Bellaire, Michigan


Short’s Brewing Company has taken strides to make their brewing operations more sustainable, highlighted by the addition of solar panels on the roof of their production facility in Elk Rapids in 2015. The solar array provides an energy output of 49250 kWh, making up approximately 7% of the facility’s annual energy use.


To complete the project Short’s Brewing Company sought out local resources and worked with CBS Solar and affiliate, Renovo Energy, LLC. CBS Solar, a family-owned and operated business located in Copemish, Michigan, installed 148 photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of the Pull Barn building and Packaging Hall. The project was also supplemented by a $35,000 grant provided by USDA Rural Development through the Rural Energy for America program.


About Shorts Brewery

Short’s Brewing Company is a microbrewery based in Bellaire, Michigan dedicated to making the best beer on earth in Northern Michigan. The company began in 2002 and opened a pub in Bellaire in 2004. Four years later, Short’s bought and renovated a production facility in Elk Rapids to accommodate larger scale batches. They have since grown to become one of Michigan’s largest breweries, yet hold onto their roots, taking pride in their hand-son, mom-and-pop approach and the energy they put in to the quality of their beer, food, staff, customers and facilities.