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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.

SEE BELOW FOR OUR CURRENT TAP LIST

 

 

UPCOMING releases

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16th

 

TWANGY BANJO

[RE-RELEASE!] SESSION HAZY IPA 4.9%

available on tap only!

VERY IMPORTANT PERSONS

[RE-RELEASE!] BLACKBERRY BERLINER WEISSE 4.2%

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go!

five million flowers

[NEW!] ORANGE BLOSSOM HONEY BERLINER WEISSE

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go!

HABITUAL HESITATION

[NEW!] BARREL-AGED IMPERIAL SOUR SAISON 8.1%

available on tap & in bottles to-go!

 

 

CRAN-TAN SPRITZER

CRANBERRY TANGERINE SPRITZER BEER 4.1%

Our version of a "light" beer, this spritzy fruited ale is just in time for the late summer heat! We used a small amount of the lightest malt available, the tiniest sprinkle of hops, and then added simple sugar to create a dry, less filling flavored ale. Late additions of cranberry and tangerine give it a beautiful light pink hue and add complexity to the simple base. Co-fermented with our house yeast and a cider yeast strain, it's not quite beer, not quite cider, not quite fruited seltzer -- it's simply light and delicious! At 4.1%, this is an all day drinker. So grab your lawn chair and come on out to Oozlefinch because this is a draft-only taproom exclusive!

rarer bird

IMPERIAL COFFEE CREAM ALE 7%

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go

Our popular Rare Bird Coffee Cream Ale has been ramped up in this imperial version, Rarer Bird. More malt and a new varietal of coffee from our favorite coffee roaster, Rare Bird Coffee, in Northern Virginia. This version got a cold brew of Colombian Los Haipes, with notes of raspberry, grape, and chocolate. The fruity character of the coffee complements an enhanced ester profile from feeding our British yeast strain all that extra sugar. As always, we ground the beans by hand for extra love.

BURKEY’S LAGER

DRY-HOPPED KELLERBIER 5.7%

This pale kellerbier is craft lager at its freshest! Burkey's is coming at you right out of the Oozlefinch cellar (kellerbier literally means beer from the cellar!) -- canned off the fermenter with 100% natural carbonation. We brewed a pale lager base straddling German Pilsner and Helles with German hops, then dry hopped it with American Crystal hops. The young lager fermentation and dry hopping results in a slightly hazy pint with touches of yeast character and clean bitterness over a foundation of Pils and Munich malt.

This beer is named after our Brewmaster's grandfather, who was stationed at Langley Air Force Base before serving in the Korean War. One of Burkey's unofficial duties on base was to collect a portion of each man's paycheck on payday and go out on beer runs, a responsibility that culminated in a bulk buy for the long train ride across the country to catch their boat to Korea. Seems that providing beer to folks in Hampton has been a family business for decades! Cheers, Burkey!

**Kellerbier is a fresh young lager, so it's not expected to be clear. It's unfiltered, dry hopped, and doesn't get a long cold crash so there is moderate haze -- it's appropriate for the style even though it's a lager**

DUDE BLANKET

HAZY IPA 6.7%

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%

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go

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.

JUST TOO LIKEABLE

LEMONGRASS & MISO GOSE 4.2%

Just Too Likable is our Asian-inspired sour made with lemongrass and two different kinds of miso. If you like Summer Snow, you'll love Just Too Likable -- it has a punchy acidity and citrus quality, backed by subtle herbal from the lemongrass and earthy umami from the miso. This gose is sea salt free! All of the saltiness came from a careful additions of red and country barley misos. Come and get it!

SUmmer SNow

TRADITIONAL GOSE WITH LEMON PEEL 4.2%

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go

In the dog days of a Coastal Virginia summer, you sometimes find yourself wishing for a summer snow shower. And in a field of heavily fruited goses, sometimes you crave tradition. For Summer Snow, we stripped away all the bells and whistles, relying on the quality of malt and the character of our house sour culture to bring you this approachable, refreshing, satisfyingly sour ale. With just the right amount of salt, coriander, and some supplemental lemon peel, Summer Snow is a nod to Leipzig-style goses with the bracing tartness of American sours. Perfect for session consumption.


COWS AT LARGE

ROCKY ROAD ICE CREAM STOUT 7.0%

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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.

 
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Bottles & Cans


Bottles & Cans


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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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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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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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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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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.

 

Summer Snow

TRADITIONAL GOSE WITH LEMON PEEL 4.2%

In the dog days of a Coastal Virginia summer, you sometimes find yourself wishing for a summer snow shower. And in a field of heavily fruited goses, sometimes you crave tradition. For Summer Snow, we stripped away all the bells and whistles, relying on the quality of malt and the character of our house sour culture to bring you this approachable, refreshing, satisfyingly sour ale. With just the right amount of salt, coriander, and some supplemental lemon peel, Summer Snow is a nod to Leipzig-style goses with the bracing tartness of American sours. Perfect for session consumption.

 

Spy BAlloon

APRICOT HAZY IPA 6.7%

If you liked Peach Spy Balloon, don't let this version fall through your fingers! The apricot is all over this beer from start to finish, and we grabbed some Idaho 7 hops to complement the earthy stone fruit from the apricot with notes of pineapple and piney goodness. Don't miss out on this next Spy Balloon from Oozlefinch. Extremely limited!

 

HINT OF PRETENTIOUS

HIBISCUS GOSE 3.8%

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go

This beautiful, deep pink gose gets it color and earthy undertones from a heap of hibiscus flowers in the fermenter. The fruity tartness of the hibiscus complements the bright acidity of our house culture, with subtle strawberry undertones accentuated by a noticeable saltiness and effervescent carbonation. A little touch of lactose helps round out all the flavors and keep your mouth watering all the way through the pour. Hint of Pretentious will have you drinking pinky out.

 
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LADY IN WHITE

HEFEWEIZEN 5.5%

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go

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.

 
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night market snack

GOSE WITH PLUM, VANILLA, & CINNAMON 6%

available as 4-packs to-go

We love our Northern Virginia friends, and Jinson and his crew at High Side are some of the best! We got together for this sour brew inspired by High Side's special seasoning for their sweet potato fries, made with salt, sugar, and a very special sour plum. This gose ale was brewed with the Oozlefinch house culture, plum, and sea salt to mimic the seasoning, then given a nice little boost of vanilla, cinnamon, and lactose to help capture the flavor of the sweet potato fries. Don't miss out on this exclusive collab!

* specialty-release glassware (featured) is also available in the taproom! one glass per customer while supplies last *

 
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Rarer bird

IMPERIAL COFFEE CREAM ALE 7%

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go

Our popular Rare Bird Coffee Cream Ale has been ramped up in this imperial version, Rarer Bird. More malt and a new varietal of coffee from our favorite coffee roaster, Rare Bird Coffee, in Northern Virginia. This version got a cold brew of Colombian Los Haipes, with notes of raspberry, grape, and chocolate. The fruity character of the coffee complements an enhanced ester profile from feeding our British yeast strain all that extra sugar. As always, we ground the beans by hand for extra love.

 
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TAIL-ON COLLISION

MOSAIC IPA 6.9%

available as 4-packs to-go

All. About. Mosaic.. This IPA is for old-school and new-school IPA lovers alike. Our lightest grain bill in an IPA yet, the emphasis on firm bitterness and hops over malt will make West Coast IPA lovers smile, while the focus on Mosaic hops will keep new-school hop lovers happy, too. This beer is 100% Mosaic. Mosaic in the boil, Mosaic in the whirlpool, dry-hopped with Mosaic... Did we mention it has Mosaic in it??

 
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HONEY-MOUTHED

BERLINER WEISSE WITH PEACHES, WALNUTS & HONEY 6%

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go

Assistant Brewer Rachel is all in on the sour program recipes, and this delicious combo is her latest creation. Like a refreshing summer dessert, this mildly tart Berliner style combines the freshness of peaches with the earthiness of toasted walnuts for a complex depth of flavors that is still light and drinkable. A big blast of orange blossom honey boosts the aroma, while a touch of lactose helps round out the flavors and remind you this beer can be dessert if you want it to be! Our first sour beer with nuts, Honey Mouthed will have you talking sweetly about our brew team!

 

feeling Nauti

COCONUT, GUAVA, VANILLA & LACTOSE GOSE 4.7%

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go

Description coming soon!

 

BURKEY’S LAGER

DRY-HOPPED KELLERBIER 5.7%

available on tap & in 4-packs to-go

This pale kellerbier is craft lager at its freshest! Burkey's is coming at you right out of the Oozlefinch cellar (kellerbier literally means beer from the cellar!) -- canned off the fermenter with 100% natural carbonation. We brewed a pale lager base straddling German Pilsner and Helles with German hops, then dry hopped it with American Crystal hops. The young lager fermentation and dry hopping results in a slightly hazy pint with touches of yeast character and clean bitterness over a foundation of Pils and Munich malt.

This beer is named after our Brewmaster's grandfather, who was stationed at Langley Air Force Base before serving in the Korean War. One of Burkey's unofficial duties on base was to collect a portion of each man's paycheck on payday and go out on beer runs, a responsibility that culminated in a bulk buy for the long train ride across the country to catch their boat to Korea. Seems that providing beer to folks in Hampton has been a family business for decades! Cheers, Burkey!