Short’s Brewing Co. will release limited bottles of Ein Freund, a Belgian double IPA, on Dec. 30.

Ein Freund clocks in at 8.7 percent ABV with 72 IBU. Bottles will be a pub-only release with only 200 to 250 22-ounce bottles produced. It was aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for several months before bottling.

This beer is a tribute to Tim Watters, better known as Smokehouse Tim, who passed away earlier this year. He was the owner and operator of Bellaire Smokehouse of Bellaire, Mich. for many years and was also a big local supporter and friend of Short’s.

Ein Freund, which is German for a friend, is a tribute to his passion and love of Short’s Brewing Co.