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. 

As times change so do we. We use the latest technology in our brewery to ensure every batch we create is of the highest quality, meaning you get the same standard of beer each time and wherever you are.  

We've also used our knowledge and experience to extend our range, experiment and cater for changing 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 and tell the story of the six generations of family to have led the brewery. The 170 Cask Ale Club programme will run from June 2019 to June 2020 with each beer being available for two months only. The first generation beer for you to try is Ducie Ale

Keg beers

We have a great range of keg beers. Our Black was recently awarded Bronze by the International Brewing Awards in the dark beer category.

Our keg beers are available in all Joseph Holt pubs and selected venues throughout Manchester.

Northern Hop

Northern Hop

4.2% ABV

Northern Hop is a refreshing, perfectly balanced pale ale with a delicate citrusy finish. The use of two complementary hops - Hallertau Blanc and Bravo – create a gentle and tropical aroma that leads into a characterful, crisp, golden ale.

At 4.2% Northern Hop is a great session beer, even more so thanks to its lightly carbonated body and 7-9oC serving temperature, making it an easy drinker for both real ale and lager drinkers.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Golden
Smell
Tropical, fruity, floral
Taste
Refreshing, citrus
Bitterness
Rating: 4/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5

Joseph Holt Smooth

Joseph Holt Smooth

3.8% ABV

Joseph Holt Smooth is an amber ale, with full bitterness on the palate and a long, dry finish.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Amber
Smell
Malty
Taste
Full Bitterness with a long, dry finish
Bitterness
Rating: 4/5
Sweetness
Rating: 1/5

Joseph Holt Black

Joseph Holt Black

3.4% ABV

Joseph Holt Black is a smooth black ale, rich and roasted with a balanced bitterness.

Gold Medal winner at the International Brewing Awards 2015 making it a Hat Trick win for the Brewery with Crystal in 2011 and Diamond in 2013.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Dark
Smell
Rich, Malty
Taste
Rich, Toasted Malt
Bitterness
Rating: 3/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5