Upper Hand Brewing Company

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

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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.

What's Brewing

Latest Event

Tap Talks: Esky Black and Sayklly’s Pairing

Sayklly’s Confectionery & Gifts is whipping us up a special post Valentines Day treat, Sayklly’s fudge and peanut brittle made with Escanaba Black Beer. FREE samples of both the beer and chocolates will be available to try them together and see how they compliment each other. Assistant Brewer Whitney Maloney will be on hand to… Read more.
Latest Event

Dry Dock Tap Takeover

Event Date: February 25, 2017
Event Time: 5-7 p.m.
Event Location: The Dry Dock bar and grill, 5029 US Highway 41 S, Marquette, Michigan 49855

We’ll be tapping Yooper Ale, Escanaba Black Beer and Slapneck Sour.
Latest Event

Upper Hand at the 906 Polar Roll

Event Date: February 17, 2017
Event Location: Ishpeming, Michigan

We’re excited to be the official sponsor of the 3rd Annual 906 Polar Roll Fat Bike Race on Feb 17-19. Check out more here and join us at the race.

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