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Last week Guildhall Yard played host to the City’s first ever outdoor beer festival to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Over 2,000 thirsty residents and City workers flocked to the Guildhall to sample the many cask ales, lagers and stouts provided by ten of the country’s best-loved breweries.

Bell ringers from St Lawrence Jewry and St Mary-le-Bow, rang bells across the City to mark the official opening of the City Beerfest. Attendees were able to dive deep into beer culture with coopering displays from Theakston’s brewery and the Young’s dray horses taking to the City streets.

The Lord Mayor comments, “Over hundreds of years, British brewers have acquired a well-deserved reputation for high quality beers, developed and brewed to the highest standards. The City Beerfest celebrates this and gives us the opportunity to appreciate the thirst-quenching properties of beer - all in aid of this year's charitable Appeal' 

Later in the evening, beer lovers were able to take to the dance floor to enjoy Irish folk music provided by Ceili Max. The event was organised in partnership with the City of London Festival and the Worshipful Company of Brewers of which Mark Woodhouse has been master for the past year and steps down on Thursday this week.

Beer was provided by Fullers, Greene King, Hepworth, Hopback, Miller Brands, Shepherd Neame, Theakstons, Meantime, Wells & Young and finally Hall & Woodhouse.

Badger Ales were served by our very own Beer Quality Ambassadors John Meakin and Dave Blewitt. Here’s what they had to say “After a long drive from Blandford all went smoothly with the setup which was completed by 10:45 then the long wait until 15:30 before we could officially serve. Then it went mad until 20:30, we sold out of Hopping Hare, Tanglefoot & Badger First Gold only had about 4 gallons left. We then sold them bottles which took a battering as well. Very positive comments from all the festival goers, numerous ones telling us it was the best beer at the Festival. The stewards called upon us several times & said that they had been instructed to carry out Quality Control (a likely story)…”   The beer festival ran into the evening and raised over £20,000 for the Lord Mayors Appeal. To find out more about this charity please visit their website: