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: 1/26/18
GOING ON TAP: 1/19/18
BARREL-AGED AMERICAN STRONG ALE 10.1%
Full flavored and bursting with white wine and citrus hop aromatics, this strong pale offering from our clean barrel room is our modern take on the American Strong Ale. We traded the style's typical caramel notes for a knockout combination of six big American hops: El Dorado, Calypso, Cashmere, Cascade, Mosaic, and Denali. The result is a big, deep golden hoppy ale that is pleasantly bitter to cut through the malt sweetness, with complementary acidity and tannins from a 3 month rest in Chardonnay barrels to keep the finish somewhat dry and accentuate the hops. Like our other high ABV options, the visible legs on the glass are the main indicator of alcohol as the warming effect stays smooth and drinkable. Perfect for hopheads looking to get through the winter with something unique.
[NEW!] 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.
Ever shake your head at a juice-bomb NEIPA or a pastry-inspired stout? This beer's for you. We love experimenting and pushing boundaries, but every once in a while our Brewmaster likes to get back to his roots. Brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, or German Beer Purity Law, this pint was made with nothing but high quality German malts, German hops, German yeast, and Virginia water. Our brew team gave this beer 7 weeks to develop into a clean, balanced, golden German lager. The grainy-sweet barley, spicy floral hops, and bottom-fermenting yeast marry to create a malty beer with restrained bitterness and a clean fermentation profile. Originally created at the turn of the 20th century to compete with Pilsners, this beer is an exercise in balance and patience, and a beautiful reminder that the classics are classics for a reason. Prost!
LOVE GUN GOSE
We are loving sours here at Oozlefinch, so we decided to brew another true, tank-soured, active culture gose -- and we decided to go big. In a style that normally stays well south of 5% ABV, Love Gun is heading north for winter at 6.4%. Brewed just in time for the Christmas festivities, it pours a hazy crimson red from a combination of tart and sweet cherries. The fruit balances the zesty sourness from our house-propagated bacteria culture to create a smooth, very approachable beer. The medium-full body gives way to a refreshing tangy finish from the house culture's acidity and a dash of lemon salt. This well-rounded winter beer will have you sending Santa last minute revisions to your Christmas list.
WINE BARREL-AGED SOUR IMPERIAL SAISON 8.2%
* First Oozlefinch Barrel Project release *
It's finally here -- the first Oozlefinch barrel-aged sour! Dr. Rendezvous is a Brewmaster's blend of imperial saison aged in local select Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc barrels. Lemony esters from a warm fermentation are complemented by white wine aromatics and oaky tannins. Strong acidity from our aggressive house culture subs in for bitterness to balance the sweet malt and accentuates the grassy and citrusy notes. A sneaky 8.2% alcohol, this 100 day old sour ale is refreshing enough to quaff but complex enough to sip and savor. Welcome to the new side of Oozlefinch!
BRETT IPA 6.8%
Oozlefinch's first all-Brett beer, Water Battery features all the fruit and funk that Brettanomyces yeast has to offer. Brewed with fresh, wild hops from Oregon, this beer was fermented entirely with an isolated strain of Brett known to throw off low acid and sweet-tart tropical fruit flavors. The aroma is a combination of sweet ripe fruit and classic wet barnyard Brett aromas, with an added hoppy kick from a dry hop of Ella, Azacca, and Lemondrop. This beer is so limited, we didn't even want to keg it. We let it carbonate naturally in the tank, and we're pouring it straight off the sample port into your glass. It's wet, Brett, and wild!
ALTERNATIVE GRAIN BROWN ALE 6.7%
* Brewed in Collaboration with New Braunfels Brewing Company *
Just in time for Thanksgiving, this delicious pint is not your average brown ale. Our Brewmaster Mike Donovan teamed up with his old brewing buddy Nathan Rice at New Braunfels Brewing Company to bring you the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving meal. On a base of barley -- barely -- Mike and Nathan built a grain bill of emmer wheat (a nearly 20,000 year old relic wild grain), triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye originating in Scotland), and toasted buckwheat (a non-grass crop related to rhubarb). Triple-step mashed and fermented with English ale yeast to add just a touch of fruitiness, this 6.7% ABV brown ale has a creamy mouthfeel and distinct grainy notes that will stand up to stuffing, gravy, and even that pumpkin pie you can't resist. An alternative ale to bring a little non-traditional flavor to one of our favorite traditions -- Thanksgiving dinner!
ROSEHIPS, HIBISCUS, & LEMON SEA SALT GOSE 4%
Our first gose, Salty Kiss pours a beautiful pink with a full haze from an active sour culture. We got together with our friends at Benchtop Brewing Company to bring you this beer to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Using Benchtop's expertise with salt, Oozlefinch's house sour culture, and a combined love of water chemistry and process, we soured this beer traditionally in the tank rather than boiling off the culture in the kettle. This beer is alive, and you can taste the difference. Conceived by Oozlefinch Assistant Brewer Ben Baumann, the recipe incorporates lemon sea salt, rose hips, and hibiscus petals to create a refreshing citrus note complemented by a combination of soft and tart floral flavors. A sprinkle of salt, low alcohol, and healthy carbonation keep this beer quenching.
The rose hips - our most prominent ingredient in the recipe - are in honor of the CFF symbol, a rose. One of the ways children CF patients learn to say "Cystic Fibrosis" is by first learning to say "sixty-five roses."
We named the beer Salty Kiss to draw attention to one of the most readily identifiable symptoms of CF. People with CF have a high chloride content in their sweat, which means they have saltier skin than people without CF. As a result, when you kiss a person with CF you get a "salty kiss." The least invasive way to test for CF is a sweat test at a CF Foundation-accredited care center.
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 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 subsequently murdered by him upon his return. No one really knows. But this award-winning hazy, German-style Hefe with flavors of wheat, banana, and clove is so good it's sure to give you chills, just like the mysterious apparition haunting Fort Monroe to this day.