Upper Hand Brewing Company

Our Beer

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

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Upper Hand Lager UPA Escanaba Black Beer UPX Yooper
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5.5% ABV

Upper Peninsula Ale is an American Pale Ale, brewed just for the north. The use of toasted malt gives it a nice, deep golden color, and the Mosaic hops impart citrus, floral, and berry aromas, and give UPA® a crisp, moderately bitter finish.

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Escanaba Black Beer

4.5% ABV

Escanaba Black Beer is malt forward, dark, and delicious. Its moderate roastiness is balanced with a mild hop bitterness. The result is a silky smooth finish for this sessionable ale, making it the perfect beer for anything the north has to offer.

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Upper Hand® Lager

5.0% ABV

Upper Hand® Lager is perfect for any season in the north, and strikes a nice balance of substantial flavor and moderate body. This lager has a crisp bite, with herbal and floral hop aroma balanced out by a subtle malt character.

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7.5% ABV (Draught Only)

A Distinctly hopped India Pale Ale, UPX focuses on an explosive hop profile & a heady backbone. Hop flavor and aroma may be reminiscent of double IPAs, but bitterness is kept in check. Tangerine and grapefruit aromas, floral hop notes, and a resiny depth and sharpness are backed by just enough malt for balance. Moderate body followed by a dry finish round out this hop-focused big brother of UPA®.

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4.0% ABV (Draught Only)

A northern adaptation designed for sessionability, Yooper™ is a light, bright, toasted oat ale. Brewed with grain and hops sourced from right here in the U.P., it is balanced and silky. The juiciest of hop varieties allows bright, punchy and fresh citrus aromas to come through for a clean and accessible nod to our Michigan roots.

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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 St. Ignace to Houghton to Ironwood and all the way down to Menominee, our beer is brewed where it’s meant to be enjoyed – Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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. 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

UPtoberfest: Municipal Dock, Escanaba

Event Date: October 10, 2015
Event Time: 2-7 p.m.
Event Location: Municipal Dock, Downtown Escanaba

Join both Bell’s and Upper Hand Breweries at the Bay De Noc Home Brewers Clubs 10th Annual UPtoberfest!! We will be pouring Escanaba Black Beer, Upper Peninsula Ale, Upper Hand Lager, Yooper and 906 Imperial Red Ale  
Latest Event

Curtis Oktoberfest!: Curtis Park, Curtis

Event Date: September 26, 2015
Event Time: 12-7 p.m.
Event Location: Curtis Park, Curtis, Michigan

It’s Curtis Oktoberfest!!! We’ll be pouring all Upper Hand Beers for this event. Come on out for a great time in Curtis!!  
Latest Event

Yooper Brewers Event: 906 Sports Bar and Grill, Marquette

Event Date: September 11, 2015
Event Time: 6-9 p.m.
Event Location: 906 Sports Bar and Grill, 145 W. Washington St, Marquette

What do Upper Hand Brewery, Ore Dock Brewing, Blackrocks Brewery, Rockford Brewing, Osgood Brewing, and Brickside Brewing all have in common? They all have UP Natives brewing beer for them. Come on down to 906 Sports Bar and Grill for a unique experience of meeting a brewer and trying one of their beers. Our very… Read more.

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