Mare Island Shipyard’s 40,000 daily workers arrived via ferry, train, or bus. But once on Island, it was all about the bike. The Island had thousands of shipyard bicycles, each assigned to a shop but free to be ridden anywhere on Island; the original scooter share, if you will. The yard’s bike shop claimed 16,000 bike tube patches per year. Years after moving into our historic brewery, we were digging deep into a storage area and discovered an old purple bike frame, with its “Shop 72” sign still attached. A one-speed bike and an easy-drinking session IPA...seems like a perfect match for the season.
the history behind the name
The original "Shop 72" bicycle, now mounted in our Coal Shed Brewery.