January is one of the most difficult times of year in the pub business with reduced customer levels, mainly due to people being a bit skint after Christmas with all the extra spending on gifts and everything else involved with the celebrations.

It is being made even worse for the pubs and breweries that supply them now by various campaigns to encourage people to turn their back on the pubs they love, stop drinking and give the money to charity instead!

We say instead of dry January, get the new year off to a good start with “Tryanuary” whilst still supporting the pubs, specialist beer shops and breweries that supply them.

Why not make an effort to try new beers or beer styles during January? Be that a mild, traditional bitter, Blonde, IPA, Stout, Porter, Barley Wine, Saison, Sour or one of many others, there is plenty to choose from.

Wanting to be sensible after Christmas and new year excesses? You could still socialise at the pub and enjoy a session strength beer or a low/no alcohol alternative – or even look out for those pubs and bars with an interesting choice of soft drinks.

Another way of enjoying Tryanuary might be to visit pubs you haven’t been to before, there are lots of good ones in our area!


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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