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tall tales & rad brews

Many of our beer names pay homage to the legends of Fort Monroe, though sometimes the lines between fact and fiction aren't quite so easily drawn. (Consider us a new twist on history class!) Others names are inspired by personal experiences or funny conversations.

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special releases

AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK: MAY 13-17

 

MONDAY

Spy Balloon

HAZY IPA WITH BLOOD ORANGE

 

WEDNESDAY

DAS YUMMY

BLACKBERRY PIE BERLINER WEISSE

 

FRIDAY

DANCE WITH ME

BOYSENBERRY HONEY BERLINER WEISSE

 

 

COWS AT LARGE

ROCKY ROAD ICE CREAM STOUT 7.0%

I scream, you scream, we all shout for ice cream stout! We've brought back our popular Cows at Large stout, but this time it's a take on Rocky Road ice cream! With 800 sugar cones and a whole heap of cocoa powder added to the mash tun, this stout started off down a sweet and chocolatey path. Then we added almonds, marshmallow, and lactose to the boil before topping it off with an insane 80 vanilla beans and 40 pounds of cacao nibs in the fermenter. All fermented with our house kveik yeast for a fruity finish, this stout is dessert in a glass for all you dark beer lovers out there. At 7%, you can enjoy this pint without feeling too guilty. Available in cans and on draft.

SPY BALLOON

[NEW!] HAZY IPA WITH BLOOD ORANGE 7.4%

Our second release in our new fruited hazy IPA series, Blood Orange Spy Balloon is a citrusy hazy IPA with an extra punch of orangey goodness. Tangerine aroma from German Mandarina hops complements the breakfast juice quality of this hazy refresher. Mild acidity from the blood orange helps balance the sweetness of the base beer, adding to the drinkability and keeping you coming back for more. Extremely limited, so don't miss out!

DUDE BLANKET

HAZY IPA 6.7%

available on tap and in 4-packs to go

Dude Blanket is back and juicier than ever, dude! One of our few repeat hazy IPA recipes, Dude got some updates as part of our never-ending pursuit of IPA perfection. With fewer IBUs, a splash of wheat, new yeast, and a more complex hop bill, we think the return of Dude will make you feel more warm and fuzzy than your favorite blanket! Citra, Ekuanot, Centennial, and Mosaic hops combine with our house kveik strain for a big fruity nose with herbal undertones. The super creamy mouthfeel gives a filling impression despite low residual sugar. The Dude is back!

LADY IN WHITE

HEFEWEIZEN 5.5%

Our best-selling, award-winning, crowd-pleasing favorite, Lady in White is a hefeweizen you can turn to any time of year. We have slowly tweaked the recipe, and we're now confident that we've taken a very good beer and made it great. A new grain bill, more complicated mashing regimen, carefully calculated yeast amounts, diligently monitored fermentation temperatures, and naturally captured carbonation have all helped take this beer to the next level. A balanced aroma of intense banana esters and clove phenols is now backed by subtle tart wheat notes, while a creamier mouthfeel from malt selection, mash techniques, and carbonation make the overall experience extremely satisfying.

Das Yummy

[NEW!] BLACKBERRY PIE IMPERIAL BERLINER WEISSE 5.1%

We are excited to bring you the second beer in our Das Yummy pie-inspired imperial Berliner series! We have loaded this version with blackberry puree, giving it a huge fruit aroma and a deep pink color.  Additions of lemon peel accentuate the citrus acidity of our house prop while graham cracker crumbs and lactose finish this beer with a slight residual sweetness. With its sweet and tart flavor combination, it'll have you saying "maybe just one more slice..."

RIVETING CONVERSATION

SOUR DARK ALE AGED IN SCOTCH BARRELS 7.2%

available on tap and in 500ml bottles to go

Riveting Conversation is our second dark barrel aged sour, and our first to touch scotch barrels. This carefully blended ale is a combination of a Belgian brown ale, German dunkelweizen and weizenbock, and an imperial saison, all exposed to their respective dominant yeast strains along with Brettanomyces and our house bacteria culture. The deep complexity of these base beers and mixed fermentation is further complemented by the character from the 2006 Laphroaig barrel, which lends a beautiful smokey note to the fruity base and approachable acidity.

BARREL-AGED SUPERFLUOUS SUCROSE

BELGIAN GOLDEN STRONG ALE 9.2%

a collaboration with our good friends at Precarious Beer Project in Williamsburg, VA

Back in September, we released a very limited quantity of this big, fruity Belgian ale we brewed with our peninsula-side buddies over at Precarious Beer Project. About half the batch went to some of our Virginia wine barrels for a 6 month rest, and is now ready for its triumphant return! Turbinado sugar, an expressive Belgian yeast strain, and pale delicious barley got a half year rest do gain even more complexity and enhance the impression of a dry finish. Don't miss out on this warm weather warmer!

SCARP CLIMBER

DRY HOPPED GOLDEN SOUR 5.9%

Hops and sour come together again in this hazy golden sour ale. We let our house bacteria culture take first crack at a rich pale wort before pitching yeast and dry hopping with Cashmere and Idaho Gem hops. A complex phenol funk on the nose from secondary Brett fermentation adds a farmhouse note to the tangerine of the Cashmere and herbal grapefruit of the Idaho Gem. A crisp finish from the acidity makes this hop-forward sour refreshing despite the complex aroma and flavor mix. 

DANCE WITH ME

[NEW!] BOYSENBERRY HONEY BERLINER WEISSE 5.5%

We love all of our fruited live sour beers, but this one is particularly close to our hearts here at Oozlefinch. Dance With Me was brewed in memory of our friend Tony Lewis. Tony passed away from ALS recently at only 27 years old, leaving behind his husband Scott. Tony loved Oozlefinch boysenberry beers, and his first words to Scott were "dance with me." Like Tony, this beer is full of life -- lively carbonation, tingly acidity, and a lingering sweetness from the fruit and a late addition of lactose. Look for this beer's sister cider, also made with boysenberry and orange blossom honey, available from our good friends at Sly Clyde Ciderworks down the road from us in Phoebus. $1 from every pint sold at both taprooms will be donated to The ALS Association. 

 
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Bottles & Cans


Bottles & Cans


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DEMURE DEFINANCE

BARREL-AGED SOUR ALE WITH BLUEBERRIES

7.7% ABV

Since starting at Oozlefinch, Assistant Brewer Rachel has studied closely under head brewer Mike, learning everything from recipe development to cellar management. Now, she's gotten the taste barrel blending and has her first barrel aged blend. Demure Defiance is a blend of super saison and dunkelweizen aged across Copper Fox Rye whisky and Virginia wine barrels. After oak aging, this sour ale was blended in steel and conditioned for 3 months on fresh blueberries from Eastern North Carolina. The mix of barrel characters bring pleasant oak and subtle whisky notes to the bright floral aroma from the blueberries. This sour fruit beer's beautiful rose color will draw you in, but it's the flavors that will keep you coming back for more.

 
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EVIL ROBOT

BLACKBERRY BERLINER WEISSE AGED IN GRAPE BRANDY BARRELS

4.2% ABV | 2 IBU

We brought together our Berliner Weisse roots and our barrel aging acumen with this refreshing, low ABV wheat beer. Evil Robot has a clean, sharp sourness with lemony notes from our house bacteria culture, and crisp carbonation to keep things light. A blackberry addition lends a pleasing pink color and a fruity nose that complements light Brettanomyces funk, while the oaky tannins and grape notes lend a complexity that bring this Berliner to the next level. The sourdough breadiness and juicy acidity will have you coming back for another. And another. 

 
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SILENT SENTRY

BARREL-AGED BRETT SAISON

8.5% ABV | 2 IBU

This Brett-forward imperial Saison spent a year in some of our favorite Virginia wine barrels from Prince Michel, picking up notes of chardonnay from the oak while the Brett slowly worked its magic. This big ale has notes of lemon peel and peppery spice from the saison yeast, topped with ripe mango and grassy hay character from the long aging on Brett. A carefully crafted grain bill provides a mouth-filling malt character despite the dry, crisp finish. This is everything we love about Saison, barrels, and Brett, all rolled into one.

 
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Self Contemplation

BARREL-AGED SOUR WITH PEACH & TAMARIND

5.9% ABV | 9 IBU

Self Contemplation is our second fruited barrel aged sour beer, and our first to be conditioned with an exotic spice. Though technically a fruit, tamarind is best known as a tangy flavoring addition to chutneys, curries, and Masala Chai. We blended saison and red kolsch base beers aged in Cabernet Franc barrels, then conditioned the mixed fermentation blend on tamarind paste and over 350 pounds of peach. The result is a super fruity, tangy, and tart ale with notes of raspberry and violet from the wine barrels, as well as pectin haze from the huge peach addition. You don't want to miss this one!

 
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RIVETING CONVERSATION

SOUR DARK ALE AGED IN SCOTCH BARRELS 7.2%

*available on tap & in 500ml bottles to-go*

Riveting Conversation is our second dark barrel aged sour, and our first to touch scotch barrels. This carefully blended ale is a combination of a Belgian brown ale, German dunkelweizen and weizenbock, and an imperial saison, all exposed to their respective dominant yeast strains along with Brettanomyces and our house bacteria culture. The deep complexity of these base beers and mixed fermentation is further complemented by the character from the 2006 Laphroaig barrel, which lends a beautiful smokey note to the fruity base and approachable acidity.

 
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CINEMATIC MOMENTS

BARREL-AGED SOUR ALE ON SUMAC AND MANGO AMCHUR 6.8%

*available in 500ml bottles to-go*

Cinematic Moments is the newest blended barrel aged sour ale from Oozlefinch, Virginia's gold medal holder for American Wild Ale! This saison base rested in barrels with Brett and our house sour culture for over 7 months before being conditioned on sumac, a tart lemony Middle Eastern spice, and mango amchur, a citrusy Indian seasoning made from dried unripe green mangoes. The result is a complex tart and citrusy ale with hints of earthiness and a dry finish. One of our strangest and most delicious barrel aged sours yet, you won't want to miss the moment! Available on draft and in bottles.

 
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FRIVOLOUS PAPERS

BARREL AGED SOUR ON FERMENTED BLUEBERRY SKINS 8.8%

We loved last year's fresh North Carolina blueberries so much in our Demure Defiance barrel aged sour that we couldn't bring ourselves to empty the tank. Instead, we flushed more barrel aged sour ale on top of the skins to make Frivolous Papers, a funky Rosé style sour ale perfect for the warm weather. With moderate acidity and complex tannins from the blueberry skins and oak, this beer finishes beautifully dry. Effervescent carbonation helps keep things refreshing despite the big 8.8% ABV punch. Available in limited draft quantities and bottles to go.

 
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PROUD TO PARTAKE

PECAN PIE-STYLE IMPERIAL STOUT 10.6%

*available as canned pours at the bar AND 4-packs to-go*

Ever feel like there's too much pepper on your paprikash? Don't worry, we've got you. Proud to Partake is a big imperial stout brewed with graham crackers, roasted pecans, brown sugar, house made date syrup, cocoa, vanilla, AND lactose! If you want dessert in a glass, this is it. You'll be so entranced by the nutty chocolate and dark fruit flavors you'll be singing show tunes in front of Ira. Soft carbonation contributes to the silky mouthfeel from the pecans and a generous addition of spelt to the mash tun. Available on draft (very limited) and in cans. Better hurry! Come on in to Oozlefinch and say, "I'll have what she's having" for a delicious pour of Proud to Partake!

 

DANCE WITH ME

BOYSENBERRY HONEY BERLINER WEISSE 5.5%

We love all of our fruited live sour beers, but this one is particularly close to our hearts here at Oozlefinch. Dance With Me was brewed in memory of our friend Tony Lewis. Tony passed away from ALS recently at only 27 years old, leaving behind his husband Scott. Tony loved Oozlefinch boysenberry beers, and his first words to Scott were "dance with me." Like Tony, this beer is full of life -- lively carbonation, tingly acidity, and a lingering sweetness from the fruit and a late addition of lactose. Look for this beer's sister cider, also made with boysenberry and orange blossom honey, available from our good friends at Sly Clyde Ciderworks down the road from us in Phoebus. $1 from every pint sold at both taprooms will be donated to The ALS Association. 

 
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OLD FOGEY

HAZY IPA 6.7%

*available in 4-packs to-go*

We like our IPAs at Oozlefinch, so it can be hard to pick a side when it comes to the hazy-or-not-hazy battle. Can't we all just get along? We like to think loving "traditional" IPAs doesn't make you an old fogey any more than liking NEIPAs makes you a young whippersnapper. This new hazy IPA is a call for a truce, with low bitterness and juicy notes, but also a complementary grassiness in the aroma from a big dry hop addition. Passionfruit and candied lemon aromas from Citra, Galaxy, and Lemondrop dominate, with a dank citrus background that will remind you of your early hoppy favorites.

 
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FOGGY MCFOGHORN

HAZY IPA 7.7%

*available in 4-packs to-go*

Warmer days have brought a hoppy haze to Oozlefinch, and the foghorns are blowing to announce the annual return of our first hazy IPA! It’s back and bigger than ever! Our original hazy IPA, Foggy McFoghorn is still packed with the hazy IPA go-to hops: Citra and Mosaic. Now hot fermented with our house Norwegian yeast strain, the flavors and aroma pop even more than before. Big sweet navel orange with hints of blueberry and melon make this a fruity delight, while stable haze from out mash and hopping techniques create a silky mouthfeel. We beefed up this version to push the ABV, so keep your wits about you! Available on draft and in cans for a limited time.

 

COWS AT LARGE

ROCKY ROAD ICE CREAM STOUT 7.0%

I scream, you scream, we all shout for ice cream stout! We've brought back our popular Cows at Large stout, but this time it's a take on Rocky Road ice cream! With 800 sugar cones and a whole heap of cocoa powder added to the mash tun, this stout started off down a sweet and chocolatey path. Then we added almonds, marshmallow, and lactose to the boil before topping it off with an insane 80 vanilla beans and 40 pounds of cacao nibs in the fermenter. All fermented with our house kveik yeast for a fruity finish, this stout is dessert in a glass for all you dark beer lovers out there. At 7%, you can enjoy this pint without feeling too guilty. Available in cans and on draft.

 

COMING SOON!

 

COMING SOON!

 

Coming soon!