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The Core Beers
The USS Saginaw was the first keel laid on Mare Island in 1857. Pirates, confederates, a shipwreck, a rescue by King Kamehahmeha… we dedicate this Golden Ale to its (and our) hero, Coxswain William Halford. Saginaw Golden Ale is our flagship ale, available not only at our taproom, but in fine restaurants.
Our brewery is located in one of the historic Coal Sheds on Mare Island, where coal was stored and loaded onto the early Navy steam ships. Coal Shed Stout: black as coal and good for the soul. Coal Shed Stout is our flagship dark beer, available not only at our taproom, but in fine restaurants.
Many a Yardbird from Mare Island’s glory days have told us of hoisting a “hydraulic sandwich” for lunch. Beer is indeed food. Our brewing pedigree includes many a hopped-up brew, but our evolving philsophy leads us to this balanced IPA, where the finest hops are still on display, but the balance of malt always keeps those hops in check. Available only on tap in our taproom.
With our Porter, we honor the shipwrights (shipbuilders) of Mare Island. The darkest of our offerings, this brew boasts notes of chocolate and toffee, has considerable weight, but still presents a refreshingly clean finish. The Shipwright's Porter recipe is also the base for our General Order No. 99 barrel and bunker-aged reserve porter (see reserve tab above).
Commodore David Farragut—famous for uttering the words, “Damn the Torpedoes…”—was the first commander on Mare Island in 1854. This lighter Saison (belgium-styled seasonal) is intentionally soured and then aged in used white wine oak barrels, giving it both delicate weight and a slightly toasty aroma. Available only on tap in our taproom, and style varies with the season.
Ask any Mare Island submariner about “Angles and Dangles,” and they’ll grin (and shudder) at the memory of those extreme, underwater maneuvers, designed to stress test a ship and its crew. We crafted this brew in honor (and at the request) of United States Submarine Veterans for their 2014 convention in San Francisco. It was so tasty we often revisit it as part of our seasonal cycles. The lightest of our beers, Angles and Dangles is best served quite cold, and in large quantities. Available only on tap in our taproom.