Sheffield Brewery Company


Number three of our top ten reasons we love Sheffield is homage to the city-region’s places of interest and what finer way than to celebrate the Botanical Gardens. We were going to name the beer Botanic’ale but there is a more intriguing link.

Given the success of our Number Two, Ge’thi’sen Outdooerz, we thought why not do just that. So we’re encouraging folk to read up about the Riddle trail and soak up the gardens and beautiful conservatories before enjoying a pint in your local of our new  Riddle Tr’Ale: a mighty fine golden ale made from vienna malt and liberty hops. This should tingle on your taste buds with plenty of citrussy flavours.    

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The Botanical Gardens and the Riddle Trail (extract courtesy of SHU)

When the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Urban Parks Programme was established in 1996, the Sheffield Town Trust, Sheffield City Council, University of Sheffield, Friends of the Botanical Gardens, and Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust formed a partnership to bid for funds to restore the Gardens. A year later, the Gardens were awarded just over £5 million with 25% matched funding; the only Botanical Gardens in the country to undertake complete restoration. Included in the restoration of gardens and buildings were some established and popular features: the Bear Pit, part of the original Victorian gardens and a Grade II Listed Monument, and ‘Spirit of the Wood’, a statue by an unidentified, but accomplished sculptor, installed in the Rose Gardens in 1953. The imposing Crimea Monument by George Goldie and Henry Lane (1863), sited in the Gardens when it was moved from the city more than 40 years earlier, was replaced by a fountain in order to be faithful to the Gardens’ original layout.

New to the Gardens is ‘The Riddle Trail’, initiated by Sheffield’s ‘Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading’ in 1999 in collaboration with the Botanical Gardens. The trail consists of eight newly commissioned artworks bearing riddles written by the poet Berlie Doherty Doherty was funded by Signposts, an arts organisation in Sheffield. The purpose of The Riddle Trail is to lead visitors around the Gardens following a sequence of riddles incorporated into artwork of various forms, media, and locations.

The Sheffield Brewery Beer Club – book our next event: a weekender – Fri April 1st and Sat 2nd 5pm – 11pm.  

So, we had a go at switching to the first Friday and what a success! Massive thanks goes out to Graham McDonald for organising, and Silverdale school staff for making it such a brilliant atmosphere.

Big thanks to Tom and, retiring teacher, Jack, and the rest of the OverCommitments for playing a fantastic set. We’re promising more from those guys in the future.

Peddlers Market was also on and by all accounts ‘twas a fab weekend’s festival and a huge promotion for all that’s going on in Neepsend. It’ll also be on again that weekend, yay!

Why not pop along to one of our events or maybe join the club and enjoy a choice of our cracking real ales or wines at a discount!

Lookout for more in our Top Ten series which we’ll be releasing at the end of each month. Details of everything on our new website



About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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