The J. Clyde featured in about bars that changed their city’s beer scene

Birmingham Alabama

Last week,‘s Nora McGunnigle wrote a great post about places that helped change their local beer scene.

Titled “6 Craft Beer Bars That Changed Their City’s Beer Scene” – the article featured Birmingham’s own The J.Clyde.

Joining, The J. Clyde on’s list are craft beer bars from San Francisco, Denver, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Chicago.

McGunnigle stated in the article  what they were looking for in the development of the list.

“In cities with passionate local beer scenes, you’ll often find a craft beer bar that’s anchored the scene, be it for five, 10, 20, or 30 years. The longer the beer bar has been around, the earlier that community of brewers, publicans and drinkers came together as a cohesive community enriching everyone.”

For craft beer lovers in Birmingham, the profile on The J. Clyde and its owner Jerry Hartley reminds us how far the craft beer industry has progressed in the Magic City over the past decade.

It truly takes a community to support a vibrant local craft beer industry.

It is good to see a pioneer such as The J. Clyde receive some well-deserved national recognition.


Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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