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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.

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Double Ringer Humdinger

Event Date: January 5, 2018
Event Time: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Event Location: Upper Hand Brewery, 3525 Airport Road, Escanaba, MI 49829

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night is going to keep us from celebrating the release of Double Ringer Double IPA. Join us in the keg yard and brewery for a (mostly) outdoor party, so make sure to dress in your winter’s warmest and help us party like Yoopers in the great… Read more.
Latest Event

Ugly Christmastime Sweater Party

Event Date: December 15, 2017
Event Time: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Event Location: Upper Hand Brewery, 3525 Airport Road, Escanaba, MI 49829

Help us celebrate the holidays at our Ugly Christmastime Sweater Party. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is drinking your favorite Christmastime Beers. Awards will be given out to the Ugly, Uglier and Ugliest sweaters. We’ll also have loads of fresh Christmas cookies that we’ll need help decorating. Plus we will be debuting Fluffalo!… Read more.
Latest Event

Christmas Drink Tour Party – Mo’s Pub

Event Date: December 1, 2017
Event Time: 7pm
Event Location: 2116 Ludington St, Escanaba, Michigan 49829

Come in your “Ugly Sweater” and help us Kick Off the “Christmas Drink Tour” We’ll have food and drink specials. We will be there for a Tap Takeover. Lot’s of fun for all. Can’t wait to see you there!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!

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