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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, through Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota,  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., Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. 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.

What's Brewing

Latest Event

Lights Out Pint Night

Event Date: March 8, 2018
Event Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Event Location: 1629 Sheridan Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829

Join us for Pint Night at Chenier’s Reef where we’ll be pouring Upper Hand Light and UPA.
Latest Event

The Fitz Beer and Food Pairing

Event Date: February 22, 2018
Event Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Event Location: The Fitz, 5033 Front St., Eagle River, Michigan

Join us for a beer and food pairing! The experts at The Fitz will be pairing their entrees with our beers for a night of delicious complimentary flavors. Make sure to make your reservations early before there’s no spots left. Call to make a reservation: 906-337-0666
Latest Event

Great North Woods Pint Night

Event Date: March 29, 2018
Event Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m .
Event Location: Upper Hand Brewery, 3525 Airport Road, Escanaba, MI 49829

Kick off the Great North Woods pint night tour and stop by Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba on March 29th from 6-8pm. Join MI-BHA board member Ryan Cavanaugh and Great Lakes Chapter Coordinator Jason Meekhof for a casual conversation about the backcountry conservation and public access efforts being made in Michigan. You will also have… Read more.

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