Thursday, April 09, 2015

Short’s Brewing Company’s Anniversary Extravaganza Will Be April 25, 2015

Written by  Jennifer Hamilton
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There are some events that you look forward to year round. These include days like Christmas, your birthday, and the annual Short’s Brewing Company’s Anniversary Extravaganza. Every year this event is wild, joyous, and overflowing with great beer (classics and new releases!) This year will not be an exception; April 25, 2015 marks the Eleven Year Anniversary Extravaganza and you do not want to miss it.
Kicking off promptly at 4pm, the entire block in front of Short’s Brewing Company will be shut down and in full celebration mode with over 4,000 guests in attendance. Though the pub itself will be open and rocking as well, this is largely an outdoor festival. Don’t fret those April showers, though, large tents will be easily found and us Michiganders are built for weather extremes anyway. Outdoors, you will find two beer serving stations and a Starcut Ciders station. That’s right, this will be the first anniversary festival in which the Short’s ciders will be showing their carbonated faces. There will be ten Starcut Ciders to dabble in, along with 20 beers being poured. This includes seven new releases! Super official inside information has advised that the Gin and Tonic Beer and the Thai Coconut Oatmeal Stout must not be passed over.

In proper Short’s Anniversary Extravaganza tradition, live music will be vibrating the streets all evening. The Accidentals, Vulfpeck, and Greensky Bluegrass will all make appearances at various times throughout the festival. Additionally, Joe Short will be making his annual ‘State of the Brewery’ address at 6pm. For a truly inspirational tale, make sure you are within earshot of Mr. Short.

What is an outdoor beer celebration without food? I’m glad you asked. The pub will be offering a limited menu indoors, including pizza by the slice, guacamole, and nachos, but guest vendors will also be in attendance. Woj’s Weiners, Pigs Eatin’ Ribs, Antrim Catering, Pita Cruiser, Terri’s Pretzels, and Moka will all have great beer accompaniments available for purchase.

The finer details: The Standard Rig ticket is $20 and includes a lanyard with commemorative ticket, a festival map/drinking guide, and one drink token. The Upgraded Rig ticket is $35 and includes a custom anniversary party fanny pack, a stainless steel Short’s beverage cup, a custom inaugural M.O.M.F (Michigan Only, Michigan Forever) patch, a commemorative ticket, a festival map/drinking guide, and one drink token.

Additional food and drink tokens can be purchased for $5. 50% of all proceeds go to the Village of Bellaire DDA.

Worried about drinking and driving? Don’t do it. A shuttle will be available for those who want to take advantage of sampling many great beers without worry. The Short’s Brewing Company website is full of more information about the shuttle and the festival in general.

Celebrations like this only come around once per year, be there or be square.

Photo credit: Michael Murphy IV Photography

Jennifer Hamilton

Jennifer Hamilton

Jennifer Hamilton has lived in various cities around the great state of Michigan and presently resides in Traverse City. When not drinking, examining, and researching the great craft beers offered in this region, Jennifer can be found trying to balance her marathon training schedule, day job, MSW course load, and three rambunctious dogs.  In Jennifer's professional opinion, beer is the glue that holds a busy schedule together; she spends a lot of time testing said theory.