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Bell's set to open brewery in the Upper Peninsula


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Bell’s Brewery keeps expanding, adding new distribution and they have just announced that they have received a state license to start brewing in Escanaba.

It will employ five and be called the Upper Hand Brewery. Get it, the upper hand, upper peninsula.

Owner Larry Bell tells Crain’s Detroit Business that brewing will commence next month and they should be at full production by September, filling kegs and then bottles sometime after that.

The 2.5-million dollar facility is part of a 15-million dollar expansion of the Comstock based brewer.

The new brewery will produce three beers, unique to the U.P. and the plan is to have a tasting room open in time for deer season.

Bell’s started as a hobby, a large pot on a kitchen stove, became a micro-brewery, but they have grown way beyond that now.