Pair This: J. Clyde’s Florida Red Grouper & Druid City Riverside Saison

The J ClydeBy Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson


The J. Clyde is a cool tavern and alehouse located on Cobb Lane. Dinner here brings back old memories of hanging out with friends at this location while in college at UAB. Back in those days it was The Back Porch. Today this place—The J. Clyde—is more than a place to hang out and have a beer. In addition to their beer, wine, cocktail menus, and pub menus, they also offer a seasonal dinner menu.


I love red grouper, which is sweeter and milder than black grouper. So I am delighted to see it as one of the fall seasonal options.  We pair it with Druid City Riverside Saison, made in Tuscaloosa. Saison is French for seasonal and historically was a farm-brewed ale. The beer is cloudy golden in color with a creamy white, dense head and is well carbonated. Notes of citrus, spice, and bready yeast integrate in this delicious draught. Our grouper arrives hot and aromatic. It is moist and milky on the inside and golden on the outside. Large flakes with moist, yet firm, texture, the grouper is plated atop flavorful wilted spinach. Adding a bit of starch to the dish is a tasty Parmesan grit cake, topped with stewed Vidalia onions. And the pineapple salsa with lemon burree blanc sauce and rambutans finish this delightful fish dish.

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