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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!


MORE BEERS COMING UP SOON!


Demure Defiance

[NEW!] BARREL-AGED SOUR ALE WITH BLUEBERRIES 7.7%

* available in bottles & on tap! *

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.

Character Builder

[NEW!] 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!

Feel Right

[NEW!] ROSE BRUT IPA 7.5%

We've seen a lot of Brut IPAs on the market, so we thought to ourselves, "why not make a Rosé version?" Feel Right is our Character Builder Brut IPA, but instead of the big dry hop we gave that beer we added tart cherry instead! The result is a delightfully fruity and pleasantly pink pint. The dry finish, moderate acidity, and high carbonation keep this beer incredibly drinkable despite the 7.5% ABV. A subtle cherry sweetness up front belies the fully fermented finish, while a backbone of Cascade and Hallertau Blanc hops added to the whirlpool remind you this is still in the IPA family. Start planning ahead -- this is the perfect Valentine's Day beer!

BURKEY’S LAGER

DRY-HOPPED KELLERBIER 5.7%

* available in cans & on tap! *

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!

POP HALE

SCOTCH BARREL-AGED DARK ALE WITH RAISIN & PLUM 6.6%

Named after one of Fort Monroe's own, Pop Hale is a blend of three dark ales conditioned on raisin and plum and aged in Scotch and Port barrels. "Pop" was a professional boxer while enlisted in the Army throughout the 1920's, and become known for his powerful one-punch hit as he amassed almost half of his wins in the ring (and, as local legend has it, the back alleys of Phoebus) by knockout. This beer was inspired by Pop's grandson, Tim Hale, as a tribute on the 60th anniversary of Pop's passing.

The aroma is a knockout punch to your nose, with powerful, peaty Islay Scotch dominating above a sweet and fruity malt base. The flavor is more restrained, with the Laphroaig character blending in with yeast esters, light roast, and an off-sweet finish. More approachable than a glass of Scotch at 6.6% ABV, this beer is still not for the faint of heart. This complex ale boasts our most assertive barrel character yet. If you like Scotch, this beer is for you! 

‘NUGGLE TIME

HAZY IPA FERMENTED WITH NORWEGIAN KVEIK YEAST 6.5%

* CANS SOLD OUT! available on tap! *

Nuggle Time is bursting with a new flavor profile from our Brewmaster's bag of tricks. We turned to our favorite kveik strain and let it loose at hot fermentation temperatures to enhance its pear character, then double dry hopped with underappreciated German hops Ariana and Calista at high temperatures. The resulting aroma is a blend of honeysuckle, red berry, pear, passionfruit, and gooseberry. At 47 IBUs, this is a landmark release in the Oozlefinch hazy IPA family as we carve out our niche in a style category that seems to grow more monotonous as it grows more popular. You won't find citrus, lactose, vanilla, or "0 IBUs" in Nuggle Time -- you'll find assertive, unique flavors wrapped into a nod to traditional IPAs with a clean, moderately bitter and resiny finish. Come see what sets Oozlefinch IPAs apart.

BACK IN MY DAY

ALE BREWED WITH ORANGE & MOLASSES 4.6%

* available in cans & on tap! *

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.

Shamit 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!

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!

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. 

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.





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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DEMURE DEFINANCE

BARREL-AGED SOUR ALE WITH BLUEBERRIES

7.7% ABV

*RELEASING FRIDAY 1/11/19!*

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.

 

EVIL ROBOT

BLACKBERRY BERLINER WEISSE AGED IN GRAPE BRANDY BARRELS

4.2% ABV | 2 IBU

COMING SOON!

 
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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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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%

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!

 

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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