Celebrating Four Years
Last week was a tremendous celebration for our fourth anniversary, and many people were responsible for the four days of special ales and prizes. We were happy to see all of our regular faces as well as friends from out of town. The amount of support for our anniversary made this week a testament to The J Clyde’s lasting relationship with our breweries, distributors and clientele.
Over the last four years of business, before and after the laws changed in favor of the beer culture, The J. Clyde has worked hard to gain access to every possible craft beer in reach, worldwide. Wednesday, the first night of the anniversary celebration, was Rogue night. Before the laws changed Rogue occupied a substantial part of the tap wall at all times, and it was only appropriate to include some unique Rogue ales at the beginning of our celebration. Terrapin and Yazoo have also had four or five taps on the wall at a time, and were crucial to our selection before the laws changed. They came through Thursday night with some hard to find brews, such as Yazoo’s bourbon barrel aged “Sue,” and a cask contioned version of Terrapin’s “Monk’s Revenge.” Our great friends at the Good People Brewing Company, celebrating an anniversary as well, brought their cask conditioned Black Funky Saison to accompany their current five draughts at The J. Clyde. When Saturday came along, our customers were able to enjoy legendary and rare ales such as the Hopslam and Batch 10,000 from Bell’s. Avery, Great Divide, and Sierra Nevada showed up as well adding even more draughts to a completely changed wall of beer.
All of the money from raffle ticket sales went to support Children’s Hospital, and, with all of the prizes donated by our breweries and distributors, it seemed like everybody won something. Lazy Magnolia donated the grand prize for the raffling, and Sharon Colley was lucky enough to take home the custom Lazy Magnolia rocking chair.
We have birthday cake, which will be available this week starting Wednesday. Good People gave us two delicious cakes that we would like to share with our clientele this week. We have great relationships with our brewers throughout the world, and that is why we are able to obtain special beers that may not be available at most other spots. The real reason that The J. Clyde is able to take this initiative is the ever growing level of interest right here in Birmingham. From home brewers to the common beer snob, The J. Clyde has become the hub for a diverse crowd of folks to enjoy and discover the age old tradition of craft beer.