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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 THIS FRIDAY 3/22/19!

Individually Wrapped 

SALTED BUTTERSCOTCH IMPERIAL STOUT 8.3%

*a collaboration with our good friends at Elation Brewing Company in Norfolk, Virginia*

*available in 4-packs and on tap*

Have you ever ordered anything online only to find it wasn't quite what you expected? We ordered 60 lbs of "not individually packaged" butterscotch candy to make this sweet stout with our friends over at Elation in Norfolk, and they showed up individually wrapped! Two finger-destroying days and 5,000 candies later, we brewed this imperial stout with Bob of Elation! Big fruity notes from a vigorous fermentation add to the impression of sweetness of this candy-inspired stout. Butterscotch flavors linger on your tongue, while a mild salty note helps keep the finish from being overly sweet. Cheers to Hampton Roads beers!

All Mouth, No Trousers

WHITE HAZY IPA 7%

*available in 4-packs and on tap*

For most of us, our favorite drink makes us a little more confident in our capabilities. For our Assistant Brewer, Rachel, her favorite drinks make her so confident that she's throwing bets down on the cornhole boards or a rousing game of pool only to find that she isn't as good as she thought she was.  Therefore, she found it only fitting to name this crushable white hazy IPA after her "all talk, no walk" alter ego. All Mouth, No Trousers is a hazy IPA fermented with hefeweizen yeast at temperatures that enhance the production of a clove-like spiciness.  This beer has strong citrus aromas from the DDH of cascade and slight banana from the hefeweizen ester production.  The yeast emphasizes the protein content of this wheat heavy malt base and creates a creamy mouthfeel with slight clove spice and hop bitterness to round out the sip.  Have a few of these and you'll be talking the talk...just maybe not walking the walk!


I THINK SO NOT

BOTH-COAST DIPA 8%

*available in 4-packs and on tap*

I Think So Not is our second DIPA recipe from Assistant Brewer Rachel and is an ode to the IPA styles from both coasts.  We started this beer off with a mash regimen that gave us medium protein content and allowed for a sweeter, smoother finish. We hopped it aggressively with Cascade and Loral in the kettle and whirlpool and finished it off with a huge Cascade and Loral dry hop at high fermentation temps, as favored by our Norwegian yeast strain.  The result is a 8%, 100 IBU, hop bomb that has aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, and peach and goes down easy with enough bitterness to cut the medium-sweet finish. Come on in and have a couple pints with us and you may begin to forget which coast is your favorite!

Character Builder

BRUT IPA 7%

Already regretting that New Year's Resolution to cut back on sugar? We've got you covered with our new Brut IPA! This beautiful hoppy pint is fully fermented thanks to a special enzyme we add to convert all the starch to simple sugar, which is then fully consumed by the yeast. The super dry finish allows the Cascade and Hallertau Blanc flavors to shine through -- lots of grapefruit and white wine grape in this one. Effervescent carbonation enhances the sparkling wine character and provides some body to this incredibly quaffable ale. You can build your character by keeping your resolution, and still get your IPA fix!

SNOW CRUSH

SOUR SESSION IPA 4%

*a collaboration with our good friends at MoMac Brewing Company in Portsmouth, Virginia*

Super sessionable Sour IPA fermented with Chardonnay yeast featuring two New Zealand hop varieties; Moteuka and Nelson Sauvon. Very pale and slightly opaque in appearance with grape and citrus undertones. Delightfully tart and crisp with juicy hop flavors throughout!

SWEET & SAUCY

MANGO HONEY AGAVE CHILI CREAM ALE 7.1%

Sometimes you can have it all! We took our awesome cream ale base and spiced it up with this beer -- literally. Sweet & Saucy hits you with big mango on the nose, with a subtle earthy background. The flavor is sweet malt enhanced by honey and agave, followed by tropical fruitiness and then a kick of chile! We chose very specific chiles for this brew to maximize flavor without ramping up the heat too much -- Aji Panca and Pasilla provided the perfect blend to go with the mango. The heat builds through the pint to keep this a true chile beer. Whether you're feeling sweet or saucy, come get some!

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!

CUFFING SEASON

CHOCOLATE POMEGRANATE GOSE 4.1%

It's cuffing season, and time for the second chocolate gose from Oozlefinch. We added chocolate malts and Dutch cocoa powder to this live sour, and the British pale chocolate malt lent this beer a super nutty chocolate nose. As the beer warms, tart fruity pomegranate comes through. This sour is not for the faint of heart -- high acidity brings everything to life and gives this beer a crisp quality that lingers into the finish. The nutty chocolate and sharp fruit almost make this beer taste like a sour peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Come get some!

ShamMit Finnegan

GINGER MATCHA GOSE 3.5%

Our second tea-inspired gose for the winter season, Shamit Finnegan is a sessionable salty sour conditioned with cracked ginger and matcha tea. The initial spicy bite of ginger pairs beautifully with the lemony character of our house bacteria culture, while the earthy matcha dominates the finish and adds complexity to the fruity character. Bright acidity, moderate salt character, and spritzy carbonation let you know you're still drinking a gose. The marriage of flavors will warm you up this winter without knocking you off your bar stool with alcohol. Our Brewmaster's favorite gose!

SCARP CLIMBER

DRY HOPPED GOLDEN SOUR 5.9%

Hops and sour come together again in this hazy golden sour ale. We let our house bacteria culture take first crack at a rich pale wort before pitching yeast and dry hopping with Cashmere and Idaho Gem hops. A complex phenol funk on the nose from secondary Brett fermentation adds a farmhouse note to the tangerine of the Cashmere and herbal grapefruit of the Idaho Gem. A crisp finish from the acidity makes this hop-forward sour refreshing despite the complex aroma and flavor mix. 

Just Too Likeable

LEMONGRASS MISO GOSE 4.2%

Our newest offering in our series of experimental goses, 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!


canNED POURS at the bar:

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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DEMURE DEFINANCE

BARREL-AGED SOUR ALE WITH BLUEBERRIES

7.7% ABV

Since starting at Oozlefinch, Assistant Brewer Rachel has studied closely under head brewer Mike, learning everything from recipe development to cellar management. Now, she's gotten the taste barrel blending and has her first barrel aged blend. Demure Defiance is a blend of super saison and dunkelweizen aged across Copper Fox Rye whisky and Virginia wine barrels. After oak aging, this sour ale was blended in steel and conditioned for 3 months on fresh blueberries from Eastern North Carolina. The mix of barrel characters bring pleasant oak and subtle whisky notes to the bright floral aroma from the blueberries. This sour fruit beer's beautiful rose color will draw you in, but it's the flavors that will keep you coming back for more.

 
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EVIL ROBOT

BLACKBERRY BERLINER WEISSE AGED IN GRAPE BRANDY BARRELS

4.2% ABV | 2 IBU

We brought together our Berliner Weisse roots and our barrel aging acumen with this refreshing, low ABV wheat beer. Evil Robot has a clean, sharp sourness with lemony notes from our house bacteria culture, and crisp carbonation to keep things light. A blackberry addition lends a pleasing pink color and a fruity nose that complements light Brettanomyces funk, while the oaky tannins and grape notes lend a complexity that bring this Berliner to the next level. The sourdough breadiness and juicy acidity will have you coming back for another. And another. 

 
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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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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!

 

more coming soon!

 
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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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Back in my day

ALE BREWED WITH ORANGE & MOLASSES 4.6%

Back In My Day, I walked uphill to school both ways and beer was a fizzy yellow thing that smelled like cooked corn. Thank goodness for progress! This beer is a nod to old school American fermentation with over 3 lbs of molasses per barrel added to the grain bill. The molasses lends an orange hue to the straw colored base beer, a perfect complement to a huge addition of sweet Spanish orange peel in both the whirlpool and fermenter. Orange dominates the nose, with the molasses lending dryness and a slight burnt sugar character to the finish. At less than 5% ABV, this is an easy drinking ale with simple and classic winter flavors.

 
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burkey’s lager

DRY-HOPPED KELLERBIER 5.7%

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EATIN’ CANCAKES

MAPLE BANANA PANCAKE IMPERIAL STOUT 9%

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I NEVER SEEN YAT

ZENNE HAZY IPA 7%

*available in 4-packs and on tap*

Ever feel like hazy IPAs all taste the same? Rather than be a "same base beer, different hops" recipe-recycling kind of brewery, we completely reimagined what a hazy IPA could be with this "Zenne hazy" (named for the Zenne river region of Belgium), combining a Zenne-style turbid mash with some of our tried and true hazy tricks. This beer is over 50% raw wheat and other specialty grains, and was boiled for over two hours. The result is a unique fluffy mouthfeel and a sweet finish, barely cut by a tiny 4 IBUs. Massively dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, this haze monster will have you rethinking your IPA game.

 
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DUDE BLANKET

HAZY IPA 6.7%

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I THINK SO NOT

BOTH-COAST DIPA 8%

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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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“DR RENDEZVOUS” [BARREL-AGED SOUR]

Silver medal winner in the AMERICAN WILD ALE category of the 2018 Hampton Roads' VEER Magazine Beer Awards

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“LADY IN WHITE” [HEFEWEIZEN]

Silver medal winner in the GERMAN WHEAT BEER category of the 2018 Hampton Roads' VEER Magazine Beer Awards

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“AIRSHIP” [HONEY PILSNER]

Bronze medal winner in the PALE BITTER EUROPEAN BEER category of the 2018 Hampton Roads' VEER Magazine Beer Awards

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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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