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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.18%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 28
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

970 Main St
Peekskill, New York, 10566-2904
United States
phone: (914) 930-1880

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @birdsall970

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: Billolick on 03-04-2010)
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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place has been a great addition to the northern Westchester county beer scene since they opened up their doors.

Soft lights, dark wood bar on the left, booths and smaller tables to the right. Just one small TV way to the rear, no loud music cutting down conversation. The vibe is grown up, mellow, classy, while nowhere near stuffy. During evening hours they project movies in an arty fashion on the large wall across from the bar.

The beer has been top notch since the start. The food started out a bit shaky, but got up to speed and has been excellent for the past 6 months or so. The Beet salad carpacchio, braised endive salad and blackened tofu sand wedge are personal favorites.

Beer wise, they offer about 20 taps, American craft featured. Always Captain L, always quality and interesting selections from places like Brooklyn, DFH, SN, Six Point, Kelso,Stone, Smuttynose, Lagunitas, Ommegang, Ramstein. They also get stuff like Hill Farmstead, White Birch and a host of other similar places. Also importantly, often when they put on a new one from say Sierra Nev. it wasn't the pale ale, it was one of the 30th anniv. series. Beer wise they are doing a great job and I've been consistently quite impressed.

Well worth a visit for a pint, a tasty meal. Good place to take the old lady (been so often recently my wife says she's sick of the place, but she always enjoys the food) or foodie friends.

Hey it's a sister bar of the Blind Tiger, so we all knew it was gonna be good.

Not cheap, but you get what you pay for...

More User Reviews:
Photo of tappangordo
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

This place was great. They have twenty taps of great beer which seem to rotate frequently. You can create your own flight giving you the opportunity to sample a good number of beers in a single visit.

If the beer isn't enough, the food is fantastic.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of EdwardK77
4.75/5  rDev +10%

This place has 20 taps and a cask and none of them are wasted on anything non micro. I checked out their website before going and picked out the beer that I wanted to try only to find that six of their kegs had kicked the night before. This was a good "problem" as it lead me to believe that the beer would be fresh.

They allow you to form your own flight of any 5 of their beers for $14. (5.5 oz glasses). This gave me a nice opportunity to try a local Brett IPA (Peekskill Brewery's Tiger Mom), Green Flash Green Bullet, Bear Republic Cafe Racer, Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest, and Central Waters Satin Solitude.

While the beer selection would be reason enough to check it out, this restaurant also had excellent food and a nice outdoor seating area. I tried the smoked and confited wings, pork shoulder nachos, and the lamb sliders. All were really well prepared and served.

I would certainly recommend the Birdsall House to fans of both microbrew and thoughtful dishes.

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of shueyy
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Birdsall House could possible be the best beer bar in the Hudson Valley. The weekday I visit I would have to say the tap list was one of the best I've seen in a while.
I was able to find a metered parking spot right in front of the old school "art deco" looking bar. The interior has a nice dark mahongy bar with maybe 20 barstools and a glass wall that separates it from the dinning area.
I order a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout in a 6 oz. pour which was great. Then there were so many other draft beers that I have not had so I decided to try a flight from the 20 taps. The flight was (5) 5.5 oz for $13. I try Rushing Duck War Elephant which is an imperial IPA and I have to say it was an incredible IPA. The beer list ran from Ommegang, Allagash, Flying Dog, Lagunitas, Stone, Rushing Duck etc. They also have wine and full liquor bar.
The food was great they try to use local ingredient as much as possible,I got the smoked brisket chill and some house made charcuterie which was incredible.
I was there during a weekday so it wasn't to crowded but did notice they have live music at night.
If your in the area it's a place that's worth checking out you willn't be disappointed.
Cheers

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

--An update on Birdsall's food menu: I've been back many times and enjoyed the food. They try hard, including house-made sausages and charcuterie, foie gras torchon and other goodies--

Our second stop in the beer tour of Peekskill my friend and I enjoyed on a recent sunny weekday, Birdsall House is a stand-alone building along Main Street.

Unassuming from the outside and airy and cool inside, with an art-deco-style wooden bar, high ceilings and natural light.

Quite an impressive tap list (although not as great as the sister bar Blind Tiger in Manhattan), with 20 taps, one cask and some rarities... I had 1/2 pours of Blue Point Old Howling Bastard, Sierra Bigfoot and Kelso Recessionator Aged in Heaven Hill barrels. Love being able to get half beers!

Food menu looks damn nice, wish we weren't full so that we could try the charcuterie, terrines and other meat-centric dishes. Next time.

Prices are a lil' on the high side (more NYC than Hudson Valley), but between 1/2 pours and happy hour, I didn't feel like it was pricey.

Friendly environment and service, cozy atmosphere... I really enjoyed it and will be back!

Photo of ubufan2112
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Saw the flyer for The Birdsall House when I stopped in to Capt. Lawrence to get some growlers. It piqued my interest.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon, pretty much between lunch and dinner.
A: Small space divided by a wall with glass on top. Long L shaped wood bar with taps located in center of bar. Other side of divider was the seating area, with approx. 12 tables. Soft(loud enough to hear, but not too loud to have to yell over)classic rock music playing on the sound system. Gave the feel of more of a neighborhood bar, but we didn't feel like outsiders.

Q: Beer selection was top notch, although it was basically Americo-centric(no imports on the tap list). Had pretty much all of the CL offerings with a good representation of other styles and regions. I had Weyerbacher Hops Infusion & Smutty Big A IPA. The Wife had Ommegang Whit & Victory Prima Pils. Food was def not your average bar fare. It was well thought out and prepared.

S: Service was quick and attentive.. This is a biased score based on the fact that when we were there we were one of only a few people in the place.

S: As stated above, the draught menu is limited to american beers only. That said, It was a very well thought out menu that covered most styles. The Lunch menu was rather limited, but had a number of interesting choices that def complimented the beer selection.

F: The quality and preparation of the food was def not what you'd expect from your local bar. This food reaches and meets the expectations of the beers that it is served with. They make their own mustard and ketchup on premises. Our app was a white bean dip served with a smoky tomato marmalade, goat cheese feta with whole wheat crostini.
The Reuben was made with house made corned beef, braised cabbage, and Adirondack black wax cheddar.
Overall the quality of the food we had, was well above average.

V: Beers were reasonable, averaging between $5-7 per pint. Food was a little on the high side, but the quality and the preparation was well worth the price IMO.
Will def make more trips back here in the future.
Worth seeking out if you are in the area.

Photo of modernartblues
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my new favorite restaurants. Been in a couple times, love the vintage decor and clean lines. Nice big bar to the left, tables to the right. I haven't been in when it was super crowded yet, but with a moderate crowd its not too noisy (excellent house music, ranges from folky to indie to jazz).

20 Taps, tending towards the locals, but always have some cool California brew on tap. They love themselves some Captain Lawrence, which is fine by me. Also a pretty decent bottle list that with the 12 or so selections that show some fine taste (Ommengang, Stone, etc.). They don't always have the most varied tap list (as far as breweries represented) but I always see two or three I really want to try.

The food, however, is outstanding. Great, great stuff. They are a farm to table establishment and try to get all their stuff as local as possible. I've had a decent portion of their menu at this point and nothing disapoints (must try the maple bourbon ice cream).

Love this place, will be back many times.

Edit: Selection gets better and better. Food is to die for. Glad I live an hour a way or I might as well sign my bank account over to them. (bumped up selection score)

Another Edit (01/05/10): Selection gets better and better. They update their website with the tap list frequently and I'm often tempted to jump in the car for the hour drive.

Photo of slander
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Post Pleasantville parking lot play and a little lunch locally, and now Birdsall; a new standalone on what strip is dodgytown a mere trod up the hill. I parked a metered spot just off front with an hour and 42 minutes left on it. See that? Right there, I just put the skill in Peekskill. And Witzel stood in the street and took a picture of the place, most dangerously. In this town, they get all Edna Garrett on your ass for such a thing...

Housed in a 40's era tavern done up renovated all Art Deco nicely. A slick fish hook of a wood bar with a lip & footrest seating a dozen and a half and one on red leather chairs off to the left. The barback is a long wood unit, rounded with sunken inlayed areas, the ones on the ends holding vintage cash registers. Mirrored panels to both sides of a center nook with vased flowers & a small board listing beer & cheese. Liquor lines the counter top and more booze below slightly tiered alongside cupboard cooler space.

The walls in clay Beige behind the bar, across the way and up front, and then a 3 tone red (new brick, red pepper & tawny port) wavy wall to the rear. This with Brown trim throughout and some wood panleings running halfway up. The wall near us up front is decorated with vintage wartime black & whites, old Peekskill pieces & Hudson Valley fun in different sizes and shapes. 2 large skylights cut in the middle of the room. They let in some good light from, you know, the sun, and cool retro black & white checkerboard floors. Vintage spinning top lamps over the bar and wall mounted shorty sconce lamps over the booths. A single window to both sides of the door, each with a horizontal Blind Tigeresque board above listing 10 tap selections with style, state, ABV & price. And a single TV to the rear mounted.

Shorty divider off the bar with tinted glass panels atop separating bar from seating; 4 small tables and 5 booths adjacent running the far wall. 2 tables up front to one side and a single, um, how to describe, it's a bullet shaped table done up ornately with Haffenreffer rebus caps under a laminate top. It's badass.

A mahogany row box on the bar holds 20 craft taps across unmarked handles; nearly ½ of them New York State wares and those mostly local (Captain Lawrence Imperial IPA, Smoked Porter & Birra DeCicco, Defiant Porter, Kelso Pils, Brooklyn Weisse, Southampton Biere De Garde, Ithaca Ground Break, Docs Hard Cider), the remainder finds many eeking over neighboring state lines (Victory Yakima Twilight, Stoudts Double IPA, Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout, Victory Donnybrook, Magic Hat #9), and others pushing the regional boundaries (Allagash White & Curieux, DogFishHead Indian Brown Ale), and beyond (Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot & IPA). Seems they had the DogFishHead Old School Barleywine on tap but it kicked (I'll get over it).

I've got to tell you, it's a solid list. Hell, there are at least a half a dozen entries I'd readily go to. Bartenderman (I think his actual name) let me try a bit of this and that (Captain Lawrence Birra DeCicco, Southampton Biere De Garde), and then I jumped in with a DogFishHead Indian Brown Ale because, yeah, and then toyed with Twilight and the Defiant Porter but landed a Big Eye (How could I not?)

Oh, lest I mention the tight little bottle bottle list of a dozen+, a mix of cover your bases imports (Fantome Saison, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Duvel, St Bernardus Abt 12. Nogne-O Porter, Schlenkerla Helles, Schneider-Brooklyn Hopfen Weisse, Franziskaner Hefe), and American craft (Allagash Black, Brooklyn Black Ops, Goose Island Matilda & Nightstalker, DogFishHead Squall, Ommegang 3 Philosophers, and the oh by the way not as yet released Captain Lawrence Barrel Select whose showing here may save me some parking lot pain in Pleasantville, thank you).

People are eating food as they are prone to do, really nothing to be done there. We had foolishly eaten elsewhere already, so no, not now, no, and it's a shame 'cause they've got a slight but tight food menu, and I like what I see being served. I mean, they've got Huevos Rancheros on the dinner menu, hmmn. But just now, it's mostly soups, salads, small plates & sandwiches on the lunching. A few starters & enders, too.

Jazz & big band play, today, for a light crowd this afternoon with some faces I recall from Pleasantville earlier. Better selection than most and the beer was in good condition. Would have liked to have gotten to the food menu but there'll be another day. Cool vibe, chill scene, I like.

Photo of Gingermanstv
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my first review. It was fairly easy to get to . The service was very good and the waitress was pretty good getting our drinks in a timely fashion. Any place that has almost everything for 6 $ ( Bcs Gooseisland which was amazing as always) included is amazing. I enjoyed the food served in a gourmet manor and the ambiance of this place is interesting ( a 50's dive ) but I enjoyed all aspects of this place . I enjoyed their selection in beer and their wine selection for my wife wasnt that bad. The only small complaint I had and it makes me seem a bit petty is the beer were all served in the same type of beer glass, to some BA's is a huge turnoff. The Goose Island Bourbon County was still amazing. I would definitely come back

Photo of plaid75
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located just off of the main drag in Downtown Peekskill. A real shithole of an area to be honest.

Nice chalet-like exterior design. With metered parking across the street.

The interior was Spartan to say the least. Slightly industrial design, with clean lines and contemporary fixtures. The layout was railroad style, with the bar to the left. There was bar seating for approximately 15 with most of the square footage dedicated to the dining area.

The tap list, displayed over the front door and a sharp neck turn away from the a forward facing bar seating position, featured approximately 20 taps comprised of local and west coast craft beer and high end specialty imports. The bottle list as impressive.

The bartender was friendly and the pints were priced in the $6 area.

I would return if in the neighborhood, which I probably won't be.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

So after what seemed like the 3 day Rosso release drseamus and myself stopped by here on the way back up North. Heard some good things about the place and a vicious rumor of Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Batch One.

When you sit down it is like being transported back to the 20s. Really nice space. Big skylight above. Beautiful art deco bar. Great lights around the sitting area. I was an archaeologist in a past life so I will play the role while writing beerfly reviews. Black and white checkered floor. Just a really great space. We got there shortly after they opened and there were only a few people having lunch and just us and some employees at the bar.
drseamus got the Lagunitas WTF and I got the Allagash Curieux. Both were served in 12oz tulips. I think mine was $7 and his was $5.

The bartender was super friendly and took quit a bit of pride in the place which is always nice to see. We only had the one beer but we were always checked on to see if we needed anything else.

The selection was focused mostly on New York beers. I really liked this. 3 Captain Lawrence taps. Defiant, Blue Point, Southampton, Peekskill, Kelso, Brooklyn. Nothing really blew me away but solid. I was told they will do growler fills of any of the beers on tap which is also a good thing. No idea on prices for growler fills though.

Did not have any food so I really cannot speak to the food but everything smelled great.

The beers were a little on the high side but everything was in line. Good glassware. Nice tap system. I would stop by again and I would make this a regular stop if I lived in the area.

Photo of thelaserman
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Great place. It's been open for one week small crowds and great atmosphere. 20 American micro on tap and a small bottle list. of note dogfish olde school, oak aged yeti. The usual standerd bottles abt 12 Duvall etc. Bartenders are friendly and excited about the place. They have food the menu loomed very good but the kitcen was closed befor I got here. The bar Is nice and long. And there's a bunch of tables beer is pretty cheap all taps are btween five and 8 bucks. The bar dates back to the twenties and the interior hasent been updated bt it was meticukusly restored. You should check this spot out

Photo of rbastone
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Updated after MANY visits:
- The staff is a great and friendly group
- The tap selection is nicely varied

A great addition to the neighborhood!

The Birdsall opened last night - very nicely appointed space. Accommodating staff.

The draft list didn't contain any great surprises - but I am sure it will rotate frequently and evolve as the owners get to know their Peekskill market. Short bottle list with mostly select group of 16.9/22/25.4 ouncers (assume it will also evolve as they get their legs). Saw a few macros (Bud Light) served - nowhere to be found on the list/chalkboard though.

Its a nice addition to the neighborhood - which could use an infusion of character like the Birdsall brings.

I will revisit this review after a few more sessions at the bar. DEFINITELY worth a trip; look forward to trying the food.

Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY
94 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.