Bird Street Brewing started out as a familiar story. Our brewmaster, Phil, took up homebrewing as a hobby and quickly became hooked. After creating many batches and refining a handful of favorites, some close friends implanted the idea of going commercial.
The second half of the team, Rosalind, is a manager for a CPA firm and as if she wasn’t busy enough, decided to take on the role of being the accountant for the new brewery. Together, Phil and Rosalind began the process of getting fully licensed to create commercial beer in 2014 and were delivering the first cases of beer in Summer 2015.
From the beginning, the goal of the brewery was to avoid drowning in debt and to build the brewery organically. So far, this has been a success, with the brewery being a manufacturing-only facility with self-distribution of bottles to locally-owned, independent retailers being the primary focus for resale.
All of Bird Street’s ales are small batch (1-1.5 barrel output) and unfiltered. The small volume and self-distribution allows for the brewery to package bottles as needed, ensuring that the product on the shelf is as fresh as possible. We will often bottle and label beer the same morning we deliver to retailers.
We are always striving to improve our beer quality and to adapt to the changing demands that Central Valley beer drinkers are looking for. We started the brewery with three varieties that would appeal to craft drinkers and the more casual, macro lager crowd, alike. Since introducing Westbound and Valley Fog, we have made them bigger and hoppier, with a focus on the complex flavors people are looking for in their IPAs.
Our Grizzly Paw Brown Ale was a hit from our very beginning and continues to be a backbone in our beer lineup.
We always use fresh, local ingredients as much as possible. All of our seasonal varieties incorporate local products. From the Strawberries in our summer beer, local coffee in our autumn stout, to locally-sourced tea in our spring saison, we take pride in being able to reach out to other businesses to bring their products into our beer.