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 Post

906 Ale: Brewed in celebration of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of 906™ Ale (9.06% ABV). An Imperial Red Ale brewed in celebration of the 906 area code, the beer’s name is a tribute to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where the brewery calls its home. This huge, hoppy ale features an explosive hop profile with massive aromatics and a moderate… Read more.
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Upper Hand Brewery unveils more U.P. focused logo

Upper Hand Brewery is proud to present a brand new logo that will soon debut on all packaging and branding for the Escanaba-based brewery.   Designed by Elegant Seagulls in Marquette, the brewery’s new logo is a more accurate representation of Upper Hand’s immense pride and commitment to its home, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “We got… Read more.
Latest Event

Bell’s and Upper Hand Beer Dinner

Event Date: July 28, 2015
Event Time: 5:30 p.m.
Event Location: Chippewa Club, 106 N Carpenter Ave, Iron Mountain

Chef Simon has created a fantastic menu paired with Bell’s and Upper Hand Brewery beers. Beers featured include Yooper from Upper Hand, Oberon, Two Hearted, Porter, Oarsmen, and Amber from Bell’s.

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