Left to right: Joseph Holt head brewer, Phil Parkinson; Joseph Holt marketing manager, Jane Kershaw; Beer School pub managers, Rachel Birch and Steven Lowther; Platform 5 pub manager, Liz Hardman; Woodthorpe pub manager; Dominic Henshaw; Westleigh pub manager, Simon Croll; and Slattery owner; John Slattery
Two of Manchester’s long-established family businesses have teamed up to create a seasonal chocolate stout called Dark Delight, which infuses ingredients from both businesses.
The collaboration came from a long-standing relationship between the two companies, as Joseph Holt uses Slattery’s training kitchen to train its chefs for preparing all the pub food classics that are enjoyed at its pubs.
Over the last four weeks, Joseph Holt’s brewing team, led by head brewer, Phil Parkinson, have worked on several different recipes with Slattery owner, John Slattery, before finally creating Dark Delight.
The collaboration brew infuses the finest crystal and chocolate malts with the purest form of cacao nibs, giving the chocolate stout a full-bodied, sumptuous aroma, and an extravagant flavour and taste. The beer exudes a dark, roasted aroma and smooth, velvety texture making it the perfect treat for Easter.
Phil said: “The whole collaboration has been fantastic, and highly enjoyable as we were able to invite John and some of the Slattery family down to the brewery to take part in the brewing process.
“John Slattery and his family were also there to add the final ingredient, ensuring the stout had the Slattery chocolate seal of approval.”
The chocolate stout was officially launched last week, at Slattery, in Whitefield, where guests from both companies were invited, along with local press. The event celebrated the collaboration, which brought together a line of nine generations of brewing and chocolate making.
John Slattery said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process, working with Joseph Holt to create Dark Delight. When Joseph Holt approached us for this collaboration, we felt it was a great opportunity to work with another established family business. We hope the beer is a huge success — it tastes great and we are extremely proud of the finished product.”
Sixth-generation Joseph Holt marketing manager, Jane Kershaw, added: “We wanted to brew a chocolate beer for Easter and St Patrick’s Day, and so collaborating with Slattery was very much a natural decision.
“I’d like to thank Slattery for hosting the product launch night at their store in Whitefield. It was a fantastic occasion for customers and competition winners to try the beer for the first time, and talk to members of the project team first hand.
“We held a pub quiz on beer as part of the launch night and are delighted that everyone had a lovely time. It was great to work with Slattery on this collaboration brew — we hope our customers and Slattery’s customers like the beer!”