Short’s Brewing Company proudly promises to invest in our consumers as much as possible. We frequently receive questions from Short’s fans from all over the country that range in all areas of our business. We are flattered by the interest taken in our company and everyone’s desire to learn more about what we do. Short’s strives to field as many personal questions as possible and tries to do so in an efficient and time-effective manner. Some of these questions have become quite frequent among Short’s enthusiasts.  So, we thought that we would make them accessible to you for immediate answers and time spent more productively for all.





About Our Beer

Q: Can you ship me beer?

A: Michigan law does not allow us to mail or ship beer to customers.

Q: Do you fill personal cornie kegs?

A: If you have your own cornie keg you would like to fill, please have it cleaned, sanitized and pressurized to 10-15 PSI. Emailing is essential, as brewers may not have time to fill your keg without a scheduled appointment and so we can also supply a list of beers that are available to be filled. Please be ready to sit down and have a pint or two while you wait for your keg to be filled, or feel free to drop your cornie off for 24 hours and come back for pickup. Please note that all keg pick ups and drop offs are done at the Bellaire location only.

Q: Where do you get the ideas for these beers, names and labels?

A: Conceptual ideas for the beer can come from anywhere. Basically, if we can dream it, we’ll try to brew it! The names usually pick themselves and tend to appear after a good night of getting “acquainted” with the new style. We try to use a collection of independent artists and designers for our signature labels. Much of our original label art comes from an old college buddy of Joe’s, Fritz Horstman.  Currently, we frequently work with Tanya Whitley.

Q: I want to distribute your beer.

A: Imperial Beverage is our distributor throughout of the state of Michigan. Outside of Michigan we work with Breakthru Beverage in Illinois, Cavalier Distributing in Indiana and Ohio, and Bella Vista and Wilson McGinley in Pennsylvania.

If you're interested in distributing our beer outside of Michigan, please e-mail

Q: I want to sell your beer in my store/bar.

A: Imperial Beverage is our distributor throughout of the state of Michigan. To learn who your local rep is or to discuss particular Short’s products, please email

Q: I want to have a Short’s beer dinner at my establishment.

A: The understanding that the right craft beer can perfectly complement a dish has led to the rise in popularity of beer-food pairing. Jon Wojtowicz, Director of Beer Liberation, has been with Short’s for more than eight years.  If you want to know about beer and food pairing, he is your man! You can contact him at

Q: Does your beer need to be kept refrigerated?

A: Beer is a perishable product and without proper refrigerated storage, it will deteriorate more quickly over time. While our beer ideally would be kept cool in stores, we understand that refrigerated storage space is limited at many retailers. Therefore, we have taken many steps to ensure that our product can withstand the conditions it may encounter in the field. Under proper storage conditions our products can remain tasty and quaffable for up to six months, and beyond!

Q: Is yeast at the bottom of my bottled beer normal?

A: Yes, a little yeast is good sign! We do not filter our beer, but we do separate the yeast and hops from beer using a centrifuge. Filtering often strips flavor from beer. That'd be a bummer. Our centrifuge uses a different process and removes the majority, but not all of the yeast and hop in the beer and because of that, the flavor is great and there is still a small bit of yeast in the package. Yeast is yummy in small amounts. They want to be eaten, trust us!

Q: Do you use local ingredients when making your beers?

A: We use local ingredients whenever they’re available, cost effective and consistently available.  We use hops from New Mission Organics in Kind Ale and have even brewed an “all Michigan Beer” called Bonafide Legit by using New Mission Organics hops and malt from the Michigan Malt Co.  We also use locally grown fruit, maple syrup, cider and spruce trees some of our brews.

Q: How many carbs and/or calories are in your beer?

A: Our beer is made with more ingredients than a standard domestic “light” lager and has a higher carbohydrate and caloric count due to non-fermented residual sugars that provide delicious flavors.

Q: Do you make gluten-free beer?

A: In 2013, we undertook our first attempt at a true Short’s Brew quality beer that contains less gluten. Focusing on what many of us would want to drink if we were cut off from beer for any length of time, the beer created was a low-gluten India Pale Lager (Alien Einstein).  It is incredibly delicious!

In order to ensure that our new low-gluten process was successful, and to make certain we would not be misleading people by falsely promoting a low-gluten beer option, we sent samples to a lab where gluten content could be determined.  Though this beer cannot be promoted as “gluten free” (since it started off deriving from gluten based cereal grains), we hoped that the test result numbers would provide us with the security and information to encourage gluten-intolerant folks to try it with confidence. When the test results returned, the gluten levels were too low to even read. This beer produced gluten readings that were below ten parts per million, the allowable numbers for gluten-free products.  As brewery manager Tyler Glaze put it, this beer has lower gluten levels than gluten free but cannot be called “gluten free.”

Subsequently in 2015, we added Space Rock to our flagship lineup, and in August of that year we made this beer "Crafted to Remove Gluten".

Q: Is the Bellaire location a brewery only or is there a pub to sample the beer? Do you have food there?

A: Bellaire is still a fully functioning brewery, 7 days a week, with three full time brewers on staff. In fact, all of the beer we serve at our pub is brewed at the Bellaire Brewery.  We have a  full food menu available at the pub as well.  We feature an array of sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, appetizers and pizza. We also try to offer a unique selection of exclusive draft beers, which can only be found at our Bellaire pub, to help make the journey even more rewarding. This is the only Short’s location that offers an opportunity to sample our beer.



Q: Where can I stay in Bellaire, when I come to visit Short’s?

A: There are a number of fine lodging establishments in Bellaire and many ways to find out more information about them. Check out the “Planning Your Visit” tab on our website.

Q: Do you fill growlers from other establishments?

A: Absolutely, it’s not what’s on the outside of the growler that is important; it’s what you’re filling it with that really matters.

Q: Do you serve beer at your facility in Elk Rapids?

A: In Fall 2016 we opened our Production Facility Pull Barn on weekends serving draft beer from 10 taps, hot dogs, and a selection of bottled beer to go. While closed for the remainder of the year, we hope to return in late spring 2017.

Q: Can we buy beer from the Elk Rapids location?

A: As of right now, we are not currently selling draft or to go beer from our Elk Rapids Production Facility.

Q: Can I return a keg to the Elk Rapids facility?

A: No.  Kegs must be purchased, picked up at and returned to our pub in Bellaire.  Sorry, no exceptions!

Q: Can we get a tour?

A: Check out our Tours page for more information!

Q: When will Short’s have a pub in [insert name of city here]?

A: Probably one of our most frequently asked questions.  There are no immediate plans to expand Short’s into any new areas. The Bellaire location was strategically picked by Joe Short, and we pride ourselves on being a destination brewery. We realize that it can be quite a journey for many people; however, we hope that if you do venture out our way, you’ll quickly understand how it plays perfectly into our company’s philosophy and mission statement.

Q: Can you send me labels?

A: If you go to our webstore, you will find beer labels,  canvas prints, and all the Short’s gear you can imagine!

Q: Can I get an internship?

A: We do not currently offer volunteer work or unpaid internships in our brewery.  When we have job openings, we list them on our Careers page.

Q: I am having a party and would like your beer there. How much should I order?

A: We sell our kegs in 1/2 barrels (15.5 gals), 1/4 barrels (7.75 gals) and 1/6 barrels (5 gals). To break it down into 12oz. pours, you will get roughly: 165 glasses from a 1/2bbl, 82 glasses from a 1/4bbl and 53 glasses from a 1/6bbl.


Here are some questions to help determine how many kegs you will need.

1. Are there going to be other alcoholic beverages?

2. Of your guests, how many are of legal drinking age?

3. Are your guests familiar with microbrew beer (are you going to have domestic keg as well)?

4. How many different beers were you thinking about getting?

5. Are you OK running out of beer or would you prefer to have some left over?

6. How long will the bar be open?

Q: Who distributes your beer?

A: Our distributor for the entire state of Michigan is Imperial Beverage, based out of Kalamazoo. You can contact Imperial by calling 269-382-4200 or by visiting them at

Outside of Michigan our distributors are as follows:
Illinois - Breakthru Beverage
Indiana & Ohio - Cavalier Distributing
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia area) - Bella Vista
Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh area) - Wilson-McGinley

Q: Will you donate to my event or sponsor me?



Since opening in 2004, Short’s has supported many worthwhile causes and events. We are lucky to be a part of a wonderful community and it gives us great pleasure to be able to give back. These are the guidelines Short's Brewing Company refers to when considering sponsorship/donation requests from non-account entities.



All requests must be submitted to for review. Due to the volume we receive we are unable to accept them at the pub or over the phone. We ask that before submitting a request you read through the following information and guidelines.



- There are so many worthwhile causes and events across the country, but we choose to focus our efforts in the state of Michigan. Requests outside of Michigan will not be reviewed.
- Sponsorship and donations will be allocated with priority to organizations and events based locally in Northern Michigan and those that share Short’s Brewing Co.'s core values. Other important considerations include amount requested, targeted audience, and remaining monthly funds.
- We decline involvement in anything related to schools and other educational institutions that work directly with young children. It’s not that we don’t believe in supporting our area schools, but we find it inappropriate to do so as an alcoholic beverage producer.
- State law prohibits us from donating beer to any events. Our hands are tied on this one.
- Due to the time and effort required to consider and process each request with care, we need at least 10 days’ notice. Any request that does not give us 10 days will be automatically declined.
- Any requests from Short’s accounts will be deferred by the Customer Service Department to the Beer Liberation Department.



Sponsorships are defined here as direct monetary gifts from Short’s Brewing Company to an external organization or event. As much as we would love to be a part of each and every sponsorship opportunity, we wouldn’t be able to make any beer if we gave everything away. Consequently, it is impossible for us to support each and every cause, no matter how worthy. New sponsorship requests are being reviewed at this time. Organizations and events may request Short’s sponsorship and shall be either approved or rejected based on the criteria laid out within this policy.


Donations are defined here as non-monetary gifts from Short’s Brewing Company to an external organization or event. Again, beer cannot be donated to any event, it would be illegal for us to do so. New donation requests are being reviewed at this time. Organizations and events may request Short’s donations and shall be either approved or rejected based on the criteria laid out within this policy.

Q: How can I ask Short’s other questions?

A: Simply email, and we’ll get back to you.

Production Facility FAQ

Q: Can we get a tour?

A: Check out our Tours page for more information!

Q: Do brewers just stand around and taste beer all day?

A: Short’s brewers are some of the hardest working people out there. They start in the wee morning hours and finish after the sun goes down. Though brewers and scientists who work at Short’s may taste the beer to make sure that it meets quality standards, they wait till the end of the day before they enjoy a thirst quenching pint.

Q: Can I get a job as a brewer at Short’s? What if I have no experience? What do you guys look for in new hires?

A: When we have job openings, we list them on our Careers page.  If there is no brewing position posted, then we are not hiring brewers.  We generally promote all brewers from within our organization.


Q: What are your hours of operation?

A: We open at 11:00 am, Monday through Sunday. Closing times can vary by season. Please check our website for special closures and holiday hours of operation.

Winter Hours

Pub Hours
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 12:00 am

Kitchen Hours
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Summer Hours

Pub Hours: 11:00 am - 12:am

Kitchen Hours
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Q: Do you take reservations?

A: We do not take reservations. When you come in the front door, visit the host stand on the left, he/she will then seat you accordingly. If there is a wait, then they will take your phone number and send you a text message when your table is ready. In the meantime, have a beer, visit Short’s Mart, or enjoy a stroll around downtown Bellaire! If you are coming in with a large group, please call ahead so we can be appropriately staffed to better meet your needs.

Q: I want to have a birthday party, rehearsal dinner, or business meeting at Short’s.

A: While we love getting interest for these special events, we only have the capacity to accommodate groups or parties of this nature during limited times due to seasonal business and hours of operation, and unfortunately we cannot reserve any space for events in July or August. If you're interested in hosting an event at our pub, please e-mail to inquire about availability.

Q: Are kids allowed at the brewpub in Bellaire?

A: Short’s is a family-friendly pub, and we encourage Short’s patrons of all ages to come and enjoy the warm and inviting atmosphere. We do ask that minors be accompanied at all times and that no person under the age of 18 be in the pub after midnight.

Q: What is honor cover?

A: Short’s books musicians from across the state and country who travel to the pub to provide live music during our evening hours. We do not charge a cover for our patrons to experience this, but we do ask guests who are enjoying the entertainment to participant in Short's "Honor Cover". Honor Cover is a way for our patrons to show their gratitude to the musicians who are providing the live music they are enjoying.