The J. Clyde Hot Rock Tavern and Alehouse Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:03:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The J. Clyde named one of 33 Best Beer Bars in America Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:06:07 +0000  


The entire J. Clyde crew is incredibly proud to announce that Thrillist has named us in their 2015 list of the 33 Best Beer Bars in America!  We are extremely honored to make this list, and we know that it would not have been possible without our friends, patrons, and fans spreading the word about our little pub.  We strive each day to provide you all with the best craft beer and food experience possible, and our dedication to this goal is only strengthened by making lists such as this one.  We would like to extend the biggest of thank-yous to you, our hard-working crew, and Thrillist for making us one of the 33 Best Beer Bars in America.  We hope that you all can make it down to the pub in the very near future to raise a glass with us to celebrate this wonderful distinction!

Make sure you click the image above to check out the other 32 beer bars to make this list.  These are some truly amazing bars, and we are so stoked to be mentioned in the same article with them.

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USA Pour Tour comes to the Clyde, April 4 Sun, 22 Mar 2015 21:38:46 +0000 pourtourflyerJoin us on Saturday, April 4th when we welcome Todd Ruggere to the pub in support of his USA Pour Tour and his effort to raise money for cancer research!

The Pour Tour started for Todd Ruggere in 2013 when he visited all 351 towns in Massachusetts to have a beer and raise funds and awareness for cancer research.  After raising approximately $40,000 that year, he expanded his tour to Connecticut’s 149 towns in 2014 and raised another $50,000.  Inspired by the willingness of so many to embrace and support his mission, Todd has his sights set on some serious mileage this year as he plans to travel to every state in the USA to raise some money and a few beers with the locals.  The USA Pour Tour will hit Alabama at the start of April, and we are honored that Todd has chosen The J. Clyde as an official stop in our great state!

We are cooking up some fantastic ideas to make this April 4th event a memorable one with Todd Ruggere and his USA Pour Tour, so make sure to check back here and on our Facebook page for more details as that date nears.  We hope that you all can make it out to support this amazing cause and hang out for a few beers in the process!  See you all then!

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Starr Hill Brewery Launch Party, April 7 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:51:26 +0000 Starr-Hill-Alabama-PR_4x6_thumbJoin us on Tuesday, April 7th when we welcome Starr Hill Brewery to the pub and to the state for their Alabama Launch Party!

Master Brewer Mark Thompson opened Starr Hill Brewery in Charlottesville, Virginia in September of 1999.  Named after the local neighborhood and located in a building that once housed Virginia’s first craft brewing operation, Starr Hill Brewery quickly caught on with locals, craft beer lovers, and musicians/music lovers who were visiting the legendary Starr Hill Music Hall located in the same, shared building.  The brewery continued to grow over time, and Thompson eventually moved from the small brewery operation on Main Street to a larger brewing facility outside of town.  In addition to the acclaim that the brewery earned on a local level, this growth was made possible by the fact that Starr Hill has earned national respect with their beers accumulating many prestigious awards over the last 16 years. Starr Hill offerings are currently available throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, and now they are adding the great state of Alabama to that distribution footprint!

Due to the ties our very own Jerry Hartley has to Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, we couldn’t possibly be more excited to host Starr Hill Brewery for their Alabama launch.  To make sure you get a proper introduction to this fantastic brewery, we will be tapping the following offerings for the event:

  • Grateful Pale Ale – Grateful creates a fresh spin on the American Pale Ale tradition. A strong citrusy, resinous aroma from the hops leads into a light body with subtle malt flavor. Grateful is a sessionable brew at 4.7% abv.
  • King of Hop Imperial IPA (special release) – King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of American hops from the Pacific Northwest. This medium-bodied beer is dry-hopped to achieve an invigoratingly fresh aroma, which highlights the powerful citrus characteristics of the hops. Flavor notes of orange peel, passion fruit, grapefruit, and gooseberry lend balance to the bracingly herbal bite.
  • The Love Hefeweizen – The Love is an unfiltered wheat beer, also known as a hefeweizen. It is distinguished by its extremely light body and fruity aroma, finished with spicy notes.
  • Northern Lights IPA – A classic American-style India Pale Ale, Northern Lights weighs in at 52 IBUs and 6.5% ABV. Characterized by its full-flavored bitterness and poignant citrus-floral aroma, a perfect blend of barley and hops makes this a very balanced IPA. For the craft beer connoisseur, Northern Lights is a deliciously crafted piece of the heavens.

While you are enjoying these amazing beers, you will be able to meet & greet with the following members of the Starr Hill team: Brian McNelis, President & CEO; Robbie O’Cain, Brewmaster; Duke Fox, VP of Sales; Kayla Brereton, GA Sales Manager; and Willie D, AL & TN Market Manager.  There will also be all sorts of brewery schwag available during the event, so you might just go home with some sweet Starr Hill stuff just for hanging out!

This event will also mark Day 2 of our 8 Day Anniversary Celebration (more details coming soon!), so you know that we will be going all out for this Launch Party.  Mark those calendars now and we will see you all on April 7th to give Starr Hill Brewery a proper welcome to Alabama!

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Five Points South St. Patrick’s Celebration at the Pub Sun, 08 Mar 2015 22:13:43 +0000 5pointsStPatsSt. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching and we are teaming up once again with the Five Points South neighborhood to be a part of their massive, multi-day experience!

REV Birmingham and Five Points South are planning the best St. Patrick’s Day party in Birmingham again this year, and you know that The J. Clyde is going to join in on the fun with the rest of our participating neighbors.  The official plan calls for two days of celebration: Saturday, March 14 – 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the party continuing into the night; Tuesday, March 17 – lunch, dinner and drinks in Five Points on St. Pat’s.  Since we try our best to be overachievers around here, we have quite a bit in store for you on both official event days along with some great food and drink specials that begin on Friday, March 13th and carry through into the wee hours of St Patrick’s Day.  Check out the good times we have planned in the details below, and we cannot wait to see you all in Five Points for this amazing St. Patrick’s Celebration!

Our Official Adjusted Hours for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

  • Saturday, March 14 – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 15 – CLOSED
  • Monday, March 16 – 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 17 – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Beverage Specials available Friday, March 13th – Tuesday, March 17th

Food Specials available Saturday, March 14th – Tuesday March 17th

  • Reuben Sandwich
  • Venison Shepherd’s Pie
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Beef Stew
  • Vegetarian Cabbage Casserole

Day 1: Parade, Eat, Drink & Party! – Saturday, March 14

  • The 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by REV Birmingham and Five Points South and led by the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Bagpipers Tour– The ” Alabama Pipes & Drums” visits The J. Clyde from 2:45 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • Live music at the pub featuring Hooley and the Ian Sturrock Memorial Bagpipers
  • Featuring food and drink specials listed above

Day 2: St. Pat’s with Lunch, Dinner & Drinks in 5 Points – Tuesday, March 17

  • We open early at 11 a.m. so that you can get your lunchtime St. Patrick’s Day fix
  • The party continues all day and night to give you a true St. Pat’s experience
  • Featuring food and drink specials listed above
Sponsors – REV Birmingham, Five Points South Neighborhood Association, Birmingham Mountain Radio, Partner Tax & Accounting LLC, The J. Clyde, Mellow Mushroom, DAVE’S, Black Market Bar & Grill, The Red Zone Sports Bar and Grill, Cosmo’s Pizza, Fuego, World of Beer – Five Points, The Hotel Highland Downtown/UAB and Delta Blues.
Beverage Sponsors – Alabama Beverage, Good People Brewing Company, Avondale Brewing Company, Straight To Ale Brewing & Tullamore Dew.
Organizer – REV Birmingham 

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Heavy Seas Tap Event, March 5 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:39:48 +0000 HeavyseasJoin us on Thursday, March 5th at 6 p.m. for a special tap event featuring some delicious treats from Heavy Seas Beer!

Our good friends at Heavy Seas always seem to go all out when we plan an event together, but it appears that we are taking things to another level for our tap event on Thursday.  To help you get your weekend started a day early, they are sending us a stellar lineup of beers that simply do not turn up on the same tap wall every day.  Here’s the rundown on four of the confirmed offerings to give you an idea of what we are talking about:

  • 2011 Vintage Below Decks Barleywine (Cask!) - An English style barleywine ale that can be enjoyed now or kept “Below Decks” as it becomes more complex as it ages.  ABV – 10%
  • Deep Six – Rich, malty, and complex with a surprisingly dry finish, this robust English-style porter is never cloying and wonderfully drinkable. A dense tan head portends the chocolate, roasty, brownie batter flavor. Marris otter barley imported from the UK imparts a deep nuttiness accentuated by the unique english yeast strain. The cheeky yeast generates subtle pear, apple and strawberry esters that gently contribute to the depth of flavor. The complex balance comes from imported UK target and fuggle hops, contributing earthy, herbaceous, tea-like notes. The result is a hefty brew that walks the fine line between eminent drinkability and overwhelming flavor impact.  ABV – 6.8%
  • Plank III – In 2011, we began the PLANK project. Our goal was to influence the flavor profile of beer using woods that have rarely, if ever, been used in aging beer before.  Plank III is a Belgian Triple aged on Jamaican Allspice wood and the newest edition in our “Uncharted Waters” series!  ABV – 8.5%
  • Siren Noire – Our Siren Noire isn’t your father’s chocolate stout. We’ve used almost 3 pounds of Belgian coco nibs per barrel. We’ve aged it for five weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans added. A mix of dark malts gives Siren Noire a well-rounded body that is decidedly chocolatey—but without being extraordinarily sweet. Brewers Gold hops contribute an earthy spiciness, with notes of black current.  ABV – 9.5%

For your convenience and drinking pleasure, we will be serving up flights of the four beers above for just $10!  While you are enjoying these tasty brews, the guys from AlaBev will be here to talk with you about the brewery and the beer in your glass.  If you haven’t had the pleasure, believe us when we say that nothing but good times can come from raising a glass or two with these guys.

We have a hell of a night planned with some awesome Heavy Seas beers, so make sure to get your friends together and swing by the pub on Thursday!  We cannot wait to see you all then!

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The Big 500 Matt & Scot Special, February 19 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 21:33:41 +0000 Big500Join us on Thursday, February 19th when we welcome Matt and Scot of JOX 94.5 FM to the pub to celebrate and enjoy their 5ooth show!

About two years ago, a couple guys from Texas ventured to SEC country to try their luck in the Birmingham sports radio game.  As if that statement needs clarification, this certainly was not an easy road for Matt & Scot.  Thanks to a different style of humor and an outsider’s perspective, it took a little while for our area’s passionate sports fans to embrace this new approach.  The Matt & Scot show was shuffled through a few time slot changes until it finally found its place following up the Paul Finebaum Show.  This time slot was expected to be the death blow for the show, but Matt & Scot finally began to build an audience and a rhythm as the first sports show in Birmingham to air after 6 p.m.  With the establishment of this newfound appreciation, Matt & Scot have done all they can to continue to grow their relationship with this fine city.  Whether through programs such as Eat, Drink & Be Local or by staying on air during the Winter Storm of 2014, they have gone above and beyond to reciprocate this appreciation by becoming a true part of the community.  These improbable underdogs have now persevered to reach their 500th show and, like any good underdog, they want to share this win with their city.

To celebrate this huge milestone for Matt and Scot, we are moving our upcoming installment of Eat, Drink & Be Local to Thursday, February 19th so that we can host the live broadcast of their 500th show.  While you hang out and enjoy the show, we will be serving up a special, one-night only brew from Back Forty Beer Co. The featured offering will be P-1 (a.k.a. Preset 1), an amped up, Double IPA take on their Freckle Belly IPA.  P-1 weighs in at 8.5% ABV and is dry hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Centennial and Chinook hops.  If you happen to be a lover of hops, you better believe that you want this limited brew!

To display our commitment to the community, 50% of our happy hour appetizer sales from Thursday, February 5th to  Thursday, February 19th will be donated to Make-A-Wish of Alabama.  While you enjoy those tasty apps each day, you can keep it local by enjoying our normal happy hour special of half-off Birmingham brewed draught beers.  This is truly going to be a great event that shares local success with an amazing cause!

We hope that you all can make it out on February 19th and help us pack the pub to celebrate this moment with Matt & Scot, drink some great beer, and raise a lot of money for Make-A-Wish of Alabama!  We’ll see you all then!

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UVa vs. UNC Viewing Party with UVaClub of Bham, February 2 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:24:14 +0000 VirginiaJoin us on Monday, February 2nd at 6 p.m. when we welcome the UVaClub of Birmingham to the pub to watch the University of Virginia Cavaliers take on the University of North Carolina Tarheels!

You may or may not be aware of this, but our very own Jerry Hartley is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a big fan of all things Cavaliers (a.k.a. the ‘Hoos).  Feeling a little nostalgic for those college days, Jerry has invited the UVaClub of Birmingham down to the pub to watch UVa take on their rival UNC Tarheels in a little game of basketball.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this group, the UvaClub of Birmingham is “a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to building and improving ties among area alumni and providing a life-long bond to the University through social, service, sports, cultural and networking opportunities.”  All of this basically means that we will have a fun and friendly atmosphere that is packed with passionate fans for the game.

UVa fan or not, everyone is welcome to join us for this event.  In addition to the game, we’ll be pouring some special brews for the occasion and our kitchen might just get involved with a themed dish.  One thing is for sure and that is The J. Clyde will be THE place in Birmingham to watch this game!

Whether you are a fan of the University of Virginia, University of North Carolina or just a college basketball fan looking for a place to watch this match-up, we hope to see you all at the pub on Monday for what is sure to be a fantastic game!  Go ‘Hoos!

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Straight to Ale Vintage Tap Event, January 16 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:27:04 +0000 STAtapeventJoin us on Friday, January 16th at 6 p.m. when we host a rare Tap Event featuring vintage ales from our friends at Straight to Ale!

If there is one thing that we have learned over the years, it is that the good folks at Straight to Ale brew big, bold beers incredibly well.  Although these beers are delightful when fresh, a little bit of age makes them even more tasty and dynamic.  To prove this point, Straight to Ale’s Dan and Steven Perry are coming down to hang out at the pub and they are bringing the following four cellared offerings with them:

  • 2013 Bourbon Barrel-aged Laika Russian Imperial Stout
  • 2013 Hellfire Belgian-style Quadrupel
  • 2013 Unobtanium Barrel-aged Old Ale
  • 2013 Vern’s Wheat Wine Ale

These beers will be available by the glass or by sampler flight.  Anyone who orders a flight of the beers above during the event will receive a free piece of Straight to Ale branded glassware (while supplies last)!

This is going to be a fun and delicious opportunity to explore the world of aged ales, so go ahead and mark those calendars for January 16th.  We’ll have your flight waiting on you!

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Annual Burns Nicht Dinner, January 25 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:16:38 +0000 Scottish Poet Robert Burns.No churchman am I for to rail and to write,
No Statesman nor Soldier to plot or to fight,
No sly Man of business contriving a snare,
For a big-belly’d bottle’s the whole of my care.

From No Churchman am I by Robert Burns

Join us on Sunday, January 25th at 5 p.m. when we host our annual Burns Nicht Dinner to celebrate the life and work of famed poet Robert Burns with Scottish fare and fine drink!

Robert Burns is probably best known for writing the popular New Year’s anthem Auld Lang Syne, but his acclaim 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. In his work, Burns wrote of and celebrated all things love, friendship, work and drink. His literary voice 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 honor this most worthy of men, we have planned an extravagant evening full of Scottish-inspired cuisine, the finest of drink, and great entertainment.  The backbone of this event will be an amazing four course meal featuring Scottish fare prepared by our very own Chef Charles Nichols.  Each course will be paired with either Scotch whisky or stellar craft beer offerings to properly complement and accentuate each bite (menu available below).  As an added bonus, this event will also feature poetry readings to set the mood and familiarize you with the work of Robert Burns.  We will even have Ryan Morrison, the Birmingham Bagpiper, in attendance to provide some musical entertainment.  This is guaranteed to be a truly immersive Scottish experience.

Tickets for this event are currently available for $75 each and that covers the provided food, drink and entertainment.  You can purchase your tickets online by clicking here.

This is an event that we look forward to each and every year, and we could not be more excited to share this experience with you.  Get your tickets today and we will see you on January 25th to celebrate one of the world’s greatest poets at this amazing dinner!  Slainte!

Burns Nicht Dinner Menu

Sunday, January 25 at 5 p.m.


First Course

Smoked Salmon Canapes

In house smoked wild Atlantic salmon, toasted brioche, crème fraîche, fresh chive

Pairing: Ardbeg Ten Years Old Scotch Whisky


Second Course

Petite Haggis

Roasted sheep organs, steel cut oats, fresh herbs, steamed purple cabbage, grainy mustard sauce

Pairing: Monday Night Brewing Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale & Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt


Third Course

Braised Venison over Bacon Neeps and Tatties Pie

Stout glazed farm raised venison, bacon turnip and potato pie, roasted shallot and horseradish cream

Pairing: Straight to Ale Bourbon Barrel-aged Laika Russian Imperial Stout


Fourth Course

Orange and Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

Whipped Belgian chocolate, fresh orange peel, Grand Marnier, Drambuie 

Pairing: Against the Grain Rosco & Enos Smoked Porter on Randall with Orange Peel

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Back Forty Beer Co. Release Event, December 18 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:46:23 +0000 backforybeerJoin us on Thursday, December 18th at 6 p.m. when we welcome Back Forty Beer Co. to the pub for a Special Tap Release Event!

If you didn’t know, our good friends at Back Forty Beer Co. turned five years old earlier this year.  To mark this milestone, they brewed up a very special beer and then stowed it away for a little aging in wine barrels.  This finely crafted ale is now ready, and we think that a belated birthday celebration is in order with the tapping of their 5th Anniversary Ale and also the limited Cuban Coffee Stout! The descriptions for these beers are as follows:

  • 5th Anniversary Ale – Barrel-aged Strong Ale with juniper, peppercorn, rosemary and wildflower honey
  • Cuban Coffee Stout – A delicious American Stout brewed with Cuban coffee

To thank you for your support over the years, the folks at Back Forty will be providing free pint glasses for anyone who orders one of the beers above during the event (while supplies last)!

If good times and incredibly tasty, limited release beer offerings are your thing, you are definitely not going to want to miss this one.  Go ahead and call your friends, make those plans, and we will see you all at the pub on Thursday to raise a glass with Back Forty Beer Co.!



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