As we hunker down for what may be a long winter in the "nothing to do, nowhere to go" sense, the brewers from Bellaire and Elk Rapids, Short's Brewing has released its list of first quarter specialty beers.

A quick look at Short's website, and even without the addition of Arcadia's beer earlier this year, they have quite a big lineup of beers. (And a few that caught my eye, like a sour stout, are, unfortunately, marked "pub only")

But here's what interesting that's headed out of the Short's brewery in Q1:

In January, there's PB&J Oatmeal Stout and $plurge Double IPA. PB&J is a blend of Peanut Butter Stout and Soft Parade (Short's popular Fruit Ale). It certainly will be a pretty pour - dark brown and a frothy mocha head. Not sure if this will appeal to hardcore beer lovers, but Short's says it tastes like your favorite childhood snack. PB$J is 8%, while $plurge is 9.1% $plurge is a Double IPA made made from seven varieties of hops. It's slightly hazy and you should be tasting some fruity citrus and pineapple flavors.

In February look for Good Humans Dry Hopped Double Brown, which is 8.3%. For the hardcore beer people, Short's says, "Good Humans was originally created to showcase one of Briess Malting Company’s new malt varieties." Good Humans has Carabrown Malt and is dry-hopped with Simcoe and Golding hops. The finish is dry with "a bouquet of hops".

Also in February, there's Furry Buddy Nitro Light Stout (4.9% ABV). Furry Buddy is a light stout that pours black and creamy with a roasted caramel head and it's a nitro, for fans of nitro beers. I

March brings Spring and for Short's in brings Slurm Lord, a Double New England Style IPA (7.3% ABV) Short's says they're excited that "the brewing of Slurm Lord employs the largest dry hop to date in SBC history." It's deep orange with a permanent haze and a minimal head, And Short's says it resembles a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.

Rounding out the first quarter releases is Peachy Yum Yum American Sour Ale (7.5% ABV) Three Floyds in Indiana has a beer named Yum Yum, but this one is intriguing in that it's a sour, brewed with peaches and pomegranate.

Here's to hoping we can get a handle on this pandemic and be able to head up north and check out some of these releases.

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