|Sampling beers at Short's|
|Short's Brewing Taproom, Bellaire, MI|
Short's brews 10 beers that are available year-round and a whopping 40+ seasonal and specialty beers. The brewery specializes in mixing and matching herbs, spices, fruits, and other flavors to create astonishingly unique beers. For example, this year's Anniversary Ale was a wheat beer with blood orange zest/puree and green peppercorns. At 10% ABV and a stiff 63 IBUs, this beer was a hearty treat.
The brewery also released in May their Spruce Pilsner, an Imperial Indian Pilsner made with Michigan spruce needles. It did not sound too good to me, but I found it to be another unexpected treat from this out-of-the-way brewery.
If you find yourself up in the Boyne or Traverse City areas of Michigan, a side trip to the Short's taproom is well worth the time. When I visited, they had 20 beers on tap and the food was quite good as well.