The J. Clyde Hot Rock Tavern and Alehouse Fri, 20 May 2016 06:46:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 9th Anniversary Day 2: Sour Saturday with Cascade Brewing Launch Party Tue, 05 Apr 2016 18:20:33 +0000
cascade-barrel-houseOur 9th Anniversary throwdown continues on Saturday, April 9th when we will host a Cascade Brewing Launch Party for a special Sour Saturday event! (Please note that an official start time for this event has not yet been set)
To continue our 9th Anniversary journey through our past, present and future, we will spend Saturday evening celebrating the future of The J. Clyde and the soon to be opened 5 Pts. Brewing! We are happy to announce that we recently purchased the property that both The J. Clyde and 5 Pts. Brewing will reside, and this is a huge step for our continued growth as a business and craft beer institution in Birmingham. As many of you may know, we plan to focus on European-style brews at 5 Pts. Brewing such as the Devil’s Elixir Dunkelweizen that we already currently offer on draught at the Clyde. What you may not be aware of is that we also intend to have an extensive wood-aged and sour program at the brewpub as well. Now that Cascade Brewing has announced that they are entering the Alabama market this month, we could not think of a better way to introduce you to the level of wood-aged and sour ales we intend to one day create than by hosting a launch event for a brewery that produces some of the best offerings of these styles in the country!
Cascade Brewing is a true artisanal brewery that doesn’t feel “bound by stylistic guidelines, just [their] own imagination and the ingredients [they] can access.” They have become a true pioneer of the Pacific Northwest-style Sour Beer movement, and they have done so with a blending house boasting “more than 1,400 French oak, Kentucky Bourbon and Northwest wine barrels” and nine foudres. These vessels are filled with “wheats, blonds, quads, reds, browns and porters that are aged and blended into magical elixirs.” All of these offerings result in deliciously tart brews that are balanced by residual sugars, fruit, spices, and the wood used in the aging process. Their meticulous attention to detail and care for these offerings has led to the brewery earning several medals at the Great American Beer Festival and incredibly consistent high marks on online beer rating sites. This impressive resume is exactly why we are stoked to host a launch event for this amazing brewery during our 9th Anniversary celebration!
To properly introduce you to the fantastic array of offerings from Cascade Brewing, we will be featuring the following brews at this incredibly special event:
  • Blueberry Sour Ale (draught & bottle)
  • Cranberry Sour Ale (draught & bottle)
  • Figaro Sour Blond Ale with Figs (bottle)
  • Noyaux Sour Blond Ale with Raspberries and Apricot Noyaux (bottle)
These are truly world class level Sour Ales from a true world class US brewer. We currently have exclusive access to these offerings, so this is an event that cannot be missed if you want to be one of the first craft beer lovers in Birmingham to sample these brews. Be here on Saturday to help us welcome Cascade Brewing to Birmingham and keep our Anniversary Celebration rolling in amazing fashion! See you all then!
Fu Manbrew Gose Launch with Monday Night, April 4 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:36:26 +0000 FumanbrewEventJoin us on Monday, April 4th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. when we celebrate the launch of Fu Manbrew Gose with Monday Night Brewing!

Fu Manbrew Gose is the newest beer to join Monday Night Brewing’s Clip-on Series, a line of limited release offerings that are variations on their year-round brews. This beer is their take on the German Gose style and the end result is a 5.2% ABV thirst quencher that has “a pleasant lemon note that balances the sea salt nicely.” These added notes and the style’s refreshing tartness meld wonderfully with the original Fu Manbrew’s “crisp taste, aroma of lemongrass, and pristine mustache.” This is absolutely an offering worth celebrating, and we are stoked that Monday Night has chosen the Clyde to host this launch event!

To properly mark this occasion, we wanted to do something extra special for attendees. We worked closely with the folks at Monday Night Brewing and created a very special cask ale that is exclusive to this event. The featured cask will be Fu Manbrew Belgian-style Wit with added kiwi, pomegranate, lemongrass and ginger! In addition to this delicious cask, we will also be featuring the following three Monday Night beers during the event:

  • Fu Manbrew Gose (of course)
  • Fu Manbrew Belgian-style Wit
  • Nerd Alert Pseudo Pilsner

Let’s see here: an exclusive cask, three more amazing beers, the best of company, and unlimited good times? Yup . . . this event has it all so you might as well just mark your calendars now! See you all on MONDAY NIGHT!

9th Anniversary Day 1: An Evening with Hal Doss of New Belgium, April 8 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:37:40 +0000 1 foudre for blogWe are incredibly proud to announce that on Friday, April 8th we will kickoff our 9th Anniversary Celebration by having the honor of hosting a very special event with New Belgium Brewing Company and Hal Doss, one of New Belgium’s celebrated Wood Cellar Brewers! (Please note: official time for this event has not yet been set)

Another amazing year is in the books and our 9th Anniversary is fast approaching on Wednesday, April 13th.  To properly celebrate, we plan on hosting a wide array of fantastic events that will represent aspects of our past, present and/or future.  As a means of marking our present, we are going to start this series of events with one of our favorite breweries currently that we could not have been more excited to hear was entering the Alabama market over the last couple of years.  As many of you know, we at The J. Clyde have a steadfast love for Belgian-style brews, and very few breweries in the US are producing Belgian-style Ales with American flair of the consistent quality that New Belgium Brewing Company has been known for since they opened in 1991.  For this reason, we are incredibly proud to begin our Anniversary by hosting an event of this caliber with such a brewery.

For those of you who may not be familiar, Hal Doss is a brewer within New Belgium Brewing Company’s Wood Cellar program, the brewery’s division responsible for sour and other wood-aged offerings. We are talking about a guy who plays a hand in producing some of the most complex, interesting and exciting beers being produced at New Belgium today, and he’ll be hanging out at our little pub on April 8th!

To provide you with a top tier, New Belgium experience, Hal Doss will be bringing along the following amazing offerings to feature at this event:

In addition to these amazing beers, brewery and distribution representatives will also have special New Belgium 25th Anniversary snifters, t-shirts and other schwag to giveaway throughout the event!

This is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience considering Hal Doss will be available throughout the event to discuss with you New Belgium’s sour beer program and all the happenings at the brewery. This is a wealth of knowledge any sour beer lover would kill for, so go ahead and clear your calendar for Friday, April 8th! You are not going to want to miss this!

Official J Clyde NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge Mon, 14 Mar 2016 19:55:00 +0000
BracketJclydeboxMarch Madness is almost upon us and we are holding an official J. Clyde Bracket Challenge to hook up our patrons with the chance at some fantastic prizes!
We here at the Clyde love us some college basketball almost as much as we love great craft beer, so we figured we would combine the two with a fun and exciting Bracket Challenge to get all of our friends in on the action as well! All you have to do is go to the ESPN Tournament Challenge webpage, join the group “J Clyde 2016”, and fill out your own bracket before the tournament begins on March 17th (you can also click the image or use the following link for direct access: The best brackets at the end of the tournament will receive the following prizes:
  • 1st Place: $100 J Clyde Gift Certificate
  • 2nd Place: $50 J Clyde Gift Certificate
  • 3rd Place: $25 J Clyde Gift Certificate
It is totally free to enter and you certainly do not need to know anything about college basketball to fill out a bracket. Take your best guesses at the winning teams and come join us for a perfectly poured craft beer during the Big Dance to see how your picks play out! This challenge is going to be nothing but good times, so here’s to the Madness ahead of us! Cheers!
Flight Night Throwdown Part 2: Straight to Ale, March 11 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:03:50 +0000 STAGlassThe Flight Night Throwdown continues on Friday, March 11th as we welcome back the reigning champs, Huntsville’s Straight To Ale!

That’s right, Straight to Ale will return to the pub to defend their title by attempting to destroy their previous flight total and house record of 84 flights sold in one night! Good People Brewing Company challenged this record back on February 26th with quite the taplist, but Straight to Ale is bringing the pain with their own insane lineup of the following brews:

  • 6 Alberts Session IPA
  • Barrel-aged 5th Anniversary Belgian Quad
  • Brother Joseph’s Dubbel
  • Cognac-aged Brother Joseph’s Dubbel
  • Monkeynaut IPA
  • 2014 vintage Unobtanium

We will be running special flight prices throughout the event, and Straight to Ale reps will be in the house to talk about the brewery and hook folks up with some schwag.

If you are a Straight to Ale fan, you need to be here on March 11th to support your favorite brewery and get your hands on one of these ridiculously tasty flights! This is shaping up to be a throwdown to remember, so don’t miss out! See you all on Friday!

The J. Clyde Named’s Great American Beer Bar in Alabama Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:57:58 +0000 GABB_logoThe J. Clyde Named’s Great American Beer Bar in Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama • March 3, 2016— The J. Clyde has been recognized as the best beer bar in Alabama in the annual Great American Beer Bars competition conducted by —the Brewers Association website for beer lovers.

With more than 4,100 small and independent craft brewers operating in the country, there are more options than ever to enjoy great beer. To help beer lovers navigate their way to the best places they can take advantage of this phenomenon, readers were recently polled to determine the best beer bar in all 50 states and Washington D.C.

“To be nominated by our wonderful customers and then confirmed by the organization that represents the amazing craft brewers as Alabama’s best beer bar affirms our mission at The J. Clyde to develop community and give back to our fellow residents. We opened our doors in 2007 to change the beer culture in a state that sadly had none. It’s a great honor for us to be recognized as we continue to lead the charge on building an Alabama craft beer community. We strive not to be the best beer bar in Alabama, but the best beer bar period!” said Jerry Hartley, Founder & Owner of The J. Clyde.

“ readers know craft beer and 9,000 of them took the time to cast their vote rewarding their favorite beer bar in each state,” said Julia Herz, publisher of “Cheers to each of the winners and the ever-increasing diversity of our local beer movement here in the U.S.”

When The J. Clyde was established in 2007 by Jerry Hartley and his family, craft beer was nearly nonexistent in the state of Alabama. Thanks to dedicated owners, an amazing staff and an abundance of passionate patrons, the pub has acted as a major catalyst for the craft beer experience that continues to grow and evolve in Birmingham. With a firm focus on quality, community and supporting the wealth of amazing brewers currently operating in Alabama, The J. Clyde looks to continue to build upon their success to have the pub and their state’s craft beer culture recognized as the best in the country.

Methodology: readers were asked to nominate their favorite craft beer bar in their state and fill out a short survey about what makes it so great including atmosphere, staff, beer selection and special events. Craft beer fans cast over 9,000 votes in total from August to December 2015.

For more information on The J. Clyde, please visit To view a sortable full list and each bar’s profile including photos and stats, please visit Join the conversation using #GABB.
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About The J. Clyde

The J. Clyde is a craft beer bar and restaurant located in the historic Five Points South area of Birmingham, Alabama. Established by the Hartley family, The J. Clyde first opened its doors in 2007 to provide the Magic City with a true European pub atmosphere and first-class craft beer experience. The pub proudly provides visiting beer lovers with a constantly rotating selection of over 60 taps, three beer engines serving hand-pulled casks, hundreds of bottled and canned offerings, and an extensive cellaring program of house-aged bottles and kegs. Thanks to a relentless dedication to beer education, a proper pour and fine food, the pub has been recognized with countless awards and honors both locally and nationally over the years. To learn more about The J. Clyde, please visit

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!

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!



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!

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!