Short's Brewing Company

Short's Brewing Company

211 Industrial Park Drive
Bellaire, MI, 49615
United States


Year Established: 2004


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It took 18 months for the under budget and over ambitious project to come to fruition. Joe and several friends and volunteers had gutted and restored the 100 year old hardware store to what it is today. All the craftsmanship was done by Short and crew, from the trim mold, to the bar, right down to the tile work in the bathrooms. The front mosaic took 4 people 3 straight days to complete. The brewing equipment was purchased used and slowly grew with other acquired tanks, kegs and mini expansions throughout the years. The original 7 barrel pub brewing system came with 5 fermenters and 5 serving tanks. The pub systems now employs 9 fermenters, 16 serving tanks, and 7 packaging tanks, along with an expanded cold storage warehouse. Beer production in 2004 was 178 barrels and grew to 2000 barrels in 2008. The first years were nothing short of a struggle. In fact it would have appeared to not be able to re-open after the winter of 2005. All the beer was going sour, due to lack of attention to the brew house and with little financial resources to get the right tools for the right job, doom seemed imminent. The pub operation required attention, and so did the deli and the office. There was simply too much for any one person to do well. Fortunately with the encouragement and strategic planning from friends and industry colleagues they pulled through. Beer was borrowed from other breweries to pick up the slack, which helped sales and bought time to get new beers brewed. Future CFO Scott Newman Bale helped allocate financing to cover winter expenses and the brewery prevailed another winter. In the summer of 2006, Joe’s future wife, Leah Hannan joined the pub staff with an exceptional level of professionalism and management ability and took over managing the business, the deli and the pub allowing Joe to devote all of his time to the marketing and brewing operations. Doing a lot with a little, brought SBC into a better financial situation to really make a break for it. Leah worked every single deli shift (am, and pm) that summer to absorb labor expenses and push thousands of sandwiches out of a tiny oven with immaculate consistency. She cleaned up all the books and financing while managing an inexperienced staff and not only demanding excellence, but demonstrating it. Sometime throughout all that craziness Joe and Leah became engaged.They continued to exceed an acceptable limit of hours worked to build a company that reeks of passion and dedication. During the fall of 2006 Joe began to work on the Imperial Beer Series. These were beers, brewed with imperial strength and most involving nontraditional and unusual ingredients. Essentially it’s the beer project that spent all their money, prompted them to employ infrastructure and push the boundaries of what was again, something humanly impossible. Not only did they release 13 beers that spring, but they did it paired with food just after a special Huma Lupa Release and before the anniversary party in the spring of 2007. This was the dawn of the creative energy to flourish, and new beers to be born. The birth of the imperials slowly gained some attention on the beer web circuit, simultaneously directing the spot light on the pub and the uniqueness and quality of Short’s Brews. Over the next few years more and more crazy projects started developing and SBC was on the creative move. With in-house productions and new beers and no room to put anything, discussions of expansion started to surface. Soon Scott Newman Bale aka the Magician was on board and with the pub and finances under control more development on the brand could be focused. Thanks to the financial genius of the Magician, in January of 2008, Short’s bought a former manufacturing facility in Elk Rapids, just on the other side of Torch Lake from their pub in Bellaire. Thanks to the small crew taking over operation in Bellaire, Joe was able to dedicate and entire year to develop the new brewing operation. It took Joe and a handful of laborers to construct a workable brewery out of a dilapidated building, just as they had done 6 years earlier. Almost a year to the day the building was purchased, the first batch was brewed and SBC is now in the business of distributing the long awaited 6 pack in addition to their draft. True to their form, the Short’s crew has been railing out truckloads of beer on a 4 head filler for an entire year and released their first seasonal of not one but 7 new beers! Joe and Leah continue to lead their team hands on, and grow with them. They finally found time to set a date, and were married on Torch Lake, where they had meet when they were 16, and tied the knot September 2009. Joe and Leah will have their first baby in January 2010. Industrial Facility 211 Industrial Park Drive Bellaire Michigan Brewpub 121 North Bridge Street Bellaire Michigan

ID: 7356 Last updated 6 days ago Added to database 14 years ago

Quick Stats






Most Drunk: None
Highest Rated: Short's Brewing The Liberator [3.600]
Most Reviewed: Short's Brewing Huma-Lupa-Licious [10]


Beer | Style | ABV Score
Short's Brewing Abnormal Genius
Spiced Beer| 9.6 %
3.260 (2)
Short's Brewing Anniversary Ale 2009/2010
Wheatwine| 11.7 %
3.400 (2)
Short's Brewing Aorta Ale
Strong Ale| 7.6 %
3.125 (1)
Short's Brewing Autumn Ale
Extra Special Bitter| 5.8 %
2.820 (2)
Short's Brewing Black Cherry Porter
Porter| 7 %
3.150 (1)
Short's Brewing Black Licorice Lager
Strong Lager| 8 %
3.200 (2)
Short's Brewing Blanco Suave
Witbier| 6.6 %
3.000 (1)
Short's Brewing Bloody Beer
Spiced Beer| 8.5 %
3.000 (1)
Short's Brewing Bourbon Sweep The Leg Johnny
Strong Ale| 11.1 %
Short's Brewing Carob Imperial Stout
Imperial Stout| 8.1 %
3.429 (4)
Short's Brewing Chocolate Wheat
American Wheat| 7.3 %
Short's Brewing Chunky
Chocolate Stout| 5.9 %
Short's Brewing Controversial Ale
IPA| 6.5 %
3.075 (1)
Short's Brewing Cup A Joe Coffee Crème Stout
Coffee Stout| 7 %
3.100 (1)
Short's Brewing Dunkel Weizen
Dunkel Weizen| 3.7 %
Short's Brewing Earl of Brixom
Mild Ale| 3.9 %
3.100 (1)
Short's Brewing El Pastel
Chocolate Stout| 6.8 %
Short's Brewing Exterior Illumination
Wild Ale| 5.3 %
Short's Brewing Funkin' Punkin'
Spiced Beer| 5.5 %
Short's Brewing Ginger in the Rye
Rye Beer| 7.8 %
3.075 (1)
Short's Brewing Good Feller Imperial IPA
Imperial IPA| 10 %
3.100 (1)
Short's Brewing Good Humans
Strong Ale| 8 %
3.275 (1)
Short's Brewing Goodnight Bodacious
American Black Ale| 9 %
3.200 (1)
Short's Brewing Guess the Dry Hop Local’s
Light / Lite Lager| 5.2 %
3.150 (1)
Short's Brewing Hellacious Rock
Imperial IPA| 8.9 %
Short's Brewing Honey Badger
American Black Ale| 8.6 %
3.275 (1)
Short's Brewing Howlin’ Chinaski
Helles / Dortmunder| 6.5 %
3.125 (1)
Short's Brewing Huma-Lupa-Licious
IPA| 7 %
3.592 (10)
Short's Brewing Imperial Black Cherry Porter
Imperial Porter| 8.8 %
3.250 (1)
Short's Brewing Imperial Soft Parade
Fruit Beer| 10 %
3.017 (3)
Short's Brewing Imperial Spruce India Pilsner
Imperial Pilsener| 10 %
3.260 (2)
Short's Brewing Juicy Tree
IPA| 9.5 %
Short's Brewing Key Lime Pie
Fruit Beer| 5.5 %
3.450 (3)
Short's Brewing Kolsch 45
Kölsch| 6.7 %
3.025 (1)
Short's Brewing Local Light
Lager| 5.2 %
Short's Brewing Mule Beer
Blonde Ale| 6.2 %
3.075 (1)
Short's Brewing Mull It Over
Spiced Beer| 6.7 %
Short's Brewing Nicie Spicie
Spiced Beer| 5.2 %
2.984 (3)
Short's Brewing Noble Chaos
Marzen / Oktoberfest| 5.5 %
Short's Brewing Pandemonium Pale Ale
American Pale Ale| 4.4 %
3.425 (5)
Short's Brewing Peaches & Creme
Fruit Beer| 9.5 %
3.175 (1)
Short's Brewing Pontius Road Pilsner
Bohemian / Czech Pilsener| 4.7 %
2.850 (1)
Short's Brewing Publican Imperial Porter
Imperial Porter| 9.2 %
3.250 (1)
Short's Brewing Resilience Butte County IPA
IPA| 5.2 %
Short's Brewing Rich's RIPA
Rye Beer| 6.5 %
Short's Brewing Smoked Apple Ale
Smoked Ale| 6.3 %
2.925 (1)
Short's Brewing Soft Parade
Fruit Beer| 9 %
3.400 (2)
Short's Brewing Space Rock
American Pale Ale| 5 %
3.150 (1)
Short's Brewing Spruce Pilsner
Imperial Pilsener| 9.5 %
Short's Brewing Stellar Ale
American Pale Ale| 5.8 %
Short's Brewing Stevie The TV
Coffee Stout| 6 %
Short's Brewing Strawberry Short's Cake
Fruit Beer| 5 %
3.125 (1)
Short's Brewing Superfluid
Imperial IPA| 9 %
3.250 (1)
Short's Brewing Sustenance Black Beer
Dunkel / Dark Lager| 6 %
Short's Brewing The Bellaire Brown
Brown Ale| 5.2 %
3.200 (5)
Short's Brewing The Chocolate Wheat
Porter| 5.4 %
3.175 (1)
Short's Brewing The Curl Imperial Pilsner
Imperial Pilsener| 7.5 %
3.125 (1)
Short's Brewing The Golden Rule
IPA| 5.8 %
2.875 (1)
Short's Brewing The Good Samaritan
Belgian Strong Ale| 7 %
Short's Brewing The Liberator
Imperial IPA| 8 %
3.600 (2)
Short's Brewing The Locals Light Beer
Light / Lite Lager| 3.6 %
3.150 (1)
Short's Brewing The Magician
Amber Ale| 6 %
Short's Brewing The Mystery Stout
Imperial Stout| 12.5 %
3.500 (2)
Short's Brewing The Village Reserve
Extra Special Bitter| 4.2 %
Short's Brewing The Wizard
English Barleywine| 11 %
3.125 (1)
Short's Brewing The Woodmaster
Strong Ale| 9.5 %
3.300 (2)
Short's Brewing Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout
Oatmeal Stout| 6.5 %
Short's Brewing Uncle Steve's Irish Stout
Dry Stout| 4.2 %
3.275 (1)

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