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Short’s Fest 2024

Short’s Fest 2024

Summer doesn’t start until we say so—throw on your summer shorts, grab your camp chair, and join us for the perfect summer evening (rain or shine!) on the lawn by Grand Traverse East Bay.

We’ll be pouring shloads of Short’s Brews and Starcut Ciders and will have a bevvy of N/A bevvies at your command. You can stuff your face with tacos, BBQ, coney dogs (and more) on site if you need something to satiate (other than our luxurious liquids). Release your wiggles with live music from DaVeonce & The Funk Gang, Kanin Wren’s “Taylor Swift Experience” and Elizabeth Reed.

Early Bird tickets are available now until May 31 for $30, ticket prices go up after that. Your ticket will include a commemorative Short’s Fest glass and 2 fills. Tokens for refills are $5 each.

Must be 21 with a valid photo ID to enter. For more details and to get your tickets, click HERE.

Cadillac Craft Beer Festival

Cadillac Craft Beer Festival

We hope you will join us for the 2023 Cadillac Craft Beer Festival!

You will find the best in Michigan Beer, mead, cider & spirits along with our small-town tailgate atmosphere overlooking Lake Cadillac from the Cadillac Commons, since 2010.
NEW in 2023, we will be expanding to full use of the city park and upping our capacity by an additional 500 tickets, as we sold out last year in the most successful beer fest yet!

This year also brings a new opportunity to fundraise for a non-profit that works to support the festival scene for our entire community. Funds raised from our event will go to benefit the Cadillac Area Festivals & Events organization!

So grab a ticket and drink up for a good cause!

Online ticket sales start June 12th at Noon on!

With food & retail vendors, yard games, and live music there is something for everyone, so grab some friends and meet us downtown!


Beer and Cider List:

Ripple Effect (VIP Pour)
Psychedelic Cat Grass
Melt My Brain
Bellaire Brown
Starcut: Peach Mosa
Thirst Mutilator N/A HopWater

Cider Dayz Festival!

Cider Dayz Festival!

Come and be part of the excitement at the 8th annual Cider Dayze Festival hosted by Blake’s! Prepare for a day filled with delectable offerings from food trucks, vibrant live music performances, engaging cornhole matches, a groovy silent disco experience, larger-than-life Jenga challenges, colossal beer pong, an entertaining beer stein holding competition, and an array of other captivating activities. We hope to see you there!

Get your tickets here!

Local Brews and Bowl: Short’s Brewing and Starcut Ciders

Local Brews and Bowl: Short’s Brewing and Starcut Ciders

Showcasing Short’s Brewing, this night of the summer league there will be Short’s Brewing and Starcut Cider Swag, learn about the brewery, try amazing products, and peep the Short’s raffle item that will be drawn on the final night in August.

MI Hopcat Giveaway!

MI Hopcat Giveaway!

Visit MI Hopcat locations throughout the state of Michigan to win special prizes and enjoy tasty brews! Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be given at each location throughout the day. Check out the locations below to find a MI Hop Cat near you!

Beer and Cider List:

Ho Ho Hopit!

Slurma Claus

Yoda’s Blend 2022

Juicy Tree

Double Freedom of ‘78

Raisin Apollo

Pulsar Holiday Edition

Snow Globe IPA



  • HopCat Ann Arbor

311 Maynard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

  • HopCat Grand Rapids Beltline

2183 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

  • HopCat Detroit

4265 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

  • HopCat E. Lansing

300 Grove St, East Lansing, MI 48823

  • HopCat Grand Rapids

25 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

  • HopCat Holland

80 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423

  • HopCat Kalamazoo

300 E Water St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Introducing #StarcutCider variety packs with our brand new cider, Magpie!

Magpie (4.3% ABV) is a hard cider made with Michigan apples and cinnamon. Aromas of cinnamon and baked apples are followed by similar sweet apple pie flavors throughout.

Find Magpie with all of your Starcut favorites exclusively in variety packs; the perfect mix of ciders for tailgating, bonfires, or just stocking your fridge!

Now available at Short’s Mart and shelves in the Great Lakes Region. Find a variety pack near you.

We Shall Call It Squishy

We Shall Call It Squishy

What is this red, jellyfish adorned cider you ask? In the fall of 2014 we first conjured this freakishly delicious Michigan apple and cherry cider and we decided then, without any hesitation that we shall call it Squishy and it will be ours and it will be our favorite cherry cider! Fermented with only the brightest crimson orbs from our friends at King Orchards, Squishy is now available to you just in time for cherry season.

Squishy (6.3% ABV) is a semi-sweet cider made with Michigan cherries. Ruby red in color with appealing sweet and sugary aromatics, this cider’s initial flavors of dark fruit shift toward a bold tartness that dries the palate between tastes.

As natives of cherry country, we’re proud to bring you the ONLY cherry cider worth sippin’ this summer. With the National Cherry Festival just around the corner (another fantastic reason to pay us a visit in the Northwest corner of the mitten), we’re stoked to say that Squishy is now headed to taps and coolers in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Colorado.

Taste the fruit of the season this week with a pint of Squishy!