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Bells building new brewery in Northern Michigan

Expanding Brewing might be a more accurate slogan.
Expanding Brewing might be a more accurate slogan.

ESCANABA (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo based Bells Brewery says it will begin hiring after the New Year for their new brewery in Escanaba.

They are spending $1.6-million to build the new “Upper Hand” brewery on 5 acres of industrial property near the Delta County Airport and plan to complete construction on the brewery and bottling operation in early June and employ 5 people.

Unlike their new facility at Gerald R. Ford International, which is a restaurant modeled after the Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo with Bells on tap, the facility in Escanaba will strictly brew the beer and sell it to distributors.

They may have a tasting room, but there will be no direct public sales.