Happy Birthday to The Sparrow Bier Cafe

I recently posted a short piece on The Sparrow, a bar local to me and one I rather like to drink beer in.  Mark asked if I would spread the good word about their upcoming first birthday celebrations.

It’s almost a year since their debut appearance and in that short time have gained well deserved recognition in The Guardian’s Top 10 UK Craft Beer Bars as well as winning Bradford CAMRA’s Pub Of The Year 2012.  To celebrate this and to say thank you to their customers, they have extended an invitation to join them and enjoy a beer or two.


May 16th (from 11:00am) to May 20th (until they politely ask you to leave).


Erm? if you don’t know this, I’m not going to tell you.  Oh go on then: 32 North Parade, Bradford, BD1 3HZ.

The ambitious owners have been busy brewing two special beers in collaboration with Saltaire Brewery.  They will also be cutting the ribbon on two new keg lines on their bar and have bought in some special beers from their favourite breweries.

Les and Mark with Tony Gartland (Saltaire Brewery)

Our two birthday beers that we brewed with Saltaire Brewery – Dunnock American IPA & Black Throat Black IPA. Plus beers from some of our favourites including Quantum, Red Willow, Buxton, Kirkstall, Magic Rock, Ilkley and Hawkshead!

Boon Kriek, Sierra Nevada Ruthless, Nogne O Two Captains plus more!

Dogfish Head Red and White, Flying Dog Wildeman and Schneider Nelson Sauvin.

Mark tells me that there is more to be announced! So keep an eye on their Twitter account @thesparrowbd1 and their Facebook page.

I’ll be sneaking out of class at the European Beer Bloggers conference to try the Saltaire beers! Cheers!

The Sparrow Bier Cafe, BD1

I’ve written about The Sparrow Bier Cafe once before, and I wanted to post a short post as a special #FollowFriday as they approach their first anniversary.  To recap, they chose a location close to Bradford city centre, off the beaten ‘ale’ trail and despite my concerns they have thrived.  Within twelve months they have received awards from Bradford CAMRA for Pub of the Season Autumn 2011, quickly followed by Pub of the Year 2012.  Huge congratulations to Les and Mark for their efforts and for bringing something fresh to Bradford’s beer fans.  I was in there yesterday and enjoyed keg beer from Hawkshead and Camden, cask from Dark Star and Sarah Hughes as well as being spoilt for choice with their range of bottles, but settled on a Mikkeller single hop Summit IPA.  When undertaking such serious market research it’s important to keep fuel in the tank, so I ordered their tasty side of cheese, salami and pickles.  If you are localish or just passing through Bradford, I can highly recommend a visit.  Opening times and news of what’s on the bar @thesparrowbd1 and regular reviews from HopZine.

And a few more pics