Upper Hand Brewing Company

Our Beer

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

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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 light body. This lager has a crisp bite, with herbal and floral hop aroma balanced out by a subtle malt character.

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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 Upper Peninsula Ale (UPA), Escanaba Black Beer and Upper Hand Lager 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

Upper Hand Tappening: Marquette Mountain

Event Date: March 7
Event Time: Noon - 5 p.m.
Event Location: Marquette Mountain, Marquette

We’ll be taking over all of Marquette Mountain’s taps for the day with Upper Hand Brewery beers. There will be fun all day long on the slopes and the entire Upper Hand staff will be on hand to answer your questions and talk about the beer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers to some of the more commonly asked questions we have received.

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