The J. Clyde Hot Rock Tavern and Alehouse 2015-04-17T23:39:26Z http://jclyde.com/feed/atom/ gilly <![CDATA[The J. Clyde Goes All In for Dining Out for Life, April 30]]> http://jclyde.com/?p=6367 2015-04-16T20:07:45Z 2015-04-16T20:07:45Z 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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gilly <![CDATA[4/20 at the Pub with Stone Brewing Co.]]> http://jclyde.com/?p=6352 2015-04-17T23:39:26Z 2015-04-15T17:50:43Z 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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gilly <![CDATA[Anniversary Day 8 – April 13: Founders KBS Vertical]]> http://jclyde.com/?p=6259 2015-04-14T18:01:04Z 2015-04-12T04:20:18Z 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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gilly <![CDATA[Anniversary Day 6 – April 11: A Night of Flights with Founders Brewing]]> http://jclyde.com/?p=6326 2015-04-13T00:52:19Z 2015-04-10T18:51:48Z 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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gilly <![CDATA[Anniversary Day 5 – April 10: Straight to Ale Goes Vintage]]> http://jclyde.com/?p=6307 2015-04-12T04:20:54Z 2015-04-09T06:59:46Z 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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gilly <![CDATA[Anniversary Day 4 – April 9: Bell’s Batch 9000 Tapping]]> http://jclyde.com/?p=6252 2015-04-10T18:52:12Z 2015-04-08T05:05:13Z Bellsbatch9000Our 8 Days for 8 Years Anniversary Celebration is in full swing, and now things are going to get quite serious for our Day 4 event.  Join us on Thursday, April 9th at 2:13 p.m. when we host a special tapping of the coveted Batch 9000 Ale from Bell’s Brewery!

Bell’s Brewery has been absent from The J. Clyde since 2013, but we are welcoming them back for one last, incredibly rare keg – Batch 9000 Ale that we have been aging in-house for FIVE LONG YEARS!  It is difficult to convey just how special this keg is, so we’ll just let the brewery’s description of Batch 9000 do the talkin':

Batch 9,000 Ale offers up aromas ranging from the sweet caramel & molasses of dark rum to fruits such as raisins and plums. Brewed with the idea of pushing boundaries in mind, Batch 9,000 Ale is a unique, one-time-only recipe. Well suited for vintage aging, this limited release will continue to develop in flavor & complexity over the years.  ABV – 12.5%

That last sentence is key because this beer is guaranteed to be absolutely exquisite after these last five years of careful aging.  Be warned that we are tapping this elusive beer at 2:13 p.m. SHARP, and you better believe that it is going to disappear quickly.  Your chances to try this beer, especially on draft, are running out.   You need to be here on Thursday.  Seriously.  Dip out of work a little early, grab a spot at the bar, and spend your Thursday afternoon savoring a pour of this beer.  Come get it while you can because this may be the last time you’ll find a Bell’s beer at The J. Clyde.  See you all on Thursday!

Thursday Food Special: Oysters Bienville

To track the status of this beer and find out when the keg floats, follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts on Thursday for updates

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gilly <![CDATA[Anniversary Day 3 – April 8: Bacon & Brews]]> http://jclyde.com/?p=6288 2015-04-09T07:02:05Z 2015-04-07T17:34:22Z baconbeerOur 8 Days for 8 Years Anniversary Celebration is moving right along, and Day 3 on Wednesday, April 8th will combine two of our favorite things here at the pub: Bacon & Brews!

It is common knowledge that there is an expectation for you to make a rich and indulgent dessert available for friends and family to enjoy during birthday celebrations.  It is also widely known that the porcine gift of bacon easily makes any situation better.  Well, the brilliant culinary mind of our Chef Charles Nichols has combined the two to create the following bacon-themed dessert for our Wednesday event:

Bacon Brownie Balls – Triple Chocolate Brownie Balls rolled in Chocolate Ganache and Crumbled Bacon

In order for this to be a proper celebration, another obvious requirement is to make sure that your glass is filled with something special.  Not just any beer would do to serve alongside our featured dessert, so we put together the following flight of rare, Alabama-brewed offerings to further stimulate your taste buds:

Rare brews and bacon brownie deliciousness . . . what more could you ask for?  Be here on Wednesday for Day 3 of our 8th Anniversary Celebration and we’ll keep this party set on a course for awesome!

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gilly <![CDATA[Anniversary Day 1 – April 6: Reinventing a Local Favorite]]> http://jclyde.com/?p=6267 2015-04-07T16:11:17Z 2015-04-06T00:24:07Z jclydestainedMonday, April 6th marks the first installment of our 8 Days for 8 Years Anniversary Celebration, and we invite you all to start the week with us by revisiting some of your favorite, local craft beers from a whole new perspective!

Our goal here at The J. Clyde has always been to bring Birmingham’s beer lovers a neighborhood pub that embraces both familiar tradition and modern craft beer culture.  This approach has taught us that complacency is never an option when change is inevitable, so we have consistently focused our efforts on keeping up with the demands of an always evolving craft beer environment.  Whether it was by expanding/moving/adding bars, educating our staff on the newest craft beer innovations, dedicating ourselves to a proper glassware program, or going from humble pub grub to an amazing seasonal menu with only the finest ingredients; we have embraced change throughout the last eight years to provide you all with the best craft beer experience possible.

One constant around here has been our dedication to our local breweries because we are firm believers that some of the best beers we tap at the pub are made right here in the great state of Alabama. To celebrate this fact and reintroduce you to their brilliance, we are taking the following Alabama-brewed beers and applying some of the tools/techniques we have acquired over the years to have a little fun with them at this event:

While you are enjoying these old favorites from a new perspective, you will also be able to enjoy the first of a week’s worth of 8th Anniversary food specials coming out of The J. Clyde kitchen.  Monday’s special will feature a beautiful dish of Fried Oysters, Grits, Scallions & Bacon.  Believe us when we tell you that you want this deliciousness in your life.

This event is going to be the perfect start to the amazing week that we have planned for you at our 8th Anniversary Celebration.  We hope that you all can join us at the pub on Monday to raise a glass with us to the memories of the past and the limitless future ahead of us.  See you all then!

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gilly <![CDATA[8 Days for 8 Years Anniversary Celebration, April 6 – 13]]> http://jclyde.com/?p=6208 2015-04-15T17:51:07Z 2015-04-02T01:04:46Z eightJoin us at the pub April 6th – 13th for our 8 Days for 8 Years Anniversary Celebration, a solid week filled with amazing events and exceptional craft beers!

It is crazy to think that eight years have gone by since we first opened our doors.  Our craft beer community in Birmingham has come so far in so short a time, and we are incredibly proud to be a part of a developing culture here in Alabama that wholeheartedly embraces craft beer on the local, national and international levels.  We know that none of this would have been possible without your undying curiosity of and dedication to the craft, and that’s why our 8th Anniversary Celebration is as much for you as it is for us.

Below you will find details for the 8 days of events that will feature only the best craft beer offerings pouring at the bar and some truly delicious, oyster-themed food specials (with a break for some bacon desserts on Wednesday!) coming out of our kitchen.  We created these cannot-miss events to have a little bit of something for everyone, so let’s get together April 6th – 13th to celebrate eight years of craft beer at the Clyde!  We’ll see you all then!

Monday, April 6th – Reinventing a Local Favorite

Whether it was by expanding, moving or adding bars, or going from humble pub grub to an amazing seasonal menu; The J. Clyde has embraced change throughout the last eight years to provide you all with the best craft beer experience possible.  One constant around here has been our dedication to our local breweries because we are firm believers that some of the best beers we tap at the pub are made right here in the great state of Alabama.  To celebrate this fact and reintroduce you to their brilliance, we are taking the following Alabama-brewed beers and having a little fun with them for this event:

Monday Food Special: Fried Oysters, Grits, Scallions & Bacon

Tuesday, April 7th – Starr Hill Brewery Launch Party

We have had the extreme pleasure of hosting countless launch parties over the years, and it is only fitting that we get the opportunity to introduce our patrons to another fantastic brewery during our Anniversary Celebration! Please help us welcome Starr Hill Brewery of Charlottesville, Virginia to Birmingham at this official Alabama Launch Party! This event will feature a Meet & Greet with the Starr Hill team, four great beers for you to try on draft, and schwag giveaways!  Click here for all the details!

Tuesday Food Special: Crawfish & Oyster Perloo 

Wednesday, April 8th – Bacon & Brews

On this indulgent evening, we will take a break from the oyster-themed specials to sweeten things up a bit with a special bacon-themed dessert created by Chef Charles Nichols.  Enjoy some delicious Bacon Brownie Balls paired with the following flight of rare beers from Alabama brewers:

Wednesday Food Special: Bacon Brownie Balls

Thursday, April 9th – Special Tapping: Batch 9000 from Bell’s Brewery

Bell’s Brewery has been absent from The J. Clyde since 2013, but we are welcoming them back for one last, incredibly special keg – Batch 9000 Ale that we have been aging in-house for FIVE LONG YEARS!  This hard-to-find beauty will be tapped on April 9th at 2:13 p.m. SHARP, and be warned that it will go quickly.  We don’t want to be a bad influence, but you will definitely want to skip out early from work for this one.  Follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts on the day of the event to track when this keg kicks.  Come get it while you can because this may be the last time you’ll find a Bell’s beer at The J. Clyde.

Thursday Food Special: Oysters Bienville

Friday, April 10th – Straight to Ale Goes Vintage

It is common knowledge that our friends at Straight to Ale can make some big ol’ beers and make them well.  We started stashing away some of their kegs for aging a few years back, and we cannot think of a better occasion to break out these vintage beers than our Anniversary Celebration!  The following four brews will be available in a flight for the ridiculously low price of $8:

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

Friday Food Special: Oysters Rockefeller 

Saturday, April 11th – A Night of Flights with Founders Brewing

Eight years ago, the idea of simply tapping a beer from Founders Brewing Company was nothing but a pipe dream.  Our state’s craft beer culture has come a long way since then, and we are elated to have Founders be a part of our 8th Anniversary Celebration.  We will be serving up the following flight of four Founders brews for just $8:

  • 2013 Curmudgeon Old Ale
  • 2013 Imperial Stout
  • 2014 Rubaeus Pure Raspberry Ale
  • 2015 Blushing Monk 

Saturday Food Special: Oyster Po’ Boy

Sunday, April 12th – A Day of Rest

We are taking Sunday off to celebrate with friends and family, and rest up a little.  It will also give you the chance to find your second wind because we have this planned for Monday . . .

Monday, April 13th – The Ultimate J. Clyde Birthday Party with a Founders KBS Vertical

April 13th is a very special day for us here at the pub because it marks both the birthday for our namesake Jason Clyde and our true anniversary date.  We wanted to make this April 13th a day to remember, so we are celebrating our founding by pouring a four year vertical of KBS – Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company!  Yes, you read that correctly.  We are talking about 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 KBS all available in a special flight while these bottles last. KBS FLIGHTS START POURING AT 2:13 p.m. SHARP!

To add a little local flavor to the party, we will also be running Fairhope Brewing Company’s Merry Widows Russian Imperial Stout through the Randall with Yellow Birch wood!

Help us close out this week of celebration with a vertical that you’ll be able to brag about until The J. Clyde gives you another special beer memory!

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gilly <![CDATA[The J. Clyde named one of 33 Best Beer Bars in America]]> http://jclyde.com/?p=6183 2015-04-08T05:06:16Z 2015-03-24T03:06:07Z  

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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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