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Our Beers


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Our Beers


tall tales & rad brews

Each of our beer names pay homage to the legends of Fort Monroe, although sometimes the lines between fact and fiction aren't quite so easily drawn. Consider us a new twist on history class. 

Check out the list below to see what we currently have on tap!


TRIPLE BEER RELEASE ON FRIDAY 9/21:

Superfluous Sucrose

BELGIAN GOLDEN STRONG ALE 9.2%

* Collaboration with Precarious Beer Project *

NO COMMENT

DOUBLE IPA

Silent Sentry

BARREL-AGED BRETT SAISON

* Will be available on tap & in bottles *


sUMMER SNOW

[RE-RELEASE!] GOSE 3.9%

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, this recipe is making a serious bid to be an Oozlefinch staple.

petty loot

FARMHOUSE-STYLE WILD ALE 6.3%

This ode to a farmhouse saison is our second release fermented with our unique house yeast, harvested and isolated from the casemate museum!  After our first run with this yeast we were able to start manipulating temperature and pitch rates in fermentation to really allow it to shine.  A pale malt base and Pekko hops showcase this second expression of yeast character! The result is an easy-drinking beer with a very different character from the first generation.  Petty Loot is smooth with a very slight bitter finish and green peppercorn character.  Dried apricot aromatics round out this wild ale making it a must-try selection here at Oozlefinch.  Come order a glass of Petty Loot and toast to history!

EVERYTHING MUST GO

BARREL-AGED DARK ALE 6.6%

* Oozleversary specialty beer release! *

This barrel aged dark ale is a momentous release -- it marks the beginning of autumn, the two-year anniversary of Oozlefinch, and the transition of our existing clean barrel stock over to our sour barrel program. We've gotten all the wine and spirit character out of the wood, so our barrels are ready to start housing our sour cultures and churn out some sour beer. Don't worry, we've still got some special dark barrel aged beers tucked away! Everything Must Go is a blend of several dark beer projects from Port, wine, and bourbon barrels. These black wheat ales, browns, and stouts have come together with additions of plum, raisin, and star anise to create an incredibly layered barrel aged dark ale that is quaffable at 6.6% ABV. Cheers!

sELF cONTEMPLATION

BARREL-AGED SOUR ALE WITH PEACH & TAMARIND 6.8%

* Oozleversary specialty beer release! *

* Available on tap & in bottles *

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!

ZOMBIE KITTEN

SESSION HAZY IPA 5.3%

The zombie is back! This new hazy IPA is a session-strength version of our Zombie Cat Hazy IPA from last year -- utilizing a new yeast strain and incorporating all the other techniques we've developed throughout the last year. This IPA has a soft, fluffy mouthfeel but still finishes dry to keep you coming back for more. A huge charge of El Dorado brings a candy-like fruit punch aroma with notes of pear and apricot in the forefront. This beer is an all day haze affair. 

Rippin' loaves

SOUR LAGER BREWED WITH SOURDOUGH BREAD 5.5%

* Made in collaboration with our friends from Alesatian Brewing Co *

* Fresh sourdough bread from Commune *

We're up to more hijinks with our friends from Winchester -- this time, we brought our sour game to the craft lager front with this experimental take on a German Helles lager. We got a whole bunch of sourdough bread from the amazing scratch bakery at Commune, spent a night together rippin' loaves into small pieces, and threw all that bread in the mash along with some wheat and rye. Soured with the Oozlefinch culture and fermented under pressure with our lager yeast, this beer is bready, crisp, and delightfully tart without being too sour. The newest addition to our sour program -- come and get it!

sallyport

SCHWARZBIER 4.5%

Dark lagers are awesome, so guess what? We made one! This German schwarzbier is no frills, just smooth malt with a clean roast character, balanced by moderate hop bitterness. This flavorful pint has a touch of residual sweetness, contributing to the perception of body and enhancing the chocolatey malt character. Still super drinkable at a modest 4.5% ABV, this pint is a great option for dark beer lovers who are tired of heavy pastry-style stouts but still want that roasty malt character.

Southern Nully

GUANABANA BERLINER WEISSE 3%

Fruit and sour beer were meant for each other, and we're always looking for the next beautiful fruit we can add to our sour beer lineup. With a flavor combination reminiscent of strawberries, apple, and sour citrus, the tropical guanabana fruit was an easy choice. This beer is teeming with distinct fruit flavor backed by a solid sourness from our house culture. If you're looking for a juicy beer that still tastes like beer, look no further. Southern Nully is a perfect summer day drinker at 3.0% ABV, so grab your camping chair and head on out to Oozlefinch!


canNED POURS at the bar:

Old Fogey

HAZY IPA 6.7%

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.

Rare Bird

COFFEE CREAM ALE 4.8%

After a year of our Brewmaster churning out new recipes every week, we sat down and talked about which beers we liked best. Rare Bird was a unanimous addition to the favorites list, which earned it a spot as the first beer we're bringing back for cans! We've partnered again with Rare Bird Coffee, an artisanal roaster in Northern Virginia, to combine two of our favorite beverages into one tasty pint! This year we've selected Rare Bird's El Filo, a medium roast of beans from the Moreno family farm in Santa Barbara, Honduras. The coffee's notes of milk chocolate, hazelnut, and pear were irresistible when our Brewmaster picked the beans. He then ground 30 pounds of the beans BY HAND to get the crush right and double cold-brewed them for blending. The result is a light golden pint that smells like coffee and tastes like beer, with a subtle roasty aftertaste and a fruity pear-like finish. A final touch of lactose keeps things creamy. Don't be fooled by the color -- we brewed a blonde ale base to let this beautiful coffee shine without having to compete with roasted malts. Beer for breakfast? Yes, please.


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Bottles & Cans


Bottles & Cans


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Good Ole Days

SALTED CARAMEL APPLE GOSE

5.1% ABV | 2 IBU

Warm weather is the time for fairs and festivals, and our love of the season inspired this nostalgic, off beat gose. Brewed with an amber grain bill, this beer not only got our typical gose additions of sea salt and our house bacteria culture but also brown sugar and McIntosh apple. The refreshing acidity and distinct apple flavor make drinking this pint like biting into a tart salted caramel apple at the fair. If we could have put it on a stick, we would have. Perfect for cider drinkers and sour beer lovers looking for something a little different, this gose promises to be a thirst quencher that will have you thinking about the good ole days.

* No limits on purchase quantities *

 
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Static Smile

BARREL-AGED SOUR

7.4% ABV | 2 IBU

Fresh off our American Wild Ale Gold Medal win at the Virginia Beer Cup, we're bringing a unique barrel-aged sour to the taproom and bottles. Static Smile is a blend of saison and kolsch bases aged in wine barrels. We loved the acid and fruity esters on this blend so much that we decided to carbonate it just above still to provide a more wine-like drinking experience. The result is a tart and funky ale that fills your mouth without filling your stomach. Tingly acidity helps keep the beer light and belies the 7.4% ABV. This new presentation will be sure to please wine drinkers and put a static smile on your face!

* No limits on purchase quantities *

 
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Departed Days

BARREL-AGED SOUR IMPERIAL SAISON

7.4% ABV | 2 IBU

* Oozleversary specialty beer release *

Departed Days is a celebration of our two-year anniversary and the departed days of this past year of rapid growth. Our barrel aged sour program is our favorite new aspect of Oozlefinch, so what better way to celebrate than to release one of our best yet? This imperial saison has been aging in Chardonnay barrels since our one year anniversary with a huge mix of yeasties and beasties. It pours a beautiful amber gold, with big aromas of pithy lemon and earthy spice emerging as soon as it hits the glass. Light apple and background notes of vanilla and coconut from the barrel support and continue into the flavor. With medium-high acidity, a long and dry finish, and lively carbonation, this beer is deceptive -- the refreshing qualities hide a huge base of malt and 8.9% ABV. This is the best of Oozlefinch. Cheers to the next year!

 
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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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SILENT SENTRY

BARREL-AGED BRETT SAISON

Coming soon!

 
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Old Fogey

HAZY IPA 6.7%

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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Rare Bird

COFFEE CREAM ALE 4.8%

We try to avoid describing our beers as "straight juice," but we also try not to lie. This hazy pale ale is our juiciest beer yet, featuring a balanced malt base that props up a crazy citrus character from fermentation esters and hop oils. Rather than just dump a bunch of hops in the beer, we've played with our Norwegian kveik strain to enhance flavors by manipulating water chemistry, fermentation temperatures, and other processes in the brewhouse and cellar. This beer shines with small additions of modest, classic workhorse hops not typically associated with juicy beers: Cascade and Chinook. We topped off this citrusy pale with tangerines, resulting in a mix of grapefruit and tangerine flavors all backed by moderate hop bitterness. Beautifully hazy and and insanely juicy, Sun's Up is a hot weather must have.

 

MORE Coming soon!

 
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Awards


Awards


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We put our heart and soul into everything we brew, and we're honored to serve some of the best beer Hampton Roads has to offer.  


 
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VIRGINIA CRAFT BREWERS GUILD 2018

Statewide gold medal winner in the American Wild Ale category for our "Dr Rendezvous" barrel-aged sour

COASTAL VIRGINIA BEST-OF READERS' CHOICE AWARD 2018

Overall gold winner of the 2018 community vote for "Best Local Brewery"

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COASTAL VIRGINIA BEST-OF READERS' CHOICE AWARD 2018

Peninsula gold winner of the 2018 community vote for "Best Place to Hear Local Bands"

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COASTAL VIRGINIA BEST-OF READERS' CHOICE AWARD 2018

Peninsula gold winner of the 2018 community vote for "Favorite Place To Take Out-Of-Towners"

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COASTAL VIRGINIA BEST-OF READERS' CHOICE AWARD 2018

Peninsula gold winner of the 2018 community vote for "Best Outdoor / Patio Dining"

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COASTAL VIRGINIA BEST-OF READERS' CHOICE AWARD 2018

Peninsula silver winner of the 2018 community vote for "Best Festival / Event”

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"OX CART" [IMPERIAL PORTER]

Silver medal winner in the STRONG ALE category of the 2017 Hampton Roads' VEER Magazine Beer Awards

"20 POUNDER" [BOYSENBERRY LEMON WHEAT]

Silver medal winner in the FRUIT BEER category of the 2017 Hampton Roads' VEER Magazine Beer Awards

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"FLYING BACKWARDS" [SOUR BLUEBERRY HONEY SAISON]

1st place winner in the 2017 Brewer's Choice Award at the 757 Battle of the Beers

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VIRGINIA CRAFT BREWERS GUILD 2017

Statewide silver medal winner in the Hefeweizen category for our "Lady In White"

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"CREEKSIDE" [LAGER]

1st place winner at the 2017 Back Bay Lagerfest

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COASTAL VIRGINIA BEST-OF READERS' CHOICE AWARD 2017

Winner of the 2017 community vote for "Best Local Brewery" on the peninsula

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2017 TOP BUSINESS TO WATCH

3rd place in the Hampton Roads Chamber community vote of top businesses to watch

"OX CART" [IMPERIAL PORTER]

Gold medal winner in the PORTER category of the 2016 Hampton Roads' VEER Magazine Beer Awards

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2016 CURE ALL CASK FESTIVAL

1st place winner in the Wolfe Street Brewing Company's "Cure All" cask festival

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