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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.

What's Brewing

Latest Event

Meet the Brewer Night

Event Date: January 19, 2018
Event Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Event Location: Jackson's Pit, 305 Iron Street, Negaunnee, MI 49866

Join us for an Upper Hand Tappening at Jackson’s Pit. We’ll have 5 different beers on draft as well as the opportunity to talk with our brewer and former Miner Jesse Herman. Draft List: Fluffalo: Barrel-aged Oatmeal Stout Blend Upper Hand Light: All-malt American Light Lager Upper Hand IPA: Tropical, Piney India Pale Ale Escanaba… Read more.
Latest Event

Freshwater Tavern 5-course Beer Dinner

Event Date: January 13, 2018
Event Time: 6 p.m.
Event Location: Freshwater Tavern inside the Terrace Bay Hotel, 7146 P Rd, Gladstone, Michigan 49837

Love beer and food? Us too! Join us for a beer pairing event with Freshwater Tavern. Enjoy a delicious 5-course meal, paired with 5 (5oz. drafts) from Upper Hand Brewery. This menu is expertly picked to accentuate the flavors of both the food and the beer. Menu Includes: Upper Hand Ale Cheese Soup | Upper Hand… Read more.
Latest Event

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.

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