Upper Hand Brewery to begin Lower Peninsula distribution

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ESCANABA, Mich. – A taste of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is headed to the Mitten. Upper Hand Brewery, a division of Bell’s Brewery, will end its drought of availability below the Mackinac Bridge. Beginning this fall, Upper Hand will begin distribution of its beer to the Lower Peninsula. “When we started this adventure more than five […]

Upper Hand Brewery to release Delta Series

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News series is inspired by the local brewing history   ESCANABA, Mich. – Upper Hand Brewery is proud to announce the upcoming release of its Delta Series, six beers inspired by the historical Delta Brewing Company. The beers, which will be available in cans and on draft, are based on real brands and styles brewed […]

Upper Hand Brewery wins Gold, Double Bronze at World Expo of Beer

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ESCANABA, Mich. – Upper Hand Brewery is proud to announce that two of its beers were awarded medals at the 2019 World Expo of Beer. Escanaba Black Beer was awarded a gold medal in the Dark European category, while Barrel-Aged Old Fighter took home bronze medals in both the Strong American and Wood-Aged categories.   […]

Imperial Beverage Acquires Beer Distribution Rights in the Upper Peninsula

Michigan — As of March 10, 2018, Imperial Beverage acquired beer distribution rights from Highland Park based Great Lakes Wine & Spirits. The purchase of Bayside Beverage in Marquette, Great Lakes’ Upper Peninsula beer division, includes all beer brands in U.P. counties, which will be added to Imperial’s current portfolio of beer, wine and spirits. In […]

12-Ounce Cans On Deck For Upper Hand Brewery


ESCANABA, Mich. – 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 […]

Upper Hand Brewery Announces Minnesota Distributor Partner

ESCANABA, Mich — Upper Hand Brewery will be heading to Minnesota in January 2017, making it the third state where the brewery distributes its beer. Upper Hand beer is also available in Michigan¹s Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. The brewery will be working with Artisan Beer Company to bring their beer to the entire state. […]

Craft Beer Trumps Rainy Monsoon at Eighth Annual U.P. Beer Fest

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Nothing could stop people from enjoying U.P. Beer Fest this past Saturday. Not the 10-hour drive to Marquette (for downstate attendees). Not the monsoon rainfall that started at nine o’clock that morning and didn’t stop until six o’clock that night. And definitely not the mud pit or creek of flood water that surrounded all of […]

Upper Hand Brewery to release Double Ringer DIPA

ESCANABA, Mich. – Upper Hand Brewery is excited to announce the upcoming release of its newest specialty beer, Double Ringer, a Double India Pale Ale (IPA). Meant to celebrate the spring thaw in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Double Ringer is the ninth beer to be released since Upper Hand opened its doors in November 2014, including […]