Upper Hand Brewery is Expanding “UP” and Out


I recently had the opportunity to visit Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba, MI. When I arrived, I was greeted with large equipment moving mounds of dirt around the brewery.  A new silo was waiting to be installed next to the existing silo. This expansion to Upper Hand Brewery will add more than 5,400 square feet to the current facility along with an additional 2,780 square footage of outdoor storage. 20150813_113259_resizedThey have been brewing here since September of last year, and  broke ground on this expansion project this July. The project will include a second whirlpool, improved yeast handling equipment and an additional grain silo along with modified grain handling equipment. It will also host upgrades to their hot water production, and glycol chilling systems.


It is always exciting to hear and see expansion  stories in the craft beer industry, as it’s another sign things are thriving for us. With Upper Hand’s new facilities and equipment, it will triple their annual capacity from 5,000 barrels to 15,000 barrels (WAY TO GO!).  I am looking forward to returning to Upper Hand to see their completed facilities and what exciting things they are brewing next.



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Photo by Upper Hand Brewery

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Photo by Upper Hand Brewery

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Photo by Upper Hand Brewery. They are ready to ship their 906™ Ale, as they describe it, it is “a celebration of the 906 area code, this huge, hoppy ale features an explosive hop profile with massive aromatics and a moderate body. Deep, ruby red from specialty malts, this beer has big, lingering, juicy hop flavors and bitterness. Equally bold, but more balanced than UPX.”

About Penny Pickart

Penny PickartPenny is a trusted and highly-sought advisor to the brewing industry. Her passion for the brew industry and continued education through Siebel Institute of Technology as well as MBAA courses have helped her develop expertise in malt and beer sensory over her 20 years of experience. Penny is always willing to jump in with both feet with brewers to troubleshoot brewhouse performance issues and her customers seek her out due to her malt characteristic expertise to assist in recipe formulation. Further, that expertise has led her to be a judge at competitions nationwide including GABF and World Beer Cup.

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