Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo was a badass. A military man fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Latin, General Vallejo held—by Mexican land grant—most of the North Bay in the 1800s. He ran the San Francisco Presidio, designed the town of Sonoma, was part of the Bear Flag revolt, and served in the state senate. Oh, and he also had 16 children with his wife Francisca Benicia. Our hometown Vallejo is named after him (our neighboring town Benicia was named for his wife too), and when we went to work crafting and naming this Mexican lager, we knew we needed to honor our forefather. We raise a glass to you and your impressive mutton chops, General Vallejo.
the history behind the name
Mariano G. Vallejo (and his impressive mutton chops) pictured here with his daughters and granddaughters.
Patricia Oliver Vallejo McGettigan, Vallejo's great great great granddaughter christens the Mare Island-built submarine that was named after him in 1965.
The former California State Capitol building in Vallejo, CA. M.G. Vallejo convinced legislators to move the State Capitol to Vallejo for a brief time between 1851 and 1853.