Birdsong Brewing

Birdsong BrewingBirdsong Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar

2315 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28205
United States

(704) 332-1810 | map

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Added by thagr81us on 12-21-2011

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 71
Photo of evan35
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Absolutely awesome patio vibe at this spot. Their Jalapeno Pale Ale is an awesome change of pace beer and their Mexicali Stout may be one of the best in style for Charlotte. They always have something special on tap, whether it be a seasonal (Fake Plastic Trees was awesome last summer) or one of their flagship beers on nitro (Lazy Bird Brown is even better this way).

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Tucked away in an industrial park, across the way from NoDa. Got to swing by for the anniversary weekend. This is a cool spot. They had a band playing in one section, back where the brew equipment is. They had a couple of special releases tapped back there. Then, in the tasting room, there were at least 12 taps, with a handful of special releases for the festivities, as well. The staff was great. There were a couple of folks behind the bar, and I got to meet the brewmaster and one of the other brewers. All great people. Very friendly, and just a great vibe all over this place. I will be interested to see them when they move in to the new digs. There wasn't any food available there, but there are food trucks in the area, and plenty of restaurants to bring food in. Beer to go in growlers, and a ton of swag available to rock the Birdsong brand. This place is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Stop # 445 on my world brewery tour.

Tuesday around 6:30. Light crowd with most going on to the brewery tour.

Did a flight of Pale, Jalepeno Pale, Seasonal Abbey, and IPA. Added Nitro Brown and Vanilla Chocolate Stout. All beers were good, nothing extraordinary. Nice vibe in an old industrial building Big shaded porch which might have been an old loading dock. A big group of cyclists enjoying post-ride pints.

Sad to hear Birdsong was not a reference to one of my fav Dead tunes but rather the way the head brewer/owner snores.

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Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Riding up to Birdsong, across the street from NoDa and in the same small industrial park, you're immediately greeted by a large, comfortable patio. Wicker chairs and steel patio tables make up the seating area. Heading into the bar it's much smaller than I would have imagined from the exterior, a little dive-y, just my style. A small chalkboard lists the 10 or so available beers with some cool local prints next to the bar for sale.

Though sitting outside running into the bar for a beer was quick even though they were busy. Service was prompt. The couple of beers tried were very good (Higher Ground IPA and Peach Pale Ale) and enjoyed on a beautiful day on the patio. Dogs were lounging around with their owners and everyone was enjoying themselves. A couple conversations were easily struck up as the clientele was as friendly as could be. A must stop while checking out the Charlotte beer scene.

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Photo of CharlieHustleHops
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Awesome vibe to the place, loved the artwork on the walls. The thyme wit, and jalapeño pale ale were tasty, the single hop mosaic pale ale was disappointment if your at noda you might as well stop by since its next door. Other than that I wouldnt go out of your way to make it a point to stop by

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Photo of dvmin98
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Headed over here after a couple next-door at NoDa brewing. Small little taproom with some high tops and a few tables. It was pretty full for such a small room. Its similar in size to places like Ballast Point.

They had about 8 or so things on tap, if I recall. They also had the Puppies on Penguins in bottles only. I forgot how damn good the Jalapeño Pale Ale was. I had a couple of those, just because that frickin' jalapeño flavor is so solid. Mmmm mmmm mmmm.

Service was good. A couple of guys behind the small bar. Bowls of peanuts everywhere. There's a food truck that parks outside NoDa Brewing that was delivering food to people as they chilled.

Sat and talked to some buddies while drinking. Not too loud. Could watch the brewery tour going on in front of me.

Cool little place. I like the atmosphere more here than NoDa. Just a bit more intimate and friendly, I guess.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: super small and cozy. really nice patio area that would have been great in the summer. very good acoustic singer while i was there.

Quality: i only got to try three of their beers but two were great and one was good. so i expect the rest to be fairly good too

Service: nice, happy to share a quick taste of some beers

Selection: very good beers but they don't have the broadest selection. but enough to satisfy a night of checking out new beer.

Overall: one of my favorite places i got to visit while in north carolina. very cozy and good music. great beer, what else can you ask for.

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Photo of francus
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

A smaller brewery across the street from No Da Brewing. This is a tap room with maybe 10 seats at the bar and another 10 tables. A view of the brewery is available. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. No food, but No Da usually has a roach coach parked across the street so you won't starve.

I think they get a lot of overflow traffic from No Da. Maybe that was thier marketing plan. Owned by seven people, you can also tell they didn't have as big a budget as No Da. A 10bbl system and far fewer fermenters. I appeared they use corny kegs for serving on site and they had a few kegs that looked like for distribution. Black kegs. Way cool.

The beers were clean and I felt to style for those actually in a style.

The taproom is minimist but it works. I think the lighting made out of Mason jars is pretty neat.

I think with a little more time and experience their beers will be top notch.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Cool place. Located directly across the way from NoDa, so there's no excuse not to check out both places. Birdsong is a bit more laid back and "minimalist" than its neighbor. The layout is simple and modest, there's an outside porch area, and a small bar and seating area inside. The back of the bar is lined with various stickers from microbreweries across the nation, so it goes without saying these guys are in tune with the craft beer scene.

I believe our bartender was actually the brewer/owner, or at least one of them, but I'm not sure. If not, well then he was quite educated in the house beers. Friendly service, and well-rounded beer knowledge.

There were six brews on tap, none were necessarily extraordinary, but all were solid, the jalapeno pale ale being the furthest away from the "norm" in the world of standardized flagships. For a newer brewery, I'd say they're off to a very good start. Prices on beer were on par. Merch available in the form of glassware and gotta love that little birdie logo. ^_^

Definitely visit-worthy, and like I said, if you're visiting NoDa, you're basically right there anyway, so give these guys a try too.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Very nice, homey, but also hip...brewery tap-room, with a lovely selection of their latest craft beers. 5 regular beers are on tap at any given time, with another guest tap, and one or two "seasonals" (small batches they keep until they run out...). Very humble place, with really beautiful female servers (GOT to have that!)....who, again though, are not stuck up and are happy to talk with you.

No food served there, but at dinner time, there is usually a top-knotch, chef-quality food truck parked across the street--so really an ideal place to hang out for an entire evening, imho.

One of my favorite places in Charlotte, due to the hip-but-comfortable atmosphere, and of course the attractive women. Closes NO LATER than 10 (usually earlier, check their website) so plan accordingly. Great place to hang out with friends without TVs...or the crush of a typical bar.

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Photo of jroberge1981
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Birdsong Brewing is a nice quaint taproom and brewery in the NoDa arts district of Charlotte, NC. The tasting room is fairly small, with one long table with benches that holds 12-15 (think picnic table), a bar with about 8 seats, and 6-8 hightop tables that seat 2 or 3 each. The atmosphere inside is casual and fits in nicely with the industrial area. There are viewing windows into the brewery, and local art on the back wall featuring various birds(no surprise) to add to the atmosphere. The patio outside is spacious and hosts live music quite often.

Beer quality is quite good! The jalapeno pale ale is one of the things that draws you in, and while not my favorite, it's tasty and the pepper flavor really shines through without a whole lot of the heat. The Lazy Bird Brown is probably my favorite of the regular line-up with a nice malty, roasted flavor and just enough hop bitterness to balance. Their winter seasonal (an abbey style ale) is quite delicious as well! Selection has greatly improved as time goes on. There were eight beers on tap this past weekend, pale ale, jalapeno, IPA, Saison, Dark Rye, Abbey, Brown, and Wit.

Service is very good but it is an order at the bar kind of place. The folks at the bar seem knowledgeable about the beers, and are quite friendly. The two bartenders were able to handle a rush of 100+ brewery crawlers dressed as Santa with aplomb.

No food is sold directly at the taproom, but there tends to be a food truck at either Birdsong or NoDa brewery next door on the weekends.

Prices are reasonable - $4/pint for the normal stuff, $5/smaller tulip of the high gravity such as the Abbey ale. Pint and tulip glasses are on sale for $5, and various T-Shirts are available for around $20.

One of my favorite places in Charlotte for a brew!

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Photo of CBlack85
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went on a mini brewery crawl this weekend stopping at Triple C, Heist, Birdsong, and finishing with dinner at Growlers Pourhouse. Started with Triple C, then Heist Brewery, now on to one of Charlotte's newer craft breweries; Birdsong Brewing...

Located directly across the street from NoDa Brewing. Unlike NoDa, Birdsong is a bit more of a mystery. While the entrance to NoDa is directly in the front of the building, Birdsong is situated in the back by the old railroad tracks.

There is a fairly large patio area with outdoor seating, large enough to accommodate live music and plentiful seating. As you walk in you see that the interior is long and narrow, with an unfinished feel. The walls are metal siding and cinder block with posters/artwork featuring dogs and beer. Not nearly as polished as most of the other Charlotte area breweries (with the exception of Four Friends). While the place lacks the artistic touch and finish of Heist, it is cozy and comfortable, and you feel at home when you are there...

There is really not much in the way of service... You have the bar tender and that is about it, if you want another beer you either walk up to the bar, or signal to the bartender; and luckily the place is small enough that this system seems to work well. We did not sit on the patio, so I don't know how the service was there. Unfortunately, unless you are talking to the brewer, the bartender/waitstaff does not know much about the beer besides whats on tap and whats not.

There is no kitchen; sometimes there is a food truck outside, but otherwise the bowls of peanuts on the tables will have to suffice. So it's best to either eat before you come or call ahead to see if one of the food trucks will be on site.

Now... on to the beer. I have tried a few of their beers in restaurants/bars around town, but there were some on tap that I had not tried yet so I got a flight of all of their offerings. There was a pale, a saison, a witbeir, a brown, an IPA, and a jalapeno pale ale. I am not a big fan of saisons, but as far as saisons go this one was decent. The brown was decent, the IPA was decent, the pale ale was pretty good, the witbier was quite good and the jalapeno pale was terrific. All in all the best beer selection of the night!! I am quite impressed with this little hole in the wall brewery. I will be on the lookout for Birdsong beers around Charlotte...

Well, now that I have samples or pints of beers from Triple C, Heist, and Birdsong I am ready to get some food... On to Growlers Pourhouse.

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Photo of Viper29223
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Easy place to find in the Noda district directly across from Noda brewery the brewery generally opens at 2pm the prices were relatively inexpensive I sampled 6 different ales and porters the inside is small but has a cool vibe small operation feel to it we had 2 growlers filled and listened to the band outside on the porch all in all cool brewery and also right by Noda another great brewery with friendly staff 2 brewery's in walking distance my kinda town after youve had you fill check out bordeuxs down the road that serves spicy Cajun food with local beers.

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Photo of Bung
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Typical North Davidson old light industrial turned artsy area. Great covered patio. Inside is smaller, but plenty of room. Modern/open high ceiling. Bring your own food, similar to other new tap rooms popping up.

Room for 5 taps, 2 were out. 2 regulars and one more unique. Oatmeal stout and a Rye were out, Pale, Brown and a pepper pale were in. Had the brown. Flight of all on draft for a reasonable price, can't remember. Brewer was there, sounds like he's a one man operation. Friends/investors helped staff the bar. Were plenty helpful and knowledgeable enough.

Practically shares the same parking lot as NoDa Brewing, might as well hit both if you're in the area. Not quite as polished, but worth checking out.

Side note, TONS of people there with their toddlers. Literally had a party of some sort there, not sure if it was for one of the kids, I hope not. Just fricking weird to me, not as bad as a bar I suppose, but just not a place for kids. Not something I will ever be doing. Weird ass No-Daians, nothing is going to stop them from getting a beer and socializing.

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