Mare Island Brewing Co

Busy, Busy!

We are a wee bit busy here at Mare Island Brewing Co. Our new Coal Shed brewery is getting very close to finished. We’ve started a “Last Wednesday” music series. We’re holding a very special screening and celebration of a historical documentary. And we’re also gearing up for our next General Order No. 99 release and Yardbird Party.

First … the “Last Wednesday” Music Series: 


Ryan has a long history of holding pop up backyard concerts where he would bring in independent singers/songwriters, put together a campfire, invite some friends, open some beer and wine, and have a performance. Well, we’re moving that tradition to our taproom with our “Last Wednesday” music series. Every last Wednesday of the month, we now offer live music--with no cover--in the taproom from 7PM-9PM. 

In fact, you are likely receiving this newsletter the day before our next performance.

Hosted by the incomparable musician (and our friend) Jimbo Scott, Jimbo brings to us his indie-music brethren from the Bay Area and beyond, often playing a few songs before or with the featured artist.

“Then, the sharks appeared…”


On July 30, 1945, in the middle of the Pacific, a Japanese submarine sank the USS Indianapolis, which carried 1,196 men. Of those men, a mere 317 survived to tell the tale of five hellish days and nights stranded in the sea. With inadequate life rafts and vests, little food and no water, many men drowned because of wounds, exhaustion, dehydration or from ingesting oil from the slick on the water. Then, the sharks appeared…

The Mare Island Brewing Co, in partnership with the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization and the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation, presents a special celebration and screening of "USS Indianapolis: The Legacy” at the Mare Island Museum. This incredible documentary feature film, compiled over 10 years and told by the survivors themselves, chronicles the amazing story of the USS Indianapolis and its fateful last journey after leaving its last port of call, the Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

In attendance will be film director Sara Vladic, family of those lost at sea, as well as support crew members and actual survivors. All net proceeds benefit the USS Indianapolis/Gwinn “Angel” Scholarship Fund and the Mare Island Museum. April 4th and 5th. Doors open at 6pm for a no host beer/wine hour (including our “Survivor’s Tale” Pale Ale), the film starts at 7pm. At the Mare Island Museum, 1100 Railroad Avenue, Vallejo, CA. Tickets: $10 each 




Taproom hours:
M-Th 4pm to 10pm
Sa/Su 11:30am to 10pm

March 29, 7PM at Taproom: Last Wednesday Music Series with Wesley Woo

April 4 and 5: “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy” screening and celebration

April 26, 7pm at Taproom: Last Wednesday Music Series with Douglas Allen

May 7, 1pm: General Order No. 99 release and Yardbird Party 

Go Go GO99, and come Yardbird Party with us!


For you Yardbirds out there (and if you want to become one, there is still time) , the release of the General Order No. 99, Spring 2017 vintage, is right around the corner. And that means our spring Yardbird Party is in the planning stages - music to include this very cool band we discovered, The Douglas Allen's Blood & Dust Band. Check them out and mark your calendar for May 7, 1pm.

Once we get our Coal Shed Brewery up and running this summer, we’re going to evolve the club a bit for the fall (we’ll have some other beers to showcase, and we’ll be having our parties at the Coal Shed). So, this spring is a great chance for one last blowout party and GO99 release at the taproom (we’ll be spilling out onto the waterfront yet again, and live band, and … cornhole).


Speaking of Coal Shed 



Saving the biggest news for last, we are getting very close to being operational over at our new Coal Shed Brewery on Mare Island.

The floor and drains are poured, the rough plumbing and electrical are done, the equipment is set, the drywall goes up this week. The ongoing rain hasn’t helped with construction, but if the spring goes as planned, we’re looking at May to move in and start brewing over there. We’re also—thanks to some changes in city alcohol ordinances—going to be able to do tours, tastings, and private events shortly after we get open. Once we get it rolling, we’ll have a grand opening. We’ll let you know.

And to be sure, we’re keeping the Ferry Building Taproom open. It’s not going anywhere. And we even have a little expansion of the kitchen planned for the Taproom later this year…

And Check this Out!


As you can see, Ryan and I have been busy. But it’s a good busy. In fact, it is a great busy. We continue to be amazed at the response, both locally and further afield, to our beers, our taproom, and our quest to share the heritage of Mare Island through craft beer. We can’t thank you enough for supporting our dream.

With that, we’ll leave you with a pic that one of our maritime customers shared with us from the South Pole…

Damn the Torpedoes,

Kent and Ryan



Mare Island Brewing Co.
289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA 94590
tel: 707-556-3000

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