Our Brewery based in the heart of Manchester has 170 years of brewing history within its walls. We have seen a lot change since we started brewing back in 1849, to both the Brewery and the great city of Manchester.
We have been here so long we really do feel part of Manchester's history and hopefully its future. With well over 100 pubs in the region, we are part of this great city's fabric.
From one mans dream to brew his beer in Manchester, to receiving International gold awards for brewing the best lagers in the World and to raising millions of pounds for charity, we are proud of our history and our part in a city's evolution.
From the birth of Joseph Holt in the early nineteenth century, the Brewery and the city have seen some
good times and some dark days. The timeline below highlights some notable dates.
Richard Kershaw, the fifth generation of the Joseph Holt family, becomes Chief Executive, and David Tully becomes non-Exec Chairman
Joseph Holt launches beer products in supermarkets such as Tesco, Aldi and Booths
Joseph Holt purchases the Horse & Jockey brewpub
A 400 year old Edwardian building, investing over £250,000 to relaunch the pub in 2014 as Chorlton’s newest urban country pub for everyone to enjoy - including our four-legged friends!
Population of Manchester after a fall begins to rise again to 503,100
Crystal Lager wins gold at the International Brewing Awards
Manchester City win their first Premier League title
Diamond Lager wins gold at the International Brewing awards
Joseph Holt raise over £71,000 for Help for Heroes
Joseph Holt is honoured with the National Heart of Community Award
Awarded by BBPA for its huge breadth of positive work done in the industry, on quality, responsibility, innovation, working with local communities and great campaigning for beer and pubs
Joseph Holt launches Christie Centenary Appeal
Continuing its long partnership with the Christie Charity since 1914, the appeal raised £402,000 with the support of its licensees, suppliers, customers, and the Edward Holt Trust and Peter Kershaw Trust
New Joint Venture!
Joseph Holt partners with John Winder and Gary Douglas, the founders of Cloverleaf Restaurants Ltd, to acquire and develop sites for a number of new build pub restaurant concepts with an investment of £40 million
Richard Lee takes over from David Tully as new non-Executive Chairman
Joseph Holt launches its own Pub Awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of its employees
Black awarded Gold at the International Brewing Awards
Joseph Holt begins fundraising campaign for Francis House Children's Hospice
New golden ale - Hat Trick is launched
Aptly named following Joseph Holt’s 3-time consecutive win at the International Brewing Awards. The triple crowned golden ale pays homage to Crystal lager in 2011, Diamond lager in 2013 and Black stout in 2015
Joseph Holt raises £402K for Christie Centenary Appeal
In 2014, Joseph Holt celebrated 100 years of support for the Christie and to mark this centenary since Sir Edward Holt founded the Holt Radium Institute in 1914, the family brewer launched a large appeal and this culminated in a cheque for £402,000 to the Christie on 15 September 2015.
The Joseph Holt App is launched!
Joseph Holt proudly becomes the first North West independent Brewery to launch an all-encompassing app for customers to enjoy
Battle of the Somme
Joseph Holt CEO, Richard Kershaw, attends the National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which was held at Manchester Cathedral on Friday 1 July 2016
Maple Gold goes nationwide at Aldi UK stores as part of its summer Special Buys selection
Joseph Holt wins Heart of the Community Award - again!
Joseph Holt becomes the first company in the UK to win the National Heart of the Community Award twice; first in 2014 and again in 2016
Joseph Holt acquires 4 Greene King pubs
Joseph Holt spends £2.6 million on acquiring four Greene King pubs and redevelops into family dining pubs
Joseph Holt raises £92,392.47 for Francis House Appeal
Joseph Holt wins Gold at International Brewing Awards for Diamond lager
Joseph Holt becomes 1 in 3 breweries in the world to win 4 times consecutively at the prestigious International Brewing Awards. Diamond also becomes the brewery's first lager to win twice in 2013 and 2017
Two Hoots lands in the House of Commons
In this group photo from left to right: Jane Kershaw, Richard Kershaw and Andrew Kershaw raising a glass of Joseph Holt Two Hoots in the House of Commons.
Lord Mayor Carl Austin-Behan visits the brewery
This marked a special visit for the family Brewer as then Lord Mayor of Manchester; Carl Austin-Behan visits Joseph Holt Brewery for a personal tour by Head Brewer Phil Parkinson and Joseph Holt CEO Richard Kershaw
Joseph Holt purchases first pub in Standish Wigan
Joseph Holt Brewery acquires new pub in Standish Village with a £400,000 investment.
Wigan Warriors help celebrate relaunch of Lychgate pub
Wigan Warriors Morgan Escaré and Joe Burgess help celebrate the launch of the Lychgate pub by pouring pints for customers
Joseph Holt celebrates National Pub Aid Award with silver tankard
Joseph Holt receives the National Pub Aid award presented and judged by the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group which consists of over 300 MP’s. It is awarded to the Brewer or Pub Company throughout the country who has done the most to support their community by fundraising for local charities
Joseph Holt launches Maggie's charity appeal
Jane Kershaw joins Joseph Holt as the sixth generation brewer
Jane Kershaw, daughter of CEO Richard Kershaw joins the family brewer as the sixth generation
Richard Kershaw features on Business Week
Joseph Holt CEO; Richard Kershaw features on Manchester Evening New's Business Week discussing the company's long heritage in brewing, and support to the local community for the last 168 years.
BBC Inside Out programme features Joseph Holt Brewery
Joseph Holt features on BBC Inside Out programme on the rising of the craft beer industry