ESCANABA, Michigan – Upper Hand Brewery will be releasing a series of extremely-limited, draft-only beers that pay homage to the proud Finnish heritage found throughout the Upper Peninsula. The series aims to capture the flavors of traditional Scandinavian dishes and treats that blend well with SISU Stout, their newest bourbon barrel-aged Stout.
“We set out to create a huge, hearty beer appropriate for the season, but also a beer that could be used as a blank slate for other flavors. We don’t necessarily see Finnish and other Scandinavian flavors well represented in the world of beer, but they really play well with this style. Ultimately, we just wanted to experiment with something fun and cultural in an unfamiliar way. Winter can be a pretty bleak time if you let it get to you, so a little variety can sort of bring out the sunshine, so to speak,” said Production Manager, Sam Reese.
Patrons of Upper Hand will be rewarded for having the determination and courage (the SISU) to try all six beers throughout the winter months. Upper Hand will be giving away custom SISU Stout Series snifter glasses to anyone who tries all 6 beers in the series. Simply ask the bartender for a punch-card and collect punches whenever a new beer is released. Remember, each new beer is extremely limited and isn’t expected to last long.
The first beer of the series, set to launch Dec. 6 at the Upper Hand Taproom, will be a variation of Pannukakku (or Finnish Pancake). The series is set to run through March, with a new beer being released every three weeks. A list of beer variations and release dates is below:
- 12/6: Pannukakku (Finish Pancake)
- 12/27: Pulla (Finnish Cardamom Bread)
- 1/17: Salmiakki (Finnish Salty Liquorice)
- 2/7: Lakka (Finnish Cloudberry Liqueur)
- 2/28: Tupla (Finnish Chocolate Bar with Nougat)
- 3/21: Runeberg Torte: (Finnish Pastry with Almonds and Raspberry)
SISU is a unique Finnish concept. It’s the philosophy that what must be done will be done, regardless of what it takes. SISU is a special strength and persistent determination and resolve to continue and overcome in the moment of adversity, an almost magical quality, a combination of stamina, perseverance, courage and determination held in reserve for hard times.
SISU Stout is a beer for those who exemplify that meaning. A robust beer not for the faint of heart. It’s rib-sticking malt bill creates flavors of chocolate, roast and caramel. Nine months aged on bourbon barrel oak has tempered hop bitterness to a velvety smooth finish. The nose is a mix of oak, vanilla, maple and a mild smokiness.
For more, visit upperhandbrewery.com.