Quiz night at The Pack Horse Inn, Keswick, January 2019 #tryanuary

Our fourth visit to the Pack Horse quiz night. On our last three visits, we’ve won every time. What happened to “My Pointless Friend Richard” tonight? Find out later.

Today we climbed Whiteside, our 120th Wainwright. It was one of the trickier ones, very much a straight up and down visit, and it took quite a bit of effort. A good feed was required, and a decent home made burger and a pile of chips was just what the doctor (me, definitely not a doctor) ordered.

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The burger was fantastic. You’ve read this from me many times already, but when properly done, a decent burger is hard to beat. Really tasty beef, extra tangy cheddar and some proper English mustard. Big fat chips which were crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. A decent salad and some dressing too, not just a pile of limp iceberg (the excuse for salad that I usually moan about).

The only fly in the ointment was the lack of a plate, a silly bread board having taken its place. To be fair to them, they would have needed a decent sized plate to accommodate this tasty portion.

On to the #tryanuary bit. I was hoping to taste a new beer from Robinsons who own this pub. They have made over 150 different beers but this doesn’t seem to be a market where they are wanting to test anything new, as they always seem to have the same ones on. So it was Double Hop and Dizzy Blonde, which still hasn’t been rebranded, despite this being announced back in May 2018.

On to the quiz bit. For the first time, we lost. Beaten by our neighbours, a table of 8 which felt like a bit of an unfair fight, but we were well and truly thrashed. We shall return to reclaim our crown another day.

#Tryanuary is back for 2019

Now entering its fifth year, Tryanuary is a nationwide campaign to encourage support for the beer industry throughout January. It’s all about getting out and trying new things. Don’t go crazy in December, and you can still enjoy January like a normal person.

The brainchild of Mancunian beer blogger Andy Heggs and brewery owners Stuart Swann and Shane Swindells, Tryanuary was created to encourage beer fans to support independent breweries, pubs, bars and other retailers during what can be a challenging month for the industry. Since its inception in 2015, the campaign has garnered huge support.

In November 2017, Andy passed the baton on to Tom Stapley. Within a fortnight of announcing that the campaign had come under the wing of Craft Beer Hour, the team had scaled to nearly 100 volunteers, spread out across UK and Ireland. That army of Local Champions (one of whom was me) went on to help the 2018 campaign be felt more locally than ever before.

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In October 2018, the campaign was adopted in its entirety by Mike Hampshire. Mike, who is based in Leeds, was already the Regional Coordinator for West Yorkshire and in tune with the work of the volunteers. As the founder and organiser of the Festival of Brewers, a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, a brewery guide, consultant and a speaker, Mike’s repertoire of experience in the brewing industry made him a great fit for the role.

Mike is leading the team into the fifth year of Tryanuary, something that you too can be a part of. Volunteer today to help put your region on the Tryanuary map!

This isn’t about drinking more.
It’s about trying something different.
Tasting something new.
Experiencing something interesting.

Find the main campaign on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tryanuary and our local account here (curated by yours truly) https://twitter.com/tryeastmidlands – share your experiences on social media with #tryanuary