Each of our beers pays 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.
* RELEASE DATE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH *
* RELEASE DATE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH *
An Oozlefinch twist on a classic German style, Safehouse Berliner Weisse is a refreshingly sour wheat beer fermented with strawberry and mango. This sweet-tart combination of flavors is a perfect match for Al Capone's reputation, so we've given it a name to follow the theme of our "Snorky" sour beer. Capone was indisputably the most notorious American gangster of all time, but was also known to be extremely personable and loved by many. It's not hard to imagine he must have turned on the charm (and maybe some of the fear factor, too) to obtain a safe place to hide in Phoebus when he needed to get away. Standing as our most sour offering yet, this low ABV pint is designed for easy drinkability. Generous carbonation and clean lactic acidity from our developing house sour culture keep things light and spritzy, while over 2 pounds per gallon of fruit elevate things beyond a one-dimensional pucker. This style is traditionally served in Berlin with sweet fruit syrups you can mix into your glass. We've done the work for you so you can just sip and enjoy. Bold acidity, subtle fruitiness, absolute deliciousness.
Summer may be almost over, but that doesn't mean the end of delicious fresh fruit beers at Oozlefinch. And muzzleloader rifles certainly aren't used any more, but that doesn't mean their story doesn't continue to be told out here on Fort Monroe. Follow Fort Monroe's event calendar if you want to come out and see some of these great pieces of artillery in reenactment demonstrations. Then stroll on over here to the brewery to top off your experience with one of these light pints! Muzzle Blast is our latest iteration with our house hefeweizen yeast and plenty of cracker-like wheat. Fermented cooler than normal to accentuate spicy clove phenols, the yeast provides a flavorful base and slightly creamy mouthfeel in an otherwise dry and super refreshing pint. We piled over 2 pounds of peach per gallon onto the base beer, and threw in a healthy dose of blackberry to keep things tart. Like a refreshing blackberry peach cobbler in a glass, Muzzle Blast is already the brew staff's new go-to tap handle. Come on in and help us keep summer alive!
* An Oozle-versary beer release! *
Our freshest hazy IPA, Raffish is bursting with spicy citrus and pine notes from ridiculous additions of Mosaic, Lemondrop, and Southern Cross hops. A power trio of Golden Promise, Golden Naked Oats, and Honey malts lay the foundation for this triple dry-hopped juice monster. Bitter enough for traditional IPA fans but fruity enough for hazeheads, this 36 IBU pint is an all-day drinker even though it flirts with 7% ABV. Raffish means unconventional and slightly disreputable in an attractive way. So leave your style guides on the shelf, grab a pint, and enjoy.
* An Oozle-versary beer release! *
Stout is back at Oozlefinch, and this pint contains one of the stories about Edgar Allan Poe who spent some of his soldiering time here on Fort Monroe. With the darkness of the brew resembling ink, we find it only fitting to name it for a hasty flourish of Poe's pen -- but not the kind that produced an infamous story or poem. This inky memo brought on a great deal of unnecessary debt. Poe was not particularly fond of his time in the army, and seemed to have tried many times to get out of his enlistment. When at last he wouldn't stay any longer, he impetuously arranged for a replacement soldier to take his place at the cost of 75 dollars instead of the going rate of 12. He paid what he could and the rest was written as a note of debt. Quite reckless indeed. A dizzying array of specialty malts combine their powers to produce this Irish Extra Stout. The aroma blends roasty coffee with dark chocolate up front, and subtle dark berry esters and floral English hops as the beer warms. A smooth, creamy mouthfeel leads into a finish of restrained bitterness that accentuates the roast, keeping the beer dry and drinkable. With complex flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark bread, there's a little something for all you dark beer lovers out there. Be careful -- this one might just become your new favorite.
* An Oozle-versary beer release! *
We have gone all out and over the top for our special one year anniversary release! Massive hop additions of Calypso, Cashmere, and Denali provide a prominent tangerine and apricot hop aroma and an intense hoppy flavor of lime zest and piney spice. This golden brew is beautifully bitter with over 100 IBUs that linger into the finish to balance this DIPA away from sweetness despite an absurd grain bill. Clean, grainy malt with light toastiness provides a backbone for the restrained alcohol warmth from the 9.8% ABV, while a medium-light mouthfeel and medium carbonation tie all the flavors together with a smooth texture. It's big, it's bold, it's a celebration! As the name suggests, this small batch brew will only be around for a limited time, so drink it fresh!
* Brewed in collaboration with Alsatian Brewing Co *
We're thrilled to wrap up Virginia Craft Beer Month with another collaboration release! We got together with the brewers at Alesatian Brewing Co. in Winchester to bring you this DWIPA -- a Double White IPA! When Alesation won the Silver Medal for IPA at the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild Awards, we knew we wanted to combine their awesome IPA game with our Silver Medal-winning Hefeweizen recipe! This beer saw a cool fermentation with our hefeweizen strain and a blend of two other yeasts, a massive dry hop of Azacca and Huell Melon, and 20 pounds of sweet and bitter orange peel lovingly peeled one orange at a time. The result is a firmly bitter, citrusy and spicy, high ABV but easy drinking pint of a new hybrid style. The best of Alesation and Oozlefinch, Range Finder is our powers combined in a celebration of craft brewing ingenuity!
* Won 1st place BREWER'S CHOICE AWARD at the 757 Battle of the Beers! *
* Brewed in collaboration with Charm City Meadworks *
It's Virginia Craft Beer Month, and to celebrate we've teamed up with Charm City Meadworks to bring you this Sour Blueberry Honey Saison. Our ambitious brewing process started with producing a classic saison base and allowing the yeast to run warm and wild. We then kettle soured a second batch with two isolated strains of bacteria and blended the sour wort into our actively fermenting saison. Over 20 pounds of blueberry and almost 5 pounds of honey per barrel round out this sweet and sour offering. Two distinct honeys from our Charm City friends -- blueberry blossom and sweet clover -- complement the saison character with soft floral aromas and help keep this modest ABV beer dry and refreshing. It's saison. It's sour. It's fruited. It's honeyed. It's the perfect beer for hot summers in Virginia. Enjoy!
The name is a nod to the shadowy spirits that haunt the Fort. There are countless accounts by residents & tourists alike that have caught glimpses of ghostly figures around the base. But rest assured, they bring no harm, and are only gentle souls that occasionally let their presence known through abandoned windows, or around the darkest corners in the night.... This wit is our newest love note to dark beer fans, written with specialty malts and a blend of spices you can't miss. Our new Brewmaster continues our emerging trend of blurring style guidelines with this brew, punching up a standard American Wheat base with caramel barley and roasted wheat to transform it nearly black, then infusing it with star anise, grains of paradise, and two kinds of orange peel. This beer is undoubtedly one of our most unique offerings yet. Very low bitterness and a clean grainy malt bill of over 40% wheat lets the spice shine through, while the roast character keeps the finish dry and refreshing. When you find yourself looking at your glass trying to figure out how we come up with these beers, just take another sip, enjoy, and look forward to the next boundary-pushing beer from Oozlefinch.
In the hours leading up to the epic Battle of the Ironclads, heated shot from one of the ships played a significant role in a fearful defeat. Cannonballs were heated to a red hot glow in a furnace, and fired for amplified destruction. While this beer has the complete opposite effect on your pallet, it does have an eye-catching reddish glow. A flavorful ale for lager drinkers and beer nerds alike, Heated Shot is a blend of American and Irish brewing traditions and the first beer release from Assistant Brewer Anthony Merendino. An American Cream Ale base -- hearty 6-row American barley, corn sugar, and a big dose of flaked corn -- marries Irish Red Ale influences of caramel and dark roasted malts. Sweet corn and caramel aromas bely the dry finish, with subtle fruity esters and a touch of rye adding complexity to this malt-forward brew. Ruddy brown and full of flavor, this hybrid brew is not your average lawnmower beer.
Our first Trappist-style ale, Featherless Guardian was brewed with Belgian malt and fermented with a yeast strain straight out of the monastery. With high carbonation and low alcohol, the Belgian single, or "patersbier," was traditionally brewed by monks for their own consumption. Our Oozlefinch most assuredly saw them hard at work brewing their beer on one of his many supersonic flights around the world. (We like to think that perhaps even one of his last remaining feathers floated unknowingly into the brew, giving it the Trappist flavors we love today!) This unfiltered offering retains tons of fruity and spice notes from the yeast, with a subtle floral hop aroma and a background of clean toasty malt that make it an easy drinking but flavorful pint.
If you've sat a while out here at the brewery for any amount of time, you would certainly agree that "spurious" is a good way to describe the peaceful calm by our water. The sky is suddenly dark & crazy (especially during the summer) before you even knew a storm was brewing! With that in mind, say hello to our dark brown beer. Belgian yeast meets chocolate bready malt in this hybrid dark beer offering from your Oozlefinch brew team. Initial notes of Belgian truffles from a distinct specialty grain bill blend with plum and fig flavors from fermentation, while a modest hop bill keeps everything in balance. Light clove and warming alcohol notes emerge by the time you hit the end of the pint, but this beer is all about rich malt through to the end. Dark beer lovers, this one's for you.
* Won a 2017 state-wide silver medal from the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild *
She might come to you in a dreamlike fog, or you could catch a glimpse of her through an upstairs window at dusk. Repeated sightings of this mysterious "Lady In White" have made her a notorious presence on Fort Monroe. Accounts differ as to her origin—some say she's Jefferson Davis' wife, Varina, who stayed in nearby quarters throughout his imprisonment in the fort. Others claim she's a Civil War soldier's wife who was unfaithful while he was away and subsequently murdered by him upon his return. No one really knows. But this award-winning hazy, German-style Hefe with flavors of wheat, banana, and clove is so good it's sure to give you chills, just like the mysterious apparition haunting Fort Monroe to this day.