The sun is shining and the livin’ is easy, as Gershwin wrote. Summer is officially here and the British people are basking in some overdue rays as only those used too long to rain and cold can and are want to do. To this end, why not extend the seasonal enjoyment to sipping on a tipple divergent from the favoured wine of even sunnier climes (think grapes of Spain; grapes of Italy)? Instead, head to the Guildhall Yard and revel by grace of hops at the 2018 City Beerfest.

On Thursday 5 July, from 12.30pm until 9pm, this all-day beer and music festival takes over the heart of the City of London, sixteen of the country’s top breweries coming together in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Brewers to offer their particular and well-loved brewed beverages, supported by street food stallholders too. From Budweiser Budvar and Fuller, Smith & Turner, to McMullen & Sons and Theakston, the City Beerfest is where it most certainly is at that day..

Run by the City of London Corporation, Beerfest was originally launched in 2013. This year, music is provided by female artists at the City Music Foundation, in celebration of the City of London’s Women: Work and Power programme of events. These musical acts include the Rosie Turton Quintet (blending trombone, violin, and electronics over background grooves and soundscapes, inspired in particular by Jazz, hip-hop, and Indian Classical music influences), together with Trinity Conservatoire graduate saxophonist Chelsea Carmichael’s (Charles) Mingus Project, and Balkan music octet Baltika and the Gorodi/Braysher Quartet.

Besides such aural delights, drinking on an empty stomach is always a no-no (especially when blended with the heat of the summer sun) and so the street food stallholders once again shall be stepping up to the plate (pardon the pun) to keep festival goers sated with alimentation as well as bibation. Get Wurst offers some German bratwurst and currywurst (as well – amazingly, but quite rightly – Vegan options too), and the likes of Souvlaki Street offer some global delicious delights.

Entry itself to the event is free. However, if you want to skip the queues (and, believe us, there will be queues), then purchase tokens for glasses and beer online beforehand. Tickets range in price, dependent upon how many you’re buying for. An Individual Entry Package will set you back £12 (4 beer tokens, i.e. half pints, and a commemorative City Beerfest glass), after which there are available five, ten, twenty-five, fifty, and one hundred-person packages at incremental prices (up to £1000 for the latter). Further four beer token add-ons cost £8 online (or £10 on the day) and extra special edition glasses £4 online (or £5 on the day).

Strictly over-18s only, there is a Challenge 25 policy in place, so be sure to take your ID with you or, ticket or no ticket, you will not be allowed in.

All profits will be donated to the City Music Foundation and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2018.