The J. Clyde

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The J. ClydeThe J. Clyde
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The J. ClydeThe J. Clyde

Type: Bar, Eatery

1312 Cobb Ln S
Birmingham, Alabama, 35205-4918
United States

(205) 939-1312 | map

Casks are now tapped on Friday at 4pm; call ahead.

3 Beer Engines.

Added by Poser on 12-08-2007

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

the best craft beer selection of any bar or restaurant in bham that I know of, the food is great as well

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Photo of freethehopspc
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The best beer selection in Alabama, not just Birmingham. They have excelent food, and a variety of beer that is unmatched anywhere in the state. I can't imagine the choises they'll offer after the laws are changed.

They offer half price draft on Tuesday & Thursdays, and their hummus is to die for!

They have a patio that is open with fans in the summer, and inclosed with heaters in the winter.

I'd have alot more money if I didn't go there 3 times a week!

I would highly recomend this place to anyone looking for a good time with a great choice of beers.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wow, has it been 3+ years since I updated my Clyde review? Anyway, couple notes people should keep in mind. They got a new central air unit a couple months ago, so the interior temp problems are a thing of the past. Very nice.

Also, they have a new head chef as of very recently. They had some consistency issues with food in the past, but the new chef is working out the kinks. The food is only going to get better, so if you've ever had a bad food experience here, give 'em another try.

UPDATE on 7/21/08: Just wanted to mention for anyone who's not a regular at TJC, if you visit anytime between now and next summer you'll see a giant wall of empty taps in the front room, and you may wonder what the deal is. That section of the front only recently underwent a complete remodel including the addition of scores of taps. Jerry is going to leave the taps empty until the 6% limit is lifted, as a protest. Once the law is changed, he's going to fill them with high gravity offerings. I get chills just thinking about it :)

ORIGINAL REVIEW on 1/5/08: Glad this finally made it out of the approval queue. It's a long overdue addition to BeerFly.

The J. Clyde opened in Spring of 2007, with the passion and vision of owner Jerry Hartley. He's told me his hope is to eventually rival Decatur, Georgia's Brick Store Pub as the premier beer bar of the South once Alabama's beer laws are reformed by Free The Hops. Jerry is an active member and supporter of FTH, by the way.

Although On Tap's new owners have been doing of great job of expanding that establishment's beer selection, I believe TJC still has the best selection of beer in Alabama. They have a standing order for anything new to be delivered as soon as it hits the distributors' warehouses.

Although he started out with only a handful of taps, he's been working hard to add cooler space for kegs and wall space for tap handles and his draft selection is very impressive right now. His ultimate goal is to have every craft/specialty beer that is available in draft form in Alabama.

Also very notable is that at the time of this review, TJC is the only establishment in Birmingham and only the second place in all of Alabama to offer cask ale (the other is Montgomery Brewing Co). Their first cask offering was Rogue Santa's Private Reserve, which sold out in one night. They continue to work with craft breweries around the country to maintain a supply of cask ales.

Their prices on beer are pretty typical for the area--$4 for many craft beers and higher for things like Samuel Smith's and high end Belgians (of which there aren't many in AL, yet). But every Tuesday and Thursday features half price drafts, which are a steal.

The food is really excellent, in my opinion. I'd take TJC's best entrees over just about any high end restaurant in Birmingham. Fortunately, they've also added their "late night" menu full time, which features cheaper fare like wings and sandwiches. So you can spend as little as $6 on something to snack on with your beer, and as much as the high 20s on a nice dinner entree. Whatever you're in the mood for.

The service is acceptable. Not the best in Birmingham, honestly, but getting good help in the food service industry is a challenge. TJC is still working to establish themselves among Birmingham's long list of high end independent restaurants. I suspect many of the best servers have great gigs at Highland Bar & Grill, Hot & Hot, Daniel George, etc. and wooing them to a newcomer is not easy. But I know Jerry is trying to stay on top of any glitches in service and is working to educate his servers on beer.

Watch college football on the large plasma HDTV during the fall, and enjoy live music most of the rest of the year.

Bottom line, The J. Clyde is actively working to be the best beer bar in Alabama and it will only get better once the 6% and 16 oz limits are lifted on beer in the state. Go here.

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4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Waitress was skilled in the art of beer recommendation. Knew the local beer as well as style and customer expectation. The food was crazy good. Small menu but real high quality! I love this place!!!

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Photo of RyanInGA
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great place to hang out and enjoy some beer and food with some friends. This is the first place I ever tried a cask style beer. I definitely recommend trying a cask beer as it is a unique beer experience. I love the pub feel of the place. Our server was knowledgeable of the beer selection. Ask for the beer list as the selection is extensive.

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4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Favorite bar in the 'ham. Staff and regulars are beernuts who know what's what. The selection is unparalleled in the city: 30 something taps and hundreds of bottles. Pint nights on Tuesday and Thursday. Other specials are available each of the other nights. Cask beer. Knowledgable staff. Local brew support. Need I say more?

I've been going here since they opened, and when it comes to craft beer in Birmingham at a bar, especially with a patio, I don't know of a better place.

See you there Wednesday night late and Thursday.

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4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Ksims1
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

It is definitely my favorite place to grab a beer and hang out with friends. The atmosphere is very unique with the old stone walls and wood. It is a great atmosphere. The service can be slow at times but the servers are VERY knowledgable and helpful with the different beer selections. There is a wide variety of beer that will fit most anyones likes. The best food selection is the sweet potato fries, you just can't go wrong. The food is very good! Overall the J. Clyde is a perfect place to kick back and hang out. I would recommend to anyone!

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4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hands down the best beer bar in the state of Alabama. They regularly have specialty taps of beer unavailable anywhere else in the state (or the rest of the South, for that matter). Some specific examples of how they excel: Jolly Pumpkin on tap, Alabama/Mississippi beer dinner, Imperial Stout blind tasting, dry-hopped cask beers, etc. They regularly have a rotating cask and always have a ridiculous bottle list. Recently, the Clyde was voted one of the best 30 beer bars in America by Paste magazine. The servers know their beer, which really sets the J.Clyde apart from other bars in town.

The food it great too. I've had a couple of so-so dishes back when the restaurant first opened, but in the half-dozen or so times I've been recently, the food has been fantastic. Most recently, I ordered the sausage-stuffed mushrooms and parchment-wrapped tilapia, both of which I'd highly recommend.

The J.Clyde building itself is quite old but Jerry, the J.Clyde owner, has taken pains to do renovate the structure right. He clearly has a passion for beer and few others have done more to contribute to Alabama's craft beer culture.

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4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

When you walk in this bar, don't be fooled by the underutilized front room...keep on walking past the bathrooms to the beautiful shaded patio past the back bar. Now you're set for the night.

The J. Clyde is Mecca for Beer lovers in Alabama.

Birmingham's only Beer Garden will keep you comfortable, relaxed and, for the most part, well served. The Bartenders are more than willing to help you find the perfect beer, so just ask.

The selection is the best you'll find in this state, and it will be even better when we adjust the ABV.

It's like a laid back Saturday night in your back yard, with better beer, better music and cooler people, plus you don't have to clean up.

It's my default bar.

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4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great place for great beer selection and quality. Food was average, but everything else about this place was amazing. Definitely try one of the cask beers if you go here - a unique experience that you don't find many places. Had my first World-Class beer here when traveling for work.

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4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I will get the only bad thing out of the way first: the "community" need to do something with its sewage system. There is a bit of a bad smell outside. This is not the bar in particular, but the whole area.

The good things are everything else. Good beer and good food. I strongly suggest the Bavarian sausage! They have an exceptional stock of specialty beers and the staff knows comparative substitutes if they are out of a beer. Both on tap and bottled beer. They attract the in crowd and can see what other people are drinking if you want to try something. They are the bar you go to for specialty beer in Alabama.

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Photo of TheBlack77
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Nothing but good things to say about The J. Clyde. Well maybe one semi-negative and that is the restroom situation. One toilet for the men at a beer bar can create lines. But i'm pretty sure that will addressed in the future. Right now they are refinishing the back bar.

The J. Clyde's selection is second to none in this state. The staff really knows their beers. There's always something on cask as well. Lots of one-offs from Good People Brewing that are always a treat.

The food is quite tasty as well. From pub food to a little nicer grub, everything is tasty. The beer dinners are always fantastic. I think it is a necessity that one should try the fried saurkraut balls. They are fantastic! Didn't sound appetizing to me until I tried them, but now I get them just about everytime I go.

If you're in Birmingham for anything, a stop at the J. Clyde is a must.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A- Only two real complaints here. First, though it was a busy night, it was too loud in some parts of the bar to hear my group very well. Second, you'll be waiting in line for the bathroom, as the men's room is a one person situaiton. Big plus for the nice outdoor seating though.
Q- Beer was served properly and promptly.
Ser- Service was a bit slow at first and at times I had to take a bit more initiative than you should have to in getting the waiter/waitress to come to our table, but they were speedy and helpful.
Sel- Amazing how many taps they had behind that relatively small bar. Tons of bottles too. Always appreciate the multipage bar menu. They also do make your own flights which is pretty cool.
Price was a bit higher than I'm used to but not entirely unreasonable.

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4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4.66/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere- Very quaint and fun place. Two patios and a cool bar to sit in. Room for everyone, and a few TV's turned way down to.

Quality- Awesome attention to care and craftsmanship on the product that's given. Fresh beer with knowledgeable service

Service- No better beer service in the state, maybe the south itself. The staff are well versed int here product, honest, and always friendly.

Selection- Amazing selection, All craft beer, with a new cask every week. If your in the Birmingham area and love beer. This is the place to go.

Food- the food's diverse and good, I don't think I have ever ordered the right thing, but the beer dinners are breathtaking, perfectly timed, and well worth the price of admission.

Price- Good prices lots of deals on Monday and Tuesday. and a regular happy hour. Watch out though, so much good stuff you'll run up a tally fast.

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The J. Clyde in Birmingham, AL
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