Joe Short

CEO/Creative Engineer

Joe grew up in Rapid City and graduated from Kalkaska High School.  He began working in the hospitality industry at a young age as a waiter at the Dockside on Torch Lake.  Joe began homebrewing while attending Western Michigan University.  After beginning his professional brewing career with stints at the former Traverse Brewing Company in Elk Rapids, the former Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville and the former Jackson Brewing Company (later Zig’s Kettle and Brew), Joe decided to return to northern Michigan and start his own brewery. Since then, Joe has worked every position at Short’s.  Don’t be surprised if you stop by our pub and find him pouring beers and taking orders.  Behind the scenes, however, Joe spearheads the creative process, any construction or expansion projects, marketing, special events and overall direction of the company.   Joe is married to Leah Short, and they have two sons.

Leah Short

Owner and Visionary

Leah is from out west.  After years of working and playing hard in the mountains, she graduated from college and was prepared for a career path outside of the hospitality industry. But first, she decided to spend one last summer in northern Michigan.  As her lifelong friend, Joe Short, had recently opened a microbrewery in Bellaire, Leah hit him up for a summer job. The rest is history. Well, almost.  It is worth noting that during a whirlwind trip out east to visit Dogfish Head and see several Ween concerts, Joe convinced Leah to stay in northern Michigan. Upon her return to the pub, Leah created our delicious Ween-inspired food menu.  Through countless hours working in the deli, Leah also established the high standards of our gourmet deli operation.  Although Leah still misses the rugged, mountainous terrain of the west, she has also learned to love the beautiful lakes and woods of northern Michigan.  Leah takes great pride in the excellent food, beverages and service that our pub continues to offer its patrons.

Scott Newman-Bale

Partner/Business Development

Scott moved to the U.S. from England in 1999 after a successful career as a Database designer for EA Sports.  While attending college at Michigan State University, Joe and Scott met through a mutual friend. Scott’s background in business and real estate has been a tremendous asset to Short’s, earning him the nickname “The Magician.”  While Joe’s focus was directed towards “the next big thing to excite craft beer fans in Michigan,” Scott was the guy who found a way to fund such projects and make them financially viable.  In this way, Scott came on board at Short’s as a silent partner.  By 2007, Short’s had grown to a point where it required Scott’s attention full time.  In addition to his work at Short’s, Scott has also become a major advocate for craft brewers throughout the nation.  He currently serves as Treasurer of the Michigan Brewers Guild and has travelled throughout the U.S. advocating for craft breweries and brewers.  When he isn’t working, Scott enjoys calling soccer “football” and tons of other English things like that.  Scott resides in Traverse City, Michigan with his two daughters.

Tony Hansen

Head Brewer

Tony met Joe Short while attending a homebrew club meeting at the pub in late 2006. At that time, Tony was cooking at Boone’s Long Lake Inn while experimenting with homebrewing, biofuel production and organic farming.   Joe expressed an inspiring vision of what brewing could be and the need for help in the brewery. During one of the homebrew club meetings, Joe offered Tony a part-time job as a pub brewer. In 2007, as Short’s started to experience rapid growth, Joe began focusing on expansion and Tony’s role quickly transformed into a lead brewer position at the pub in Bellaire. In 2009, when the expansion was complete, Tony moved over to the production facility.  Tony manages production operations in Elk Rapids and oversees pub production along with R&D brewing.  Today, Tony designs the beer, the branding and the names for many of our beers.

Tyler Glaze

Director of Quality

Tyler manages the Quality, Maintenance, and IT Departments at Short’s. Tyler lives in Traverse City with a large fridge full of Huma Lupa Licious.

pub management

Erin Kuethe

General Manager

Erin is originally from Battle Creek, Michigan. She moved to Lansing during her college years, spending two years at Lansing Community College before finishing her degree at Michigan State University. Erin was bit by the traveling bug when she landed her first post-college job in the British Virgin Islands. Since then she’s been all over the world, including South Africa, The Bahamas, Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, France, Peru, and India. Erin joined the Short’s Brewing Company family in 2012 working as a pubtender, and worked her way up through the ranks to become our Pub General Manager in 2015. When she’s not running our Pub like a well-oiled machine, you can find Erin (probably with her dog, Bruce Wayne, and her daughter, Claire) in the great Northern Michigan outdoors, enjoying disc golfing, hiking, running, biking, and water sports. Her favorite part about working for Short’s? “The people who work here are like family. The growth continuously challenges and excites me, and the company embodies all of the things I love about playing outside.”

Rob Lewis

Assistant General Manager

Rob grew up in Metro Detroit. Starting his hospitality career off in 2008, Rob has worked various food and beverage positions in everything from resorts and country clubs to restaurants and conference centers. While studying hospitality business at Michigan State University, he had the opportunity to live and work in Northern Michigan for a couple summers. He fell in love with it, and when Short’s presented the opportunity to move north year-round, Rob was all over it. Residing in Bellaire, Rob enjoys playing hockey, golfing, & spending summer days on the lake with his golden retriever, Bulleit.

Jade Johnson

Floor Manager

Kaleigh Rozel

Floor Manager

front of house staff

Ali Frimodig

Pubtender

Allie Rumler

Pubtender

Alyson Ansell

Host

Amanda Crambell

Pubtender

Amy Stephenson

Pubtender

Andrew Evans

Pubtender

Anna Rumler

Pubtender

Beth Manning

Host/Pubtender

Brandy Almeida

Pubtender

Danielle Laufersky

Pubtender

Delaney Davies

Pubtender

Emily Vreede

Pubtender

Gillian Nevarez

Pubtender

Hannah Durand

Pubtender

Hunter Ansell

Pub Tour Guide

Jacob Berends

Pubtender

Jason Page

Pubtender

Jeff Kassuba

Pubtender

Jenna Valentine

Pubtender

Jordan Scholl

Busser

Justin Mitchell

Pubtender

Kase Carl

Busser

Kathryn Pastotnik

Pubtender

Kaylieanna Becmer

Busser

Keagan Fischer

Busser

Keith LaBeau

Sound

Kenzie Hitt

Host

Kenzie LaBagh

Pubtender

Kerry Stilson

Pubtender

Laine Ratliff

Busser

Maria Peppler

Pubtender

Mark Jones

Pubtender

Merissa Whitley

Pubtender

Michelle Preston

Pubtender

Olivia Vidal

Host

Ricki Windish

Busser

Ryan Hiltunen

Pubtender

Ryan Shore

Pubtender

Sam Meadows

Host

Sarah Cole

Pubtender

Scott Grulke

Pubtender

Taylor Krizmanich

Pubtender

Teegan Dawson

Busser

Zac Zeigler

Pubtender

Kitchen

Andy Hurley

Kitchen Helper

Brendan Morris

Dishwasher

Bryce Chapman

Kitchen Worker

Cassie Ostby

Kitchen Worker

Cassie Poniatoski

Kitchen Worker

Chris Shepard

Kitchen Worker

CJ Short

Kitchen Worker

Craig Buechel

Kitchen Worker

Dylan Biers

Kitchen Worker/Dishwasher

Dylan Bromelmeier

Dishwasher

Errik Cornell

Kitchen Worker

Ethan Carter

Kitchen Worker

Harold Ahrens

Dishwasher/Clean

Jack Travis

Kitchen Worker

Jacob Riley

Kitchen Worker

Kaitlyn Parish

Kitchen Worker

KC Pavlichek

Kitchen Worker

Lisa Lockman

Kitchen Worker

Megan Morris

Kitchen Worker

Mikey McClees

Dishwasher

Morgan Sutherland

Kitchen Worker

Sam Simmons

Kitchen Worker/Dishwasher

Tanner Dielman

Kitchen Worker

Timmy Reeser

Dishwasher

Trey Carl

Kitchen Worker

Tristan Richardson

Dishwasher

Pub Brewing

Ryan Hale

Head Pub Brewer

Ryan is originally from Farmington Hills Michigan. While attending Eastern Michigan University to obtain a B.S. degree in telecommunication and film, he found a love of craft beer and homebrewing. Shortly after graduation, he landed his first job in the industry brewing at Arbor Brewing Company. During this time he and his now wife, who he met at Arbor, frequently visited Antrim County to stay at his family’s cottage on Torch Lake, and even became mug club members at Short’s. It was during one of those visits that his wife, Monica, heard a rumor that Short’s was looking for a front of the house manager and a brewer to add to the team. Long story Short, pun intended, they made the move north and started working for Short’s in December 2008. When not leading the pub brewing team, Ryan enjoys spending time on lakes, hiking, biking, snowboarding and hanging out with his wife and 2 children.

Luke Whitley

Pub Brewer

Mike Baltzell

Pub Brewer

Short's Mart

Sam Strong

Short's Mart Supervisor

Sam is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. As a student at Miami University, she moved up north to enjoy the beautiful northern Michigan summer in her family’s cottage, and became the first ever Front of House intern for Short’s Brewing Company. From there, she worked her way up to joining the management team full time, and after about a year, she is now Supervisor of the Short’s Mart team. Ever since she moved up north, Sam has absolutely fallen in love with northern Michigan and all of the awesome perks that come with the territory. As a resident of Bellaire, Sam enjoys taking hikes with her pups at Glacial Hills Trails, spending time out on the beautiful Torch Lake, and exploring Traverse City to find the best tacos around.

Short's Mart

Ian Roberts

Sales Associate

Stephanie Becmer

Sales Associate

Production Brewing

Aaron Smith

Production Brewer

Aaron grew up in Greenville, Michigan. While attending Ferris State University Aaron began perfecting his skills as a homebrewer and discovering the newly emerging craft beer market. After graduation he made his way to Northern Michigan where he worked for a local television news station. The four years he spent in Northern Michigan prior to working at Short’s included many trips to Bellaire where he fell in love with all things Short’s. After sharing his homebrew with several Short’s employees, Aaron joined Short’s in September of 2010 as a Packaging Line worker, after a few months Aaron moved his way into the Cellar, and then in the spring of 2011 he began brewing for Short’s. According to Aaron, “The best part of working at Short’s is the limitless possibilities of what beer can be and constantly developing new and unique methods to create the highest quality beers.” When not brewing, Aaron enjoys gardening, traveling, and exploring the beauty of Northern Michigan with his wife, MaryJo, and two dogs: Winston and George.

Curt Guntzviller

Production Brewer

Curt, an Elk Rapids native, originally started his career in law enforcement. He soon realized his real passion was for brewing, this lead him to pursue a career at Traverse Brewing Company. Having met Joe during his employment with TBC, Curt approached Joe in 2008 about brewing at the Elk Rapids Production facility once it opened. With no exact date set for the production facility to open, Curt took the opportunity to work alongside Leah and Woj in the pub deli. He then moved to washing kegs in the pub’s basement, followed by cellaring and packaging at the pub.  The day finally came when the production facility became a reality, Curt then joined Tony and Steve where his passion became a fruition. Curt helps to head up the of brewers in Elk Rapids. As an avid outdoorsman, Curt is proud to call Elk Rapids home to him, his wife and 3 kids. When not brewing, Curt can be found hunting, fishing, or planning for the next epic Superbowl party.

Al Russell

Cellarman/Brewer

Andy Brumbaugh

Cellarman

Chris Cargill

Cellarman/Brewer

Eric Vreede

Cellarman/Brewer

Erik Anderson

Cellar Supervisor

Matt Hunter

Cellarman

Sean Niemisto

Production Brewer

Trevor Baldwin

Cellarman/Brewer

Tyler Krych

Production Brewer

Quality

Leslie Nagy

Production and Quality Manager
Leslie grew up on a cherry farm in Williamsburg, a small town just outside of Elk Rapids.  She spent a lot of her childhood daydreaming about traveling and getting away from the small town she grew up in, so graduation, she moved to South Africa for a year.  When she got back, she got her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College and after graduation took a job in the Chemistry Department there doing Biochemistry research.  Two years later she moved to Nashville, TN and continued her Biochemistry research at Vanderbilt University.  After about four years at Vanderbilt, she decided she wanted to move back to the place she tried so hard to get away from (because it turns out it’s the best place in the world!) and applied to the open Quality Assurance position at Short’s.  She went from knowing very little about beer to knowing way too much, and is now the Quality Lab Manager. She loves everything about her job (especially the tasting beer part) and she loves everything about where she lives.  In her free time, she loves traveling, snow skiing, working on her parent’s cherry farm, sitting on a boat in the middle of Elk Lake, going on long orchard walks with her dogs and (of course!) drinking beer.

Jake Kirkendall

Quality Technician

Maureen Poliskey

Quality Technician

Packaging

Derek Varela

Packaging Supervisor

Derek grew up in Riverview, a small suburb south of Detroit. He began working in the craft beer industry while attending Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. After working at a couple of Michigan’s larger breweries, Derek decided Short’s was the place for him! He fell in love with the wild beer styles and the amount of variety at Short’s. The atmosphere of the company combined with Northern Michigan made for a great place to call home. When Derek is not packaging beer, you can find him out hiking with his dog, kayaking, or out with friends enjoying life.

Steve Ison

Warehouse Supervisor

Steve-O’s career at Short’s began in 2006 at the pub brew house in Bellaire. Throughout his time at Short’s, Steve has worked in many different capacities including cellaring and kegging. He currently serves as Packaging/Warehouse Supervisor. His longtime influence as a friend and employee is seen frequently throughout Short’s history. He was the first to incorporate the “matrix” in the brewery, allowing for efficient management of all of the beer in production and has served as the inspiration behind brews like Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout and The Wizard. Steve played an important role working side-by-side with Joe during the development of our 2007 Imperial Beer Series. In fact, one of Steve’s greatest accomplishments may be the coring of 300lbs of Roma tomatoes by hand for the very first batch of Bloody Beer.
Outside of crafting and consuming delectable beers, Steve’s passions include spending time with his wife, Summer and daughter, Pearl; listening to his vintage record collection, and planning for a sustainable, off the grid homestead.

Cody Voss

Packaging

Matt Bowe

Packaging

Matt Mueller

Packaging

Mike Ostrowski

Packaging

Nate VerBurg

Packaging

Zach Mendelsohn

Packaging

Zachary Andrews

Packaging

Beer Liberation

Jon Wojtowicz

Chain Specialist

Jon, or “Woj,” was originally from the suburbs of Chicago and first started coming to Michigan with his family for summer vacations.  Upon graduating high school Jon enrolled in Western Michigan University to pursue a degree in Earth Science Education and Environmental Science.  This is where he first met Joe Short through some mutual friends and also tried some of the earliest versions of “Short’s” brew.  After graduation Jon decided he wanted to live in Northern Michigan and already had some friends there who happened to be opening a brewery.

Officially coming on board back in Feb 2007, Woj has spent time in many various roles with the company including Deli and Pub Manager, Beer Liberator, and Unofficial Short’s Historian. A lover of music, Chicago style hot dogs, and of course beer, he has successfully managed to incorporate all of these passions into many different avenues here at Short’s!

Pauline Knighton-Prueter

Sales Manager

Pauline is originally from Farmington Hills. Growing up, she spent weekends in northern Michigan at her family’s cottage a couple miles from the Short’s pub. Her experiences drinking Huma at the pub sparked an interest in the beer industry. She graduated from the University of Michigan and shortly after started her Short’s career in the Marketing Department. Outside of selling beer, she enjoys drinking beer, playing with clay, tinkering in the kitchen, and spending time on the Northern MI lakes.

Pauline is also the Vice President of the non-profit organization, Fermenta, a Michigan women’s craft collective. The organization provides mentorship and scholarship opportunities for women in the fermented beverage industries.

Adamo Legghio

Beer Liberator

Eric Haycock

Beer Liberator

Eric Tranchell

Beer Liberator

Joe LoCricchio

Regional Account Specialist

Jonathan Klein

Beer Liberator

Katy Jensen

Beer Liberator

Kerry Cochran

Beer Liberator

Matt Shields

Beer Liberator

Rachel Payne

Beer Liberator

Zack Schepel

Beer Liberator

Marketing and Design

Emily Torrence

Creative Team Project Manager

Emily is originally from Grand Rapids, MI (aka Beer City USA), but spent summers up north on Higgins Lake. She attended Central Michigan University for both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication before she married her love of craft beer and Northern Michigan, and joined the Short’s family on the administrative team in 2014. Later joining the creative team, you can usually find her behind a computer or camera trying to share the Short’s story with the world. When she’s not in the Dubbelwide or at the pub, you can find her waterskiing with the sbch2oski club, golfing with her husband Joe, visiting breweries, traveling as much as possible, but most likely on Higgins Lake with a Local’s Light or Bellaire Brown in hand.

Laura Wittbrodt

Graphic Designer

Libby Glaser

Graphic Designer

Festivals and Events

Tim Reicha

Festivals & Events Director

Born and raised in Traverse City, Tim is proud to call northern Michigan his home. In the early years of Short’s, Tim and his family traveled the scenic drive around Elk and Torch Lake to the pub to enjoy live music, great beer and food. In 2013, Tim was finishing up his degree in Elementary Education when he got his first taste of the Short’s life while volunteering for an event. Little did he know that volunteering for many events would eventually lead him to head up Short’s Festival and Events department. Tim and his wife, Erin, have two college-aged sons. Nate is studying at Grand Valley State University and John at the University of Michigan. Tim serves on the Board of the Friends of Glacial Hills and truly cares about the impact the many area trails have on the health and appeal of our communities. He and Erin spend much of their free time outdoors, biking (even in the winter on groomed fat bike trails that Tim helps maintain), hiking, camping, kayaking, and walking their two Boston Terriers.

Mike Mitrovich

Festivals & Events

Robby Zahm

Festivals & Events

Sarah Bozarth

Festivals & Events

Maintenance

Bob Underhill

Maintenance

Chris Clore

Construction Project Manager

Matt Hughes

Maintenance

Nick Kanakis

Maintenance

Nicole Sprague

Cleaner

Renay Sowulewski

Cleaner

Scott Hendrickson

Maintenance

Administrative

Mindy Theis

Human Resources Manager

Mindy Theis (rhymes with nice!), considers herself a big-city girl who loves living in small towns. Originally from Mason, Michigan, she grew up spending summers in Traverse City and visiting Short’s during snowy ski seasons in Bellaire. After graduating from Central Michigan University, Mindy spent a combined 13 years with a benefits consulting firm in Chicago and working in HR for Dow Chemical Company. She and her family were extremely excited to make Northern Michigan their home again when Mindy joined the Short’s Family as the Human Resources Manager in February 2016. Outside of work, Mindy continues to feed her passion for the craft beer industry by volunteering for festivals and events with I’m a Beerhound, and dreams of becoming a regular on Short’s Cast someday. And, if you happen to see Mindy sprinting past you at record breaking speeds on the TART Trail, make sure you have a firm grip on your Soft Parade.

Rachel Brege

Controller

Originally from Rogers City in Northeast Michigan, Rachel earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University.  After graduation, Rachel worked for eight years in public accounting in Traverse City and became a Certified Public Accountant. Looking for a change, she found herself at the Short’s family doorstep. Having always been a Northern Michigan native and loving all things outdoors, she naturally fell in love with Short’s “get outside and play” mindset. If you can’t find her on the trails, a lake, or exploring our National Parks, Rachel’s chasing after her eleven nieces and nephews.

Administrative

Austin Radebaugh

Logistics Coordinator

Erin Reicha

Bookkeeper & Payroll Administrator

Jack Archiable

Brewstorian

Jeff Willecke

IT Technician

Josh Lockman

IT Technician

Kendal Fifield

Administrative Assistant

Mike Eardley

Purchasing Manager

Sarah Moir

Administrative Assistant

Pull Barn

Amy Smith

Pulltender

Jan Toscano

Elk Rapids Tour Guide

Paulina Sutton

Pull Barn Supervisor