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The Curl is brewed by Shorts Brewing company - Bellaire, Michigan

The Curl is brewed by Short's Brewing company - Bellaire, Michigan             

The Curl is brewed with 40% more ingredients to bump any ordinary pilsner to an imperial level. We hop the kettle four times, using a good amount of Amarillo hops to balance the malty sweetness from the pilsen malt and lots of flaked maze. At 7.5% ABV and 50 Bittering Units, this beer is still very quaffable and packed full of flavor thanks to the help of our house American lager yeast. This beer was brewed upon the request of every ones favorite beer tender, Jeremy The Curl VanSice.

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Review by Beer Advocate
Appearance- The label art is pretty cool, I like the it looks like the C in the name is part of a crane, it has a different but cool look to it. It poured a nice clean and clear golden straw color with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that left plenty of nice lacing. This is one good looking beer.

Aroma- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is the malty backbone that is full of bready and grainy aromas. Immediately following that is a huge presence of citrus and floral aromas. The hops start out with big and dominating citrus notes then take on a subdued floral aroma. All the aromas in this beer are bold for it's style.

Taste - Just like the aroma, the first thing I notice is the nicely done malt backbone that has a lot of brown bread flavors along with some nice grains that make for a nice malt base for this beer. The hop aspect of this beer is nice and bold, its dominated by citrus hops that impart some lemon and grapefruit flavors. The finish is full of floral hops and is pretty bitter. The bitterness works very well with this brew, it may be a touch overpowering but after a couple sips it levels out and becomes a nice bold aspect of this beer.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, clean, and medium light bodied. It also had the perfect amount of carbonation. The bigger mouthfeel helped this bigger Pilsner.

Overall - This was a very good Imperial Pilsner, the best I have had so far. This beer was basically everything a good Pilsner should be, but double that. The look and drinkability of this beer was fantastic, this is something I could enjoy during the summer while playing some disc golf. All in all this was a crisp, clean, easy drinking beer that I enjoyed a lot and it gave me a new appreciation for this style, I wish there were more Imperial Pilsners on the market. If you like the drinkability of pilsners and the flavor of pale ales then give this beer a try, it has a great combination of flavor and drinkability.

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Gravity 1020
Fort Collins Brewery has the only restaurant in a brewery in Northern Colorado with Gravity 1020. It’s a great starting place with lunch and beer tasting. The tasting room is open Monday through Thursday 11am-6pm and Friday & Saturday 11am-7pm. Guided brewery tours are offered every Saturday at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5pm. Tours are free and last 15-20 minutes. Gravity 1020 is open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm.
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Shorts Brewing

It took 18 months for the under budget and over ambitious project to come to fruition. Joe and several friends and volunteers had gutted and restored the 100 year old hardware store to what it is today. All the craftsmanship was done by Short and crew, from the trim mold, to the bar, right down to the tile work in the bathrooms. The front mosaic took 4 people 3 straight days to complete. The brewing equipment was purchased used and slowly grew with other acquired tanks, kegs and mini expansions throughout the years. The original 7 barrel pub brewing system came with 5 fermenters and 5 serving tanks. The pub systems now employs 9 fermenters, 16 serving tanks, and 7 packaging tanks, along with an expanded cold storage warehouse. Beer production in 2004 was 178 barrels and grew to 2000 barrels in 2008.

In 2008, thanks to the financial genius, Scott Newman Bale, Short’s bought a former manufacturing facility in Elk Rapids, just on the other side of Torch Lake from their pub in Bellaire. Thanks to the small crew taking over operation in Bellaire, Joe was able to dedicate and entire year to develop the new brewing operation. It took Joe and a handful of laborers to construct a workable brewery out of a dilapidated building, just as they had done 6 years earlier.

Almost a year to the day the building was purchased, the first batch was brewed and SBC is now in the business of distributing the long awaited 6 pack in addition to their draft. True to their form, the Short’s crew has been railing out truckloads of beer on a 4 head filler for an entire year and released their first seasonal of not one but 7 new beers!

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