The Pasha’s Rye Brown Ale

American Brown Ale with Rye


A straight up American Brown Ale spiced with German and Canadian rye. The color is a rich medium brown with a creamy golden head and plenty of sweet, fruity malt notes in the nose. The flavors include malted sugars, candied fruits and pumpernickel bread balanced with an abrupt citrus and herbal hop character at the finish.

Beer Specs

  • Style: American Rye Brown Ale
  • Grains: American two-row, English pale, and English dark crystal malts; German chocolate and Canadian flaked rye
  • Hops: Cascade, Columbus
  • Yeast: American Ale
  • OG: o.g.: 14.4°P
  • IBUs: 45
  • ABV: 6%

The Story

Attempting to put an end to the Barbary raids on American merchant ships, in 1803 President Thomas Jefferson sent a U.S. Naval contingent to blockade the port of Tripoli and bombard the city into submission (Tripoli was nominally an Ottoman province and a major staging ground for Barbary pirates. The harbor lies directly on the 33rd parallel).

In October of 1803 the Man-o-War USS Philadelphia, ran aground on an uncharted reef while pursuing a Tripolitan Corsair attempting to escape the harbor. The stranded ship was captured by the pirates who freed the ship and turned its guns on the U.S. fleet.

To eliminate the threat from the captured Man-o-War, Lt. Stephen Decatur and 8 marines took a captured pirate ketch, sailed up alongside the Philadelphia, boarded and captured the ship. They then set fire to the ship and stayed aboard until the last moment to ensure that it would no longer be usable to the pirates. Twenty pirates were killed and the rest of the crew cast overboard in the raid. Not a single Marine was injured.

The British Admiral Horatio Nelson (himself known for a feat of daring or two) called it “the most bold and daring act of the age.”

Still, the blockade remained largely ineffective and piracy continued leading to a new plan. This time Eight Marines under Lt. Presley O’Bannon and the former Tunisian Consul, William Eaton, were dispatched to Alexandria, Egypt, with a longshot plan to recruit the exiled Pasha (prince) of Tripoli, invade the principality, and restore the Pasha to power.

In Egypt they recruited a force 40 or so Arab and Turkish mercenaries, marched the ragtag army 50 days across the desert and attacked the Eastern Tripolitan city of Derna (on the 33rd parallel). Despite being severely outnumbered, with the help of some naval bombardment, the Marines and their mercenaries were able to capture the city, effectively cutting Tripoli in half.

The Pasha was so impressed with O’Bannon’s bravery in the Battle of Derna that he gave O’Bannon his curved Egyptian sword in gratitude. That “Mameluke Sword” remains the ceremonial sidearm of the U.S. Marine Corps, and the unlikely adventures on “The Shores of Tripoli” are still sung about to this day.

San Diego is, of course, home to Camp Pendleton and U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, one of (if not) the largest contingents of U.S. Marines in the world. Every time we lift a glass of The Pasha’s we’re more than happy to toast to each and every one of them… and the sometimes seemingly impossible things they’re asked to do on behalf of our nation.