The Sparrow’s First Birthday Weekend

A great reason for a celebration

It’s a time for a celebration! My favourite craft beer bar and regular watering-hole The Sparrow Bier Cafe, Bradford is celebrating their first birthday. In just 12 months trading The Sparrow and delighted and educated drinkers of Bradford to the delights of real ale and fine craft beer. Along the way they have impressed the local CAMRA peeps and scooped the Pub of the Season Autumn 2011 and recently announced Bradford CAMRA Pub of the Year 2012! Very impressive for a new business opened by two first-time publicans.

Wednesaday 17 May starts a 5 day celebration featuring 2 brand new keg lines, some great beer including Boon Kriek (keg), one of my favourite IPAs Nogne Ø’s Two Captains (keg), Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye (keg) and two special birthday beers by local favourites Saltaire Brewery. Owners Mark and Les visited their local brewery recently put the finishing touches to two special anniversary beers, Dunnock American IPA an über-dry hopped and Black Throat  a Black  IPA. As for cask offerings you should expect highlights from some of The Sparrows favourite breweries Red Willow (Faithless 16) Hawkshead (USPA) some tasty brews from one of the UK’s kings of cask Buxton Brewery,’s 2nd Best New Brewery 2011 Magic Rock and local favourites Kirkstall and Ilkley who’s beers always cup the pumps busy and punters thirsts quenched. There will be a number of new specials available in the fridges including Flying Dog Wildeman…Finally I’ll find out why Marko was raving about it after his recent trip to New York.

The Sparrow is a great bar, offers great beer and a warm welcome…in many ways I feel like I’ve become a “Norm” type figure in a Cheers-like fashion. A place where everybody knows your name…and they serve great beer too.


So come along 16 – 20 May and raise a glass to The Sparrow.

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