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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!


RELEASING FRIDAY 7/20!

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GINGER SESSION WHEAT 3.4%

This small batch summer release is another easy quencher for the hot season. Jam packed with tart, bready wheat notes and boosted by a modest ginger addition in the conditioning tank, this effervescent ale is a great session option. Despite the low ABV, this beer still has some heft from the high protein content, slightly sweet finish, and high carbonation. If you're looking for refreshment and sours aren't your thing, look no further than this fun and different ginger wheat ale!


Airship

[NEW!] HONEY PILSNER 5.7%

This pale, crisp, moderately bitter lager is named after the hydrogen-filled airship Roma that took off from Langley AFB and crashed in Norfolk in 1922. Our brew team manipulated our ale-oriented brewhouse for some traditional mash techniques, then fermented under pressure with a special valve to capture natural carbonation. A big wildflower honey addition accentuates the floral noble hop aroma, while also boosting the ABV and ensuring a dry finish. This beer is completely unfiltered, but still clear and bright from extended cold aging. That means you can still get a ton of flavor when you need a break from the haze craze. This is a summer crusher!

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!

CATALYST FOR CRAZY

POMEGRANATE TROPICAL STOUT 6.2%

Calling all stout lovers!  Our most recent dark beer and first recipe from Assistant Brewer Rachel is here to please and challenge your taste buds.  This tropical stout began with a decadent blend of dark, chocolatey malts and brown piloncillo sugar. With a slight rum undertone from the sugar, this creamy bodied beer has a sweet base balanced by a fruity aroma and crisp tartness from an addition of pomegranate, keeping it light enough to drink on a hot summer day and creamy enough to satisfy all you stout aficionados.  

SUCH-A-ONE

BERLINER WEISSE 4.5%

We love our experimental beers, but we also love the classics. Such-a-One is a classic style Berliner Weisse without the frills. We amped up the ABV to give this tart wheat ale a little more heft, but it's still eminently approachable at 4.5%. Our house culture shines against a malt base of over 50% wheat. Tart, grainy, and refreshing, this is a good introductory sour for beer drinkers curious about the other side of the fence.

FEEL SO BETTER

NORWEGIAN ALE WITH PASSIONFRUIT 5.5%

We fell in love with Norwegian yeast when we partnered it with our house sour culture, but we wanted to see what this popular family of strains could do left to its own devices. The result is Feel So Better, a Norwegian Ale assertively whirlpooled with Cascade hops and refermented with a boatload of passionfruit. This beer was fermented at over 90*F to bring ridiculous tropical fruity esters that were enhanced by the passionfruit. With refreshing bitterness from the hops, mild tartness from the fruit, and a dry finish, this beer promises to go down easy in the hot weather ahead. Limited release -- don't sleep!

Spoon Smuggler

BEST BITTER 4.6%

* A historical beer release *

Spoon Smuggler is our first beer brewed with wild harvested yeast. Assistant Brewer and Quality Assurance Lead Rachel Edwards worked with the Casemate Museum here on Fort Monroe to collect yeast from a Tiffany's dining set owned by General Butler, who commanded Fort Monroe during the Civil War. Rachel isolated and propagated a mixture of yeast strains harvested from the chest while our Brewmaster worked on designing a beer appropriate for this unique strain. While the troops drank mostly lager bier and cider, we like to think the General may have procured some ale for himself and, at that time, it was likely a British style bitter. We built a Best Bitter base of biscuity malt with light caramel sweetness and crisp, moderate bitterness with a light floral hop character. The yeast glowed through this modest base, bringing a chardonnay grape aroma with background notes of peach and a light peppery finish. The overall result is a fruity, crisp, easy drinking but characterful ale distinctly unique to our location. Look for more "Casemate yeast" beers in the future -- Oozlefinch has a new house flavor in its arsenal!

SONGS AT DAWN

CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY GOSE 4.2%

* A collaboration beer with our friends from Eavesdrop Brewery in Yorkshire, VA *

We partnered with our friends at Eavesdrop Brewery in Northern Virginia for this alternative modern gose. Our Oozlefinch gose base got its signature bright acidity from our house bacteria culture and our unique souring method, while a ridiculous amount of strawberry provides a fruity backbone. Don't expect a sweet beer, though -- we fully ferment our fruit additions to keep things dry and refreshing so you can enjoy pint after pint while still getting the flavor you want, and the light sea salt finish makes you want another sip. To mix things up, we added a hint of chocolatey goodness from 10 gallons worth of unsweetened liquid cacao nibs. That baker's cocoa smell comes drifting out of the glass as the beer warms, completing the chocolate-covered strawberry profile. Watch out -- Cupid is invading the warmer months.

Cold Case

KÖLSCH 5.5%

It's back! Our Cold Case Kolsch is a cold-fermented ale brewed in a small batch for quick consumption. Served keller-style, Cold Case is young and slightly hazy, but clean, crisp, and well attenuated. A mild ripe apple and pear aroma from a specific yeast strain blends with sweet graininess for a fresh smelling mix. Soft, clean malt flavors and approachable bitterness give way to a light minerally white wine finish. An overall easy drinker built on delicate balance, this is a rare by-the-book brew from our production team to keep us in touch with the classics and show off our technical skills. Enjoy!

RANDOM RICOCHET

SMOKED DARK MILD 3.0%

Random Ricochet is our random tribute to old brewing traditions and forgotten styles. Dark mild used to be a staple of British pubs, but these days the style is increasingly rare in Britain, let alone America. We've recreated the style the way we imagine it was in the olden days: with fruity English yeast and a lot of dark malts, including some smoked malt as a nod to the practice of drying malted grains over a fire. This low gravity session beer is perfect for drinking plenty without having to sacrifice flavor and character. Here's to the beers of old!

LADY IN WHITE

HEFEWEIZEN 5%

* 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 was murdered by him upon his return. No one really knows. But what we DO know is that this best-selling, award-winning, crowd-pleasing favorite is a hefeweizen you can turn to any time of year. Brewed with 50% wheat and a distinctive German ale yeast, Lady has a refreshingly tart grainy wheat base that supports a balanced blend of banana esters and clove phenols from fermentation. Suspended yeast and assertive carbonation create a fluffy mouthfeel without making the beer filling. Simple and satisfying, this beer is a must try for any fan of Oozlefinch.

 


bottle releases on tap

* None at this time... we're all tapped out! *


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Bottles & Cans


Bottles & Cans


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Shady Character

BARREL-AGED DARK SOUR

7.5% ABV | 14 IBU

Shady Character is not your typical barrel aged sour -- it's Oozlefinch's first DARK barrel aged sour! A careful blend of dark Trappist-style Belgian beer, German weizenbock, and imperial Saison, all aged in Virginia wine barrels with our house culture and mixed Brettanomyces strains, comes together in this unique and distinctive offering. Three monster yeast strains create countless waves of flavor, without the roasty astringency that can clash with acidity in other dark beer styles. A light finishing tartness let's you know it's a sour beer, but the funk is in the foreground. It's malty. It's yeast-forward. It's funky and tart. It's weirdly delicious... it must be Oozlefinch.

* No limits on purchase quantities *

 
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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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Deep meditation

BARREL-AGED SOUR IMPERIAL SAISON WITH CHERRY

6.9% ABV | 2 IBU

Deep Meditation, our first fruited barrel aged sour, is our brewmaster's exercise in complexity and harmony. Various batches of our imperial saison were allowed to ferment and sour in our Virginia Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay barrels. We then blended 100 day old and 150 day old batches together on Valentine's day on top of sweet cherry, then fed the blend some actively fermenting saison to give it a wide variety of sugars. Aged on the cherry for over two months, this beer pours a beautiful crimson red with an aroma of peppery saison yeast, restrained barnyard funk from our Brett, and deep, jammy cherry. Dry and acidic, but with a pleasant bready malt character and subtle fruity sweetness, this beer is perfect for any time of year.

* No limits on purchase quantities *

 
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DUDE BLANKET

[JULY 4 RELEASE!] HAZY IPA WITH LUPULIN PELLETS 6.2%

Our first Hazy IPA off draft, Dude Blanket is a lupulin party in a can! With low bitterness, a full flavored malt base, and generous hopping with Mosaic, Citra lupulin pellets, and Ekuanot pellets, Dude Blanket is a modern IPA for the modern juice lover. Berry flavors from the Mosaic and Ekuanot are balanced with a refreshing citrus note from the Citra, all tied together by tropical esters from a warm fermentation. This beer was named for the owner's son, who calls his blanket Dude Blanket. We hope you love this IPA as much as he loves his blanket!

* No limits on purchase quantities *

 
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Feel So Better

[JULY 4 RELEASE!] NORWEGIAN ALE WITH PASSIONFRUIT 5.5%

We fell in love with Norwegian yeast when we partnered it with our house sour culture, but we wanted to see what this popular family of strains could do left to its own devices. The result is Feel So Better, a Norwegian Ale assertively whirlpooled with Cascade hops and refermented with a boatload of passionfruit. This beer was fermented at over 90*F to bring ridiculous tropical fruity esters that were enhanced by the passionfruit. With refreshing bitterness from the hops, mild tartness from the fruit, and a dry finish, this beer promises to go down easy in the hot weather ahead. Limited release -- don't sleep!

* No limits on purchase quantities *

 
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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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