January always inspires us to start new activities from our New Year’s resolutions list, but nothing stops us from quit them after a couple of weeks. So instead of a long-term project, I scrolled down in Twitter to look for new things that I could only try this month in Edinburgh.
Among all the comments, it was the hashtag #Tryanuary that caught my attention. After a quick search, I learned that it was a UK campaign that started in 2015 to “encourage people to support independent breweries, pubs, bars”, and it takes place every year. That probably sounded really interesting for a beer drinker, but not for me. And yet, I gave it a thought.
Meeting friends and colleagues in a pub to have a beer is a pretty common situation, so I realised that learning a bit more about this drink could be useful in future social events. Maybe I could even find the perfect beer for me. I was going to do it. As I had zero idea about this matter, I decided that the best option would be to join a beer tour. After reading a good number of customers’ reviews, I booked the Old Town Tour from ScotBeer Tours. Was it a good idea? Well, let me tell you what I took from this experience:
When beer is not reason enough for you to be part of Tryanuary, the help from a cheerful and friendly guide can add value to the experience. But you can absolutely have a great time by yourself, friends or family members; you can organize your own bar hoping and try atypical beers, join the different events happening this month, or visit some breweries in the city to support local business. At the end, the important thing is to step out of your comfort zone. I’m glad that Tryanuary made me do it.