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Short’s Brewing Cup of Joe hits shelves for 2016

Short's brewing Cup Of Joe

Short’s Brewing Cup Of Joe hits shelves this month for its 2016 seasonal release. Cup of Joe, a coffee cream stout, is brewed with fair trade espresso beans from Higher Grounds Trading Company.

Cup Of Joe started as a home brew recipe called Java The Stout in 2000.  From there it became the first stout brewed at Short’s.

Cup A Joe is brewed with locally roasted fair trade espresso beans from Higher Grounds, a coffee bar and roastery located in Traverse City, Michigan. Cup A Joe is a true Coffee Cream Stout, in that we add powdered milk sugar during the brewing process to give it a slight creaminess throughout. 

Taste: (Per Short’s) Prominent aromatics of malt, espresso, and cocoa are abundant and create a flavor robust with big malt characters fused with cream and coffee. The “perfect morning night capper.”

Short’s Cup of Joe hit shelves in 6-packs of 12oz. bottles in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin earlier this month.

Style: Stout (Coffee, Lactose)
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft.
Release: November 2016

8% ABV


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Short’s Tequila Sauna debuts in “Private Stache” Series

Short's Tequila Sauna

Short’s Tequila Sauna debuted Friday, September 23rd – a golden sour ale.

As the name suggests, Short’s Tequila Sauna is aged in tequila barrels. Addtionally, the beer was fermented with orange and pomegrantes,

This beer has a dark gold hue and a big nose of tequila, oak, and wisps of tangy fruit. Tequila and oak flavors are present at first sip followed by a mouth coating acidity. Mild flavors of pomegranate and orange peak through before a dry and slightly funky finish.

Short’s Tequila Sauna is part of Short’s Private Stache Series, originally launched in 2015. The pub-only releases are experimental, barrel-aged, sour, or really anything the brewers can dream up. Available in bottles exclusively at the Bellaire Pub.

Style: American Sour/Wild Ale (w/ Pomegranate, Oranges. Barrel Aged. Tequila.)
Availability: Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Debut: 9/23/16

6.7% ABV

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Short’s Psychedelic Cat Grass, packaged and delivered in 24 hours (starting today)

Short's Psychedelic Cat Grass

Short’s Psychedelic Cat Grass hits distribution starting today. The brewery has been packaging since dawn this morning. This beer is all about fresh.

Triple dry-hopped India pale get your attention? Just wait, it gets better. Short’s Psychedelic Cat Grass is being packaged and shipped within 24 hours.

The idea came from brewery partner Scott Newman-Bale. Take an over-the-top India pale ale, and get it out to the pub patrons within a day. Being the bold brewery that they are, Short’s has decided to push the envelope and put this beer into distribution for the first time.

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Aromas of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit accompany the brew’s slightly hazy, pale orange color and lasting white head. A dry finish is preceded by balanced flavors of tropical fruit and bitter hops.

Newman-Bale mentions that Short’s Psychedelic Cat Grass will be sent to any distributor willing to undertake the challenge of same-day distribution. Currently, Michigan’s Imperial Beverage has accepted the challenge.

Short’s Psychedelic Cat Grass is a 12 ounce bottle and draft release, debuting August 17th. Each six pack will contain a pair of 3-D glasses for good psychedelic fun.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Debut: 8/17/16

7.1% ABV, 91 IBUs

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Short’s Strawberry Short’s Cake is alcoholic dessert

Short's Strawberry Short's Cake bottle

Short’s Strawberry Short’s Cake is back for Summer 2016.

The base beer for this perennial favorite a golden ale, brewed with fresh strawberries and milk sugar. (That’s lactose for those science-y folks). The end result is a creamy dessert beer that smells and tastes just as it’s billed.

The flavors of shortcake and fresh strawberries transform this beer into rose-colored party nectar that is pleasingly sweet with hints of cream. Biscuit flavors and aromas arise from the use of large amounts of Victory malt.

Summer of 2016 is when we finally got to try this beer for the first time. The strawberries are fresh, the beer is smooth (thanks to the milk sugar), and really reminds us of a a dessert at a hot summer barbecue. So much so, there was a point where you almost want to chew it. Trust us, drinking it is easier.

Short’s Strawberry Short’s Cake is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering. Seasonally.

Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Strawberries)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Summer Seasonal.
Latest Return: Late June, 2016

5% ABV, 10 IBUs

Image: Beer Street Journal

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Short’s Power of Love. Just add Huey Lewis

Short's Power of Love

Short’s Power of Love is a new shandy that is perfect for summer as well as Back to the Future fans.

Because it’s Short’s Brewing, Power of Love is not just any shandy. The base beer is a wheat beer, brewed with raspberries and rosemary. It is then blended with Williamsburg, Michigan’s Northwoods Soda & Syrup Co.’s Gourmet Lemonade. The resulting beer tastes a bit like a grapefruit.

Very sweet lemon flavors give way to a shock of tart raspberry before turning sharply dry, as if eating a piece of grapefruit.

Short’s Power of Love is available starting July 13th in 12 ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Shandy (w/ Raspberries, Rosemary)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal.
Debut: 7/13/16

3.1% ABV, 20 IBUs

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Half Acre Freedom of ’78 makes a July return

Half Acre Freedom of '78

Half Acre Freedom of ’78 was brought out of retirement last year, after the recipe took 5 years off.

The beer – originally brewed at Short’s Brewing in Michigan, is an India pale ale, brewed with guava. Incidentally, Half Acre touts this beer as “outlandish and crushable, channeling the effect of Ween on the brain.”

Freedom’s label depicts the brewery family crowded a porch in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The house has a very special brewery history:

Our owner and his wife lived there first, then our head brewer and the woman who would become his wife, then another brewer and his wife and now a couple that met at Half Acre and got married. When they move out, someone else will sign the lease and continue the custom, making sure to preserve the Half Acre lineage.

Half Acre Freedom of ’78 is now available on draft and in 22 ounce bottles.

Style: IPA (w/ Guava)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft. Limited release.
Latest Return: 7/1/16

7% ABV