, is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Just an oustanding selection of original beers. The service was top notch as well. The waitress actualy took our names and remembered them the entire time, even though she had to have been waiting on 20 other guests. The food, although deli-style, and limited on the menu, was great. My wife thought their spinach dip was the best she's ever had. We left just before the live music began, but all in all just an extra special B-day present from the wife. If you are anywhere close to this place, you MUST go, fantastic! Skal.
08-03-2008 19:30:17 |
More by Gtreid
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Short's is such a great brewery. Being in Bellaire, the town has a nice and cozy feel to it that the brewery mimics quite well. Everyone seems to know everyone else, the pourers were really nice, and people remember your name.
The atmosphere is very cool, with lots of exposed brick, wood, some great Cadillac chairs, and two large, sprawling rooms. One room is the bar, and the other has a stage for concerts and such.
The service was great, and everyone was more than helpful. Even while it was packed (for the Anniversary party), everyone pouring had a smile on their face, and you would wait in line for less than a minute.
The selection is top notch. A phenomenal array of both experimental and traditional brews, with a plum stout, a coffee stout, and a great fruit beer that all stood out. Also, their hoppy beers, including their Anniversary Ale, the Stellar Ale, and the Huma Lupa Licious IPA were phenomenal. The bottle selection is also great.
Basically, Short's has a great up-north feel to it, but still captures the urban quality of my local breweries. Joe creates some killer brews, and you'd do yourself a disservice if you didn't make at least one trip up here.
I highly recommend this spot, and will come back again soon.
04-27-2008 19:30:02 |
More by SaucyA
Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, MI
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