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.
J. Clyde had a great line up of beers when we visited - 35 to 40 taps in all - and we were particularly pleased to find Alabama’s 56 or so breweries strongly represented. Trim Tab brewery had opened in Birmingham just a few days earlier and J. Clyde had been serving five Trim Tab beers but only one was left . It was Pillar to Post, billed as a brown ale although it tasted more like a stout to me, and very good it was too! The J. Clyde bar is in a low, cottage like building tucked away in Cobb Lane, off the main drag of Five Points. It has rough stone and brick walls and tiffany lamps - very cosy and quite an individual sort of place. I liked it.
(Visited 3 February 2014).
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.
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.
One of my favorite places in Birmingham. They’re up to 77 beers on tap now and ~200 in bottles. Service needs a bit of work but it’s getting much better and in no way detracts me from eating/drinking here!
Went on an extremely crowded night last week. Other than the crowd being very different than what I’m usually used to in Bham, pretty solid bar. Definitely a hidden secret in the land of Bell Bottoms.
bleeng (158) Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas | August 21, 2009| Updated January 10, 2012
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.
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.