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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!


BEER RELEASES X4 HAPPING THIS FRIDAY 12/14!

* 3 will be in cans, and all 4 will be on tap! *

SHAMMIT FINNEGAN

GINGER MATCHA GOSE

BACK IN MY DAY

ALE BREWED WITH ORANGE & MOLASSES

NUGGLE TIME

HAZY IPA FERMENTED WITH NORWEGIAN KVEIK YEAST

BURKEY’S LAGER

DRY-HOPPED KELLERBIER


Hint of Pretentious

[NEW!] HIBISCUS GOSE WITH LACTOSE 3.8%

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. The first of two tea-inspired goses headed your way this winter from Oozlefinch, Hint of Pretentious will have you drinking pinky out.

Railsplitter IPA

AMERICAN IPA 6.4%

West Coast IPA is back at Oozlefinch! Railsplitter IPA is built on a balanced malt base of pale barley and a handful of caramel malt, just like the classics. After the mash, we hop it to the gills with Falconer's Flight, a blend of beautiful American hops that are all popular for a reason. No bells, no whistles. Just balanced high quality malt, clean fermentation, and fruity citrusy hops with a clean refreshing bitterness. Come get some before our Brewmaster drinks it all!

Barrel-Aged Ox Cart

IMPERIAL PORTER BLEND 11.5%

Ladies and gentlemen, its back.  A small amount of our last batch of Ox Cart Imperial porter was pulled and stored in barrels for 10 months. The fan favorite was aged in Port, Cab Franc, and Old forester bourbon barrels, giving it a slightly different profile that's bursting with aromas of chocolate covered cherries. As you take a sip of this high ABV beer, you will get notes of creamy milk chocolate, slightly tart stone fruit, and a distinct oak characteristic that resides in the back of your mouth and leaves you wanting more.  This specialty batch will not be around for very long so prepare yourselves for the cold days to come by warming your belly with Ox Cart! 

Love Gun

CHERRY GOSE 5%

The Love Gun is back! Our tank-soured, active culture gose with cherries got ramped up to a big batch this year, and we dialed the ABV back to normal gose range to make this delightfully fruity and tart beer more sessionable. It pours a hazy crimson red from a combination of tart and sweet cherries, which balance the zesty sourness and restrained salt character to create a smooth, very approachable beer. This cold weather refresher will have you sending Santa last minute revisions to your Christmas list!

Smoked apple apple smoked

LICHTENHAINER 5.2%

* A collab beer made with Mustang Sally Brewing Company (Chantilly, Virginia) *

We've partnered with Mustang Sally Brewing Company to bring you a Lichtenhainer. A traditional beer style that will definitely challenge your palate seemed like the perfect way to showcase the two breweries styles.  The combination of smoke and sour may turn some heads but we promise this beer won't disappoint.  It started with a pale malt bill, including 100# of applewood smoked malt, and was co-fermented with yeast and Oozlefinch's house prop. Our assistant brewer then smoked a bushel of apples on applewood chips and added them to fermentation. The combination of subtle smoke, lemon acidity, and sweet apples is truly a work of art and a perfect way to showcase the merriment of tradition and experimentation. 

Red Top

RYE WITBIER 4.3%

With the chill of autumn upon us, our brew team has been craving some malty and spicy beers. We used our wit yeast from Idle Wonder to make this darker, richer version of a Belgian witbier. Brewed with a healthy dose of rye and caramel malts, this beer has a sweet caramel and fruity background note that is topped by peppery spice from the rye and the Belgian yeast. This beer is sessionable at 4.3%, but deeply satisfying with its creamy mouthfeel. Perfect for hanging by the fire or pairing with cold weather comfort food!

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 been slowly tweaking the recipe over the last several months, 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.

oFF THE RECORD

SOUR HAZY IPA 8.2%

We've done it again -- combined our two loves into one crazy pour. Off the Record is our No Comment Double IPA blended with two oak barrels of our mixed fermentation sour beers. Big hop aroma from the Azacca, Amarillo, and Mandarina gets a complexity boost from Brett esters and funk, while light acidity helps keep the finish crisp and soften the ABV punch. Plenty of citrus, low bitterness and acidity, and a peppery finish from Brett and saison yeast make this beer one that will leave you questioning which you like more: IPAs or sours?

sUMMER SNOW

TRADITIONAL 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.

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!

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.


canNED POURS at the bar:

Idle Wonder

WITBIER 5.4%

Though fall is coming and colder days are right around the corner, us Oozlefinchers are holding on to the beautiful days spent on our outdoor waterfront patio.  We weren't quite ready to stop brewing those traditional summer beer styles, so we came up with Idle Wonder, a 5.4% witbier spiced with coriander and cardamom. With heavy additions of sweet and bitter orange peel in the whirlpool and a carefully calculated malt bill, this beer gives off a delightful citrus and honey aroma balanced with a light spice. The coriander, traditional in witbiers, was combined with a hefty amount of cardamom, making Idle wonder unique and adding just enough fall spice to make it a go-to on a brisk October day. With a creamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, there is no wondering if this beer will satisfy your taste buds.

Widow’s Wager

TROPICAL STOUT WITH VANILLA & PILONCILLO SUGAR 6.6%

We loved our base tropical stout recipe so much that we decided we had to bring it back! This time, we thought the rich chocolate, creamy base would benefit from a heaping addition of vanilla beans.  The decadent blend of dark specialty malts and mash techniques provide this beer with a creamy, robust body without the roast character. The vanilla shines through on the aroma followed by a slight rum undertone from the piloncillo sugar.  We are thinking this might be a perfect dessert beer to pair with the approaching fall evenings! 


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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

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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Widow’s Wager

TROPICAL STOUT WITH VANILLA & PILONCILLO SUGAR 6.6%

We loved our base tropical stout recipe so much that we decided we had to bring it back! This time, we thought the rich chocolate, creamy base would benefit from a heaping addition of vanilla beans.  The decadent blend of dark specialty malts and mash techniques provide this beer with a creamy, robust body without the roast character. The vanilla shines through on the aroma followed by a slight rum undertone from the piloncillo sugar.  We are thinking this might be a perfect dessert beer to pair with the approaching fall evenings!

 
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Idle Wonder

WITBIER 5.4%

Though fall is coming and colder days are right around the corner, us Oozlefinchers are holding on to the beautiful days spent on our outdoor waterfront patio.  We weren't quite ready to stop brewing those traditional summer beer styles, so we came up with Idle Wonder, a 5.4% witbier spiced with coriander and cardamom. With heavy additions of sweet and bitter orange peel in the whirlpool and a carefully calculated malt bill, this beer gives off a delightful citrus and honey aroma balanced with a light spice. The coriander, traditional in witbiers, was combined with a hefty amount of cardamom, making Idle wonder unique and adding just enough fall spice to make it a go-to on a brisk October day. With a creamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, there is no wondering if this beer will satisfy your taste buds.

 

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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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