It was 1868 when Mare Island Commodore James Alden put out the word. Navy sailors began bringing back exotic trees from all corners of the earth to plant on Mare Island. That’s how the pair of Australian bunya-bunyas got here. 120-feet tall and loaded with 40-pound pinecones bigger than a human head – these trees command respect. Especially when those pinecones start dropping. In honor of our beloved bunyas, we brought over Galaxy hops from Australia, then added a hint of pineapple, to craft this dangerously refreshing tropical IPA.
the history behind the name
James Alden Jr. assumed command in 1868. He started a longstanding tradition of importing plants to Mare Island, and the two Bunya Bunya trees still alive today, arrived in the 1880s.
One of the bunya-bunya trees in-front of the historic Administrative building on Mare Island.
With cones bigger than a human head and weighing as much as 40-pounds, the bunyas on Mare Island have to be roped off with caution tape every 18-months or so when the cones start dropping.