"Damng the Torpedoes"

A general's prized mare and a shipwreck. A naval shipyard founded in 1854. Forty thousand welders, torpedo makers, radiomen and Rosie the Riveters securing our freedom through a Civil, a Cold, and two World Wars. Two winemakers now toiling to handcraft beer worthy of this historic island.

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Behind Every Great Beer

Is a great story

Learn about the storied naval base, how our founders went from wine to beer, and the story of how our little brewery grew into the communal hub our loyal patrons have come to love.

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Historic Brew Cruise

Yardbirds! Jump aboard a 65ft cruiser, and experience an amazing evening of brews, history, scenic views, and a decadent dinner landing in Benicia.


  • 5:00pm – Board the boat at the Vallejo Municipal Marina public guest dock
  • 5:15pm – Set sail for Benicia, with beers, appetizers, and local history along the way
  • 6:00pm – Arrive at the Benicia Public Dock, disembark, and walk as a group to the First Street Taphouse
  • 6:15pm – Private dinner upstairs in the Benicia Room at our First Street Taphouse
  • 7:30pm – Sunset cruise back to Vallejo, with more history, dessert, and coffee along the way
  • 8:15pm – Arrive at Vallejo Municipal Marina, and disembark


We'll begin boarding the boat at 5pm. Then, kick back with beers and appetizers as we cruise through the Mare Island Strait, and under the Carquinez Bridge towards Benicia. Along the way, Mare Island Brewing Co. Founder, Kent Fortner, will regale you with the colorful history of our local waters, and the historical landmarks we see along the way.


We'll land at the Benicia Public Dock, and then take a short walk up to our First Street Taphouse for a decadent private feast upstairs in our Benicia Room. Chef David will have a delicious menu of whole roasted salmon, bone-in ham, and more specially prepared just for you.

The Menu

  • Arugula Salad w/ Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs & Buffalo Mozzarella
  • Potatoes Au Gratin
  • Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
  • Whole Roasted Salmon
  • Bone-in Honey Glazed Ham


After dinner, we'll jump back on the boat for a sunset cruise back to Vallejo, filled with dessert, coffee, and more local history along the way.

Ticket Details

  • Tickets available to Yardbird Beer Club Members only
  • Yardbirds can purchase tickets for themselves, and up to three Non-Yardbird guests
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