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Beer Available At The J. Clyde (arranged by most recent)
Back Forty Harvest Ale , Rocket Republic Mach 1 IPA , Rocket Republic Astronut Brown Ale , Below the Radar Black Ops IPA , Southern Star Valkyrie Double IPA 96, Yellowhammer Belgian White Ale 47, Railyard Wee Heavy , Fairhope No. 51 , Westbrook Bearded Farmer 4: “Taylor” Saison 94, Fairhope Section Street Wheat , Green Flash West Coast IPA 99, Founders All Day IPA 96, Element Interval Ale (Vernal) , Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project: No. 8 Sauternes 86, Victory DirtWolf 99, Terrapin Pumpkinfest 91, Cahaba Single Hop #3: Bravo , Victory 4 Hop Bock 72, Straight To Ale Brother Joseph’s Belgian Dubbel 44, Avery The Reverend 94
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DiarmaidBHK (712) Pennsylvania | December 23, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Located off of side street/back alley. It’s not a big place and even with a bigger room in the back seats fill up quickly. They have about 50 taps with 30 fixed and 20 or so that rotate. They had a nice mix of local and national craft. Crowd skews a little younger thanks typical for a craft beer
Place skews younger because of its l proximity to UAB. Draft prices are high but that seems to be more to do with Alabama’s insanely high taxes on beer and liquor. Is this the best craft beer bar in Alabama? Probably.
BeerandBlues2 (547) Hanover, Maryland | December 1, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
A nice English-style pub tucked off the main drag of downtown Birmingham. The exterior is rather unassuming and I missed the place the first time. There are a few tables outside, bar seating and tables inside. I arrived at opening on a Friday and was promptly served a set of four samples of my choosing. Since I had just eaten, I passed on anything here, though the menu certainly looked inviting. This was a good way to spend an hour sipping and contemplating brews.
beernovice39 (245) Montana | April 1, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Tucked out of the way in downtown Birminham is this jewel. Laid back bar with very good food. Great local tap selection backed by an extensive bottle menu.
nearbeer (175) Knoxville, Tennessee | October 30, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Nice place. Unless I missed something though, I counted 43 taps (not 80 as listed here). All the taps were great selections though: Old Rasputin, Chimay white, 4-5 local brews, 10-12 regional micros, and other well-selected US micros and European imports. Three half-fridges stacked with good bottle selections as well. Cheese plate appetizer and pizza entree were very good. Pricing was surprisingly fair considering the monopoly they have on good beer in the state. Service was very friendly and knowledgeable at the bar, but a bit short-handed due to also servicing a Sweetwater beer-and-food pairing dinner on the patio that I would have loved to participate in!
Butters (172) Richmond, Virginia | March 3, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Hands down the best beer place in Birmingham, and probably all of Alabama for that matter. Not much by way of ambiance, but they more than have the selection to make up for it. This place has the largest selection of ’under 6%’ selections I’ve seen in the state. The pub style food was pretty good (i recommend trying their sweet potato fries - extra crispy). The bartender sure did know her shit about the beers they carried. They also have a rotating ’mystery’ tap. The bartender told me that if you can figure out what the beer is, they’ll send you out to the GABF! Not sure if I believe that, but it is still a cool idea. They can’t wait till Alabama finally frees the hops, cause they already have a secondary bar that prepped and waiting to be filled with another 50 taps for what they want to theme as a ’belgian bar’ similar to the Thirsty Monk. Can’t wait.
drowland (161) Valdosta, Georgia | August 9, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
The ambiance in general was pretty straightforward bar setting; nothing to creative, but it was way too dark. There was only one server running the entire room where we were sitting and he visited very infrequently and everything took a very long time. Their beer selection was about 6 pages long and quite varied with both bottles and taps, including Ola Dubh 40 year on cask - not bad! The food/value was pretty much average as well. We were there for dinner on a Sunday and only got the "pub" menu, basically burgers and appetizers that were somewhat high-priced but also innovative with offerings of sweet potato fries, fried green tomato burgers, fresh hummus, etc. Overall, a great place to go in Birmingham for beer, but everything else was about average.
lithy (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | October 1, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Parking was sort of a pain with no clearly marked lots that were ’ok’. Rightfully listed as probably the best stop in Birmingham. A very nice tap list with sample flights available, an extensive bottle list, great help, knowledgable service, didn’t eat but the menu looked pretty good. Maybe a touch pricy.
magsinva (138) Virginia | December 24, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A hodge podge sort of place with about 40 taps heavy on the locals. The bartenders seem to know their stuff, though the prices are a tad high. Great spot in Birmingham to grab a pint.
bleeng (133) Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas | August 21, 2009| Updated January 10, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Cool little bar in an alley. Relegated to the funky back bar with the taps and locals. Now that Alabama is getting stronger beers, this place seems to have taken the torch for better beers. Nice 30 taps and 100 or so bottles. Nice neighborhood local. I wouldn’t mind having this type of bar near my house.
brentfeesh (80) Gadsden, Alabama | May 16, 2007| Updated May 20, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve been several times since their opening and every experience has been an enjoyable one. The two times I’ve been in the evenings were weekends and they had live music. The band was outside on their very well shaded airy patio area. 2 person jazz bands that were just right on volume and mood. They fit right in and added to the ambiance (I did not have to yell to be heard or to hear). The one time I have been their in the afternoon they had NASCAR on the wide screen outside. Both times it has not been crowded and the service has been fine. The food has been OK and they are still tinkering with the menu so I suspect it will keep improving. As for beer, you won’t find a larger selection in Alabama. And while that is not saying much they are certainly trying and will be well ahead of the curve when we eventually “Free the Hops”. Some beers/Brewers of note: Rodenbach and Rodenbach Grand Crew, Terrapin, Brick Store, Sweetwater, Rogue, Pilsner Urquell, Flying Dog, Left Hand, Ommegang, Shiner, Samuel Smith, and many others from around the country and world. Watch out for this place when we change the alcohol laws.
I’ve been here twice since they have changed the laws and opened their larger bar. Both times I spent time in the larger bar area as opposed to the back. I like the both areas but for drinking beer, I actually like the larger bar area better. Their beer selection continues to improve by leaps and bounds. The serving staff is definately into the beer and are able to make some pretty good suggestions. The last two times I’ve been there I was able to have a couple of brews I never expected to see in Alabama. Keep it up guys!
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