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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.

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Latest Event

3rd Annual Upper Hand Pub Crawl

Event Date: November 4, 2017
Event Time: noon-8 p.m.
Event Location: Pub Crawl Begins at Ernie's Irish Pub

Join us for Upper Hand’s 3rd Annual Pub Crawl. It’s hard to believe how fast our first 3 years have flown by. What isn’t hard to believe is how ready we are to celebrate. So come crawling with us as we raise our glasses (at every stop) and say thanks for all the support our… Read more.
Latest Event

Battle of the Beards (and ‘Staches)

Event Date: November 11, 2017
Event Time: 5-10 p.m.
Event Location: Upper Hand Brewery

We want to do our part during No-Shave November and Movember to help raise awareness for men’s health issue, so we’re going to do it the best way we know how: by throwing a sweet party. So what is Battle of the Beards and why should you come? 1. A beard and mustache competition featuring… Read more.
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Join the Upper Hand Family

We’re looking for someone new to join our taproom team as a part-time bartender. If you have a passion for craft beer and like to talk about it with friends and strangers we’d love to hear from you. To view the full job description and for information on how to apply please visit the website… Read more.

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