Short’s Brewing 12th Anniversary Party

One of the best parts of Spring or as we know it now, “Winter 2: you thought it was over, but nope” is the Short’s Brewing Anniversary Party which is on tap for Saturday April 30, 2016 from 4-10 PM. This year is the 12th annual celebration, and it takes over 2 blocks of downtown Bellaire with a giant stage featuring music from the nationally-known funk group Vulfpeck along with the Go Rounds and the Crane Wives. As always, Short’s will showcase some of their amazing beers and also their Starcut Ciders along with local food vendors and the happiness that comes from knowing that 50% of all profits from this year’s shindig will go to the Village of Bellaire DDA to help with improvements and beautification of the Village for years to come!

Shorts Vulfpeck Compression BrewPart of the celebration is a collaboration brew with Vulfpeck, who will be playing at their Anniversary party on Saturday, April 30th. The beer is called “Compression” and it will be will be released at The Short’s Anniversary Party XII in 550mL bottles. It’s an American Sour Ale that’s a blend of four rare Short’s brews: an Oud Bruin with plums aged in red wine barrels, a Sour American Brown Ale aged in red wine barrels, a Belgian Sour Wheat Ale made with blackberries aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels, and a Sour Stout aged in bourbon barrels. Each style of beer corresponds with the band members’ personal tastes.

In the words of Theo Katzman, the band desired “a funky sour that kwenchs Katzman’s desire for a mouth-crushing barnyard blanket to the face, WHILST maintaining a sweetness akin to the Stratton-Satisfying Soft Parade, simultaneously capturing a yearning that wets Willia’s whiskey wishes, and yet has an overall drinkability that Dean’s discerning palette can simply not deny.”

Short’s will also release Anniversary Ale in bombers at the party. One of the brewery’s most anticipated annual releases, Anniversary Ale is a high-gravity Wheat Wine brewed with blood oranges, peppercorns, and orange zest.

For more information about The Short’s Anni Party XII including lodging in Bellaire and shuttles from Traverse City, please visit

Here’s Joe Short interviewing Vulfpeck from their Shortscast: