The Spirit Guide: Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

Would you like some cryptid to go with your spirits?

What do you mean you’ve never heard of an Oozlefinch before? Well, before you leave this craft brewery, be sure to enjoy a few pints, and you might just spot the elusive cryptid for yourself!

Oozlefinch Brewery is located in Fort Monroe at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. And strange bird sightings aside, this small piece of land has played a vital role in the area for centuries.

Of course, when people think of forts that have seen centuries of soldiers coming and going, it should be no surprise that Fort Monroe is haunted. But when a brewery that isn’t nearly as old also has a ghost or two of its own, that might just be a bit more alluring (and the beers on tap have nothing to do with that!).

The main spirit wandering the brewery has been dubbed the Night Watchman. His connection to the building is unknown, but it is clear he feels protective of the brewery… and its beers.

If you aren’t into dusty old ghosts, then perhaps you might be interested in cryptids? Because Oozlefinch Craft Brewery has those too.

The Oozlefinch Coat of Arms

In 1905, Captain H.M. Merriam claimed to see a strange, large-eyed bird outside of Fort Monroe’s Officer’s Club. The Oozlefinch has no feathers, no eyelids, and red bloodshot eyes. It has a long neck and even likes to fly backward (at supersonic speeds). Tales of the Oozlefinch captivated the men stationed at Fort Monroe. They dubbed their secret society the Order of the Oozlefinch, and it became the unofficial mascot of the Air Defense Artillery. True story…

Learn more about Oozlefinch Craft Brewery’s haunting in The Spirit Guide: America’s Haunted Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries coming July 2020! 

If you own a haunted bar, cafe, hotel, or restaurant and you’d like us to check it out, reach out to us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.  If you have a favorite haunted hot spot with great food and atmosphere and you’d like to share it with us, hit us up on social media or leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you… Thanks for joining us, and Happy Haunting!

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