Bitter Mini Keg

Joseph Holt Bitter 5L Mini Keg
(30 customer reviews)


Deep clear amber. Full white head. Big bitterness. The original Holt’s Bitter is what we’re built on.

A true icon now available in 5L mini keg for greater enjoyment at home.

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Deep clear amber. Full white head. Big bitterness. The original Holt’s Manchester Bitter is what we’re built on. A true icon now available in a pressurised mini keg.

Much like our northern routes, this cask bitter is full of character with light caramel and malty notes that develop into a solid base with punchy, earthy hops. Biting bitterness from the carefully selected English hops is balanced out by the best English pale ale malt and a gentle carbonation to leave a silky-smooth finish.

Quenchingly good, this is a proper Manchester bitter.

Please note, this mini keg version of Bitter is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. It doesn’t come with the glass as pictured, but you can buy a real ale pint glass here.

Keg Size 5L
Beer Type Bitter
Alcohol 4.0%
Vegan Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Allergens Malted barley
Beer Colour Amber






Full bitterness with dry malt base


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30 reviews for Bitter Mini Keg

  1. Chris duffy (verified owner)

    Great beer fast delivery great service we were out driver rang and came back

  2. Robert Robertson (verified owner)

    Fantastic service, I enjoy a pint of Holtss bitter, and the keg didn’t disappoint, perfect for the garden and bbqs.
    Thanks for great service and 1st class ale.

  3. Mike (verified owner)

    Great beer. Great service

  4. Joe Hunt (verified owner)

    Excellent keg, highly recommended for those days when the pub is closed or you can’t get to it but want your fix of Holts’ bitter

  5. Evo (verified owner)

    Great to have a real pint during lockdown but with delivery cost its too expensive.

  6. John (verified owner)

    Excellent – no problems – fast delivery and tasted great!

  7. carole lamb (verified owner)

    ordered 3 kegs all gone, i dont drink bitter but it seems my husband and friend enjoyed it while watching football as they are all empty.

  8. Kay Blanks (verified owner)

    Bought this for my dad for father’s day. Best present ever! The brewery delivered exactly as they said. Dad was so excited when the Joseph Holts van turned up. As we were in lockdown he hadn’t been able to have his favourite pint in months. Worth every penny. Will definitely be ordering again for him. He enjoyed every sip. Just like you get in a pub. Thank you Joseph Holts. You made an 85 year old very happy.

  9. Ryan Goodman (verified owner)

    DELICIOUS.. Rearly enjoyed it. a real God send whilst the pub was closed. I will be definitely buying again this time to share with family and friends.

  10. Mark Grundy (verified owner)

    Excellent service and delivery. Delivery actually came 2 days earlier than expected. I was a bit dubious but I needn’t have worried it tastes exactly the same as Holts bitter in a Holt’s pub. The only criticism I have and it’s a tiny little one is maybe move the labels stating not to drink for 24 hours somewhere where it’s easier to see. I wasn’t aware of the label until the keg was empty and I turned it round and lifted it up (label at back and on the bottom) so maybe put a label near the tap? Like I said only a small criticism if you can call it that. Will definitely be ordering again in the very near future 👍🏻

  11. Mrs Carol Ann Lee (verified owner)

    We were surprised how quick and easy it was to order. The quality was exceptional. The only thing we were bothered about was what a waste that you can’t refill the barrel. Yours sincerely Carol.

  12. Peter (verified owner)

    As a Mancunian living in rural Herefordshire, I needed my fix of Holts Bitter and the mini keg was the perfect solution. A truly remarkable bitter from an Iconic Brewery. 10 out 10

  13. Garry Clark (verified owner)

    Disappointing. The beer was flat and just trickled out of the keg. I won’t be ordering it again.

  14. paul seal (verified owner)

    Beer tasted great co2 keg worked fairly well , maybe I was a bit naive expecting it to be
    exactly like in the pub, but still hit the parts other
    Beers can’t reach

  15. Phil Goodman (verified owner)

    If you can’t get to the pub for your Holts bitter….get yourself a mini keg…brilliant.

  16. Kevin Young (verified owner)

    This is an excellent beer from the keg. It pours really well and has a lovely tight head that stays.
    Very easy drinking but at least fro the keg you get to enjoy every drop. Will definitely be reordered this again.

    These guys know how to make great beer !!

  17. Andrew (verified owner)

    Holts bitter has been my favourite beer for a long time, but I’ve never seen it on sale down here in Essex. So being able to drink it out of a mini-keg in my own home during the lock-down has been great. Tastes just as good as it does down the pub

  18. Richard (verified owner)

    I’ve just ordered another one – enough said !

  19. Kieran (verified owner)

    Excellent beer, just the same as in the pub. Great value and having had first pint, I finished it off 5 days later-just as good as first. Perfect gift.

  20. Will Lawless (verified owner)

    These newer pressurised kegs are amazing, a real quality pint every time.

  21. Anthony Patterson (verified owner)

    Quality ale, I’ve always loved Holt ales but now i live in Blackpool and the nearest house is a truck this ideal, a long time coming but well worth the wait, a good pint from these new pressurised kegs.

    Any chance of a wet house in Bispham please? 😉

  22. John Harris (verified owner)

    Ordered while pubs were still shut for my birthday in July. Service was excellent but unfortunately the beer was flat as a fluke, a real shame. I love my Holts bitter, on its day the finest pint of bitter anywhere but I will not be reordering this example. Incidentally I shared this experience with some friends in my Holts local who confirmed that they had the same experience.

  23. Claire (verified owner)

    Bought this for my Dad he loves it, I’ve already ordered him a second one! Great service, emailed when it’s ready to collect. Would recommend 100%
    Thank you

  24. Geof Blomerley (verified owner)

    Enjoyed the beer but 20% deerer than bottled makes me hesitate to reorder

  25. vincent gardner (verified owner)

    Not a bad pint,a bit to flat for my liking,Lilke it is down south,will try the trailblazer next time but overall will buy again.

  26. Steven Williams (verified owner)

    Great bitter and excellent service love my Holts ordered two more kegs.

  27. Nigel Freeman (verified owner)

    A really great pint when you can’t get to the pub! The 2 kegs for £45 deal is good.

  28. Howard Boots (verified owner)

    Although not quite as creamy or delicious as the pints of bitter served by Tom or Clair at the Halfway House, Droylsden, it’s by far the next best thing available. The bitter is light and tasty and the keg very easy to use.

  29. Jacky mottershead (verified owner)

    Bought for my partner to drink over.Xmas so not opened yet. Partner very critical so hope it’s as good as everyone says. Easy ordering delivery took a week and I live about 2 miles from brewery so not really impressed by the wait but great that you can get an authentic pint during these hard times. If it is ok will order again but think it’s a tad expensive.

  30. Paul Mortimer

    My partner ordered me a keg during lockdown as Holts Bitter always been my favourite.
    1st day of opening quite good and tasted just like the pub draft, not as creamy but not far off. Sadly if you finish off the day after, it does go a bit flat then but still tastes ok.
    Just debating as to whether to order 2 or 4 for the festive season as not looking good for pubs opening here in Manchester.
    I got to agree with some about the price but a lot of these mini kegs are pricey from micro brewers although you can get some brands for between £12 – £15 in the supermarkets. I would rather pay a bit more for something I enjoy though.

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