170 Cask Ale Club

To mark our 170th anniversary, Joseph Holt will be releasing six new specially brewed cask ales. Together these ales will tell the story and heritage of our iconic Manchester brewery from the origins in 1849 all the way through to the present day.

The six new brews making up the 170 Cask Ale Club have been created to celebrate the six generations of family who’ve led Joseph Holt since the beginning.

At the bar customers will be able to get more information about the fascinating story behind each beer by scanning a barcode with your smartphone with either your iPhone camera or a free QR reader. Look out for scannable codes on the pump clip, posters and beer mats.

Each of the six celebration ales will be marked G1 to G6 to represent the six generations of the family. The first ale will be released in June 2019 and the last in June 2020. Each cask ale will only be available for two months before the story moves on to the next generation. The names of the brews themselves will reflect the different stages in time when each generation was at the brewery helm.

Join us on this historic real ale journey.

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The Six Generation Ales

170 Cask Ales Coming Soon

Generation 4 – The Sportsman

Going on sale in December/January, The Sportsman is a brown beer brewed with oranges, cloves and allspice. Its name salutes fourth generation family member and Chairman the late Peter Kershaw who was a former rackets and real tennis champion.

Generation 5 – Ruby 40

So named to mark fifth generation and chief executive Richard Kershaw’s 40 year Ruby anniversary at the brewery. Ruby 40 will be a red ale made with red ale crystal malts.

Generation 6 – Pegasus

A pale ale using all English malt and hops, which marks the sixth generation of the Joseph Holt family. It takes its name from the two-winged horse of ancient mythology and recognises that today, two siblings – Jane and Andrew Kershaw – work together at the brewery for the first time.

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