Joseph Holt

Special Cask Ale Programme to Mark 170 Years of Joseph Holt

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, allowing customers the chance to take an ale-induced stroll through the history of the Joseph Holt brewery.

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

In the pubs serving the ales, customers will be able to get more information about the fascinating story behind each beer by scanning a barcode with your smartphone. On Apple phones you can do this simply with your normal camera app, for other phones you might need 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 codenamed G1 to G6 to mark the six generations of the family and will be rolled out over the coming year, with the first beer available from 1st June. 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 and discover the story behind each new ale as they come out.

A rundown of the 6 new cask ales

Available from June, Ducie Ale is a classic pale ale brewed with 100% Golden Promise heritage malt. The name signifies the first premises occupied by Joseph Holt – the Ducie Bridge Brewery in Manchester.

  • G2 - The Mayor - 4.6%

Coming to a pub near you in August/September, The Mayor is so named in recognition of second-generation Sir Edward Holt, son of founder Joseph Holt, who enjoyed the rare honour of being elected Lord Mayor of Manchester two years in a row.

  • G3 - 1932 - 5%

A high strength Joseph Holt Bitter made with dry hops. The name reflects the year when the Christie and the Holt Radium Institute merged and moved to a new site in Withington where the Christie Hospital still stands today.

  • G4 - The Sportsman - 4.1%

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.

  • G5 - Ruby 40 - 3.9%

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.

  • G6 - Pegasus - 4.2%

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.


The pubs joining us on the journey

Here are the houses joining us for the full cask ale programme where you'll be able to take a sip down memory lane.