RichJ7 (14) Cullman, Alabama | March 30, 2008| Updated June 5, 2009
Great little beer bar. Very good selection and a wonderful, helpful and friendly staff. Food is good, with some interesting selections like curried hummus and sweet potato fries. Patio is nice. A fun, enjoyable bar that caters to beer lovers.
Being somewhat new to beer, in particular craft beers and high gravity, I found out about The J Clyde and thought this would be the perfect place to start learning. We eased in the door late one Sunday afternoon to find just a handful of friendly people sitting around chatting. The bartender took my inexperience and my brief description of what I thougt I liked, and he ran with. He hand-picked a flight of beers that he thought Iíd like. All 5 beers were different, some dark, some sweet, and even a high gravity thrown in. All 5 were excellent choices and fit my tastes well. We ordered their fried sour kraut balls to go along with the flight. The beer and the conversation started out good and only got better. Same goes for the bartender who kept coming back to slip me a sip of various other beers he thought Iíd like. One J Clyde burger and two hours later, I had sampled 8-10 different beers, had some excellent food, met some super nice people including the nicest most beer knowledgeable bartender in Bíham, and indeed met my goal of learning about a handful of good beers. Iíd recommend The J Clyde for every beer lover as they have one of the largest selections on tap in The Ham.
Getting to this place is a pain, parking is always limited. If you are going to hang out in 5 points though, you should definitely stop by. Good selection and nice Ambiance. Gets crowded in the bar area very quickly.
CoachP (15) Alabama | July 12, 2012| Updated August 12, 2012
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!
Best beer selection in birmingham. Very reasonable pricing, especially on half price draft days. They even have a few sours. However, it is located in Southside which is yuppy central. Itís great for weekdays, but I donít really wanna go on Friday or Satuday nights... Food is above average bar food, but not by any means great.
Very cool bar. Great beer selection: bottles and on tap. Food was good enough for a bar. The bartender working when I was there was Amber (...I think): very cool, knew the beers very well, super nice, easy on the eyes.
If you want a good beer bar in Birmingham, this is the place to go.
kosh (2) Georgia | December 20, 2007| Updated January 6, 2008
rogue chocolate stout on tap! finally, in alabama! very good food, friendly staff. many good beers on tap and bottled beers to choose from including lakefront brewery from WI. we still have the 6% ABV limit here, but who knows? prhaps this spring that will all change! check this place out! large parking lot!
I had a really good time at thie place. The beer selection was great (considering itís AL). The 6% law hurts here as far as what kind of beer, but they did have a big selection of what they could sell. The food was great, just the selection was small. I had the Bavarin Sausage.
Iíve been several times since their opening and every experience has been an enjoyable one. The two times Iíve 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 wonít 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 ďFree the HopsĒ. 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.
Iíve 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 Iíve been there I was able to have a couple of brews I never expected to see in Alabama. Keep it up guys!