Short’s Brewing, a Michigan-based brewpub and microbrewery, has chalked out plans to double the size of its brewpub in downtown Bellaire with an investment of $1.2m.

The move by the brewery, which comes after the recent $2m expansion of its production facility in Elk Rapids, will allow it to produce 22,000-24,000 barrels of beer in 2013.

As part of the plan, the brewery is planning to acquire three lots and four buildings, which are located next to its current pub and brew house.

The Village of Bellaire, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA), and the State of Michigan have been involved in development of plans for the expansion.

The new plan includes expanding the seating capacity of the brewpub and housing a new retail store.

With the expansion, the brewpub will have more space and will offer apparel, bar accessories, artwork and more.

Short’s Brewing CEO and founder Joe Short said, "It’s a great honor to continue growing in the community we’ve called home since day one."

"We’re excited to take another step in the evolution of our company while creating even more reasons that Bellaire, MI, will be a stand-out craft beer destination in the United States," Short added.

The expansion programme will create 20 full time jobs, while the work is expected to be completed before summer 2014.