Horse & Cow
Ask any former Mare Island submariner about the Horse and Cow, and you’ll either get a story of debauchery that you’ll find hard to believe, or you’ll just get a silent and mischievous grin. Horse and Cow was the (in)famous bar in town, known throughout the entire Navy fleet, that served as the bar of choice for submariners and sailors throughout the 50’s and 60’s. Mare Island submariners, upon achieving all their certifications and passing final evaluation, would visit the Horse and Cow to retrieve their “dolphins” (submarine warfare insignia badge) from the bottom of a booze-filled pint. Our Hefeweizen may not pack quite that much punch, but we’re proud of this a refreshing homage to the watering holes that came before us.
the history behind the name
The original design for the US Submarine Force approved in 1924. When a submariner earned their "dolphins," they'd often find the insignia pin at the bottom of a pitcher at the Horse and Cow.