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Shorts Brewing at Sheffields (Event Recap)

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Rohit Naimpally

Pol Sci, Econ and Cricket geek who loves a good pint

Following the heads-up from both Matt and Jeff, I hope that at least a few of you were able to make it out to the Shorts Brewing event at Sheffield's this past Wednesday. Matt had headed up there earlier in the evening and I joined him later on, which prevented me from meeting the brewers unfortunately.

My only other beer of the night was the Hangin Frank, an American Pale Ale that stays true to form by not pulling any punches on the hops attack. I couldn't tell the color too well in the dark interior of the bar, but it looked to be a clear copper-amber color. The aroma is dominated by pine and citrus, with some subtler floral notes that linger underneath.

Aggressive citrus hops remain the order of the day when it comes to the flavor, although there is a strong caramel-y malt backbone to balance it out somewhat. I thought the mouthfeel was pleasant enough and the beer finishes slightly sweet. All-in-all, a drinkable APA that remains close to its hoppy roots.

I have added Short's to the already-long list of breweries from Michigan that I am excited about. As far as I know, they don't retail in Illinois, but their kegs made it to a few bars in Chicago this past week and might still be available at a few (although Sheffield's was the last place I know to have had any Shorts stuff left; the Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA is supposedly still on tap).

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