Must visit craft bar in Birmingham with the added distinction of having some really, really good food. They have a very large number of taps in two different locations...there’s a great bar...a back room that’s semi outdoors and a really nice open front patio. They also have a bottle list that’s pretty decent...probably the best in the area I would guess. The place is constructed of a combination of stone and brick and wood and the effect is of a really cool old historic type of place. We really enjoyed our visit here on a recent warm night...fantastic food and great beer outside on the front patio. As we visited on a weeknight I would expect the place to be a lot more crowded on a weekend. J Clyde is a good time waiting to happen when in Birmingham.
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 I’d 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 I’d 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 B’ham, and indeed met my goal of learning about a handful of good beers. I’d 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. It’s great for weekdays, but I don’t 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 it’s 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.