Upper Hand Brewing Company

Our Beer

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

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5.5% ABV

Upper Peninsula Ale is an American Pale Ale, brewed just for the north. The use of toasted malt gives it a nice, deep golden color, and the Mosaic hops impart citrus, floral, and berry aromas, and give UPA a crisp, moderately bitter finish.

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Escanaba Black Beer

4.5% ABV

Escanaba Black Beer is malt forward, dark, and delicious. Its moderate roastiness is balanced with a mild hop bitterness. The result is a silky smooth finish for this sessionable ale, making it the perfect beer for anything the north has to offer.

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Upper Hand Lager

5.0% ABV

Upper Hand Lager is perfect for any season in the north, and strikes a nice balance of substantial flavor and light body. This lager has a crisp bite, with herbal and floral hop aroma balanced out by a subtle malt character.

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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 St. Ignace to Houghton to Ironwood and all the way down to Menominee, our beer is brewed where it’s meant to be enjoyed – Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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 Upper Peninsula Ale (UPA), Escanaba Black Beer and Upper Hand Lager on draught and in bottles throughout the U.P.

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 Post

Photo gallery: Da 22nd Ever Trenary Outhouse Classic

Our first sponsorship here in the U.P., da 22nd Ever Trenary Outhouse Classic, was co-sponsored with our sister brewery from Comstock and Kalamazoo, Bell’s Brewery. We came in 9th place in the Stinkers 18 – 35 category. Team Two Farted was led by Head Brewer, Sawyer Stevens, and Assistant Brewer, John Garrett.  Time was 1.10.31s… Read more.
Latest Event

Upper Hand Sampling Night: Kewadin Casino, St. Ignace

Event Date: March 5
Event Time: 8-11 p.m.
Event Location: Kewadin Casino, St. Ignace

We are going to be sampling all three Upper Hand Beers, UPA, Escanaba Black Beer and Upper Hand Lager. Come out and sample some great beers walk away with some free swag!!
Latest Event

Upper Hand Sampling Night: Kewadin Casino, Manistique

Event Date: March 6
Event Time: 8-11 p.m.
Event Location: Kewadin Casino, Manistique

Still haven’t tried any of our beers yet (or want to try them again)? Come on out to the Casino and sample all three. Upper Hand representatives will be on hand to answer any of your questions as well as handing out some sweet swag!

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers to some of the more commonly asked questions we have received.

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