My Love of Fort Monroe & The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

This is my 2nd post on Fort Monroe now spotlighting one of my new favorite places, The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery. I was excited to learn a craft brewery opened on Fort Monroe. Fort Monroe is my place to escape to go for a run, a walk, to learn a little more of the history of Fort Monroe, to enjoy the beach, to fish, and now enjoy a local craft beer.

There is great history why the owners of The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery came up with this name. On the wall is a great banner explaining in 1905 Captain H. M. Merriam reported seeing a large-eyed flight-challenged bird outside the Fort Monroe Officer’s Club.  The story became so well known the creature soon became the mascot of the club. The tale of Ooozlefinch became legend in the Fort Monroe community. Hence the owners decided to honor the historical significance by naming the brewery, The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery.


With an amazing view of Mill Creek often times seeing small sail boats and kite boarders enjoying the water on a warm afternoon, it is the perfect place to unwind with friends. With a vast selection of craft beer, my favorite is the Lady in White (Hefeweizen). It’s a German style Hefeweizen brewed using 49% Virginia grown wheat giving flavors of wheat, clove and bananas.


What I enjoy the most at this brewery is the relaxed environment from bar to table seating inside to chairs and table tops outside to enjoy the water view. They have regular food trucks with a variety of foods offered.  A fun feature has been their paint nights with Starving Artist Studio. I have been able to enjoy those events twice.


Make Fort Monroe your next destination to take in a little history, take a walk, bike ride or drive and enjoy the amazing architecture of the buildings and go inside the moat to visit the Casemate Museum. Stop along the seawall and enjoy the wildlife in flight and watch the many sailboats taking a sunset cruise.





Then be sure to make a stop at The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery to enjoy a beverage and watch a sunset “with a view”.


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