Our Brewery, based in the heart of Manchester, has over 150 years of brewing history within its walls. We have seen quite 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 city, we are part of its fabric.
From one mans dream to brew his beer in Manchester, to receiving International gold awards for brewing the best lagers in the World, 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
Manchester hosts The Commonwealth Games
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
Prince William marries Kate Middleton
On 29th April 2011, the nation celebrates the Royal Wedding, held at Westminster Abbey
Manchester City win their first Premier League title
Crystal Lager wins gold at the International Brewing Awards
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
HRH, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee on 6th February 2012, marking the 60th anniversary of her reign as Queen of the 16 sovereign states, known as the Commonwealth realms, including the United Kingdom
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
Black awarded Gold at the International Brewing Awards
Joseph Holt begins fundraising campaign for Francis House Children's Hospice
Joseph Holt launches its own Pub Awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of its employees
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
Pub Academy launches
An online portal to encourage and develop new skills and training needs within the industry
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
The UK announces its European exit and appoints its second female Prime Minister Theresa May since Margaret Thatcher in 1990
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