ESCANABA - A five acre parcel on Renaissance Lane in the Delta County Airport Renaissance Zone has been selected by Bell's Brewery, Inc. as the site for their state of the art craft brewing and bottling facility. For a variety of reasons Bell's decided the Renaissance Zone location is better suited for their expansion rather than the parcel they were originally considering in Escanaba.
The construction investment for Upper Hand Brewery is estimated to be $1.3 million for the 11,550 square foot building. A site plan review of the property development will take place before the Escanaba Planning Commission on Aug. 8.
The Escanaba expansion is part of a $15 million capital improvement planned by the company. The craft brewery employs more than 200 people, and distributes beer over a territory that includes an 18-state area, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Initial plans call for five employees at the Escanaba brewery.