The USS Indianapolis’ final U.S. port of call was Mare Island, before delivering parts for the A-bomb “Little Boy” to Tinian Island in the Pacific. Days later, the ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Of 1,196 men on board, 300 went down with the ship. The remainder were adrift for five days in shark-infested waters with no lifeboats, food, nor water. Only 317 men lived to tell the tale. We crafted this brew for the 2015 USS Indianapolis Survivors’ reunion, and have maintained a deep and ongoing relationship with the Survivors.
the history behind the name
The Indianapolis at Mare Island on July 10, 1945 – just 20 days before its tragic sinking.
The Survivors on their way back to the US aboard USS Hollandia.
USS Indianapolis survivor, Louis Kayo Erwin, with a bottle of the brew we crafted for their 2015 reunion in Indianapolis.