Shorts Brewing Co. | Bellaire, Michigan
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Shorts Brewing Co.
World Class based on 52 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

121 N Bridge St
Bellaire, Michigan United States 49615 [ print map ]
231 498 2300

Hours: Every day of the week: 11AM-Midnight

Mayor: bpar73 (36) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 10-20

Shorts Brewing Co.

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Beer Available At Shorts Brewing Co. (arranged by most recent)
Shortís Twist of Cain , Shortís Steely Danzig , Shortís Imperial Abnormal Genius , Shortís Anniversary Ale 2006/2007 Part One 98, Shortís ControversiALE 93, Shortís Iíve Got Five On It , Shortís Shandy , Shortís Imperial Soft Parade 90, Shortís Imperial Black Cherry Porter 97, Shortís Arithmacrut , Shortís Imperial Peaches and Creme , Shortís Woodmaster 90, Shortís Imperial Ginger in the Rye , Shortís Pandemonium Pale Ale 72, Shortís Stache Bender 94, Shortís Gambler 60, Shortís Imperial Aorta Ale , Shortís Imperial Spruce India Pilsner 95, Shortís Peaches & Cream 93, Shortís Good Feller Imperial IPA 95
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52 reviews for Shorts Brewing Co.
 Ambiance  86%
 Service  83%
 Selection  90%
 Food  74%
 Value  80%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Hudspart  (27) Byron Center, Michigan | July 23, 2008
Some really good beers and decent food (from what I remember when I ate there 2 years ago). Really good selection of beer.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
SpudClampDawg  (43) Jasper, Indiana | July 7, 2008| Updated September 23, 2008
Took the short trip over to Shortís during a recent trip to mid-Michigan. The drive was more than worth it. Bellaire is a small lake town brimming with young people meandering around the small downtown. The brewery sits in the small block and was practically full when we visited. The bar is modern and comfortable, a nice mix of tunes playing in the background. Over a dozen taps offered the breweryís beers. We tried The Magician, Huma Lupa, Bellaire Brown, Chocolate Wheat, Soft Parade and Pandemonium Pale. All were above average. We also grabbed a case full of 750ml Imperial beers before heading out the door. Great place to spend a few hours (or a long night if you have a place to stay). From the looks of it, they also have music every Thurs-Sat during the summer. We tried a little bit of food, but beer was definitely our focus. If you are thinking about making the trip, it is well worth your time.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau  (301) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | May 30, 2008
This place fuckiní rocks! One of my favortie brewpub stylings. Eclectic, but very tasteful decor and design. Awesome big chalkboard of huge brewpub variety. Lots of beers to ogle. The food is simple, but well done, delicious and affordable. The waitress is very nice accommodating to my beer-geek needs. I had a fantastic flight of beer. Iíd love to stick around for some music and a few pints of the Huma-luma. A must stop in Northern Michigan.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
heemer77  (212) Urbandale, Iowa | May 6, 2008| Updated August 22, 2008
Bellaire is a surprisingly small town in a recreational tourist area. The brewery itself is in a modest brick building it does not suggest anything special. However, once you get inside, you glance at their chalkboard and line up of 750ís on the bar and you know you are in a special place. The staff is friend and willing to tell you about what is happening. You can get any number of styles on tap and I admit I probably did not examine the beers as closely as I should have. The tap line up is solid and rival the best few brewpubs I have visited, both in quality and variety. An interesting and unique experience. I picked up some botteld sutff but had to restrain myself as it would be easy to spend a lot. Anyone coming anywhere near this place should make the trip. Maybe itís not a good critique of the food, but I had some nice soup while drinking.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao  (222) Iowa City, Iowa | February 10, 2008
Very cool old brick building with an airy, open interior reminiscent of The Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. I visited on a Saturday afternoon. The beer was excellent. They had 16 on tap the day I visited and offered 16 completely different bottled beers. Their beers are offered in different sizes, including 5 oz tasters for $1 per sample. The service was great. John, one of the guys who works there, was friendly and showed me around the brew house briefly. The food was decent and the music was even good (they played some Decemberists while I was there). The drive, although long, was scenic and well worth the effort.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
HailSquishface  (10) Ferndale, Michigan | February 9, 2008
Amazing place. Joe remodeled himself, it used to be an old hardware store. 16 taps of great beer, Iíd move to Bellaire just to be closer to this place. The staff is amazing, they some of the friendliest people(except Kristen.) The pizza is great and all menu items looked good.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
yjb  (8) Davis, California | December 24, 2007
Very great! The highlight was the clientele, who where all very nice, enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable. They serve only their beers, whose quality varied from good to great, and always interesting. The food was pretty good for the brewpub style. The remote distance makes a brew only trip as stretch however, it is in the middle of a nice tourist destination. The co$t of the imperial series is intimidating, and the lack of any of these on tap makes their purchase risky... hopefully their great, because I bought a ton.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
MikeMac  (4) Wyandotte, Michigan | November 19, 2007
Made a detour to check this place out. A little out of the way but worth it. The staff was very acomidating and friendly reminded me of a few old school GD chicks. Food was very good I liked the selection very original. If you want a restaurant go to a restaurant. I went during the day the music was kept at a minimum to backround. Ambiance was very inviting and original. The beer selection was great I belive there was 16 taps. More than enough to chose from. I would say this is worth the stop. Also got to meet Joe ....Great guy!!!!! Many people may not understand the nature of this place but those who do ,do..... Dont change a thing Thank You For Being Something!!!!!!
xav33  (2) Midland, MI, Michigan | July 4, 2007
Went to da UP and figured I would hit Shortís on the way down. I walked in the door and the place looked clean, new and inviting. It was fairly busy (around 5pm), but the tall ceilings make it so the crowd noise wasnít so disruptive. The quality of their beers is excellent, but Iíve only scratched the surface... The service was great but they were busy and apparently in between shift changes so they seemed a bit slowed down due to the amount of orders. Very friendly and smiling staff. I asked some specific questions pertaining to the nature of the hops in the beer and the brewing process and the guy didnít know so he went to try to find Joe Short who unfortunately was unavailable :( They have way too many beers!!! ( or I donít have enough money) I only dropped by to pick up a few beers and head back home, I was too tired to throw back a few and relax after having been on the road for 6 hours driving ( I probably would have passed out on my barstool), so I didnít get the full effect, just a 15-20 minute session of talking and moseying around the bar checking out the artwork and general atmosphere. I will definitely go back again though for the full experience, this place is great, smack in the middle of nowhere right by Traverse City, my favorite MI travel destination.
chriso  (368) London, England | July 2, 2007| Updated September 8, 2007
Fantastic place. 15 beers on tap (3 of which are "gourmet pours") plus about a dozen special release large bottles (15 to 25 bucks a bottle - ouch). The first unashamedly beer geek place for days. Really cool vibe too. Do not miss this place if youíre in the area. Only problem is that the sampler is only 5 beers so you need a fair while to do this place justice. Unfortunately we didnít have that. If I was in the area again, Iíd spend a night in Bellaire just to spend the whole evening at Shorts.

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