One of my favorite breweries in northern Michigan has to be Shorts Brewery Company. Shorts is located in a small town called Bellaire. Getting there is kind of a journey, but it’s a beautiful drive through northern Michigan. It’s a popular destination, and once you get into town you will soon realize that the cars lining the streets are there for one reason; to visit Shorts. Be warned, the pub and mart are packed all year long so there is usually a wait. Not to worry however, the wait is worth it. A couple of weeks ago I decided to make a side trip to the pub for lunch. We got to the pub and it was going to be a forty-five-minute wait, which is pretty typical. So we went to the bar and I started talking to some locals which was good because they were leaving. It’s first come first serve at the bar. So we ended up taking their seats after only being there for a couple of minutes. We started with a Stay Forever pizza and a flight to try some of their newer offerings.
After finishing our food and flight we decided to get a growler of the Chocolate Wheat to go. Chocolate Wheat is a great winter beer. It’s a porter that is brewed with chocolate malt, wheat malt and specialty grains. It’s this combination that gives the beer its rich roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and caramel tones. Chocolate Wheat pours dark brown to almost black with a deep brown head. The head dissipated rather quickly giving way to a warm roasted chocolate aroma. The taste is very similar to the aroma, roasted malt and hints of chocolate. The name would imply that you are going to be assaulted by chocolate flavor, but it’s very subtle. This subtly makes it smooth and drinkable porter.
Overall, I am glad I went with something I knew. I highly recommend this beer if you can get your hands on it.
Feel free to let me what you think. Until next time, Cheers!
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