Joseph Holt was born in 1813, in Unsworth, a textile village North of Manchester. Joseph made his way to the city and became a carter at Harrison's Strangeways Brewery.
In 1849, he married 40 year old Catherine Parry. Catherine had a good business brain and she mortgaged property to finance a small brewery behind a pub in Oak Street, in the centre of Manchester. Business must have gone well, as the Holts moved to the Ducie Bridge Brewery with a 12-barrel 'pan' in 1855. In 1860 he bought the current site in what is now Empire Street and built a brand new brewery.
As an enterprising chap he quickly started to establish a pub estate with his first pub being the Wellington Hotel in Eccles.
Over the decades, the family have retained the key traditions and beliefs that a pioneering Joseph Holt held dear. The Brewery has remained in the family for over five generations.
Although ever expanding and not afraid to try something new, in the entire history of Holt's Brewery, it has never changed its most successful formula - a quality pint of beer.