Short’s Brewery with Patronus


During our most recent getaway (more about that here), we decided to have dinner at Short’s Brewery in Bellaire, Michigan with our friends and bring Patronus along as well.

I’ve written about visiting Short’s before, but I was especially excited to visit the brewery again with Luke and Patronus!

When we arrived in the quiet little town of Bellaire, Michigan it was already dinnertime, so we quickly put our names on the list for a table in the outdoor seating area.  There was about an hour wait, so we decided to explore the area.

In addition to the brewery, we also came across a distillery, a wine lounge, a theatre, and plenty of little shops to look around in.

One of our favorite things about the town were all the little gardens and benches hidden away in the alcoves between the buildings.

As the five of us wandered around exploring the city, Patronus made sure to make friends with every man, woman, child, and dog who showed any interest.

For those of you who may not remember, Patronus is a rescue dog.  He was actually pretty shy when we first adopted him, so seeing him around so many people, willingly wanting attention, made me proud of him and how far he’s come.  #crazydogmommoment

Anyways, onto the food and beer!

Eventually a table opened up and we were seated with all the other dog families on the patio.

Matt, Luke and I each decided to get a flight.  Here’s what I tried:

  • Foraging North:  This was a Belgian-style Dubbel, but I could really taste the cherries without it being overpoweringly sweet.
  • Happy Jack:  A Scottish ale.  It had a nice, balanced flavor and wasn’t sweet.  It was good without being fancy.
  • Melt My Brain:  A gin and tonic beer.  It was refreshing and a little bit fruity without being overpowering, but it was also very sweet.  I’d recommend it to someone who likes summer shandy.
  • Hello Tasty:  The closest a beer could probably get to biting into an actual citrus fruit.  Although I was in the mood for something fruity, this was probably actually my least favorite.
  • Chocolate Wheat:  A Kristy beer for sure.  This one wasn’t very sweet, but it had a black coffee, chocolate, and caramel type of flavor.

I also tasted a beer from Luke’s flight called Dock Sitting, which actually ended up being one of my favorites.

Meanwhile, Patronus weasled more pets and ear scratches from random people at the brewery.

For appetizers we ordered the “Exactly Where I’m At” (a spinach, pesto, and artichoke dip with toasted baguette bread) and the “Tried and True”, which was a cheesy bread.

For dinner, I ordered the Bakersfield, which was a wrap sandwich that felt like it was designed for me (minus the banana peppers, of course).  It had tabbouleh, roasted mushrooms, spinach, red onion, feta cheese, avocado, roasted red pepper hummus, and a vinaigrette made from one of their ciders.  Zero regrets.

Luke and Matt ordered pizzas, while Amanda got a bacon alfredo mac and cheese.

When we finished our meal, everyone except Patronus was sufficiently satisfied.  (Don’t worry though, he got to taste a couple bites of appetizer and then enjoyed a big bowl of dog food with his friends after we got back.)

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