Lower Peninsula Distribution FAQ

When can I find Upper Hand in my town?

Starting in September, we will begin shipping to the following Northern Michigan counties:

  • Antrim
  • Benzie
  • Grand Traverse
  • Kalkaska
  • Leelanau
  • Wexford
  • Missaukee

Followed by the following Northern Michigan counties in October:

  • Emmet
  • Cheboygan
  • Otsego
  • Alpena
  • Oscoda
  • Roscommon
  • Iosco
  • Arenac
  • Charlevoix
  • Presque Isle
  • Montmorency
  • Crawford
  • Ogemaw
  • Gladwin
  • Alcona

As anyone who's traveled from one peninsula to the other probably knows, it can be a long journey. So, we're starting our trip downstate with initial distribution in Northern Michigan before we venture further south.


What Upper Hand brands will I find in the Lower Peninsula?

We’re starting out with our three most popular year-round brands: Upper Hand®Light, Upper Hand®IPA, and UPA® (Upper Peninsula Ale). More information on these brands can be found here.

Watch for more brands and specialty beers as we settle in to our new digs.


Where can I find Upper Hand in my town?

Check out our Brand Finder to find where our beer is hiding in your neck of the woods.
And if you’d like your local watering hole to carry Upper Hand® beer, let us know and we’ll stop in.


Why are you sending Upper Hand beer below the bridge?

Since we first opened in 2014, the most common request from our fans (by far) has been to ship our beer below the Mackinac Bridge. We know there are a lot of folks in the Lower Peninsula that share our love of the U.P., and we want those folks to be able to enjoy a little piece of the Upper Peninsula regardless of where they live.

We like to think of our beer as little 12-ounce ambassadors for the U.P. We know by encouraging folks to Drink U.P., they’ll just be more inclined to come and visit God’s Country and enjoy our beer at the source.


If you’re distributing below the bridge, why not the whole state?

It has always been our priority to make sure our existing bars, restaurants, stores, and distributors always have access to Upper Hand beer before we start supplying beer further afield. Five years in, we are confident in our facility, team, and resources to provide an uninterrupted supply of fresh, high-quality beer to both our U.P. and L.P. partners. But doing so requires planning and patience—we never want to be too big for our britches. We are introducing Upper Hand in new territories one-at-a-time to ensure we continue to keep our commitments to our customers, accounts, and wholesalers.


Why aren’t all of your brands available in the Lower Peninsula?

Like any brewery, we’re always going to want to keep some special brands exclusively on our home turf. That said, we’ve always got a few surprises up our sleeves, so be sure to stay in touch with the brewery via our website and social media so you can be the first to know when we’re sending new beers to the Mitten!

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

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 2pm - 9pm
Saturday: 2pm - 9pm
Sunday: 1pm - 7pm

*Taproom hours are weather dependent. We are only offering outdoor seating on our patio at this time. Please check our social media channels for the most up to date information.