FAQ

Where are you located?

Upper Hand® Brewery is located in the Delta Landing business park, about two miles southwest of beautiful downtown Escanaba.  If you turn off of M-35 down Airport Road, we are on the south side of the road past the dog park, Delta County Airport, and Portage Creek.  Look for our sign—you can’t miss it.  Or, if you can find a cell signal, just pop our address in the ol’ Google: 3525 Airport Road, Escanaba, MI 49829.

Can I visit the brewery?

Our taproom and patio are currently closed.

*Starting on December 6, 2020, our Taproom will be closed until further notice. For questions or concerns please contact us here.

Do you offer tours?

We do not conduct public tours on a regular basis.  From time to time, we donate certificates for private tours and tastings to various non-profit organizations.  Watch for one at your favorite organization’s fundraiser!

Do you sell beer to go?

Of course!  Our taproom carries a huge variety of all your old and new favorites, available to go in cans.  We even have 19.2 oz Tall Boys. Be sure to pick up enough for your friends!

How can I find your beer? 

Apart from the Upper Hand® Brewery taproom, you can find our beer at stores, bars, and restaurants across the Upper Peninsula.  Upper Hand® Brewery is distributed to every corner of the Upper Peninsula and in select parts of the Lower Peninsula. Upper Hand® has begun distribution progressively to the Mitten. Check out our Lower Peninsula Distribution FAQ for the most current info on distribution in these areas. If you'd like your local watering hole to carry Upper Hand® beer, let us know and we’ll stop in.  Or check out our Beer Finder to find where our beer is hiding in your neck of the woods.

What’s your deal with Bell’s®, anyway?

Our founder, Larry Bell, is the same guy who founded Bell’s® Brewery way back in 1985.  Larry always dreamed of opening a brewery in the Upper Peninsula—and little vestiges of those dreams can be found in many of the classic Bell’s® brands, which may tribute to the U.P. in their names and label artwork.  His dream became a reality when we broke ground on our 20-barrel brewhouse in Escanaba in 2013.

So do you brew Two Hearted Ale?

Nope!  Although we are a division of Bell’s Brewery, Inc.®, we are a completely separate brewery and we brew an entirely different portfolio of beers unique to our U.P. home.  For that matter, Bell’s® doesn’t brew any of our beer downstate, either.

Are you hiring?

Maybe!  Check out our Careers page for the most up-to-date job postings at both Bell’s® Brewery and Upper Hand® Brewery.

What kind of ingredients do you use in your beers?  Is your beer vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free?

All of our beers are made with hops, barley, water, and yeast.  Some of our beers also include locally-sourced wheat, oats, and rye.  We occasionally make beers with other interesting ingredients, including but not limited to real fruit, maple syrup, and honey—if we do, those ingredients are always listed on the can.  All Upper Hand beers are vegetarian.  Because they contain barley and occasionally wheat, all Upper Hand beers contain some quantity of gluten.

I saw somebody wearing a really cool Upper Hand sweatshirt/jacket/Stormy Kromer.  How do I get one for myself?

We sell tons of constantly rotating merchandise through both our taproom and our online store.  Hook yourself U.P.!

Can you ship beer to me?

Upper Hand® Brewery cannot ship beer directly to consumers.  It’s illegal here in Michigan.

Why did you switch from bottles to cans?

When Upper Hand® first opened, we packaged our beers in 12oz glass bottles.  Our little brewery quickly grew larger than our bottling line could accommodate.  Presented with the reality of needing to purchase a new filling machine, we decided to make the investment in a can filler versus a new bottle filler.  Cans are lighter in weight and less expensive to produce and ship—a savings we were able to pass on directly to our customers.  Cans are impermeable to ultraviolet light, which negatively affects beer and produces that familiar “skunky” character.  Cans are smaller and more portable, and they are allowed in more environments, while bottles present unique safety and quality concerns associated with broken glass.  Lastly, despite everything you’ve grown up learning, both bottles and cans are inert, so neither contributes flavors or aromas to beer.

Where’s your favorite fishing spot?

We’d tell you, but then we’d have to kill you.

Upper Hand Brewery ™
3525 Airport Rd
Escanaba, MI 49829
(906) 233-5005

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

As of 12/5/2020 our Taproom is closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us here.