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.

Cask beers

At the heart of the range is our famous Bitter, which is produced at our brewery, using a process that is almost the same as when it opened in 1860. 

We use only the finest malt and combine time-honored brewing traditions with modern technology. The same processes are also used for our Mild and IPA.

Our award winning Golden Ale Two Hoots is also now available in Cask.

Joseph Holt Bitter

Joseph Holt Bitter

4.0% ABV

The beer that made us famous, our Joseph Holt Bitter. Pours a deep amber with a creamy head encompassing full bitterness with a dry malt base.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Amber
Smell
Malty
Taste
Full bitterness with a dry malt base
Bitterness
Rating: 4/5
Sweetness
Rating: 1/5

Two Hoots Golden Ale

Two Hoots Golden Ale

4.2% ABV

Joseph Holt Two Hoots Golden Ale is a light, refreshing and beautifully balanced golden ale. Brewed with pale ale and lager malts and Cascade whole hops.

Two Hoots bagged a gold medal at the Brussels Beer Challenge and was also regional winner of Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Golden
Smell
Citrus, Fruity, Floral
Taste
Fruity, Refreshing, Zesty
Bitterness
Rating: 3.5/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5

Joseph Holt Mild

Joseph Holt Mild

3.2% ABV

Joseph Holt Mild is a smooth drinking traditional dark mild. Brewed with black and crystal malts for a rich, malty flavour and English cone hops for a full bitterness.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Dark
Smell
Malty, Rich
Taste
Rich, Roasted, Malty
Bitterness
Rating: 3/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5

Joseph Holt IPA

Joseph Holt IPA

3.8% ABV Session Pale Ale

Joseph Holt IPA is a very pale traditional English ale. Brewed with pale malts and whole leaf aroma hops.

Tasting guide reference
Appearance
Pale Gold
Smell
Fruity, Citrus
Taste
Light Citrus, Fruity
Bitterness
Rating: 3/5
Sweetness
Rating: 2/5