This is a sponsored article on behalf of City Beerfest.
Here's a beer festival with a difference. Not only can you squeeze in more than eight hours of solid supping at City Beerfest this July, but you'll be helping a good cause while you do so. We'll drink to that.
The one-day festival brings craft beers, ales and ciders from 15 top breweries (many of whom are British) to the impressive surroundings of Guildhall Yard. The Worshipful Company of Brewers has a hand in organising the event, along with the City of London Corporation, and we're willing to bet they know their stuff when it comes to beer.
Hook Norton, McMullen and Britain's oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, are just some of the brewing names your tastebuds can expect to find here — along with all the pomp and circumstance you'd expect from an event at the heart of the City.
All profits from the event go to the Lord Mayor's Appeal — which in turn supports Samaritans, Place2Be, and OnSide Youth Zones —- and the City Music Foundation, which mentors gifted musicians who are just beginning their careers. So really, there's no excuse not to get involved. It's part of the City of London Corporation's Women: Work and Power programme of events, and female artists form much of the musical line-up.
The festival begins at 12.30pm, meaning there's time to pop down for a swift half pint in your lunch break, before heading back in the evening for post-work drinks. We'd book the following day off now, to be honest. Alternatively, talk to your boss about that away day they've been promising for a while — pre-booked group packages are available, and it's well-known that nothing makes the ideas flow like a beer or two...
On top of the beers, ciders and ales, street food are available to buy at Guildhall Yard, and acts from the City Music Foundation are performing live, with a focus on female artists. Altogether, that makes for quite the festival atmosphere on a summer evening.
Top-notch beer, stunning surroundings and good causes — if you go to one beer festival this summer, make it City Beerfest.