One of my favorite things about fall, besides the cooling temperatures, college football, and pumpkin beers, is the process of the leaves changing color. All of a sudden our eyes are caught off guard by the bright oranges, reds, and yellows disrupting the general green landscape that we have been accustomed to throughout Michigan. If only they made a beer that celebrated or captured this …

Short’s Brewing Company seemed to have read my mind with its recent release of the collaboration IPA it does with Pure Michigan. According to the brewery’s press release, Pure Michigan Autumn IPA is a “100 percent Michigan-grown and harvested IPA that highlights the state’s agricultural bounty” and wishes to “encourage travelers to #HopIntoMichigan with socially distanced fall travel.”

The beer was released on 2020’s first day of fall, but it isn’t the beer’s first rodeo. Its first year in distribution was in 2019 and it was a hit. It was also the #3 beer to try at last year’s Detroit Fall Beer Festival. Unfortunately, I was not able to try it during its initial campaign.

Fortunately, the beer gods granted my wish and Short’s sent me a bottle to try!

Short’s utilized it’s network within the Michigan agricultural industry to partner with Empire Malting Company, Great Lakes Malting Company, Valley View Farms, MI Local Hops, Hop Alliance, and Craft Cultures to make sure it had all Michigan ingredients.

When I poured it into my glass, it was a hazy straw-like color with a bit of head on top. I had a feeling this was going to be a good beer. Each sip was earthy and hoppy with a touch of fruity esters giving it such a complex taste. Make sure you pick up this beer this fall because this is a fresh, crisp autumn afternoon in a glass. With 5.6% ABV, it is the perfect companion for many fall activities with safe travels and social distancing measures in place, of course.

In short, do not sleep on this IPA. 😉


Disclaimer: Short’s Brewing Company sent Ed a bottle of this beer for this review.


Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.


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