Ferry No. 2
Ferry No. 2 is a local legend. She’s been a passenger ferry, war time worker, and hangout spot for countercultural icons. She began serving our waters in the 1890s as “SS Vallejo”, and moved thousands of WW2 shipyard workers daily between Vallejo and Mare Island. Eventually, she was adopted by artists in Sausalito, where she hosted parties for the likes of Timothy Leary, Alan Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac, and Janis Joplin. Though she leads a quieter life as a houseboat these days, SF Bay Ferry has taken up the mantle – carrying thousands daily between Vallejo and SF for work and pleasure. We toast ferries old and new with this collaborative IPA.
the history behind the name
Ferry No. 2 - renamed the SS Vallejo - provided a ferry service up the Napa River and across the San Francisco Bay long before bridges made the commute more accessible by automobile.
Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder aboard the SS Vallejo in 1967. They made the Housboat Summit recordings here, discussing the problem of whether to “drop out or take over".
SF Bay Ferry buzzed by our Yardbird party at the Coal Shed Brewery as we were announcing the first release of Ferry No. 2 IPA.