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 wife, Judy, and 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.

Matt Drake


Matt is a lawyer with a background in creative writing who began making regular trips to Short’s pub after drinking a Huma Lupa Licious on tap. After falling in love with Short’s, Matt began volunteering his time in any capacity possible to help with the mission. When Leah introduced Matt to Joe, a lifelong friendship and working relationship was forged. Matt works closely with several departments at Short’s, including marketing, human resources, and legal. Matt also plays a big role in the overall company direction. Nicknamed “the Dr.” because he’s responsible for fixing anything that goes wrong and keeping everybody happy and healthy. Matt is involved in our local community as the President of Paddle Antrim and as a board member of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Living in Elk Rapids, Matt enjoys cycling all seasons of the year, kayaking through the Chain of Lakes, and spending time with his wife Dana, and their two children, Liam and Nora.

Tyler Glaze

Quality Manager

Tyler studied at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo as a Microbiology/Biochemistry Undergraduate student and escaped before graduation to explore the United States and try all of its beer. By sheer luck, Tyler landed in a seat at the Bellaire Pub and was hired shortly after for a summer internship. Soon, he found himself managing the Quality Department at Short’s and, while working at Short’s, attended the prestigious University of California, Davis Extension, Master Brewer’s Program where he learned the science and engineering behind the beer we all love. Shortly after, Tyler received his Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, London, U.K. Tyler lives in Traverse City with a large fridge full of Huma Lupa Licious.


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) 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

Assisant General Manager

Ali Frimodig


Allie Rumler


Amanda Crambell


Andrew Evans


Ash Thompson


Brandy Almeida


Emily Vreede


Grace Tremonti


Hannah Durand


Jacob Berends


Jason Page


Jordan Scholl


Kathryn Pastotnik


Kaylieanna Becmer


Keith LaBeau


Kyle Russell


Marcus Manville


Maria Peppler


Mark Jones


Merissa Blata


Scott Grulke


Stefanie Drake

Pub Manager

Taylor Krizmanich


Zac Zeigler



Alyssa Deloy

Kitchen Worker

Cassandra Poniatoski

Kitchen Worker

Cassie Ostby

Kitchen Worker

CJ Short

Kitchen Worker

Craig Buechel

Kitchen Worker

Errik Cornell

Kitchen Worker

Jack Travis

Kitchen Worker

Kaitlyn Parish

Dough Specialist

KC Pavlichek

Kitchen Worker

Lisa Lockman

Kitchen Worker

Morgan Sutherland

Kitchen Worker

Pub Brewing

Ryan Hale

Head Pub Brewer

Ryan is originally from Farming 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

Nick Lockman

Operations Manager

Jenna Valentine

Assistant Merchandiser

Mike Mitrovich

Sales Associate

Tani Carl

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.

Chris Cargill


Joe Ostrander


Leslie Nagy

Quality Lab Manager

Mike McQuiston

Production Brewer - Barrel Program Head

Sean Niemisto

Production Brewer

Tyler Krych

Production Brewer


Forrest Moline

Cellar Manager

Andy Brumbaugh


Eric Vreede


Erik Anderson

Assistant Cellar Manager

Matt Hunter



Derek Varela

Packaging Supervisor

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.

Denny Soper


Emily Kwekel


Joe Potter


Zach Mendelsohn


Beer Liberation

Jon Wojtowicz

Beer Liberation 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 many weekends in northern Michigan at her family’s cottage a couple miles from the Short’s pub. Her experiences 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. Pauline is now the Sales Coordinator and greatly enjoys educating the public on craft beer.

Pauline is also the 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

Gerard Knoph

Cider Liberator

Joe LoCricchio

Regional Account Specialist

Katy Jensen

Beer Liberator

Kerry Cochran

Beer Liberator

Rachel Payne

Beer Liberator

Ryan Williams

Beer Liberator

Sean Cudahy

Beer Liberator

Marketing and Design

Jesse Den Herder

Creative Director

Jesse grew up in the greater Lansing, MI area. After getting married and realizing that northern MI was the promised land, he moved to Antrim County to start a family. Jesse’s background as a VP of Marketing, award winning graphic designer, and product developer gave him the ability to stay in a small town and work remotely with clients all over the country. His midwest, working class approach to brand development garnered him respect nationally while working in industries like Action Sports, Toy and Game, and various emerging brands.

In 2013, Jesse and Joe Short crossed paths as soccer dads and Jesse discovered that his dream job existed closer to home. In 2014, he moved into the position of Creative Director for Short’s to play a part in telling the story of the fearless beer he’s always loved. He lives in Elk Rapids with his lovely wife, Tara, and three adorable children: Jonah, Charlie and Violet.

Emily Sullivan

Marketing Communications Associate

Gillian Cobb

Marketing Coordinator

Laura Stegmeyer

Junior Graphic Designer

Human Resources

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


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 ten nieces and nephews.

Erin Reicha

Bookkeeper & Payroll Administrator

Liz Strickland

Administrative Assistant


Brian Brown

IT Director
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Jeff Willecke

IT Technician

Josh Lockman

IT Technician

Festival 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 and great beer. 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 would eventually lead him to head up Short’s Festival and Events department.
In Tim’s spare time, he much of his time outdoors with his wife and two sons. They enjoy hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and kayaking.

Sarah Bozarth

Festivals & Events


Bob Underhill


Chris Clore

Project Manager

Dawn Baggs


Kody Koerber


Matt Hughes


Scott Hendrickson



Jack Archiable


Kendal Fifield

Administrative Assistant

Kyle Lee

Production Administrative Assistant

Sarah Moir

Administrative Assistant