Ground broke for new Escanaba brewery

ESCANABA – Ground was broken Friday to ceremonial commence construction of the Upper Hand Brewery on Airport Road in Escanaba. Local community leaders and brewery club members attended.

Actual construction of the beer-brewing and bottling company, a division of Bell’s Brewery of downstate Comstock, will begin next week in the Renaissance Zone at the Delta County Airport.

Bell’s Brewery President Larry Bell said Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony was the first he’s ever attended despite being in business for 30 years. He expressed appreciation for the cooperation of everyone involved in bringing the brewery to Escanaba.

Bell said the $1.6 million project will take time in acquiring the license, constructing the 11,500-square-foot building, opening the facility, and brewing the beer.