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In this new category, we've acknowledged some of the best craft beers brewed all over the state of Michigan. Beeradvocate.com calls brews from Short's "world class," and readers overwhelmingly gave it the top spot. Located in downtown Bellaire in northern Michigan, Short's Brewing Company is a fine craft brewery serving up a wide variety of innovative and flavorful beers, including favorites like the super hoppy Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA or the slightly malty Bellaire Brown Ale.
Ratebeer.com lists this Grand Rapids brewery as the third best brewery in the world. Throw in the notion that several of its beers are listed in the top 100 beers of the world on Beeradvocate.com and we're ready for a pour of Dirty Bastard or Centennial IPA.
Started in the mid-80s and steadily expanding ever since, this Kalamazoo brewery is the spot that first put Michigan beer on the map. Currently ranked No. 5 in the world at ratebeer.com, its beers have become mainstays in these parts and nationwide, including tasty creations like Oberon, and Two Hearted Ale and Kalamazoo Stout.
Whether its regular favorites like its various Hatter ales or smaller-batch specialty brews, this Holland brewing company is considered a comer on the craft beer scene. It just announced plans for a $1-million expansion of its brewery.
Regulars like Crooked Tree IPA and Boffo Brown Ale and a solid list of seaonals are among many beers crafted at this brewery in Marshall. Its currently ranked at No. 29 on the Ratebeer.com list.