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Bell’s coming to Esky?

April 23, 2013

ESCANABA — A downstate brewery that sells specialty beers in the Upper Peninsula is looking at building a brewery and bottling facility in Escanaba....

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BryanJSebeck

Apr-28-13 10:56 AM

EStacey,

If by amazing you mean somebody who's halfway decent with Photoshop and spent maybe 10 minutes on it, then yes. :)

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EStacey

Apr-27-13 10:40 AM

I like that as well Tailgater. And a recommendation sure beats a 'yer a punk if you don't like it' kinda comment about someone's choice in what they drink or do not drink. The Logo on the site? Who cares really what is shown there.. they aren't selling the coastline.. But look closer at the foam on the top.. You'll see the entire UP in foam!.. amazing how they got the foam to perform like that eh?..

Beer!.. it's what's for breakfast!

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Robertson

Apr-26-13 3:50 PM

Sebeck, Relax! My previous comment was not cynical. It IS great news when a company moves in to town and hires 5 people AND we need more companies to do it!! Damn, make a postive comment and get railed for it.

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BryanJSebeck

Apr-26-13 1:30 PM

whatsleftofyou,

I've been entirely unable to find it. I've even checked with my source that was able to get me one of six bottles of Bourbon County Stout that were available in my county this year.

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whatsleftofyou

Apr-26-13 10:28 AM

In fairness, I had a Two Hearted at Ludington Grill yesterday too, and it was definitely an old keg. Overall it's a great beer though.

FYI Bryan, Founders does bottle/distribute Backwoods but it's a seasonal release that comes out in November. That is one tasty beer.

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puckrock

Apr-26-13 9:55 AM

this goes to show just how much EStale knows ***********mlive****/kalamabrew/index.ssf/2010/06/zymurgy_readers_poll_bells_two.html

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BryanJSebeck

Apr-26-13 7:03 AM

EStacey,

Ed, you should give beer brewed in a bathtub a chance. Home brewing is what created the beer industry and what is driving the expansion of the craft beer industry.

Tailgater, I agree that Widowmaker is amazing. I was so happy when KBC started canning it. It had been a couple of years since I graduated Tech and didn't have it within walking distance.

However, I do have some other favorites since moving down state and being able to drive to a dozen taprooms within an hour of me. Wolverine recently released a coffee stout called Barista that is amazing. I also had a Backwoods********at Founder's when I visited GR for ARTprize, which is still my favorite beer ever, but it's only available at the taproom. KBC will always be amazing, but one of the reasons I'm excited about Upper Hand is the variety that the UP is gaining.

The only thing I don't like about that logo is that it says that it's from Esky, but shows the Lake Superior shoreline instead.

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EStacey

Apr-26-13 6:37 AM

Well, I survived my first taste of, "Two Hearts" (Bells on Tap at the Grill) - chicken fingers and chips... First reaction.. "Mighty Hoppy" - second opinion, "Hoppy, but I think my taste buds were in shock so as to not be working properly".. Third, I accused the guy next to me of putting a cigarette out in my beer.. except, smoking isn't allowed and that was silly.. No seriously, it's a tart beer - I hope the Upper Hand might taste better.. I celebrate the business coming in, hope it all works out.. Tonight, I'm cruising past the old Crane Plant property.. you know those HUGE cement parking slabs we have in the city where a business used to sit that employed Hundreds of folks but went belly up!.. I suppose my rants chased them off as well.. Widow Maker washed the Two Heart taste out of my mouth.. Hooray!

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EStacey

Apr-25-13 5:44 PM

Heading over to the Grill right now for supper and another Widow Maker.. I'll try that Bell tonight and report back.. y'see, unlike you kids.. I can change brands of whatever I please.. it's my money.. and my choice..

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EStacey

Apr-25-13 5:42 PM

Beer brewed in a Bathtub wouldn't taste good at all Tailgater - I'm sure Punked Rock would like it though, but only after someone sat in it for awhile.. giving it that flavor he licks his lips to enjoy.. Bud Light Platinum comes in cobalt blue glass.. collectable and pretty.. tastes good.. much better than something Punked Rock would drink..

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EStacey

Apr-25-13 5:38 PM

Well, I dunno Punked Rock, perhaps you could recommend a better beer? That is, if you're old enough to buy your own brew.. Go ahead, recommend.. I drink bud light for my waist line and the taste.. But I have had beers you couldn't imagine.. But to be a Punked Rock, I suppose you'd*****on anything.. eh? Enlighten me, Oh wise one not!..

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puckrock

Apr-25-13 2:04 PM

why am I not surprised that Ed drinks butt lite?

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EStacey

Apr-25-13 1:00 PM

Yeah, maybe my mental health is slipping.. probably from all the beer I drink.. 18 months from now when 5 jobs hit the market we'll find out 'how much' is paid them. I'm very not 'everyone' will be a Brewery Managers... Let's hope the construction contracts are all local - that'll help.. and who knows.. maybe someone, knowing Bells is coming to town will open another Bar or Restaurant - There'll certainly be business trucking in raw material and trucking out product.. so, we might get help on the road taxes and such I read on their site that a 'waste water' plant usually also goes with their operation.. that's a good thing, although.. at times the stench from the Paper Mill with it's 'waste water' treatment is a bit to take.. I'm sure fermenting beer smells lots better.. Hooray for Bells!.. I'll have a Bud Light please... thank you!

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EStacey

Apr-25-13 12:59 PM

Yeah, maybe my mental health is slipping.. probably from all the beer I drink.. 18 months from now when 5 jobs hit the market we'll find out 'how much' is paid them. I'm very not 'everyone' will be a Brewery Managers... Let's hope the construction contracts are all local - that'll help.. and who knows.. maybe someone, knowing Bells is coming to town will open another Bar or Restaurant - There'll certainly be business trucking in raw material and trucking out product.. so, we might get help on the road taxes and such I read on their site that a 'waste water' plant usually also goes with their operation.. that's a good thing, although.. at times the stench from the Paper Mill with it's 'waste water' treatment is a bit to take.. I'm sure fermenting beer smells lots better.. Hooray for Bells!.. I'll have a Bud Light please... thank you!

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BryanJSebeck

Apr-25-13 11:52 AM

ImABeerHound just put up a followup article. In it, Bell says that they've been testing recipes for the new facility down in KZoo for several months. They also plan on distributing across the UP and adjacent northern states.

Source: ***********imabeerhound****/michigan-brewery-news/bells-brewery-inc-says-yescanaba.html

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BryanJSebeck

Apr-25-13 7:19 AM

Murach1,

That's some great data. One minor correction, though. I think that your wage data for the Brewery Manager is based on barrels brewed, not cases. The only reason I say this is that bbl volume is the industry standard for judging volume production.

Also, Bell's already owning the trademark on the brand makes speculating on what they may do with the facility a bit easier. Interesting, though, that they were granted an extension on the trademark just days before the story broke. To me, that indicates a certain level of commitment to the brand, even if they don't launch it out of the new facility.

Now I'm going to have to look into what it takes to trademark a name. I've got 3-4 good brewery names that have been floating in my head for years. Every once in a while, I'll run a search and find that nobody is using them yet, which is a good sign for me. :)

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Murach1

Apr-24-13 11:54 PM

Also as far as there being another Upper Hand (or Upperhand) Brewery goes I have yet to find a site that indicates it besides the cargocollective site. Bells has owned the trademark for Upper Hand brewing since April of 2011 according to the following legal site:

***********trademarkia****/upper-hand-85290448.html

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Murach1

Apr-24-13 11:41 PM

As far as wages go here are some more statistics. As of 2009 (for companies bottling in the range of 0-5000 cases per year) the brewery manager made on average $42,700 per year, the other brewery staff made on average $30,900 per year, and the average hourly wage was $11.40 per hour. That isn't too bad for small business.

statistics can be found here: ***********abgbrew****/FAQs.htm

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Murach1

Apr-24-13 11:38 PM

Let's look at some facts: Last year craft beer sales were a $10.2 billion dollar industry. This was an increase of $1.5 billion dollars from the previous year. Also out of the 2,347 craft breweries across the US only 43 shut down last year. I would say the beer industry is a pretty successful business plan to get into at this time. The statistics can be found here: ***********brewersassociation****/pages/business-tools/craft-brewing-statistics/facts

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BryanJSebeck

Apr-24-13 8:38 PM

Tailgater,

I agree. Ed's just being needlessly hostile and combative like usual, even when people have gone out of their way to be polite to him. I guess his senility is starting to show.

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WhoWee

Apr-24-13 5:53 PM

All one has to do is read the insightful and friendly comments and see why no business wants to locate here.

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EStacey

Apr-24-13 4:24 PM

Considered, 'Bad for your health'.. Beer is like that y'know.. it's brewed for it's alcoholic content.. fish, eh?.. not so much.

Ooh! Oooh!.. someone is interested in possibly, maybe, building a brewery here.. Let's not mess this up!.. let's just welcome them with open arms and such..

No Polution involved in Brewing Beer eh?.. Good!.. cause, you know. that water over the spillway on the Escanaba River sure looks brown today!.. wonder what it tastes like.. it's dumping directly into our drinking water.. but hey!.. the plant hires PEOPLE!.. JOBS!.. just ignore the run-off there..

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EStacey

Apr-24-13 4:19 PM

Personally, I'd like to see a LONG JOHN SILVER fish place be lured in here... they'd hire MORE than 5 people and what they sell wouldn't be considered.. The Article is about the 'sale of land' and the 'promise' of an industry.. not a promise of expansion. A sale of land..

You know, like that headache Menards had when it wanted to build it's new Super Store here.. and the 'empty' business it left behind in the Mall, which was at last notice.. in bankrupt court..

Let's hear it for 5 jobs!.. 18 months for now!.. it's a start! yippee! progress..

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EStacey

Apr-24-13 4:07 PM

Coach2323.. Sorry, but MOST of the new building around here should go to, but does not go to.. LOCAL Contractors and Subs.. they already have houses and they eat, sleep, and pay bills here.. You've already 'bid' the construction OUT OF TOWN?! Which, is the norm here.. and quite the subject of Controversy.. The article is about 'selling land'.. it also contains "intends to construct a manufacturing facility on this site that would employ approximately five people." - Approximately 5 people.. not my words.. and no promise of getting any larger, not according to the article.. I have no VOTE on the Council, if they approve it weighs on them for making whatever decision there is.. Who's 'ruiniing anything' by disagreeing or asking for a second look at 'decisions made by the City'.. A brewery doesn't fix crumbling streets, nor make them safer.. and those 5 jobs?.. Well, they're at least 18 months away!.. 5 people will be layed off between then and now from existing jobs

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EStacey

Apr-24-13 3:59 PM

Sebeck, what?.. you don't even pay your power bill here in Escanaba? Were you here when the Council voted, twice!.. twice! to sell the Power Plant, and is still having trouble with the buyer coming up with the coinage? I don't remember the count, but I think it was more than 5 people working out there.. who's jobs are 'still' in flux 4 years after such a decision was made..

But we're talking BEER huh?.. Forgot, also forgot that if yer in Packer Country and mention the Lions you'll get a row!.. Meaning, NOBODY but whomever you think is right gets to say a diddly word.. That is without hearing some 'out of towner' tell him he shouldn't 'knock' something.. I'll remember that the next time I hear you put down whichever Sports Team you don't like.. over one you do... Yer such a hypocrite ..

Me? irresponsible?!.. shut the front door!.. You know for fact they won't be 'minimum wage' jobs? You just spoke for a company you don't work for!.. irresponsible! Ha!

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