Brewery: Short’s Brewing Company (Bellaire, Michigan)
Style: Irish Red Ale
Last weekend I went to a craft beer festival in Western Michigan. The event was a rousing success (900+ people showed up) and I had a great time. The usual suspects were there — Bell’s, Founders and New Holland, to name a few — but I opted to go for smaller names that I can’t easily find in Chicago. Short’s Brewing Company, located way up north in Bellaire, Michigan, stood out to me. I knew them from their collaborations with local favorite Half Acre, and those releases were always a lot of fun (and always Ween inspired).
I tried a couple of their beers at the festival, both of which I enjoyed, and decided to bring some back with me. At a surprisingly great craft beer store in Ludington, I picked up a six pack of a brew not found at the event — The Magician.
The bottle labels this as a Dark Red London Style Ale with the caption “The eloquent, swift and skillful master who makes things happen.” When poured into a glass, the beer is a reddish brown color, and its aroma, while tame, brings hints of caramel and toffee. These traits remain present while tasting, though nothing in particular stands out. There is a slight amount of bitterness afterward.
The Magician goes down smooth and is easily drinkable, but I can’t help but feel that it’s missing a certain something. While the flavors bounce around, it doesn’t really have anything that rises above the rest. Still a quality beer, no doubt, but it could use a little boost.