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.

Lager beers

We are delighted to say that both our Crystal and Diamond lager brands won a gold at the International Brewing Awards, competing against many international brands. Using the very finest Slovenian hops, all of our lagers deliver a continental and refreshing taste.

Our lagers are available at all Joseph Holt pubs and also at selected venues throughout Manchester.

Diamond Premium Lager

Diamond Premium Lager

5.0% ABV

Diamond Lager is the Brewer’s favourite. Premium raw materials are chosen for brewing and the process is strictly adhered to.

We're extremely proud to cold condition Lager for a minimum of 21 days, this gives Diamond its famous clean, crisp and refreshing flavour. Diamond is a full and malty Lager with a touch of fruit on the aroma.

Diamond Lager was awarded the Gold Medal at the International Brewing Awards in 2013 and again in 2017.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Straw
Smell
Light, Fruity
Taste
Full, Crisp, Light Fruit Notes
Bitterness
Rating: 2/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5

Crystal Lager

Crystal Lager

3.8% ABV

Joseph Holt Crystal Lager is brewed using the highest quality ingredients, including choice Lager malt and Styrian Golding Hops. As the name suggests, Crystal is Crystal clear with a clean, white head. This is a light refreshing Lager with a suggestion of floral hops on the aroma.

Crystal Lager was awarded the Gold Medal at the International Brewing Awards 2011.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Pale Straw
Smell
Light Malt Notes
Taste
Crisp, Clean, Refreshing
Bitterness
Rating: 1/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5

Crystal Gold Lager

Crystal Gold Lager

4.5% ABV

Crystal Gold is the sweetest in the Joseph Holt Lager range. Brewed with whole hops from Slovenia, before being chilled and fermented at low temperatures - as a Lager should be. Crystal Gold is a decidedly clean Lager with a drop of sweetness on the aroma.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Pale Straw
Smell
Slightly Floral
Taste
Light, Crisp, Refreshing
Bitterness
Rating: 1.5/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2.5/5