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Upper Hand Brewery™ A Division of Bell’s Brewery

We’re a crew of hikers, campers, dog-walkers, anglers, hunters, bikers and folks that just want to get out there. We believe that life’s mission is to do what you love, where you love, with the people you love. For us, that means brewing the best beer we can, in the best place on Earth: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

We put a lot of thought into brewing beer that reflects what we love about where we live. We have the unique opportunity to try and capture an experience—a sense of place—in each and every beer, and we take it seriously. That’s not to say we don’t have a lot of fun. The U.P. is full of adventures and we love making beer that makes those adventures even better.

A little more about us: our founder—Larry Bell of Bell’s Brewery—had always dreamed of opening a brewery in the Upper Peninsula—little clues of those dreams can be found in many of the classic Bell’s brands, which pay tribute to the U.P. in their names and label artwork. His dream became a reality when we broke ground on our 20 BBL brewhouse in 2013 and we haven’t looked back since.

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Latest Event

Yappy Hour: Take 2

Event Date: August 24, 2018
Event Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Event Location: Upper Hand Brewery, 3525 Airport Road, Escanaba, MI 49829

We are once again partnering with Delta Animal Shelter to help find fur-ever homes for animals in need. The weather didn’t cooperate for our last Yappy Hour, but we are bringing it back for a great day of live-music, great food, tasty beers and playing with pets. We’ll have The Burger Bus serving up food,… Read more.
Latest Event

2nd Annual Coloring Contest

Event Date: September 9, 2018
Event Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Event Location: Upper Hand Brewery, 3525 Airport Road, Escanaba, MI 49829

Show us how good you are at staying in the lines at the Second Annual Upper Hand Coloring Contest. We’ll have a “coloring book” of our beer can artwork for you to color while you drink. The winning picture will claim a spot on the Taproom’s wall for the year!
Latest Event

Michigan Brewer’s Guild U.P. Fall Beer Fest

Event Date: September 8, 2018
Event Time: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Event Location: Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Marquette, MI 49855

Join us for the 10th annual U.P. Fall Beer Fest presented by the Michigan Brewer’s Guild. About the event: The U.P. Fall Beer Festival takes place overlooking Lake Superior in scenic Mattson Lower Harbor Park, downtown Marquette. Attendees can choose from over 600 locally crafted beers from more than 80 Michigan breweries.

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