The history of Tryanuary


Founded in January 2015, Tryanuary was the industry of one man for three years; the man on the bike and people’s champion, Sir Andy Heggs.  

Andy did an admirable job, single-handedly providing the stimulus for a movement to support a nation of fantastic, hard-working, independent businesses.

In November 2017, Andy passed on the baton to Tom Stapley. Within a fortnight of announcing that this incredible 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 went on to help the 2018 campaign be felt more locally than ever before. 

In October 2018, the campaign was adopted in its entitreity by Mike Hampshire. Mike who is based in Leeds, was already the Regional Coordinator for West Yorkshire and in perfect tune to the work of the volunteers. Also 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 makes 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!