The J. Clyde Hot Rock Tavern and Alehouse Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:48:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Valentine’s Day Dinner, February 14 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:39:52 +0000 beerloveJoin us on Sunday, February 14th as we hold a special Valentine’s Day dinner service by reservation only!

Normally closed on Sundays, we will be opening our doors this Valentine’s Day to provide you and your loved ones with a beautiful dinner experience in the unique and intimate atmosphere only our pub can offer.  For this special evening, we will be serving the following “white tablecloth”, four course dinner that will be accompanied by your choice of either beer or cocktail pairings:


Cost of this Valentine’s Day experience is $140 per couple or $75 per single reservation.  This event is by reservation only and seating is extremely limited.  You can schedule your meal between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and you can do so by calling 205.939.1312, emailing us at, or by simply letting your server or bartender know the next time you are at the pub.

If you are looking for the perfect romantic evening for you and that special someone, look no further than The J. Clyde this Valentine’s Day.  We look forward to hearing from you soon and cannot wait to serve you this amazing meal on February 14th!

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Rogue Ales Flight Night, February 3 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:10:08 +0000 rogueraisedJoin us at the pub from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd when we host our very good friends from Rogue Ales for a special Flight Night event!

Not only has Rogue Ales been a widely recognized and respected name around the craft beer scene for almost 30 years, but they were also one of the first craft breweries that made their offerings widely available in the great state of Alabama many moons ago.  Matter of fact, their tasty brews pretty much dominated our tap wall during the first year or so that we were open.  Having never forgotten the amazing things Rogue has done for Alabama’s beer scene, our doors are always open to them and we are stoked to host another event with this fine brewery on Wednesday!

For this special Flight Night event, we will be featuring the following four Rogue offerings:

  • Brutal IPA
  • Double Chocolate Stout
  • Imperial Pilsner
  • Sorachi Nitro Stout

In addition to just getting your hands and palates on some incredibly delicious beers, everyone who orders this special flight on Wednesday will get hooked up with some free Rogue glassware (while supplies last)! Reps will be here to talk with you about the beers and brewery, and they might also bring some other schwag to give away randomly throughout the event! You just have to be here to find out!

We hope that you all can make it out on Wednesday night for this Rogue Ales Flight Night!  It is going to be nothing but good times with some good brews being enjoyed by the best of folks.  Get your friends together, be here and let’s raise some glasses to a truly awesome brewery that has done some great things for craft beer in Birmingham!



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Flight Night with Victory Brewing, February 10 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:21:18 +0000 victorylogoJoin us on Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30 p.m. when we host the good folks of Victory Brewing Company for a special Flight Night event!

Thanks to an undying love for European brewing tradition and a dedication to only using the finest whole flower hops, Victory Brewing Company has been kicking some serious tail in the craft beer industry for the last 20 years.  To celebrate two decades of excellence, the brewery is stepping things up in a big way by developing and releasing a plethora of new beers throughout the year.  We find this news incredibly exciting, and it goes without saying that we jump at the chance to host an event of any sort that showcases delicious offerings from a brewery on the level of Victory Brewing!

For this Flight Night event, we will be featuring pours of the following four Victory brews – a select mix of exciting new brews and fine favorites of old – for the ridiculously low price of just $8:

  • Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA – This refreshing session ale delivers citrus and pine notes from unique experimental hops (Idaho 7 hops). Two decades strong and we taste mighty fresh. Cheers to 20 years of Victory! 5.5% ABV
  • Moonglow Weizenbock – This richly flavored, dark amber wheat beer features fruity and spicy aromas galore. Significant strength underlies the pleasant citric appeal of this bock beer. Brewed with over 50% malted wheat, this is a traditional Bavarian weizenbock. Full of the flavors of harvest fruit, this is the perfect Autumnal elixir.  8.7% ABV
  • V Twelve Belgian Strong Ale – If you follow Victory closely you’ll remember that there was a V Ten in this series. V Twelve put that creation away for good. Essentially what might be called a Belgian quadruple (the natural step beyond tripel), V Twelve features Belgian ale yeast and fruit flavors galore in the perfect expression of what the series is meant to be, gloriously unique.  12% ABV
  • Vital IPA – The IPA style can be a powerhouse of flavors and impressions. But what is vital to you? What commands your taste and attention? We packed our Vital IPA full of fresh, crisp and fruity notes driven by whole flower American hops and robust German malts. You’ll find it bright, delightfully aromatic and complex, leaving you with dry, spicy satisfaction. Taste Victory in these flavors Vital to your senses.  6.5% ABV

To further sweeten this amazing deal, everyone who orders this awesome flight will receive some pretty sweet schwag (while supplies last).  Mariel from Victory Brewing and Laurel from International Wines and Craft Beer will also be in attendance throughout the event to discuss with you the featured beers and all the happenings at the brewery.

Whenever a Victory brew hits your glass, you can rest assured that it has been filled with nothing but quality.  This fact makes our Flight Night event with Victory Brewing Company a no-brainer, so mark those calendars now and we will see you all on February 10th!

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Burns Nicht Dinner, January 25 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:51:42 +0000 When the peddler people leave the streets,Burnsetching
And thirsty neighbours, neighbours meet;
As market days are wearing late,
And folk begin to take the road home,
While we sit boozing strong ale,
And getting drunk and very happy,
We don’t think of the long Scots miles,
The marshes, waters, steps and stiles,
That lie between us and our home,
Where sits our sulky, sullen dame,
Gathering her brows like a gathering storm,
Nursing her wrath, to keep it warm.

From “Tam o’ Shanter” by Robert Burns (Modern English translation)

Join us on Monday, January 25th at 5 p.m. when we recognize the life and works of celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns at our Annual Burns Nicht Dinner!

Best known for writing the popular New Year’s anthem “Auld Lang Syne”, the acclaim of Robert Burns certainly reaches much further than that. Burns was a poet and lyricist whose countless works are credited as being a catalyst for the Romantic Period in literature during the 18th century. His literary voice that spoke of all things love, friendship, work and drink inspired movements in literature, society and politics. His influence is so long standing that not only is he still referred to as the Bard of Scotland, but he was also voted the “Greatest Scot” by the Scottish public in 2009.

To properly honor this literary genius on the day of his birth, we have planned an amazing evening filled with some of Robert Burns’ favorite things: delicious Scottish-inspired cuisine, the best of drink, fantastic entertainment and the finest of company.  The centerpiece of this event is obviously the dinner, and it will consist of the following menu that will be meticulously prepared by our chef and kitchen:


As you can see, each course has been expertly paired with a beautiful libation to properly complement and accentuate your every bite.  To further create a proper Scottish experience throughout the meal, there will also be readings of the works of Robert Burns and live musical entertainment on the bagpipes.

Cost of this dinner is $75 per person and reservations are extremely limited.  You can arrange your reservations by calling 205.939.1312, emailing us at, or by simply letting your server or bartender know the next time you are at the pub.

This is seriously one of the best events you can attend at The J. Clyde and it is easily the one that we look the most forward to each year.  If you are looking for an amazing evening out that will be truly unique, informative and entertaining, you cannot go wrong with this Burns Nicht Dinner.  Arrange those reservations as soon as possible and we cannot wait to see you all on Monday!  Slainte!

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Band of Brothers Birmingham Launch Party, January 21 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:43:22 +0000 bandofbrothersglassJoin us at the pub on Thursday, January 21st when we welcome our friends at Band of Brothers Brewing Company to the Birmingham craft beer scene at this official Launch Event!

Band of Brothers Brewing Company officially opened in Tuscaloosa in late September, and they have been earning a more than solid reputation with craft beer fans ever since for creating inventive and delicious offerings such as their Station One Saison and VooDoo English Mild.  Brothers Jeremy and Jeremiah Donald and partner Quintin Brown (practically a brother of the family) were inspired to start brewing thanks to the Donalds’ grandfather who made muscadine wine on a farm in rural Choctaw Bluff, an area that was dry while they were growing up.  Their love and skill for brewing beer progressed over time, and now they are the proud owners of a beautiful brewery in T-town.

For this Launch Event, we will be featuring a flight of the three core offerings from Band of Brothers along with a special mystery beer to properly introduce you to their brews.  Everyone who orders a flight will receive a free glass (while supplies last).  The folks behind Band of Brothers will also be hanging out throughout the event to chat with you about the brewery, the beers in your flight, and their plans for the bright future ahead of them.

Hanging out with the guys and gals of Band of Brothers is always a good time, so make sure you mark those calendars now for January 21st.  We hope to see you all at the pub then to give this fantastic brewery a proper Birmingham welcome!

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New Belgium Citradelic Pint Night, January 12 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 23:37:21 +0000 NB_citradelic_12oz_can_fJoin us on Tuesday, January 12th when we celebrate the release of Citradelic Tangerine IPA from New Belgium Brewing at a special Pint Night Event!

New Belgium is ringing in the New Year with the release of new year-round brew Citradelic Tangerine IPA, and we are happy to be able to bring you a first taste of their latest IPA offering with this Pint Night.  Obviously Citradelic allows the notes of Citra hops and tangerine to shine, but the brewery also threw in some Azacca, Galaxy and Mandarina Bavaria hop action as well.  For the full rundown on this IPA bursting with juicy fruit goodness, here’s the description from the brewery:

Citradelic Tangerine IPA offers a mystical marriage of Citra hops and tangerine, with every sip elevating you onto a new plane of pure tropical, fruity pleasure. Tangerine-touched Mandarina Bavaria, tropical Azacca, and fruity Galaxy hops complement Citra, balanced with a touch of malty sweetness.  6% ABV  50 IBUs

Kelly from Supreme Beverage (possibly some New Belgium reps as well) will be here to hook up everyone who orders a pint of Citradelic with a sweet piece of branded glassware (while supplies last).

Hopheads, mark those calendars because this is a winter event for you.  We hope to see you all on Tuesday so that we can experience this latest offering from New Belgium for the first time together!  Bring on the good times and bring on the Citradelic Tangerine IPA!

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Vertical, January 13 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 19:06:19 +0000 bigfoot02-nodateJoin us on Wednesday, January 13th when we welcome Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to the pub for an incredibly special event featuring a vertical of their highly regarded Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale!

In the world of American-made Barleywines, it certainly does not get much better than Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale from Sierra Nevada. Whether fresh or aged for over a decade, this beer never fails to impress craft beer fans all over the country once it hits their glasses.  If you happen to be unfamiliar with Bigfoot and its storied history, here is the full brewery description of this brew:

“Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. Each new release or “expedition” is vintage dated. Collect your own and see the flavors develop and progress.”

Being huge fans of aging beers and the process behind it, we could not be more excited to host this very special event featuring the following vertical of Bigfoot:

  • 2009 Vintage Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
  • 2010 Vintage Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
  • 2011 Vintage Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
  • 2012 Vintage Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

This epic vertical will start pouring at opening on Wednesday, and representatives from both Sierra Nevada and the distributor will be here around 5 pm to discuss and walk you through this journey of aged ale. There will also be random schwag giveaways throughout the night featuring glassware, tshirts and various other items!

This is truly an event that you cannot afford to miss, so get your friends together and join us at the pub on Wednesday to experience an evening of mythic proportions with Bigfoot and the folks of Sierra Nevada!

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New Year’s Eve at the Pub, December 31 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:44:40 +0000 NYEJoin us on Thursday, December 31st to partake in a New Year’s Eve celebration full of drink specials, delicious food, and only the finest craft beer selection in Birmingham!

We at The J. Clyde certainly enjoy a good party and the festivities that come along with New Year’s Eve are absolutely no exception.  We are running some of the best specials in the city to ensure that you and your friends can celebrate the holiday in style and without a care.  Check them out:

  • 1/2 priced bottles of champagne
  • 1/2 priced cocktail specials
  • Since the University of Alabama will be playing, we will also have 1/2 priced Alabama-brewed beers during the game
  • Complimentary champagne or bier-tail toast at midnight
  • 2014 El Gordo from Good People Brewing on tap
  • Live musical entertainment provided by Roosevelt Franklyn

If you are looking to secure yourself a table for the evening, we are accepting reservations now.  You can arrange your reservation by calling 205.939.1312, emailing us at, or by simply letting your server or bartender know the next time you are at the pub.  Seating is limited, so be sure to make your plans as soon as possible.  We hope to see you all on December 31st for what is sure to be an unforgettable night to kick off your 2016!



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Rescheduled – Monday Night Brewing Tap Event, December 28 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:25:03 +0000 mnlogoblank

We have officially rescheduled this event for Monday, December 28th from 5 pm to 7pm.  Thank you for your patience and understanding!


Join us on Monday, December 28 when our good friends at Monday Night Brewing of Atlanta, Georgia visit the pub for a special Tap Event!

There are certainly more details to come, but go ahead and prepare your taste buds for some mighty fine libations that prove “Weekends are Overrated”!

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Menu Changes at the Pub Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:45:28 +0000 crestHey all!  We just wanted to update you on a few menu changes that we have recently made.  There is no need to beat around the bush, so here is what we have for you:

  • First, the not so great news.  If you haven’t already noticed, we have discontinued brunch service at the pub.  Although we had a wonderful response from our friends and patrons that joined us for brunch during our trial run, the numbers just were not there to keep it going.  There are so many amazing brunch options in Five Points these days that we feel it is best to leave brunch in the hands of our friends at those neighboring restaurants (seriously, give them a visit and get your brunch on in Five Points).  That said, we still plan to have special events in the future that are brunch themed.  Keep an eye out here and on our social media accounts for that info in the future. If you purchased a Brunch SuperDeal voucher, we will honor it at any time now that we have discontinued brunch service. We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please let us make it up to you with dinner service! 
  • Now, the better news.  We have put in place a new Pub Menu.  In doing so, we have also decided to discontinue the previously separate Seasonal Menu.  That may not sound like good news, but hear us out.  Our goal is to get back to our roots and step things up by providing the city of Birmingham with the finest burgers, fish & chips, and other pub grub in the city.  Nothing but the finest quality meats, vegetables and other seasonal ingredients will be used in all of our dishes from here on out.  Basically, what we are saying here is that our pub menu is our seasonal menu and vice-versa.  We are still going to have random dinner specials on a regular basis when the inspiration and amazing ingredients present themselves, and the pub menu will see changes from time to time to shuffle in new items in order to keep things fresh and interesting.  Everything coming out of our kitchen is going to be top notch, delicious and exactly what you are looking for when you visit The J. Clyde.  That is our goal and promise to you.

We truly believe this is the correct path to take at this time.  We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible pub experience, and our kitchen is going to blow you away with what they have planned moving forward.  Give the menu a look, join us for dinner, and please don’t hesitate to tell us what you think.  We love all of our friends and patrons, and your input means the world to us.  We hope to see you all soon because we have some delicious eats waiting for you!




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