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The J. Clyde
Taps: 60 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1312 Cobb Ln S
phone: (205) 939-1312
Casks are now tapped on Friday at 4pm; call ahead.
3 Beer Engines.
(Place added by: Poser on 12-08-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
From Beer Advocate, I tried J. Clyde's this evening. I met a former colleage their and we had a couple pints and burgers. The place is located on a neat little lane near UAB campus and is in a old building that from the outside does not look like a beer haven. Inside there are walls of stone and ornate ceiling which makes the place feel old and nostalgic. The quality of beer was good...I thought a couple beers from the tap were a little to warm, but all the beeter to taste...right. The service was very slow...mostly due to the crowd that patronizes the place. The beer selection was amazing....20+ on tap, and big bottle menu. The burger was AMAZING....really enjoyed it. Great Sweet potato fries. Over all....had 5 pints, one beer flight, two burgers, all for $50...I thought it was reasonable.
09-14-2011 03:03:43 |
More by WoodBrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Went there last Friday before we went to the Magic City Brew Fest, many of our Raise your Pints MS friends had recommended this place and we weren't disappointed! Great tap and bottle selection and very good prices. Our waitress knew her beers, she knew what they were out of and what was new, without having to run back to the bar to check. She recommended some great beers to replace what I wanted. The husband wanted an Oerbier, which had not been cooled, they promptly iced it down while he had something else. Great place BUT... no AC during 90degree weather made us leave after 2beers. I'm not sure if this was a temporary issue or not but it was unbearable for me to stay. I guess we could have moved on outside. Other then that, the food was pretty good, but it's hard to screw up a chicken sandwich. The beerlist was impressive and the glassware was correct, I will certainly go back!
06-07-2011 23:24:01 |
More by yesferro
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
A- Only two real complaints here. First, though it was a busy night, it was too loud in some parts of the bar to hear my group very well. Second, you'll be waiting in line for the bathroom, as the men's room is a one person situaiton. Big plus for the nice outdoor seating though.
Q- Beer was served properly and promptly.
Ser- Service was a bit slow at first and at times I had to take a bit more initiative than you should have to in getting the waiter/waitress to come to our table, but they were speedy and helpful.
Sel- Amazing how many taps they had behind that relatively small bar. Tons of bottles too. Always appreciate the multipage bar menu. They also do make your own flights which is pretty cool.
Price was a bit higher than I'm used to but not entirely unreasonable.
05-26-2011 07:03:07 |
More by jsprain1
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-17-2011 16:07:21 |
More by dnrobert24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Been here twice, always go when I am in town visiting my sister. Really nice to finally see a good beer pub in Birmingham! They have all of the local stuff on tap (good people etc) and many other great craft brews. They have a great import selection as well. Service is great even when they are really busy and the atmosphere is warm and cozy. The food is as you would expect from a pub, burgers, pizza etc. Just a great place to go if you are in Birmingham and are looking for a cool place to try some of the local and regional brews!!
01-21-2011 02:43:51 |
More by BierGartenok
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
10-12-2010 07:28:40 |
More by BamaViper1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Nice pub atmosphere. Lots of brick & wood. Fairly low ceilings. Very comfortable.
Awesome beer selection. Probably 25-30 beers on draft including cask ale (one of which was just drained before we got there). A lot of beers otherwise unavailable in Alabama because of the container limit (no bombers for sale in state). We had 3 beers in a bit over an hour there -- Avery 17th Anniversary, Old Rasputin on the nitro draft, and Avery Hog Heaven -- all we awesome, served in perfect glassware at just the right temperature.
Both bartenders were extremely knowledgeable beer geeks & homebrewers that I had extensive beer-centric conversations with. Pleasure to interact with both.
Food was good. We got the cheese plate while drinking at the bar. It was nice quality cheese that went very well with the beers. Great place though at 50 minutes from home, kind of hard to make it up there as much as I'd like because of the drive home after beer.
08-24-2010 01:49:15 |
More by mklinger
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Mon. - $5 flat for all draught beers over 6.0ABV
Tues. and Thurs. - Half off all draught beers under 6.0ABV
A- Great location on Cobb Lane right off of five points and a free parking lot. The bar has an outdoor patio that is great in the summer and a nice indoor that reminds you of an English pub. There are two plasma TVs that show whatever sports events are going on so it's a great place to stop in for that or with friends (Happy Hour 3-6 everyday).
Q- Great beers, they store beers at the appropriate temperature and even have something called a cask-conditioned ale which is prepared without refrideration or forced carbonation. They advertise it as beer before modern technology. The beer is prepared well whether or not is is on tap or from a bottle.
Ser- The staff are very knowledgable about their beers. If you ask them what a beer is like they can detail the tastes and styles. They make excellent suggestions and also will point out specials to save you money!
Sel- The place has an unmatched selection of beers. There are several beers, I'd never seen as well as some favorites. There are no "standard" american beers though that you would find in an average bar. It seemed the 9 beers served at the basic bar next door were not on the menu at all, although that is not always bad.
F- I only got one appetizer but it was pretty good.
This was a great bar and excellent if you go for the specials. They also sell glasses for any brewery they serve as well as support many local beers that you won't find anywhere else
05-19-2010 04:49:01 |
More by hangh
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nothing but good things to say about The J. Clyde. Well maybe one semi-negative and that is the restroom situation. One toilet for the men at a beer bar can create lines. But i'm pretty sure that will addressed in the future. Right now they are refinishing the back bar.
The J. Clyde's selection is second to none in this state. The staff really knows their beers. There's always something on cask as well. Lots of one-offs from Good People Brewing that are always a treat.
The food is quite tasty as well. From pub food to a little nicer grub, everything is tasty. The beer dinners are always fantastic. I think it is a necessity that one should try the fried saurkraut balls. They are fantastic! Didn't sound appetizing to me until I tried them, but now I get them just about everytime I go.
If you're in Birmingham for anything, a stop at the J. Clyde is a must.
03-19-2010 01:10:37 |
More by TheBlack77
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finding a good beer bar in Birmingham, Alabama was a bit difficult but at the recommendation of Good People Brewing we checked out The J. Clyde. We did not dine here, simply ponied up at the bar for a couple of good beers.
Great selection on draft and the bottle selection was as impressive as it was voluminous. The draft selection featured several offerings from Good People Brewing, which I certainly can appreciate since supporting the local guys is important. The rest of the draft selection featured a good mixture of stouts, IPAs, etc.
Interesting finds on draft included a couple of Bell's offerings (Two Hearted Ale which is always a nice find since in Massachusetts you cannot get the stuff) as well as some Colorado offerings like Tommy Knocker and Durango Brewing Company. A cask was pumping away and a trusty favorite like Guinness could be found on draft.
The J. Clyde did offer a sampler selection of 5-6 different offerings. The prices were quite reasonable across the board and the high selection was not matched by high costs to the consumer.
The staff behind the bar was as knowledgeable as they were friendly. When people had questions about beers, they knew the answer and when others sought recommendations the entire staff seemed to make sound decisions.
The J. Clyde is sort of tucked away so you might need to ask a local (or a cabbie) how to get there but if luck should have you landing in Birmingham, Alabama anytime soon this is a must stop location for you!
12-18-2009 01:52:28 |
More by Bounty628
The J. Clyde in Birmingham, AL
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