The J. Clyde Hot Rock Tavern and Alehouse 2014-11-21T18:45:58Z 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!

gilly <![CDATA[Stone Brewing Co. Meet & Greet and Tap Event, November 20]]> 2014-11-21T18:45:58Z 2014-11-11T05:44:52Z ablogoJoin us on Thursday, November 20th when we welcome Stone Brewing Co.’s entire Southeast Regional Team to the pub for a Meet & Greet and Tap Event!

Stone Brewing Co. is coming back to town and this time they are sending the whole Southeast Regional Team to hang out with us here at the Clyde!  When we say the “whole Southeast Regional Team”, you can see that we mean it with a guest list like this: Scott Sheridan, Southeast Regional Sales Manager; Zack Shollenberger, North Florida/Alabama/South Georgia Rep; Lee Devine, North Carolina Rep; Bethany Bryant, South Florida Regional Rep; Adam Baldwin, Tennessee/North Georgia Rep; and Brett Collier, South Eastern Business Development Manager.  These wonderful folks will all be on-hand throughout the event to chat with you about the brewery and the beer in your hand.  

Speaking of beer, feast your eyes on the tap list that we will be featuring during this event:

  • 2013 Stone Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Double Bastard Ale
  • Lukcy Basartd Ale
  • Stone Go To IPA
  • Stone Pale Ale
  • Stone Ruination IPA

If you were unable to make our previous events with Stone Brewing, you missed out on some really good times with amazing beers and great company.  Don’t make that mistake again.  This Meet & Greet will be no different, so do yourself a favor by marking your calendar now for November 20th. We will see you then and we’ll have a beer waiting for you!

gilly <![CDATA[Coast to Coast Toast 4, November 13]]> 2014-11-19T20:04:29Z 2014-11-10T06:04:47Z c2cttentJoin us at the pub on Thursday, November 13th to raise a glass of specialty beer in observance of the nationwide Coast to Coast Toast 4!

Vanberg & DeWulf, the first company to specialize in importing Belgian beers to the US, established the Coast to Coast Toast (C2CT) three years ago to celebrate the beauty of Belgian beer and has since expanded to include “honorary Belgians” from independent family-run producers.  The C2CT is now the single largest one-day celebration of specialty beer in the nation. Last year over 730 locations took part. The hosts numbered among the best specialty beer-centric bars, restaurants, and stores across the country.

We could not be more excited to participate in the C2CT again this year, and we have a great lineup of beers and grub planned for the event.  To make sure that you have something incredibly tasty in your glass for the toast, we will be serving up the following hard-to-find brews as long as they last:

To pair with the amazing beers above, we have also adjusted our weekly Thursday Special to match the C2CT theme but with a little Alabama flair.  Check it out:

  • Mussels Provençal – fresh Prince Edward Island mussels steamed in Fairhope Brewing Company’s Football Saison, minced shallots, and fresh local herbs

The C2CT has proven to be a great time at the pub each and every year that we have participated, and we do not plan on ending that streak anytime soon.  Get your friends together and plan on being at the Clyde on Thursday to raise a glass with us for C2CT4!

gilly <![CDATA[Founders Brewing Co. Flight Nights,Wednesdays in November]]> 2014-11-19T17:51:16Z 2014-10-29T06:11:40Z founderstaphandleJoin us each and every Wednesday in November as we host special Flight Night events with Founders Brewing Co.!

What could possibly be better than a Flight Night with Founders Brewing Co.?  How about four of them in the same month?  Beginning on November 5th, we will be featuring a special flight of Founders brews each Wednesday of the month!  The flights will change each Wednesday (details coming soon), but one thing will remain the same: we will be giving away Founders branded glassware and schwag to everyone who orders the featured flight (while supplies last).  We will then restock kegs and schwag just to do it all again the next week.

Flight List for Wednesday, November 19th:

Make sure to check back here for details on each week’s flight, and we will see you every Wednesday of November for some amazing beers from Founders Brewing Co.!

gilly <![CDATA[WJOX’s Matt & Scot Live Broadcast at The J. Clyde, October 15]]> 2014-10-18T18:01:51Z 2014-10-14T20:34:37Z JOXOn Wednesday, October 15th at 6 p.m., WJOX’s Matt & Scot Show will broadcast live from the pub to promote their Eat, Drink & Be Local Club!

Beginning on October 15th, the Matt & Scot Show of WJOX will be broadcasting live at local businesses on Wednesday nights to pay tribute to Birmingham’s fantastic restaurant and craft beer scene with the Eat, Drink & Be Local Club sponsored by Back Forty Beer Co.  The J. Clyde will be the first stop of their weekly journey out into the city, and we could not be more excited to welcome them to the pub.  To go along with the live entertainment, we will be serving up some fantastic craft beer and food specials for you to enjoy throughout the broadcast (more details to come).

We hope that you all can make it out on Wednesday to enjoy what is sure to be a unique and fun event for us here at the Clyde!

If you would like to join the Eat, Drink & Be Local Club, click here to do so.  

gilly <![CDATA[Good People Flight Night and Meet & Greet, October 16]]> 2014-10-18T18:02:02Z 2014-10-14T04:19:13Z goodpeopleposterJoin us on Thursday, October 16th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. when we welcome back our good friends from Good People Brewing Company for a Flight Night and Meet & Greet event!

It has been far too long since we have had a get-together with the folks of Good People Brewing, so we are inviting them over to the pub for an event we like to call “Good Times with Old Friends”.  At the center of this event, we will be featuring a special flight of the following four Good People brews:

  • Brown Ale
  • IPA
  • Mumbai Rye IPA
  • Session IPA

Everyone who orders this flight during the event will receive a free piece of Good People glassware (while supplies last).  These four offerings will also be available to purchase by the glass just in case flights do not happen to be your thing.

Did we mention this would also be a Meet & Greet?  Michael Sellers, Good People co-founder and all-around great guy, will be hanging out during the event to chat with you about these beers and all the goings-on at the brewery.  You never know, he might also bring some other brewery schwag to giveaway.  Michael is unpredictable like that.

Since we are calling this event “Good Times with Old Friends”, it goes without saying that we are going to need all of you to join us for a fun-filled evening with Good People.  Make it happen and we’ll see you all on Thursday!


gilly <![CDATA[Best of Birmingham: The J. Clyde voted “Best Happy Hour”]]> 2014-10-13T23:27:22Z 2014-10-13T23:25:51Z  


We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who voted us “Best Happy Hour” in the city in Birmingham Magazine’s 2014 Best of Birmingham!  We are incredibly grateful for the honor and we couldn’t be happier that you are all enjoying our new happy hour specials.  If you would like to celebrate this big win with us, join us for our happy hour to enjoy 1/2 price draught beers from Avondale Brewing Co., Back Forty Beer Co., Cahaba Brewing Company, Good People Brewing Company and Trim Tab Brewing.  This special is available every day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., so come on down to the pub to enjoy some tasty brews on the cheap and many high fives in the process.  Thanks again!  Words cannot express how much we love and appreciate our patrons, friends and fans here at The J. Clyde!

gilly <![CDATA[Monday Night Brewing Cask & Flight Night, October 9]]> 2014-10-13T23:26:31Z 2014-10-01T21:13:50Z mondaynightJoin us on Thursday, October 9th when we welcome Monday Night Brewing back to the pub for a special Cask and Flight Night event!

It seems like it was just yesterday when Monday Night Brewing first arrived at the pub and in our great city.  We had so much fun during their August rollout that the folks from the brewery are coming back for another event, and they are bringing some delicious cask offerings with them.  The following two casks and two specialty releases to be exact:

  • Cask of Eye Patch Ale with Pacific Jade hops and pink peppercorns added
  • Cask of Mexican Chocolate Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale
  • Gun Show Belgian-style Golden Ale
  • Hipster Fresh Hop with Centennial 

These beers will be available to order in a special flight or by the glass.  Everyone who orders a flight of the four beers above during the event will receive a free piece of Monday Night glassware (while supplies last)!

As an added bonus, we are making this event a full-blown Meet & Greet with Jonathan Baker, Marketing Guy and Master of Mind Control; Joel Iverson, Operations Guy and Taste-testing Ninja; and Rachel Kenser, Sales Gal and Professional High-Fiver.  This Monday Night brew crew will be here throughout the event to chat with you about the beer in your glass and answer any questions that you may have.

If you happened to miss our first event with Monday Night Brewing, do not make the same mistake twice.  Mark those calendars now and treat yourself to an evening of hard-to-find cask ales, free glassware and the best of company at The J. Clyde on October 9th.  We’ll see you all then!

gilly <![CDATA[Sonoma Cider Flight Night and Meet & Greet, September 15]]> 2014-10-13T20:54:51Z 2014-09-12T03:39:05Z  

photo (1)Join us on Monday, September 15th when we welcome Sonoma Cider to the pub for a special Meet & Greet and Flight Night event!

That’s right; we are mixing things up a bit on Monday by delving headlong into the world of ciders with the good folks of Sonoma Cider.  VP of National Sales and Founder Fred Einstein, VP of Eastern Sales James Williams and VP of Midwestern Sales Jill Bingenheiner will all be on hand at this special event to properly introduce us to their incredible lineup of craft ciders.  If you are new to Sonoma Cider offerings, you are in for a real treat because they take the passionate approach of doing whatever it takes to create complex, flavorful, and amazing ciders.  To provide you with a well-rounded experience, the following four offerings will be pouring at this event:

  • The Anvil Bourbon Cider – A healthy measure of our proprietary barrel-proof bourbon flavor. Offers a clean, lively, aromatic presence with a layered smoky finish. It’s truly integrated and rounded, and vitally distinct.
  • The Hatchet Apple Cider – A unique blend of U.S grown organic apples handcrafted to bring out fresh, ripe apple aromas and complex fruit flavors. The Hatchet carefully pairs sweet and tart varietals to ideal effect.
  • The Pitchfork Pear Cider – We approached pear cider cautiously, as many are cloyingly sweet and unworthy of the Sonoma Cider name. An apple connoisseur’s pear cider, greeting you with the distinct aromas of both fruits. It has a crisp start, fresh play of flavors, and a creamy pear finish.
  • The Hatchet Apple Cider through the Randall with cinnamon sticks

The four offerings listed above will be featured in a special flight throughout the evening, and everyone who orders that flight will receive the glass pictured above to take home (while supplies last).  For the more adventurous cider fans in attendance, we will also be using these tasty ciders to create craft cocktails such as Apple Collins, Apple Fashioned, Irish Cider and Velvet d’Apple.  Come for the flight and free glass, and hang around for dinner and a playful jaunt into the realm of cider cocktails.

We hope that you all can make it out to pub on Monday to give Sonoma Cider a hearty Birmingham welcome.  This is sure to be an evening filled with good times and the best of company, so just go ahead and mark those calendars today to ensure that you do not miss out on the fun.  See you all then!


gilly <![CDATA[Old Black Bear Cask Event, September 10]]> 2014-10-13T20:55:08Z 2014-09-09T05:45:51Z Speckled_Trout_Wheat

Join us on Wednesday, September 10th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. when we welcome Old Black Bear Brewing Company to the pub for a special cask event!

It may be getting later in the year, but the Southern heat and humidity does not seem ready to give us a break quite yet.  To help you battle these high temperatures, Old Black Bear Brewing Company is bringing in a couple casks of their incredibly refreshing Speckled Trout American Wheat on Wednesday.  If you are unfamiliar with this tasty beer, here’s the full brewery description:

“Have you seen the bear’s fish he caught? Speckled Trout American Wheat is our tribute to the bear’s hard work. It boasts a delicate honey flavor and just the right crispness from the lemon zest added to the boil. Speckled Trout is going to be the go to beer when you want to really quench your thirst during the hot Alabama Summer.” 4.75% ABV  12 IBUs

To up the thirst quenching capability of this brew, these two casks have been given a refreshing boost of tropical fruit flavor.  You can cool off your Wednesday afternoon by choosing from either Strawberry Kiwi Speckled Trout or Mango Passion Fruit Speckled Trout.  As an added bonus, we will even give you a free Old Black Bear glass just for trying these delicious casks (while supplies last).  You really cannot go wrong here.

Whether you enjoy one or both of these cask offerings, you can rest assured that these beers will be the perfect pairing for an evening on our patio.  Admit it, you want to make this happen the more you think about it.  Just go ahead and pass the word on to your friends and we will see you all on Wednesday!