The J. Clyde Hot Rock Tavern and Alehouse Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:10:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Avondale Brewing Flight Night, October 14 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:05:41 +0000 AvondaleFIPACome down to the pub on Wednesday, October 14th at 5 p.m. when our good friends at Avondale Brewing Company will be joining us for a special Flight Night event featuring the very limited Farmhouse IPA from the brewery’s new Queen’s Reserve Small Batch Collection!

The folks at Avondale Brewing recently stepped things up a bit by launching their new Queen’s Reserve Avondale Small Batch Collection, a collection of limited release beers crafted to be unique, interesting, and experimental.  The first offering in this series is a bit of a hybrid brew combining the best aspects of the brewery’s Battlefield IPA and Spring Street Saison that has been aptly dubbed Farmhouse IPA.  Intrigued?  Well, here’s the full brewery description of Farmhouse IPA to further whet your appetite:

Farmhouse IPA – The first beer in The Queen’s Reserve Avondale Small Batch Collection is a Farmhouse IPA – A marriage of the two things we enjoy the most at Avondale; IPA’s and Belgian style beers. We took our Battlefield IPA recipe and fermented it our house Saison yeast. The citrus, floral, and piney hop character blends perfectly with the spicy, fruity esters produced during fermentation. At 7.5% ABV and 62 IBU’s this beer drinks refreshingly dry, abundantly complex, and purposefully bitter.

We are incredibly excited to host an event featuring this rare and limited offering, but we are not just stopping there.  The following three more Avondale beers will be showcased alongside Farmhouse IPA in a special flight during this event:

This flight will give you the chance to try Farmhouse IPA alongside both Battlefield IPA and Spring Street Saison so that you can conveniently experience and fully understand all of the inspiration that went into the creation of this rare treat.  Representatives from Avondale Brewing Company will also be here throughout the event to chat with you about these brews and all of the awesome stuff going on at the brewery.

Rare beer, great times and the fantastic folks from Avondale Brewing all in one place?  What more could you ask for on a Wednesday night?  Go ahead and mark your calendars for October 14th, and we will have your flight waiting on you!  See you all then!

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Cismontane Brewing Co. Launch Party, September 30 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:21:48 +0000 cis_logoJoin us at the pub on Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30 p.m. when we welcome Cismontane Brewing Company of Southern California for a very special Birmingham Launch Party!

The word “cismontane” means “this side of the mountains” and references Cismontane Brewing Company’s picturesque setting on the side of the largest mountain in Orange County in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita, California.  From this beautiful location, founders Evan Weinberg and Ross Stewart have made it their mission to create only the finest beers that properly “represent the unique culture and diverse natural aspects of this region.”  To further show their dedication to the region in which they brew, each Cismontane Brewing offering is named after a local feature that is unique to the area.

Cismontane Brewing Company has recently expanded their distribution to include the great state of Alabama, and we could not be more excited to host them for an official Birmingham Launch Party on Wednesday, September 30th.  For this event, Owner Evan Weinberg will be hanging out at the pub to chat with attendees about his brewery and their lineup of beers.  Speaking of beers, we will be pouring up the following four Cismontane Brewing offerings during this event:

  • The Citizen California Common Lager – The California Common almost disappeared after prohibition as did the term Cismontane. Our interpretation of this style is a golden warm fermented lager with sufficient hop aroma. As a brewer and citizen of Cismontane California it is our obligation to produce a fine Californian Common.  ABV – 4.5%  IBUs – 45
  • Coulter I.P.A. – Named after the coulter big cone pine tree this is a well-balanced I.P.A. It brings the beer style back to its roots. Brewed with a hit of rye for head retention and a deeper malt character, this beer has the best of all worlds, great hop aroma, a strong body and deceiving strength.  ABV – 6%  IBUs – 45
  • Whiting’s Wit – more info to come
  • Schralp Saison – more info to come

This is going to be a really fun event that allows you to try several beers from an exciting brewery that is new to our state.  We hope that you all can join us on Wednesday to give Evan Weinberg and Cismontane Brewing Company a proper welcome to The J. Clyde and the Magic City!  See you all then!


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Five Points South Oktoberfest, October 3 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:48:30 +0000 fivepointsOFestOn Saturday, October 3rd from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., join us and five other neighborhood spots as we celebrate the 1st Annual Five Points South Oktoberfest!

The 1st Annual Five Points South Oktoberfest brings you all that is great about Oktoberfest to the city of Birmingham: great beer, delicious food, and endless entertainment!  Six pubs and restaurants in the neighborhood are getting together to host an Oktoberfest crawl through Five Points, and you will even have the chance to win some concert tickets in the process!  Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick up a tasting sheet at a participating location
  2. Visit all SIX participating locations: The J. Clyde, Black Market Bar & Grill, World of Beer, Mellow Mushroom, 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar, and DAVE’S Pub
  3. Each location has a featured beer, try all SIX featured beers
  4. Get your tasting sheet punched at each location
  5. Turn in your tasting sheet at the final location you visit

Thanks to Birmingham Mountain Radio, up for grabs are ONE pair of Alt J tickets (Oct. 8th at Oak Mountain) and ONE pair of tickets for The Lone Bellow (Oct. 23rd at Iron City).  There will be TWO winners total chosen from the completed tasting sheets.

Each location will have a different assortment of food, brews and entertainment available for you to enjoy.  Here is what we have planned to make sure you get to Fest in style at The J. Clyde:

Beer Specials

  • Featured Oktoberfest beer: Oktoberfest from Blue Pants Brewery  $5.50 (**)
  • We will also have over 10 other world-class Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers available for you to enjoy

Oktoberfest Food Specials

  • Schlachtteller (Slaughter Plate) – A platter of Weisswurst, Bratwurst, Pine Needle & Juniper Pork Tenderloin served with local Roasted Potatoes.  $12
  • Fried Sauerkraut Balls – Sauerkraut, Cream Cheese, and Italian Sausage rolled in Panko, deep fried then served on a bed of Remoulade Slaw.  $7
  • KaseSpatzle – Traditional Southern German Specialty Pasta with Wright Farm’s Red Hill Cheddar.  $8

Bonus Special!

  • For every Oktoberfest Food Special and Featured Oktoberfest Beer you order, you get a 3 oz. cup of our famous Fatso Pudding for FREE!


  • WortSpiel – Match the German word with a picture

College Football

  • Since it is a college football Saturday, both the Alabama and Auburn games will be playing on two TV’s on the back patio

The 1st Annual Five Points South Oktoberfest is guaranteed to be an amazing experience through our little area of Birmingham, and we are incredibly excited to be a part of this event on October 3rd!  If by chance you cannot make it out on Saturday, fear not because we will be celebrating Oktoberfest at the pub all week long with a featured $10 flight of world-class Oktoberfest brews (available Monday 9/28 through Saturday 10/3).  Whatever your schedule dictates, we have you covered.  We cannot wait to see you all soon for a proper Oktoberfest celebration at The J. Clyde!

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Terrapin Flight Night Event, September 17 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:56:31 +0000 350x350_terrapinJoin us on Thursday, September 17th when we welcome Terrapin Beer Co. to the pub for a special Flight Night Event featuring Vapricot Apricot Ginger Imperial IPA, their new collaboration offering with Cigar City Brewing!

All of you hopheads need to get excited about this one because this is the first time in the history of Terrapin’s Monster Beer Tour that the newest fall selection will actually be a collaboration offering . . . and it is with the always exciting Cigar City of Tampa, Florida!  Terrapin’s Spike Buckowski joined forces with Cigar City’s Wayne Wambles – widely known for his way with tropical hop flavors in IPAs – to create Vapricot, an Imperial IPA brewed with apricot puree and ginger to create a drinking experience that is both sweet and spicy. To punch things up to another level, they complimented those flavors with a hop bill boasting six varietals and then dry-hopped the brew with Citra, El Dorado, and Equinox hops. The final product weighs in at the expected monstrous numbers of 9.05% ABV and 70 IBUs.

For this Flight Night event on Thursday, we will be serving up Vapricot and the following three more Terrapin offerings in this delicious, hop-laden flight:

  • Hi-5 IPA – Like a memorable adventure along U.S. Route 101, “Hi-5” California Style IPA leads you down a road of pure adrenaline and beauty. Capturing the majestic flavor of citrusy hops that roll off your tongue like a white cap on an ocean wave, this scenic wonder will keep you in awe, sip after sip.  ABV – 5.9%  IBUs – 80
  • Hopsecutioner IPA – You love hops, you ask for hops, and Hopsecutioner delivers! This Killer IPA earns its title by being brewed with six different hops to create an aggressive, yet exceptionally well-balanced, beer. Expect citrus and pine on the nose with a beautifully bitter finish; a strong malt backbone keeps the bitterness in check. We brewed this IPA for hop lovers… you may lose your hop head over this one!  ABV – 7.3%  IBUs – 71
  • Rye Cubed Triple Rye IPA – Rye beers have been a part of our brewing arsenal from day one. “Rye”, “Rye Squared” and now “Rye Cubed” Triple IPA completes this trilogy of brewing excellence.  ABV – 10.7%  IBUs – 125

While you get your hop fix by sipping on these four tasty brews, representatives from Terrapin Beer Co. will be hanging out to chat with you about the brewery and the beer in your hand.

If you are a lover of all things lupulin, you already know that you have to get a taste of any IPA that Cigar City has had a hand in.  Start preparing your palate now for this hop bomb of a Terrapin flight, and we will see you all on Thursday!

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Harvest Roots Farm & Ferment Cask Event, September 22 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 02:52:10 +0000 harvestrootslogoJoin us on Tuesday, September 22nd when we welcome the fantastic folks of Harvest Roots Farm & Ferment (Mentone, Alabama) to the pub for a very special Cask Event!

If you are not familiar with this great business, Harvest Roots Farm & Ferment is Alabama’s first wild fermentation company specializing in hand-crafted Ginger Beer and Kombucha.  Through the use of fermentation as a low-energy process of preservation, Harvest Roots takes a surplus of locally sourced, foraged and/or gleaned fruits, vegetables and herbs to create nutrient dense fermented beverages that also provide plenty of medicinal benefits.  The final product is a “chemical-free, great tasting, probiotic” fermented drink “you have that gut feeling about.”

We have been featuring Harvest Roots Farm Ginger Beer and Kombucha on draft at The J. Clyde for a few months now, and we are super excited to finally host them at the pub for an event to further educate you on this company and their wonderful products.  For this special event, we will be featuring the following two offerings on cask:

  • Wild Fermented Ginger Beer – Ingredients: wild yeast, organic Peruvian ginger, organic cane sugar, organic lemon, and filtered water
  • Mountain Plum and Sage Kombucha – Ingredients: Organic oolong tea, organic cane sugar,  kombucha scoby, filtered water, locally sourced plums and sage from Lookout Mountain

While you enjoy these tasty beverages, representatives from Harvest Roots will be on hand to talk with you about their business and wild fermentation.  This event will also act as the premiere for the new Kickstarter video and campaign for Harvest Roots!

This is going to be an incredibly fun, informative and unique event for us here at the pub, and we hope that you will join us to give the good people of Harvest Roots a proper welcome.  We cannot wait to see you all then!

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Closed in Observance of Labor Day, September 7 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:49:37 +0000 Labor-Day1This is just a quick heads up to let you know that we will be giving everyone here at The J. Clyde the day off in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 7th.  We hope that you all have an amazing and safe holiday, and we’ll be back at it again on Tuesday to serve up some of the best craft beer and delicious eats in the city!  Happy Labor Day!

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Birmingham Restaurant Week at The J. Clyde, August 14-22 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:31:11 +0000 _BRW15logoREGIONS (00000003) copyJoin us at the pub from Friday, August 14th to Saturday, August 22nd as we participate in Birmingham Restaurant Week by offering a delicious, three course dinner menu for the insanely low price of just $20!

Birmingham Restaurant Week is back for its sixth year to provide the folks of our fine city with a 10-day culinary experience at our locally owned and operated restaurants.  We are stoked to participate again this year, and we are doing so by featuring a three course prix-fixe dinner menu for just $20 throughout the event (full menu available below)!  If you want to take things to another level and enjoy a paired flight with your meal, you can do so for just an additional $15.

Whether you are one of our amazing regulars or an occasional visitor of our little pub, we are confident that this menu will remind you that The J. Clyde kitchen is producing some equally impressive food to go along with our world-class beer selection.  Make sure to take full advantage of Birmingham Restaurant Week by not only joining us for dinner one evening, but also by experiencing the other affordable menus available from our participating friends throughout the Birmingham restaurant community.  This is a cannot miss experience, and we look forward to seeing you all at the pub this week!



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Book Signing: Birmingham Beer by Carla Jean Whitley, July 31 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:23:33 +0000 Birmingham-Beer (1)Join us on Friday, July 31st from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. when we welcome author Carla Jean Whitley to the pub for a special book signing event celebrating the recently released Birmingham Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Magic City!

Carla Jean Whitley is a Birmingham-based writer, editor and teacher who also possesses a fond appreciation for fine craft beer.  Whitley is an active member of our craft beer community and has been a member of the women’s craft beer education group Hops for Honeys since 2010.  Over the last year, Whitley has exhaustively researched our city’s brewing history to complete her new book Birmingham Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Magic City.  From the birth of our city’s brewery scene in 1864 to the uprising of Free the Hops and our current craft beer renaissance, Whitley provides craft beer lovers with an interesting and educational look at all things beer in Birmingham.

All of us here at The J. Clyde are incredibly excited about the release of this great book, and we are honored to host Carla Jean Whitley for this special book signing.  Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Whitley will be hanging out with us to sign and sell copies of Birmingham Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Magic City.  This is your chance to own a literal piece of Birmingham beer history, so come down to the pub on Friday to support and chat with a local author while enjoying one of our many local brews on draught!  See you all then!


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IPA Day 2015, August 6 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:19:16 +0000 IPADAYWidgetCalling all hopheads!  Join us at the pub on Thursday, August 6th when we join the rest of the country in celebrating America’s most popular beer style at our IPA Day event!

IPA Day was founded in 2011 as a universal movement to allow craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers and industry professionals the opportunity to connect on social media and in pubs worldwide.  What better way to do that than by centering the discussion on a beer style that is as popular, abundant and varied as the beloved IPA?  Getting in on the action is simple.  All you have to do is venture to your favorite participating location (look no further than The J. Clyde) to enjoy a delicious IPA, use the hashtag #IPAday while sharing a photo or post on your favorite social media platform, and connect with like-minded lupulin lovers online and at the bar.  All in the name of IPA, you get to spread the good word of craft beer while making new friends and contacts within the beer community.  Everyone wins and everyone has an amazing time in the process!

We are currently nailing down the final details for our IPA Day event (all updates available below), but believe us when we say that you are not going to want to be anywhere but The J. Clyde on August 6th.  From a stellar IPA tap list to delectable food specials, we are going to have all your IPA Day needs covered.  Check back here and on our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for updates, and we will see you all on IPA Day!

Featured IPA Day Brews & Specials


IPA Day Draught Menu**

(**Draught list is subject to change based on final availability)


Randall Treatment

Sixpoint Brewery Resin Imperial IPA on the Randall through Thyme, Basil, and Poblano Peppers. Resin Imperial IPA will also be available as a regular draught offering as well.  Resin Two Ways!


Fairhope Brewing Company Bottle Debut!

More updates coming soon!


IPA Day Food Specials


  • IPA sandwich “Italian Pork Assembly” – Duroc pork, grass-fed beef, shallots, fresh herbs and Asiago cheese meatballs with Fairhope Causeway IPA marinara served on a Continental Bakery Baguette.
  • Lemon Basil IPA Hopsicles

#IPAday Photo Contest for a Bag o’ Schwag


Want to win a sweet Bag o’ Schwag at IPA Day on August 6? We are putting together a social media photo contest open to all of those in attendance on Thursday. Check out the rules below:

  • Step 1. Make sure you are following The J. Clyde on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter.
  • Step 2. Document your #IPAday experience at The J. Clyde with a photo and post it on your choice of Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (or all three).
  • Step 3. Make sure to tag The J. Clyde AND use the official #IPAday hashtag when posting your photo.
  • Step 4. Have a great time and take as many photos as you wish for multiple entries!

The photos will be assessed and judged over the weekend, and the winner will be able to pick up their Bag o’ Schwag on Monday, August 10!

More details coming soon!



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Best of Birmingham 2015 – We Need Your Votes! Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:46:50 +0000 bestofThe Best of Birmingham poll from Birmingham Magazine has returned, and we need your votes to help us secure this coveted “best of” status in 2015!

We are beyond elated to announce that The J. Clyde has been nominated for three categories in this year’s Best of Birmingham, a public poll that decides the finest “food, drink, things to do, places to go and people to know in the Magic City.”  The nominations alone are a great source of pride for us, but we now need your support to help bring this thing back home to the pub.  All you have to do is click here to submit a vote for us in the following categories:

  • Best Place to Grab a Beer
  • Best Late-Night Bites
  • Best Cocktail Bar

Voting is open now and will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 17.

Just as always, your love and support means the world to us at The J. Clyde.  We hope to win these distinctions for our beloved fans, friends and patrons, and we have plenty of high fives ready to dish out for your votes.  A huge amount of thanks goes out to all of you, and we cannot wait to see you on your next visit to the pub!

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