The J. Clyde Hot Rock Tavern and Alehouse 2015-02-26T21:53:11Z gilly <![CDATA[The Big 500 Matt & Scot Special, February 19]]> 2015-02-23T20:56:10Z 2015-02-04T21:33:41Z 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!

gilly <![CDATA[UVa vs. UNC Viewing Party with UVaClub of Bham, February 2]]> 2015-02-04T21:34:06Z 2015-01-30T21:24:14Z 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!

gilly <![CDATA[Straight to Ale Vintage Tap Event, January 16]]> 2015-01-19T17:20:06Z 2014-12-31T17:27:04Z 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!

gilly <![CDATA[Annual Burns Nicht Dinner, January 25]]> 2015-01-30T21:27:03Z 2014-12-18T04:16:38Z 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

gilly <![CDATA[Back Forty Beer Co. Release Event, December 18]]> 2014-12-19T18:50:20Z 2014-12-16T23:46:23Z 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.!



gilly <![CDATA[New Year’s Eve at the Clyde, December 31]]> 2015-01-02T23:43:48Z 2014-12-14T04:43:38Z newyears

gilly <![CDATA[Terrapin Tacky Turtleneck Party and Flight Night, December 19]]> 2014-12-20T09:26:11Z 2014-12-12T04:58:25Z Turtleneck-Square-SM-290x300Join us on Friday, December 19th at 5 p.m. when we team up with Terrapin Beer Co. to host a Tacky Turtleneck Party and Flight Night event!

To celebrate the Birmingham release of their brand new Turtleneck Gingerbread Winter Warmer, the folks at Terrapin Beer Co. wanted to do something extra special and fun with us at the Clyde.  We put our heads together and the Tacky Turtleneck Party came to us almost instantly.  To participate, all you have to do is show the world how strong your wacky turtleneck game is while enjoying some insanely good Terrapin brews with us here at the pub.  As added incentive to participate (like you needed it), those that wear their flashiest turtlenecks with pride during the event stand a really good chance at winning some pretty sweet Terrapin schwag!

Did I mention the beer?  Seriously, did I?  I think this turtleneck is starting to cut off blood flow . . . Ah yes, the beer!  To take this party to another level, we will be featuring a flight of four of the most delicious Terrapin offerings you can find (or possibly can’t find).  They are as follows:

Since this is a holiday party, everyone who orders the flight above during the event will receive a free piece of Terrapin glassware as a gift to take home (while supplies last)!

Face it; you’ve always wanted an excuse to drink some fantastic beers in your favorite turtleneck.  Words cannot express how excited we are to make this a reality for you.  Tell your friends, get your turtlenecks ready, and we’ll see you all on the 19th!

gilly <![CDATA[Pint Night with Grayton Beer Company, December 11]]> 2014-12-20T09:27:12Z 2014-12-05T00:10:18Z graytonJoin us on Thursday, December 11th at 6 p.m. when we welcome Grayton Beer Company to the pub for a special Pint Night event!

In 2011, Jamey Price started his journey toward the goal of opening a brewery that complemented the local area of South Walton, Florida. Grayton Beer Company was born. Joined by local brewer, Shank, Grayton Beer Company started with the contract brewing of two beers, an IPA and a Pale Ale – classic American craft beers.  Last year, Price and his crew took another big step in their journey by establishing their very own brewery and tap room in South Walton.  The brewery now produces five year-round offerings and rotating seasonal releases from their Artist Series that are available in bottles and on draft throughout their distribution footprint.

For this event on December 11th, the folks at Grayton Beer are bringing us the following two offerings to be served on draught:

  • 30 A Beach Blonde Ale – LIFE SHINES on Scenic Highway 30A. But 30A is much more than a strand of idyllic beach villages along Florida’s Gulf Coast. This light-bodied blonde ale greets your palate with a subtle citrus nuance and mild malt sweetness. 30A Beach Blonde is a refreshing and sessionable ale that conjures up that relaxed coastal attitude anytime, anywhere. So kick off your flip-flops, grab a cold 30A Beach Blonde, and relax. Slow down, you’re here.  ABV – 4.6%  IBUs – 13
  • Redneck Rye-Viera Red Rye DIPA – This harvest ale is a Red Rye Double India Pale Ale. 800 pounds of fresh crystal hops were picked directly off the vine in Oregon and rushed across the country to us to be brewed with on the very same day. Using fresh hops in our Redneck Rye-Viera results in an extremely unique, floral and aromatic hop profile. This, combined with a robust malt bill and hints of spice from the use of rye malt makes for a truly unique drinking experience that pairs perfectly with Fall weather and campfires.  Part of the brewery’s Artist Series.  ABV – 8.1%  IBUs – 83

As an added bonus for simply trying some new beers, we will be giving away free Grayton glassware and t-shirts to those who order one of the beers above during the event (while supplies last)!  A local rep for the brewery will also be in attendance to chat with you about the brewery and their offerings.

Great beer.  Free stuff.  No excuses.  We’ll see you all on December 11th to give Grayton Beer Company a proper J. Clyde welcome!

gilly <![CDATA[Cahaba Brewing PRA Irreproachable IPA Tapping, November 28]]> 2014-12-02T19:50:15Z 2014-11-28T06:43:48Z Cahaba-Main2Join us on Friday, November 28th at 6 p.m. when we tap Cahaba Brewing Company’s special release of Parks Recreation Ale’s award-winning Irreproachable IPA!

This past August, Parks Recreation Ale (PRA) brewing group won Best in Show at the Alabama Brew Off with their PRA Irreproachable IPA.  To bring this brew to the beer loving masses of Birmingham, Cahaba Brewing Company invited PRA to the brewery to recreate this beer as a limited commercial release.  PRA Irreproachable IPA is now ready and it is slowly making its way to select taps around the city.  We have our keg ready to be tapped and here is what you could be enjoying at the pub on Friday:

PRA Irreproachable is a clean and hoppy West Coast Style IPA. Pine and grapefruit aromas compel you along a medium bodied balance of bitterness to a crisp refreshing finish. A recreational hike in Hop Country. Lace up.

89 IBU, 6.2 SRM, 6.2% ABV

Pale and Munich malts

E.K. Golding, Chinook, Amarillo, Cascade and Citra Hops

WLP001 California Ale Yeast

  • Bronze Medal winner at War of the Wort in Starkville, MS, May 18, 2013

  • Gold Medal winner and Best in Show at The Alabama Brew Off in Birmingham, Al, August 2, 2014

This sounds like a fantastic brew to enjoy after a bit of Thanksgiving/Black Friday shenanigans, so swing by the pub on Friday to find some cool comfort in a perfect pour of PRA Irreproachable IPA.  We look forward to seeing you all then!

gilly <![CDATA[Duck-Rabbit Brewery Launch Party, November 14]]> 2014-11-19T20:04:20Z 2014-11-12T01:34:45Z Duck-Rabbit-LogoCome by the pub on Friday, November 14th at 7 p.m. and help us welcome Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery (Farmville, North Carolina) to Birmingham!

Paul Philippon began homebrewing as a hobby back in 1987, but the craft quickly consumed him and became a full-blown passion.  He eventually left a career teaching philosophy to begin gaining experience as a commercial brewer for a series of breweries.  Once he had achieved the knowledge and potential that he felt necessary, he set off on his own to create Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery with a name and logo that paid homage to his former career (more on the duck-rabbit diagram).  Ever since they served their first beer in August of 2004, the folks at Duck-Rabbit have dedicated themselves to being the “dark beer specialists” by focusing on the darker beer styles that they believe to be under-represented in the current craft beer market.  Thanks to this strategy, the brewery has steadily grown over time and now  Alabama has been added to its distribution footprint.  

For our launch party on Friday, we will be hosting Duck-Rabbit reps and serving up the following beers to help you get more familiar with this fine brewery:

  • Duck-Rabbit Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale – Both intensely hoppy and intensely black! Eight separate hop additions offer delicious bitterness and beguiling hop aroma/flavor. Heavily represented among these hops are Chinook, which provides deep pine and sticky citrus components, and a New Zealand hop called Motueka, from which we get bright fruit and spearmint notes. ABV: 7.3%
  • Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout – A traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). Because lactose is unfermentable by brewer’s yeast, it remains in the beer. The subtle sweetness and fullness of flavor imparted by this sugar balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains that give this delicious beer its black color. All year long, Milk Stout is our number one selling beer! ABV: 5.7%

As an added bonus, everyone who orders one of the beers above during this event will receive a free Duck-Rabbit glass to take home (while supplies last).

We hope that you all can make it out to the Clyde on Friday to give the crew from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery a proper welcome to our great city!  We look forward to seeing you then!