Joseph Holt

Our Beers

We've been brewing beer on the same premises in Manchester since 1849. Plenty have come and gone but we like to think a few things never change, such as using the finest ingredients and sticking to our time-honoured, well-honed brewing techniques. 

Our brewery uses the latest technology to ensure every batch is of the highest quality, meaning you get the same standard of beer each time and wherever you are. Our range caters for tastes across all formats including keg, cask and bottled beer.   

You have over 120 Holt's pubs across the North West to get your hands on our brew, plus many more venues across Greater Manchester and further beyond stocking our famous beer. 

For our 170th year, we're creating six new, specially brewed cask ales to celebrate the story of our six generations so far. Get all the information on our 170 Cask Ale page.

Bottled beers

We have a great range of award winning bottled beers, offering varied tastes from traditional ale, to brown ale and lighter golden ale. Our bottled range is for sale in managed houses, selected venues in the North West and national supermarkets.

Five of our champion bottled ales have won awards, ranging from gold medals at the International Brewing Awards to Winner of Tesco and Sainsbury's beer challenges.


Buy your Joseph Holt beers here

Two Hoots Golden Ale

Two Hoots Golden Ale

4.2% ABV

Light, refreshing and beautifully balanced. Brewed with pale ale and lager malts and Cascade whole hops.

Two Hoots was also the regional winner of Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt as well as many acclaimed awards from British Bottler's Institute.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Golden
Smell
Citrus, Fruity, Floral
Taste
Fruity, Refreshing, Zesty
Bitterness
Rating: 3/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5

Humdinger

Humdinger

4.1% Speciality ale

Refreshing multi-award winning ale with subtle undertones of honey. Brewed with a blend of the finest English malt, Mexican aroma honey and citrus whole hops.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Golden
Smell
Floral, Honey, Citrus
Taste
Bitter, Zesty, Gentle honey notes
Bitterness
Rating: 3/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5

Maple Moon Speciality Ale

Maple Moon Speciality Ale

4.8% ABV

Award winning copper coloured ale brewed with choice malt, hops and pure Canadian maple syrup.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Copper
Smell
Malty, Fruity, Hints of Maple
Taste
Fruity with a balanced bitterness and hints of maple
Bitterness
Rating: 2.5/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5

Crystal Gold

Crystal Gold

4.6% Crisp, light bottled lager

Premium bottled lager brewed with Styrian Goldings and choice lager malt. Fermented at low temperatures and cold conditioned - the way lager should be.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Pale Straw
Smell
Slightly Floral
Taste
Light, Crisp, Refreshing
Bitterness
Rating: 1.5/5
Sweetness
Rating: 3/5

Sixex

Sixex

6.0% traditional beer for real players

Brewed to a traditional recipe with rich crystal and black malts to give a distinctive roasted flavour.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Dark
Smell
Rich, Malty, Fruitcake
Taste
Full bodied, Rich, Malty
Bitterness
Rating: 4/5
Sweetness
Rating: 3/5

1849 Traditional Ale

1849 Traditional Ale

4.5% ABV

Joseph Holt 1849 is a complex blend of choice malts and hops. A traditional ale, 1849 is great served with meat and cheese dishes.

1849 also won a Gold Medal at the International Brewing Awards.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Amber, Copper
Smell
Malty, Earthy
Taste
Floral, Fruity, Nutty
Bitterness
Rating: 4/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5

Manchester Brown Ale

Manchester Brown Ale

3.8% roasted malt bottled beer

A blend of roasted malt with a hint of molasses gives this beer a smooth, burnt palate with a clean, satisfying aftertaste. Close to the heart of the region, this brown ale is said to be “the taste of coming home” by many wandered from the North West.

Certainly a well-travelled beer, this is exported to Russia!

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Dark, Brown
Smell
Malty, Woody
Taste
Woody, Molasses
Bitterness
Rating: 2/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5

Maple Gold

Maple Gold

4.3% Golden ale

Crafted as a lighter brew to Maple Moon with pale ale and lager malts and pure Canadian maple syrup.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Pale Gold
Smell
Fruity
Taste
Clean, Crisp with gentle maple notes
Bitterness
Rating: 2/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5