We believe beer should be complex but uncomplicated. Familiar yet surprising—with a nod to tradition while blazing new trails. Made for people who appreciate the nuances of grains and hops and for those who are simply looking for a great beverage.
That's why at Oozlefinch you'll constantly see new offerings. Classic styles reimagined with new ingredients and techniques. Experimental and hybrid styles designed to challenge and please your palate. Beer is made for sharing, and we're in constant pursuit of new flavors to share with you. We want you to fall in love with a beer, then when it runs out, fall in love with the next one. That's the relationship we have with brewing, and it's the experience we want you to have with our beer. The kind of experience that brings people together, time and time again.
We hope you'll take a look around, get to know us better, and visit us soon at Historic Fort Monroe. Cheers!
Remember to tag #oozlefinchbeers when you visit!
While our story has been years in the making, our goal has remained unchanged: make good beer, and enjoy it with good people.
Founder/owner Russel Tinsley first began dreaming in 2010 of one day opening his own brewery. After reading a book by Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione and visiting the Rehoboth Beach brewpub, Russel realized his love for craft beer was more than a casual interest. He set out to learn everything possible about the brewing process, and he and his wife Rebekah started the journey of building a brewery that blended their vision of history, innovation, and community.
Fort Monroe, Virginia, a recently decommissioned military base rich in American history, soon became the ideal setting for the future brewery's home. After years of tireless dedication from a hardworking team (and some, blood, sweat, and tears along the way), The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery finally opened its doors to the public on September 3, 2016.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
But we haven't stopped dreaming. We hope Oozlefinch becomes a place where creativity and excellence are pursued, time-honored traditions endure, and new stories are told.
One night in 1905, Captain H.M. Merriam (while quite possibly under the influence of our favorite beverage) swore he saw a strange, large-eyed bird outside the Fort Monroe Officers' Club. His outlandish tale quickly spread throughout the community, and the bizarre creature later became the mascot of the club. Merriam's fellow officers dubbed the bird the "Oozlefinch" and placed a figurine of its likeness on a shelf behind the bar. The Oozlefinch rose to mythic status on Fort Monroe and regular sightings reportedly occurred.
Today our brewery bears the name of the Oozlefinch, drawing inspiration from its legendary status, the celebration of good times with friends, and the traditions of Fort Monroe.
And if you're lucky, you just may catch a glimpse of the infamous bird yourself.