The J. Clyde Hot Rock Tavern and Alehouse Wed, 27 May 2015 01:57:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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 (more details to come).  What we can tell you at this time is that each person who makes a donation will have a chance at landing some seriously awesome craft beer-related stuff!

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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4/20 at the Pub with Stone Brewing Co. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:50:43 +0000 31415_EnjBy_22oz_Join us at the pub on Monday, April 20th at 4:20 p.m. to celebrate 4/20 with Stone Brewing Co. and their Enjoy By 04.20.15 IPA!

Stone Brewing Co. certainly struck gold when they took their commitment to fresh IPAs to a whole different level with their Enjoy By IPA program.  By making the enjoy by date a part of the beer’s name, they have earned the respect of hop lovers nationwide because there is absolutely no confusion as to whether or not you are savoring this IPA at its prime.  For more information, here is the description of this approach from the brewery’s website:

You have in your hands a devastatingly dank double IPA. Freshness is a key component of many beers – especially big, hoppy IPAs – but we’ve taken it further, a lot further, with this one. We brewed this IPA specifically NOT to last. We’ve gone to extensive lengths to ensure you get your hands on this beer within an extraordinarily short window, and we’ve sent a very clear message in the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right NOW to enjoy this IPA!

This unique approach also has other added benefits like being able to recognize holidays and dates that are important to your consumer.  When you consider that and the fact that they lovingly describe this beer as “Devastatingly Dank”, it only seemed natural for Enjoy By 04.20.xx to turn up as a yearly installment.  This release is definitely one of the most popular each year, and we are incredibly stoked to have Stone Brewing Co. at the pub on Monday to celebrate 4/20 and Enjoy By 04.20.15!

In addition to pouring the dangerously delicious Enjoy By 04.20.15 throughout the event, we will also have the following Stone Brewing schwag bundles available for you to purchase at discount rates (while supplies last):

  • $30 – (1) Devastatingly Dank Shirt, (1) Devastatingly Dank Glass, (1) Pour of Enjoy by 04.20.15
  • $20 – (1) Devastatingly Dank Glass, (1) Pour of Enjoy by 04.20.15

If you consider yourself to be a hophead at all, your 4/20 plans need to include The J. Clyde and a dank pour of Enjoy By 04.20.15!  We hope to see you all on Monday for what is sure to be an awesome time with Stone Brewing!


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Anniversary Day 8 – April 13: Founders KBS Vertical Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:20:18 +0000 KBS_on_barrel-749x1000We are wrapping up our 8 Days for 8 Years Anniversary Celebration on the highest of notes by pouring up a four year vertical of KBS – Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company on Monday, April 13 at 2:13 p.m.!

April 13 is a date that we hold quite dear here at The J. Clyde.  Not only was it our official Grand Opening date eight years ago, but it more importantly marks the birthday of our namesake Jason Clyde.  Only the best will do for such an important date, so we are making Monday a day to truly remember by breaking out a four year vertical of the incredibly rare KBS from Founders Brewing! Yes, you read that correctly.  2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages of KBS will all be available here in a limited, one-time-only flight!  If you are somehow unfamiliar with this highly sought-after, barrel-aged offering, here’s the full description from the brewery’s website:

What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight.  ABV – 11.2%  IBUs – 70

As an added bonus, we will also be featuring some local flavor by putting Fairhope Brewing Company’s Merry Widows Russian Imperial Stout through a Randall of Yellow Birch Wood!  The Yellow Birch should add notes of toffee, butterscotch, and a light amount of tropical fruits to this already delicious brew.  When all is said and done, this should make for an awesome offering to enjoy alongside your KBS vertical!

Fair Warning: the flights of KBS will start to pour at 2:13 p.m. SHARP on Monday.  We only have a case of each vintage, so get here early to make sure that you do not miss out on this rare opportunity!  Monday cannot get here soon enough, and we cannot wait to raise a glass with you to Jason, The J. Clyde and our amazing craft beer culture here in Birmingham!  See you all then!

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Anniversary Day 6 – April 11: A Night of Flights with Founders Brewing Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:51:48 +0000 foundersglassWe might be on Day 6 of our 8 Days for 8 Years Anniversary Celebration, but there are no signs of us slowing down.  Join us on Saturday, April 11th when we tap four fantastic beers from Founders Brewing Company for a very special Flight Night event!

When we first opened our doors eight years ago, the craft beer selection around town was – in a word – modest.  This was a challenge we gladly accepted, and we poured whatever tasty brew we could to pique the interest of anyone remotely interested in a finely crafted beer.  In doing so, we found a great community of craft beer lovers and got behind a little organization called Free the Hops.  Before we knew it, the state’s beer laws started to change and amazing breweries began flooding into our great state at an almost overwhelming pace.  Our craft beer culture in Birmingham has come a long way in less than a decade, and the proof is easy to see by just looking at the vast array of handles on our tap wall.

To celebrate just how far we have come, Day 6 of our 8th Anniversary Celebration will showcase what many consider to be one of the best breweries in the country, Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  For this event, we are featuring the following four vintage, limited and/or rare Founders offerings in a flight for just $8:

  • 2013 Curmudgeon Old Ale – Think classic seafaring ports, local pubs and weathered old fishermen. This old ale is brewed with molasses and an insane focus on the malt bill, then oak-aged. The result is a strong, rich, malty delight that’s deceptively smooth and drinkable.  ABV – 9.8% 
  • 2013 Imperial Stout – Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body. Serve this guy at cellar temperature. Put another log on the fire, sit back and enjoy the friendship of this ultimate winter warmer.  ABV – 10.5%  
  • 2014 Rubaeus Pure Raspberry Ale – Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders.
  • 2015 Blushing Monk – Blushing Monk is brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries and with a Belgian yeast strain that keeps our head cellar operator from sleeping for a week. It pours a stunning deep berry red and, at 9.2% ABV, has a surprising kick. The perfect dessert beer, it can be enjoyed on its own or paired with fresh cheeses, fruit, cakes and more.

Eight years ago, the idea of simply tapping a beer from Founders Brewing Company seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream.  Now, we get to celebrate the awesome reality of devoting an entire day of our 8th Anniversary Celebration to such a nationally respected and beloved brewery.  We hope that you all can join us on Saturday for an incredible Founders flight and plenty of good times.  See you all then!

While you are here enjoying this amazing flight of beers, make sure you order our Saturday 8th Anniversary menu special: Oyster Po’ Boy. 

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Anniversary Day 5 – April 10: Straight to Ale Goes Vintage Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:59:46 +0000 staneonThe weekend is here and our 8 Days for 8 Years Anniversary Celebration somehow keeps getting exponentially more awesome as the days go by.  Day 5 on Friday, April 10th continues this trend as we tap multiple vintage brews from our good friends at Straight to Ale!

Our taps have seen some truly amazing high gravity brews since the Gourmet Beer Bill passed in 2009, but the folks at Straight to Ale have been consistently wowing us with their skill when it comes to crafting big beers.  This is no easy feat because high ABV brews require a deft hand and plenty of brewing expertise to achieve the balance needed to keep the beer from being too one dimensional, cloyingly sweet, boozy, etc.  Along the way, Straight to Ale has also been experimenting with many of these high gravity brews in a fantastic barrel-aging program that has been getting the attention of craft beer fans nationwide.  We have been quietly tucking away kegs of these barrel-aged beauties the last couple of years, and we could not think of a better reason to tap a few of them than our 8th Anniversary Celebration.  For Friday’s event, we will be featuring flights of the following four barrel-aged brews from Straight to Ale for the ridiculously low price of $8:

  • 2013 Bourbon Barrel-aged Double Oatmeal Stout (insanely hard to find)
  • 2014 Bourbon Barrel-aged Laika Russian Imperial Stout
  • 2014 Cabernet Barrel-aged Laika Russian Imperial Stout
  • 2014 Rum Barrel-aged International Space Saison

As an added bonus, everyone who orders the above flight during the event will receive a free piece of Straight to Ale glassware to take home (while supplies last)!

While you are here to sip on these beautifully aged beers, make sure to stick around to order Friday’s 8th Anniversary menu special: Oysters Rockefeller.  What could possibly go better with beers that are “Southern Born. Southern Brewed.” than a Southern culinary classic?

We’ve got the beers.  We’ve got the oysters.  All we need now for Day 5 of our 8th Anniversary Celebration is you.  Make it happen and we will see you all on Friday!

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