The J. Clyde Hot Rock Tavern and Alehouse Mon, 06 Jul 2015 03:08:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The J. Clyde Bids Farewell to the Shaker Pint Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:14:18 +0000 IMGP3711You may or may not have noticed a recent change in your beer’s presentation at the pub, but we wanted to inform you that we transitioned away from the shaker pint a couple of months ago.  The reasons are many, but here is an abbreviated account of why we decided to go with our beautiful, new Belgian-style 16 oz. glasses (pictured to the right) from here on out:

  • The shaker pint was never meant for beer.  Seriously, it’s true.  As the name indicates, the shaker pint was actually designed to shake cocktails.  Because of their durable design and handy stacking ability, these popular glasses became an all-purpose item in bars to serve patrons mixed drinks, water, sodas, etc.  Throw in the fact that they are an affordable option with broad sides that are perfect to slap a logo on, and that’s how we ended up on the strange road that led to the shaker being the go-to serving vessel for beer in America.  Belgians, on the other hand, have had the beer presentation and glassware game locked down for countless years, and that made them a natural direction for us to turn in selecting a new 16 oz. glass.
  • That shaker pint is doing absolutely nothing for your beer.  Sipping on a fine craft beer is meant to be an experience, but sadly the shaker pint has been robbing you of a great deal of that experience for far too long.  The shaker is doing your beer no favors in the head retention department, and that’s a bit of a problem because that precious foam can hold quite a bit of your beer’s aroma.  Speaking of aroma, the shaker’s design also cannot properly hold the aromatics of the beer within.  Since your sense of smell plays a sizable role in your ability to taste, shakers are simply allowing a more in-depth sensory experience to wastefully billow out of the top of the glass almost as soon as it is poured.  Finally, if we are being really picky, your whole hand is constantly in contact with a shaker pint.  This may not seem like a big deal, but this means that your pint is absorbing your body heat and taking the beer quickly out of its proper serving temperature.  Our Belgian-style pint glasses solve all of these problems with great head retention, a bulb that holds and directs aroma to your nose, and the option to hold the glass from the stem to keep your body heat away from your beloved brew.
  • Frankly, our new glass just looks better.  Take a quick look around The J. Clyde and it is easy to see that we have been heavily influenced by European traditions when it comes to beer and the overall pub experience.  These Belgian-style 16 oz. glasses are simply a better fit for our pub’s vibe and aesthetic, and we are confident that you will agree with just one look at them.  As soon as your favorite offering is placed in front of you and the light hits the curves of that glass, you are going to quickly forget about any allegiance you may have had to the shaker pint.  Guaranteed.

We fully understand that there is a time and a place for nostalgia, and the shaker pint certainly does conjure up memories for all of us when it comes to the American craft beer movement.  With that said, we just think that the shaker’s place is best left in our past so that we can provide you with the best beer drinking experience possible.  If you haven’t already, swing by the pub to try out the new glasses and let us know what you think!

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Red, White & Brews in Five Points South, July 3 & 4 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 02:07:28 +0000 2015RWB5PointsYou are cordially invited to join us and our neighbors in Five Points South on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day and Good People Brewing Company’s anniversary at the 3rd Annual Red, White & Brews!

What could possibly be better than celebrating America and the seventh birthday of Good People Brewing Company?  How about being able to do both at the same time and in the same location?  Red, White & Brews in Five Points South has returned for its third year to do just that with the following two day event schedule:

Friday, July 3rd at 6 p.m. until late – Grub Crawl

Get a jump on your Independence Day celebration by joining the folks at Good People Brewing Company for a Grub Crawl through the Five Points South neighborhood!  While you enjoy food and Good People drink specials at participating Five Points eateries and bars, you will also be able to pick up a ticket at each location for a chance to win birthday gift giveaways from Good People and the participating merchant (8 chances to win in total)!  Here’s the full timeline and location list for the 2015 Red, White & Brews Grub Crawl:

You can either join the group for the crawl or visit each location at your own pace.  Just keep in mind that the gift giveaways will take place at each location during the group’s scheduled stop.

The J. Clyde’s Grub Crawl Food & Drink Specials (available both Friday and Saturday):

  • Freedom Dogs – Bratwurst poached in Stout, topped with housemade guacamole, tobacco onions, and Snake Handler DIPA mustard.  Served with a side of fresh vegetable penne salad
  • $4 – Good People Brewing Company Pale Ale

Saturday, July 4th – Thunder on the Mountain Fireworks Experience

Venture back out to the pub on the Fourth of July to have dinner and drinks with us, and then hang around to enjoy one of the largest and most extravagant Independence Day traditions in the state of Alabama!  Thunder on the Mountain 2015 will kick off at 9 p.m. and light up the Birmingham sky for approximately 20 minutes!  You can either enjoy the display from here in Five Points or you can head up to Vulcan for the full experience that is choreographed to a musical soundtrack.  You cannot go wrong either way; just make sure that you do not miss out on one of our city’s greatest traditions!

Well, that about covers it, but make sure to check back for updates on our food and drink specials during Red, White & Brews!  This is easily one of the most outstanding events that the Five Points neighborhood gets to participate in each year, but it is nothing without all of your smiling faces!  Get your friends and family together for this weekend of good times, and we will see you all then!


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Ghost Train Brewing Co. Launch Party, June 24 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:27:33 +0000 ghosttrainJoin us on Wednesday, June 24th when the folks at Ghost Train Brewing Company take over the pub for an official Birmingham Launch Party!

Ghost Train Brewing Company has arrived in Birmingham thanks to the hard work and passion of Taylor and Paige DeBoer, two veterans of the Birmingham craft beer scene with Taylor being a former partner at Cahaba Brewing Co.  Taylor has spent the last few years meticulously tweaking his homebrew recipes and hosting tasting events throughout the Southeast to gain feedback from craft beer lovers.  After dozens of recipe changes, he is finally confident that Ghost Train is ready to hit the market with a portfolio of brews that will truly stand out.  The DeBoers are currently in the process of locating the perfect spot to open their brewery in Birmingham, so their beers are temporarily being contract brewed at Crooked Letter Brewing Company in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

For this special launch party, Taylor DeBoer will be hanging out for a Meet & Greet to chat with you about Ghost Train Brewing and his lineup of beers.  To get you further acquainted with those beers, we will be featuring the following flight of four Ghost Train offerings for just $8 during the event:

  • Dark Ride Belgian Style Strong Ale – This one will take you for a ride! It’s a Belgian Style Strong Ale brewed with Alabama wildflower honey. Despite its medium brown color, Dark Ride is surprisingly refreshing and clean. Brewed to a high gravity with Belgian ale yeast, you’ll detect the classic spicy flavors that are finished with delicate wildflower honey. Don’t be scared off by this one, you’ll be glad you tried it. ABV – 8.7% IBUs – 23.2
  • Go-Devil Golden Ale – Go-Devil Golden Ale is our West Coast interpretation of a Golden Ale. You’ll enjoy the crisp, refreshing citrus aroma that only the freshest Citra hops can deliver. One thing is for certain, this is the ultimate “lawnmower beer” for the craft beer lover. ABV – 4.9% IBUs – 25.6
  • Switchman’s Stash India Pale Lager – Switchman’s Stash is an India Pale Lager of the highest order. Using cool temperatures and bottom fermenting yeast, The Stash finishes nice and clean. The lagering period leaves this beer crystal clear and enhances our use of the dankest American hops that you would expect in your favorite West Coast IPA. ABV – 6.9% IBUs – 71.7
  • Terminal Station Brown Ale – Terminal Station is a Northern English Style Brown Ale. You’ll enjoy this slightly dry, hop-forward version of a classic nut brown ale. The balanced, nutty flavor of this ale makes it easy to drink. This beer pays homage to one of Birmingham’s most beautiful ghosts, The Terminal Station. ABV – 4.51% IBUs – 22.3

As an added bonus, everyone who orders the featured flight during the launch party will receive a free Ghost Train pint glass (while supplies last)!

We had the great pleasure of sampling the beers above when they debuted at Magic City Brewfest earlier this month, and believe us when we say that these tasty brews truly cannot be missed.  We hope that you all can join us on Wednesday to give Ghost Train Brewing Company a proper welcome to our tap wall and the Birmingham beer scene!

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Aviator Brewing Company Launch Event, June 3 Thu, 28 May 2015 16:34:39 +0000 aviatorlogoJoin us at the pub on Wednesday, June 3rd when we host an official Birmingham Launch Event for Aviator Brewing Company!

In November of 2008, Aviator Brewing Company got its humble start by using two used, 300 gallon dairy tanks that they set up in an airplane hangar located in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina.  The brewery quickly started to grow in popularity when they began distribution to the Triangle the following January, and Aviator Brewing has steadily grown ever since.   The passing years saw a change to larger location, the addition of many fermentation tanks, a new brewhouse, and the transition from bottles to exclusively packaging in cans. You can now find Aviator Brewing offerings on draft and in cans from Washington D.C. to Key West, and the brewery is currently in the process of adding a fourth location in Fuquay Varina (the brewery, Aviator Tap House, Aviator SmokeHouse BBQ Restaurant, and a bottle shop is coming soon).  The brewery has added the great state of Alabama to their distribution, and we are stoked to welcome them to Birmingham with this special launch event!

To get you properly acquainted with Aviator Brewing, we will be featuring the following four beers in a flight for just $8 during this event:

  • BlackMamba Oatmeal Stout** - This oatmeal stout has an explosion of flavor created by dark roasted grains, and a 2 row barley. A full bodied oatmeal stout that has tastes of chocolate and a smoothness from the oatmeal.  ABV – 6.5%
  • Bonehead India Brown** – A hoppy brown ale brewed with Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo Gold, and Cascade. A plethora of hops combined with generous amounts of chocolate malt.  ABV – 7.9%
  • Hogwild India Pale Ale – A golden brew made with Pale Ale and Vienna malts. A veritable fest of the big “C” hops. Chinook, Columbus, Cascade. Dry hopped with Magnum, Williamette, and Amarillo. A very hoppy and refreshing ale.  ABV – 6.7%
  • Steamhead California Common** – A true American beer style. Think back to the gold rush era and San Francisco. Prospectors from all over the country descended on San Francisco and experienced a unique beer brewed there. With cold air in the bay area, the open cooling unfermented beer would have a dense cloud of fog hovering over it as it cooled on the brewery roof. People thought the beer was steaming! Thus the term steam beer! This beer uses a lager yeast brewed at ale temperatures thus another possible root to the steam beer name. The traditional recipe is dark crystal malt, Northern Brewer hops, and dry hopping with the same. Has a dark amber appearance and a spicy hop taste.  ABV – 5.8%

(**) These three beers are draft only offerings from the brewery, so you are not going to find these packaged on shelves around town.  Get ‘em while you can!

We hope that you all can make it down on Wednesday to welcome Aviator Brewing Company to Birmingham and our tap wall.  We’ll have your flight waiting on you and we cannot wait to see you then!

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Closed: Memorial Day, May 25 Wed, 20 May 2015 23:34:30 +0000  



Just a note to remind all of our friends and patrons that The J. Clyde will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.  We hope that you all enjoy a safe holiday, and we will be back with regular business hours on Tuesday, May 26th!

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Birmingham Originals 3rd Annual Beer Dinner in the Ballpark, May 14 Wed, 13 May 2015 01:14:50 +0000 BallparkOn Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m., The J. Clyde is joining 10 other Birmingham Originals restaurants to present the 3rd Annual Beer Dinner in the Ballpark at Regions Field during a Birmingham Barons game to raise funds and awareness for the Autism Society of Alabama!

For the third straight year, Birmingham Originals restaurants and Alabama breweries are bringing a truly unique experience to both food and craft beer lovers with their annual Beer Dinner in the Ballpark. During this event, attendees get to enjoy a wonderful meal in the Regions Field banquet hall overlooking third base while our Birmingham Barons take on the Chattanooga Lookouts. This high end, multi-course dinner will be prepared by the following Birmingham Originals restaurants:

Each course will be expertly paired with a local craft beer offering to properly complement and accentuate the nuances of the dish. Participating breweries are as follows:

Throughout the event, attendees will also hear from the chefs and brewers to learn more about each pairing, restaurant and brewery.

Seating for this dinner is extremely limited. Tickets are still currently available in the following two options (secure your tickets by clicking here):

  • $75 (plus fees) per person, includes a $10 Birmingham Originals gift card
  • $100 (plus fees) per person, includes a $50 Birmingham Originals gift card

Your ticket gets you admission into the game, a seat to enjoy the dinner and craft beer pairings, and the corresponding Birmingham Originals gift card. A portion of the proceeds raised through ticket sales will go to benefit the Autism Society of Alabama, a volunteer organization with a mission to improve services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families through education and advocacy.

This is easily one of the best beer dinners to take place in the state each year, and it is made that much better by benefiting the incredibly worthy cause of the Autism Society of Alabama. If you are free on Thursday, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket, enjoy an amazing meal, explore the art of beer pairing, and cheer on your Birmingham Barons! You simply cannot go wrong with an evening like that!  We hope to see you all there!

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ACBW Event: Stillwater Flight Night, May 14 Mon, 11 May 2015 01:53:28 +0000 stillwater_vertical_logo_2014Join us on Thursday, May 14th when we continue our American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) celebration with a special Flight Night event with Stillwater Artisanal!

There are few things better than a beautifully made Saison on a warm, Alabama evening, so why not have an ACBW event celebrating the nuances of this wonderful beer style? The folks at Stillwater Artisanal, a gypsy brewing operation founded by Baltimore’s Brian Strumke, have been doing amazing things with Saison/Farmhouse style offerings since 2010, and that makes them a natural fit to showcase in this Saison-themed Flight Night.  For this event, we will be featuring the following four Stillwater offerings in a flight for just $8:

  • Classique – A postmodern deconstruction of the American industrial lager made with naughty ingredients like corn and rice, completed with pilsner malt and lots of your favorite old-school American hops and farmhouse ale yeast.. “your Grandfather’s new beer”.
  • Existent – Represents the philosophy behind Stillwater Artisanal. We strive to define ourselves through our passion and sincerity while accepting that not all aspects of life are readily explainable. To manifest this ideology we present an ale of intrigue. Deep & dark though deceptively dry, braced by a firm yet smooth bitterness and accented with an earthy hop and mild roast aroma. This is an ale for you to define.
  • Of Love & Regret – For the first edition of the Stillwater Import Series I traveled to the village of Beerzel, located in the Antwerp province of Belgium. Here I teamed up with brewmaster Jef Goetelen to craft an authentic Belgian version of my liquid interpretation of the Spring season. A recipe originally contrived a few years prior as a collaboration brew with my good friend Paul Kretzer. The base is German barley & wheat, with a touch of Belgian aromatic; accented with grassy hops and an array of spring botanicals (heather, chamomile, lavender, & dandelion). Like a fresh meadow in spring.
  • Stateside Saison – Pays homage to old world tradition while celebrating new world innovation. Naturally brewed with the finest European malts & fresh aromatic hops from the United States & New Zealand. It’s then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, showcasing some of the best attributes of modern-day craft brewing.

If you are a fan of Saisons at all, you are not going to want to miss out on this event because the idea of these four offerings being available for just $8 is simply ridiculous.  You are not going to find a cheaper way to enjoy these delicious brews, so mark your calendars now and we’ll see you on Thursday!

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ACBW Event: Cheaha Brewing Company Launch Party, May 13 Thu, 07 May 2015 17:16:28 +0000 cheahabrewingAmerican Craft Beer Week is upon us once again, and we hope that you can join us on Wednesday, May 13th when we welcome Cheaha Brewing Company to the pub for an official Birmingham launch event!

Located in the fully restored L&N Freight Train Station in Anniston, Alabama, Cheaha Brewing Company is a beautiful brewpub that first opened its doors in 2013.  By fully embracing their motto of “Eat, Drink, Play, Local”, Cheaha Brewing quickly became a hit with Calhoun County locals by introducing them to craft beer culture in a truly unique atmosphere.  The brewpub currently features over a dozen taps of house offerings, and a handful of guest taps to support other Alabama and regional breweries.  Cheaha first began distributing in their area a few months ago, and now Birmingham is finally getting in on the action as they launch in the city this month!

For this launch event, we will be featuring the following Cheaha Brewing Company offerings in a flight for just $8:

  • Devil’s Den IPA
  • Noble Street Wheat
  • Old Reliable Steam Ale
  • Pulpit Rock Vanilla Porter

While you enjoy your flight, representatives from Cheaha Brewing will be here to chat with you about the brewery and the beer in your glass.

We hope that you all can make it out on Wednesday to welcome another Alabama brewery to the pub and Birmingham.  This is going to be another fun night at the Clyde and we cannot wait to see you then!


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Help Jerry Hartley Become the LLS Man of the Year Wed, 06 May 2015 04:44:02 +0000 MWOY_440We are asking all of our friends and patrons for their support as our very own Jerry Hartley raises funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in hopes of being named the organization’s Man of the Year!

Each year, in communities across the country, passionate candidates engage in an exciting competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) “Man & Woman of the Year” titles by raising funds for LLS blood cancer research.  The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year.  Jerry has joined a team in this campaign, and you can help him in this mission by visiting his fundraising page to make a donation.  Each dollar donated counts as one vote and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks.  Donations are completely tax deductible, and the funds raised go to support LLS research, patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services.

Jerry is determined to earn the Man of the Year title, and he would like to do it in the name of craft beer.  To welcome the craft beer community into this wonderful fundraising effort, Jerry is currently working on some amazing craft beer opportunities and prizes that will be available to those that make a donation.  To start, those who make a donation through Jerry’s page will have a chance to enjoy a pour from the last keg of Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) in the state of Alabama.  Each dollar you donate equals one raffle ticket for a chance to purchase a pour of CBS.  At the end of the donation period, tickets will be drawn and the winners will join us for this special tapping!

Stay tuned for more details, but more importantly please consider making a donation on Jerry’s page.  This campaign has made an incredible impact by funding blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.  Together we can make a difference and get one step closer to a world without blood cancers!  Thanks in advance for your support!

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The J. Clyde Goes All In for Dining Out for Life, April 30 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:07:45 +0000 diningoutforlifeJoin us at the pub on Thursday, April 30th when we participate in the sixth annual Dining Out for Life in support of AIDS Alabama!

Dining Out for Life is an annual event in Birmingham that raises funds and awareness for AIDS Alabama.  Supporters can contribute to the local fight against HIV/AIDS by simply dining out at a participating restaurant on April 30th.  These participating restaurants have agreed to donate a portion of your bill to the cause (25% minimum), and all you have to do is enjoy the dining experience.  This incredibly successful program is truly making a difference by raising over $4 million dollars a year nationally thanks to all those willing to participate.

The J. Clyde is proud to be a part of Dining Out for Life each year, but we are excited to announce that we are stepping up our commitment to this amazing cause in 2015.  We will be donating 100% of all food sales on April 30th in support of this event and AIDS Alabama!  We hope that you all choose to dine with us on Thursday, April 30th to make one meal matter!  See you all then for a fantastic meal for a fantastic cause!

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