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The J. Clyde
Taps: 60 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1312 Cobb Ln S
phone: (205) 939-1312
Casks are now tapped on Friday at 4pm; call ahead.
3 Beer Engines.
(Place added by: Poser on 12-08-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped here while visiting Birmingham. It's on a small brick street, in a mixed residential/commercial neighborhood just down the street from UAB. We walked in and it was completely empty in front. Walking around the corner past the bathroom and kitchen we found out there was a back bar area and outside covered seating, with several people eating and drinking. Odd layout, thats for sure. Good selection of brews, with maybe 30 on tap, including several from local-ish breweries and a large Rogue selection. Service was friendly but slow. The food was a limited pub menu. I had a pretty good chicken sandwich, with average sweet potato fries (I could tell they were homemade though). A friend said the pizza had good sauce and toppings, but the crust was not very good.
Seems like a good hangout, and I'd believe it's probably the best beer bar in Alabama. I'd like to try their full menu, and it'd be nice to see a couple more breweries offered on tap.
10-13-2008 16:49:44 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
A- Only two real complaints here. First, though it was a busy night, it was too loud in some parts of the bar to hear my group very well. Second, you'll be waiting in line for the bathroom, as the men's room is a one person situaiton. Big plus for the nice outdoor seating though.
Q- Beer was served properly and promptly.
Ser- Service was a bit slow at first and at times I had to take a bit more initiative than you should have to in getting the waiter/waitress to come to our table, but they were speedy and helpful.
Sel- Amazing how many taps they had behind that relatively small bar. Tons of bottles too. Always appreciate the multipage bar menu. They also do make your own flights which is pretty cool.
Price was a bit higher than I'm used to but not entirely unreasonable.
05-26-2011 07:03:07 |
More by jsprain1
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Just got back from one of my favorite places in the world - Alabama! We had one night away from the conference that we were all at and this was the place that we chose for dinner. We showed up fairly early in the evening (8-ish) but there were 12 of us and they were very accommodating to us, and they eventually got hopping busy.
Atmostphere was a little kitschy - a lot of people walking around with horn-rimmed glasses and sports coats, so kind of the hipster crowd (there was also a 3-piece jazz band playing too to add to that notion), but there was also some college kids and locals in there as well, so kind of something for everybody.
Service: Well, I'd like to say high, but for all that we ordered, the poor girl seemed confused. Perhaps she was new though and will get a little better at what she's doing, or may she was just having an off night - but still, not bad to the point where I'd slam them or anything.
Selection: OMG, you need to see it to believe it. Easily the widest selection I've ever seen in a bar. Great selection of some pretty impressive brews.
Food: Bar food is kind of hard to screw up - but I definitely enjoyed my veggie burger (didn't feel like beef, don't know why) and yam fries. Everybody else seemed to enjoy their food as well.
Value: They were running a half-price special on draft beers, so I got a pint for 2.10 and cannot and WILL not complain about that :) But even if there wasn't the special, I could easily justify paying 4-6 bucks for a pint of decent beer as that's what you're going to pay anywhere else.
02-28-2009 06:25:37 |
More by bamadog
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I love this place. The selection is fantastic! Mississippi is such a desolate waste-land for beer that I really have to pace myself at The J. Clyde because they have so much I want to try.
The food was o.k. but, to be fair, my group only tried a few things. Atmosphere was good and our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Glassware was appropriate too. I would recommend going early because we had no trouble getting a table at 6:00 but it was packed when we left. I developed a new love for Eisbock after my visit here. The J. Clyde will definitely be on my list of regular stops when we visit Birmingham.
11-25-2011 17:58:26 |
More by TrappistJohnMD
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My buddies and I used to make the drive over to J. Clyde's at least monthly because this is the place in Alabama to get good beer. It has the best of the best that this state has to offer and if you go on Tuesday's and Thursdays, it is half off draft (like 2 bucks a glass, glass size depends on the style you are drinking).
The atmosphere can get a bit college heavy with UAB being just around the corner, but it has never been unpleasant. Tables are outside on a porch atmosphere and there is usually a musical act. They can close it off in the winter and warm the porch. Very pleasant.
The beer selection is wonderful. The beer menu has an extensive draft list and they have twice as many beers in the bottle.
The food is great and decently priced. The chef wants the food to be high end and has the presentation. Portions are decent and flavor is excellent. I have enjoyed everything I have eaten there.
If you love beer and are in Birmingham, this is the place for you.
04-24-2008 00:00:25 |
More by everetends
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
THE place to go to in downtown Birmingham. Most of the food is a bit pricey (but reasonable given the quality and style), but they have recently added some "bar food" options so you can enjoy the atmosphere and the quality beer without going broke. If you have the cash, the food is absolutely delicious. It's really the best of both worlds.
The atmosphere is normally perfect if sitting outside. I give it a 4.0 just because it's sometimes too crowded and I'm personally not a big fan of one-man bands that they do occasionally. In the winter, the outside area remains open thanks to several heaters. I was skeptical about the temperature, but I was too warm at one point.
Service is the only area that is lacking, but it's mostly growing pains and has already been improving. It's hard to find good help, I know.
Selection is beyond reproach. I only wish they would quit running out of cask ale.
Really, I can't say enough about the place. If I'm in Birmingham (I live an hour away), t's where I go if I'm taking the wife out, it's where I go with friends, it's where I bring associates. Go to The J. Clyde.
01-05-2008 22:43:25 |
More by Poser
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
09-19-2011 21:28:17 |
More by Bonhoeffer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Nice pub atmosphere. Lots of brick & wood. Fairly low ceilings. Very comfortable.
Awesome beer selection. Probably 25-30 beers on draft including cask ale (one of which was just drained before we got there). A lot of beers otherwise unavailable in Alabama because of the container limit (no bombers for sale in state). We had 3 beers in a bit over an hour there -- Avery 17th Anniversary, Old Rasputin on the nitro draft, and Avery Hog Heaven -- all we awesome, served in perfect glassware at just the right temperature.
Both bartenders were extremely knowledgeable beer geeks & homebrewers that I had extensive beer-centric conversations with. Pleasure to interact with both.
Food was good. We got the cheese plate while drinking at the bar. It was nice quality cheese that went very well with the beers. Great place though at 50 minutes from home, kind of hard to make it up there as much as I'd like because of the drive home after beer.
08-24-2010 01:49:15 |
More by mklinger
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
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