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!
GOING ON TAP FRIDAY 3/16:
AN ALESATIAN-OOZLEFINCH COLLABORATION BEER
[NEW!] SQUID INK GOSE WITH BLACKBERRY 5.1%
The guys at Alesatian in Winchester, VA are some of our favorite guys in the industry, whether we're collaborating on beers or pulling hijinks in elevators at the Great American Beer Festival. This beer combines both! Brewed at Alesatian, this beer started with Alesatian's gose base, got inoculated in the kettle with the Oozlefinch house bacteria culture, then was boiled with squid ink to add a depth of color and natural salinity. Finished with blackberries in the fermenter, the resulting beer is tart and fruity with a well-rounded saltiness to keep things super refreshing. Elevator Hangtime is a super small batch and available at both Oozlefinch and Alesatian, so get some while you can! If we run out in Hampton Roads, it's a great excuse to go to Winchester and check out Alesatian's award-winning IPA and awesome Italian restaurant downstairs from the brewery.
ROOM FOR SECRETS
RASPBERRY SAISON 6.9%
Our first imperial saison outside of our sour program, Room for Secrets is the clean, pink sister beer of Dr. Rendezvous and Bright Lit Mansions. A traditional warm fermentation with a classic yeast strain brings a lemony, spicy depth to a clean malt profile highlighting varietals of barley and our Brewmaster's blend of adjunct grains and sugars. This characterful ale is moderately hopped to add a floral aroma and refreshing bitterness that enhances the dry finish. A healthy dose of raspberry brings tart fruitiness and a beautiful deep pink color to your glass. Complex but harmonious, fruity but dry, and imminently drinkable, this beer will have you asking us how we do it. And we'll tell you what we know.... everybody needs some Room for Secrets.
PINEAPPLE GRAPEFRUIT HAZY IPA 7.2%
Make new beers but keep the old, one is hazy and the other is... Sergeant Patches! Our rotating hazy IPA program collides with a crowd favorite in this fruity IPA. We took a hazy IPA grain bill and yeast, then added our Sergeant Patches IPA's hop profile and signature pineapple and grapefruit juice additions. Drier than our other hazies and less bitter than our traditional IPAs, this pint will please both the old and new school IPA lovers with its balance of fruitiness, hop aroma, and dry finish. An amped up pineapple juice addition (over a pint of pineapple juice per gallon!) accentuates the tropical yeast esters and is sure to get you dreaming of warmer days. All hail the Sergeant!
Bright Lit Mansions
BARREL-AGED SOUR IMPERIAL SAISON 7.4%
This is the second release in our growing line of barrel-aged sour beer here at Oozlefinch. If you liked Dr. Rendezvous, don't miss out on this extremely limited offering! Bright Lit Mansions is a Brewmaster's blend of imperial and standard saisons, aged in local select Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc barrels. Bright acidity from our sour house culture opens up your taste buds and carries through to the dry finish from a mixed fermentation of saison yeast and Brettanomyces. Grainy wheat and lemony esters add depth along with vinous notes and low tannins from the mix of fresh and second-run barrels. This is a sequel you don't want to miss.
BOURBON-BARREL AGED COWS AT LARGE
IMPERIAL MILK CHOCOLATE STOUT 8.9%
Last year we stashed away some Cows at Large, our Imperial Milk Chocolate Stout, in preparation for the cold winter. Now that the groundhog has seen his shadow, we're pulling this dark, boozy delight out of our Ironclad Distillery Bourbon barrels and bringing it to the taproom! The stout's notes of cocoa, vanilla, and warming alcohol have all been enhanced by the oak and the residual spirit in the barrel. Slightly drier than the original, this beer is still pleasantly filling from a hearty addition of oats and lactose in the brew, while roasty flavors and aromas from specialty malts help tie everything together and keep you coming back for more. We think this is our best clean barrel-aged beer yet -- and we think you will, too.
AMERICAN IPA 6.1%
Back by popular demand, Ordinary Courage is our IPA offering to those of you who aren't on board the hazy train. A classic American IPA, Ordinary Courage highlights the flavors old school hopheads first fell in love with. Built on a tried and true foundation of Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade hops, this pint hits you with citrus and resiny hop flavors over deep golden crisp malt. A healthy addition of oats keeps the mouthfeel smooth while a big injection of Simcoe lupulin powder right before packaging turns the aroma up to 11. No frills, just good hoppy beer.
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!
HAZY DOUBLE IPA 8.9%
We're leaning all in on the hazy game with this big fruit bomb of a DIPA. Hopped to high heaven with El Dorado, then finished with a combination of Jarrylo, Monroe, and Huell Melon, Huckster is a fruit salad in a glass. The aroma gives off intense orange peel and orange syrup, while the flavor showcases more delicate supporting fruits of strawberry, honeydew, raspberry, and papaya. It pours with a beautiful deep golden haze, and the yeast in suspension add a creamy mouthfeel that help this beer go down smooth despite the 8.9% ABV. Moderate bitterness and an off-dry finishing keep things refreshing so you can have more than one in a sitting, but be careful -- that Huckster might try to push itself on you!
SPICED GOSE 3.2%
Awkward Angel Spiced Gose is the sister beer to Sprightly Miss, our spiced Berliner Weisse. Fermented from the same split batch, this pair make up our winter spiced sour duo. Awkward Angel was fed a small amount of Rhubarb -- the very last boxes available from our fruit supplier -- to add a background hint of fruity tartness to the lemon character of our house culture. We finished this beer in the tank with sea salt, vanilla beans, and cardamom to create a unique flavor combination for all you sour thrill seekers out there.
PINEAPPLE GIN INSPIRED BERLINER WEISSE 3.4%
Winter is the time for spices, and we're bringing the season to our sour program with this spiced Berliner weisse. A softer sour than our previous sour releases, this low ABV offering was inoculated with our house culture but tempered by a handful of hops and moderate temperature control. Inspired by a winter gin, we spiced Sprightly Miss delicately with a light combination of juniper berries, coriander, and grains of paradise to complement the lemony character of our house sour. A splash of pineapple in the tank makes it a cocktail in a glass, but one you can drink all day at 3.4%.
Neglect of Duty
Lady in White's maltier cousin, Neglect of Duty, is a traditional German dunkelweizen brewed to Reinheitsgebot standards. We've tilted the yeast more towards spice than banana to complement the toasty bread notes. With a base of special floor-malted dark malt and over 50% wheat, this lightly hopped ale has enough malt flavor to get you through the winter without weighing you down. Supremely light at 4.7% ABV and highly carbonated to keep things refreshing, this is an ideal crowler candidate to take home and pour in your stein.
OATMEAL STOUT 5.7%
With a jet black pour, roasty and grainy aroma, and creamy mouthfeel, Oat Monster is a dark beer you can drink all day. We’ve turned once again to our favorite Irish family malt to lay a bready base for specialty dark malts and over 25% oats. A little water chemistry and delicate carbonation combine with that high protein content to give you a pint that is drinkable yet pleasantly filling at the same time. This is a stout for everyone.
IMPERIAL PORTER 11.3%
* Winner of a gold medal from the 2016 VEER awards and a silver medal from the 2017 VEER awards *
An Oozlefinch favorite, Ox Cart is an imperial English-style porter that will get you through the coldest of nights. Malty-sweet with deep garnet highlights and visible legs from a warming 11.3% ABV, this year's release comes from a new and improved recipe and careful brewing and cellaring techniques. It was brewed over two days, quadruple-batch fed in the fermenter, and matured for two months to bring you a smooth texture with complex specialty malt notes and fruity esters.
LADY IN WHITE
* 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 originâ€”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.