Joseph Holt

Timeline

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.

2000 ~ Now: The story continues

2000
David Tully
David Tully

Richard Kershaw, the fifth generation of the Joseph Holt family, becomes Chief Executive, and David Tully becomes non-Exec Chairman

2004

Joseph Holt launches beer products in supermarkets such as Tesco, Aldi and Booths

2010

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!

2011

Population of Manchester after a fall begins to rise again to 503,100

2011

Crystal Lager wins gold at the International Brewing Awards

2012

Manchester City win their first Premier League title

2013

Diamond Lager wins gold at the International Brewing awards

2013

Joseph Holt raise over £71,000 for Help for Heroes

2014

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

2014

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

2014

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

2014

Richard Lee takes over from David Tully as new non-Executive Chairman

2014

Joseph Holt launches its own Pub Awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of its employees

2015

Black awarded Gold at the International Brewing Awards

2015

Joseph Holt begins fundraising campaign for Francis House Children's Hospice

2015

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

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.

2016

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

2016

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

2016

Maple Gold goes nationwide at Aldi UK stores as part of its summer Special Buys selection

2016

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

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

2017

Joseph Holt raises £92,392.47 for Francis House Appeal

2017

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

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.

2017

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

2017

Joseph Holt purchases first pub in Standish Wigan

Joseph Holt Brewery acquires new pub in Standish Village with a £400,000 investment.

2017

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

2017

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

2017

Joseph Holt launches Maggie's charity appeal

2017

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

2017

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.

2017

BBC Inside Out programme features Joseph Holt Brewery

Joseph Holt features on BBC Inside Out programme on the rising of the craft beer industry