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The Upper Peninsula Brewing Company officially opens this weekend

NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) – Negaunee’s first craft brewery, Upper Peninsula Brewing Company (UPBC), is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, February 12.

“After years of planning and setbacks related to COVID-19, the team embarks on its mission to fill a much needed niche for craft beer and community gathering space in the West End,” said UPBC. in a press release.

The brewery, located at 342 Rail St, offers a wide selection of products served in a historic industrial-chic 10,000 square foot space that over the years has served as a meat processing plant and furniture store. Building development and branding is nothing new to owners and owners Jim and Ann Kantola, whose previous developments include Jackson’s Pit, Negaunee City Center and The Depot. Brewers Erica Tieppo and Mason Mathis offer a selection of 12 unique beers ranging from classic craft to emerging and experimental styles.

Opening weekend festivities kick off Friday after the ribbon cutting with live music from Chris Valenti at 7 p.m. The celebration continues through Saturday, with the facility opening early at 12 p.m. to compete in a suicide prevention poker race, followed by live music from The Local Country Stetson at 7 p.m. and delivery of pizzas by Pasquali’s for this night only.

“UPBC is thrilled to embark on its new adventure and invites trail-goers to include the brewery at the start, middle or end of their outdoor adventures on the local Iron Ore Heritage Trail and the RAMBA trails. The team sees this vision of exploration in its product and is grateful for the opportunity to share it with the growing West End community,” said UPBC.

This celebration is organized in collaboration with the following business development organizations: Accelerate UP, Invent@NMU, Innovate Marquette SmartZone, Lake Superior Community Partnership and the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce.

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