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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 Post

12-Ounce Cans On Deck For Upper Hand Brewery

Upper Hand Brewery is excited to announce packaging changes from twelve-ounce bottles to twelve-ounce cans beginning in Spring 2018. The cans, packaged in six-packs and specialty four-packs, will feature a new look that pays homage to the original labels, while establishing a stronger tie to their Upper Peninsula roots. “Part of the allure of living… Read more.
Latest Event

Plaidurday Party

Event Date: October 6, 2017
Event Time: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Event Location: Upper Hand Brewery

It’s time to celebrate the greatest clothing material known to mankind. It’s comfortable, it’s practical, it’s stylish, it’s cozy…It’s plaid! Fall is here in the U.P. which means it’s time to ditch the shorts and t-shirts and start layering up with THE tried and true Yooper go-to. Come party with us as we welcome Fall… Read more.
Latest Event

12th Annual UPtoberfest

Event Date: October 14, 2017
Event Time: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Event Location: Municipal Dock, Downtown Escanaba (112 Ludington St)

Join us for UPtoberfest the U.P.’s largest wine and beer festival, held on the beautiful lakefront in downtown Escanaba. This year the focus of UPtoberfest is to keep it local! All beer and wine will be from Michigan, with the majority of it being from the U.P. and northern Lower Peninsula. Proceeds from UPtoberfest benefit The United… Read more.

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