Joseph Holt Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan (left) at the Joseph Holt Brewery, with chief executive, Richard Kershaw (right) and head brewer, Phil Parkinson


The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan, has visited the Joseph Holt Brewery, helping to brew the popular Two Hoots golden ale.

The occasion marked a very special moment for the family brewer as one of Joseph Holt’s previous chief executives was Sir Edward Holt, son of founder Joseph Holt, who went on to become Lord Mayor of Manchester back in 1907 for two years.

Sir Edward was also an activist and philanthropist, raising £20,000 to found the Holt Radium Institute in 1914, which gave radium treatments for patients in local hospitals. The Holt Radium Institute and the Christie later amalgamated into a new building in Withington, South Manchester, where the Christie’s main site remains to this day.

Joseph Holt’s commitment to the Christie has continued for more than 100 years. In 2014, the brewery’s Centenary Appeal for the Christie raised a staggering £402,000 from the combined efforts of Holt’s staff, customers and free trade licensees. For this appeal, the brewery won the British Beer and Pub Association’s heart of the community award for the second time.

‘People’s champion’

In 2007, the people of Manchester voted Sir Edward Holt their ‘people’s champion’ in a Manchester Evening News poll.

Present Joseph Holt chief executive, Richard Kershaw, said: “It is terrific to see that the Lord Mayor’s chain, as worn by Carl Austin-Behan, is identical to the one worn by my great-grandfather 110 years previously, when he was Lord Mayor for two successive years.

“It was great to have the opportunity to show Carl the excellent beer that we make and for him to have a hand in brewing our Two Hoots on the day that he visited.”

The Lord Mayor added: “I very much enjoyed my visit to Joseph Holt, and in particular the opportunity to brew some excellent Two Hoots. I was also proud to know that I follow in the footsteps of Sir Edward Holt when he was Lord Mayor in 1907.”