Upper Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed and bottled where it’s meant to be enjoyed.

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Year-Round

Specialty / Seasonal

Draught Only

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Upper Hand Brewery™ A Division of Bell’s Brewery

We are a young brewery, but our passion runs deep.

Our founder and president, Larry Bell (yes, of Bell’s Brewery) has family roots that go back a 100 years.

That family connection has brought him back to the U.P. time and time again and opening a brewery here fulfills a lifelong dream that began underneath the falls at Tahquamenon.

From Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where we call home, to Northern Wisconsin our beer is brewed and available where it’s meant to be enjoyed – the North.

With a 20-barrel brewhouse in Esky (Escanaba to those unfamiliar), built primarily from local contractors with equipment made in the USA, we brew and package beer that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of the North and our community.

You can find our beers on draught and in bottles throughout the U.P. and Northern Wisconsin. But you won’t find our beer below the (Mackinac) Bridge. Just one more reason to come up and visit this gorgeous and wondrous place we are proud to call home.

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We’ll soon be heading to Minnesota

We are excited to announce that we’ll begin distribution throughout Minnesota in early 2017. Minnesota will be the third state where our beer is available. Our current distribution footprint includes Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where we call home, and Northern Wisconsin. Our entire portfolio will be available, including four year-round beers, as well as an expanding array of seasonal and specialty offerings. “As… Read more.
Latest Event

U.P. Fall Beer Fest Pre-Party

Event Date: September 7, 2016
Event Time: 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Event Location: Third Base Bar, 726 N 3rd St, Marquette, MI 49855

Join us for the first of two U.P. Fall Beer Fest Pre-Parties we’ll be holding in Marquette.   We’ll be pouring Yooper Ale, Laughing Fish Ale and UPA.
Latest Event

Keweenaw Brewfest

Event Date: August 27, 2016
Event Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Event Location: Houghton City Park, 1100 W Lakeshore Dr, Houghton, Michigan 49931

Join us at the 2016 Annual Keweenaw Brewfest on August 27th, 2016 from 1-5 PM. Tickets are $30 if purchased before the event ($40 day of). A ticket will get the recipient a commemorative 6 oz glass and 12 drink tokens. Tickets are now available to purchase at our office (236 Quincy St., Hancock), online, or at… Read more.

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