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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Latest Event

Old Fighter Release Party: Ernie’s Irish Pub, Escanaba

Event Date: May 12, 2016
Event Time: 5p.m.
Event Location: Ernie's Irish Pub, 1322 Ludington St. Escanaba MI 49829

Stop down for the release of Old Fighter! We will also have a barrel of Baltic Porter on tap!
Latest Event

Upper Hand at the Casanova Beer Cave Festival

Event Date: April 30, 2016
Event Time: 12 p.m.
Event Location: Casanova Caves, 236 Coulee Rd Hudson, WI 54016

Join us at the 8th annual Casanova Beer Cave Fest. We’ll be pouring: – Escanaba Black Beer – UPA (Upper Peninsula Ale) – Upper Hand Lager – Yooper Ale Find out more at: http://www.thenovaofhudson.com/index.php/event/casanova-beer-cave-fest-2016/?eID=175
Latest Post

Announcing Old Fighter: an American Barley Wine Ale

We are excited to announce the upcoming release of our newest specialty beer, Old Fighter, an American Barley Wine Ale. Bold and brash with an ABV of 10%, Old Fighter is a tribute to the legendary Northern Pike. Eight hop varieties combine with seven different types of grain, including rye grown right here in the U.P., to… Read more.

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