Joe Short's place, Short's Brewery, is located in Bellaire, sort of between Traverse City and Petosky in a beautiful part of our state. It's been open at least 5 years and I think probably closer to 7. Joe recently expanded with an off-site brewery operation that enabled him to bottle and ship. His creative beers are now available around the state but his best (IMHO) and most original beers are still at the taproom in Bellaire. If I have your location correct, that would be about 1.5 hours north of you, give or take .5 hours but well worth the trip. Many, many other great things to do in that area, as well, including skiing, boating, fishing, canoeing, hiking, etc.