Name: Short’s Brewing Company

Location: Bellaire, Michigan

Type: Production brewery/brewpub

Available in DC Market: No

What you need to know: Opened in 2004 in a 100 year old hardware store in Bellaire, Michigan, the mission of Short’s Brewing has been “liberating” residents of Michigan from bad beer and introducing them to good craft beer. While the brewery had some early struggles, it has since righted the ship and become well-known nationally for a variety of beers that really push the limits of creativity. For example, Short’s has produced PB&J, S’more, and Key Lime Pie flavored beers on its seven barrel brew system. Yes, seriously. It’s a real treat to have this brewery at SAVOR because Short’s does not distribute outside of Michigan and has no intention to do so. Enjoy it while it’s here!


Beer #1: Good Samaritan

Notes: Good Samaritan is “Brewed with local cider. Sweet apple aromas and spicy esters of clove, nutmeg, and allspice entice the nose. A pleasant crimson amber tone and slight haze give this beer an appearance similar to the cider it was made with, while malty hints of raisin and molasses balance the complex spiciness found throughout the profile. The finish is surprisingly clean with no particular flavor component resonating on the palette.” A cider-beer hybrid? Can’t wait. Two of my favorite things!

Beer Advocate: 79 (52 reviews)
Rate Beer: 60 overall, 63 style (48 ratings)

Beer #2: Raisin Apollo

Notes: From Short’s: “Enticing hop aromas of pine and freshly cut grass boldly emit from this marmalade colored brew. Subtle sweet flavors are accentuated and complimented by the raisins, leading into a hoppy mandarin orange citrus blast. The finish is dominated by high alpha hops, so the mouth dries slightly and bitterness begins to resonate profoundly.

Beer Advocate: 79 (29 reviews)
Rate Beer: 73 overall, 16 style (21 ratings)

Summary: Short’s really opened my eyes about what beer could be last year at ChurchKey. They’re taking over ChurchKey again this Saturday with a bunch of brews. Good Samaritan sounds great to me, but the Raisin Apollo doesn’t get such great reviews (I’ll still try it anyway obviously). I would have rather Short’s brought something like Nicie Spicie or Imperial Spruce Pilsner, something that has more of their unique touch than a double IPA. In any event, Short’s has an important place in American craft brewing. Constantly pushing the envelope with a huge portfolio of beers.

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