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April 16, 2018 IN Adventure, News, Videos

Stories are part of our DNA.

Listening to peoples’ stories and sharing our own is how we connect on a day-to-day basis at Jack Black. Richard Wall has been telling stories through film for the better part of 20 years, so when he came to us with the story of Satori, we were all ears.

Satori is a film that follows the lives of a group of big wave surfers in Cape Town, South Africa. Their passion is riding the huge waves of the South Peninsula at two surf breaks – the infamous Dungeons (below the sentinel mountain in Hout Bay) and Sunset Reef (1km out to sea off the small seaside village of Kommetjie).


Image: Anthony Fox

Richard himself is in fact one of these surfers, and derived the name of the film based on his own personal experiences in the water. ‘Satori’ is an ancient Japanese word used by Buddhists meaning ‘sudden truth’ or  ‘sudden moment of awakening’.


 “Having a ringside seat and watching the human condition working with all that power is the greatest show on earth.” – Anthony Fox, photographer.

Satori’s narrative leans away from the dramatic action shots we’re so accustomed to with big wave surf films, focusing rather on the surfers and their connections to each another and the ocean. These otherwise everyday guys have found their Satori moment, and they steer their lives to follow it. The behind the scenes video below of Cass Collier illustrates just that. Cass Collier (along with Ian Armstrong) put South Africa on the world stage by their ‘colossal win’ the 1999 ISA Big Wave World Champs at Mavericks. The clip below shows Cass reminiscing about his introduction to big waves with his dad and how he became hooked on that Satori moment.

Along with Roddy Torr (long term friend of Richard’s and owner of Kommetjie Surf Shop) we’re proud to announce our partnership on this film. We’re so stoked to be able to help facilitate the coming together of these inspiring people, and unlock the rich stories they’ve got to share. The film will be developed over the winter months – we’ll be sharing more  snippets as it moves. Watch this space!

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Richard & Roddy, captured by Sean Thompson.


Image: Anthony Fox

Special thanks to Canon SA and Photohire for their generous support.

Have a look at some more of Richard’s work.



April 13, 2018 IN Beers, Brewery, Limited Release

Small batches. Limited Quantities. Rad ingredients. This pretty much sums up our limited edition beers. We love to stretch our wings, push our brewers, and put our skills to the test. And if the outcome is awesome, we bottle it.

Cue our one-of-a-kind Fresh Hop IPA.


Man, we love this beer. Making it is an adventure. We have the chance to trek up to George during the tiny window period of the fresh hop harvest and hand-pick the precious whole cone hops that shape the character of the brew.

Once again, we were lucky to get our hands on the African Queen varietal, which continues to inspire our label design. Cooler boxes brimming, we rushed back home to hop the sh*t out of the first brew – adding handfuls of hops to the lautertun and then generously throughout the brewing process, maxing out on the fresh cones. Whole Cone Citra was added in the whirlpool for a little extra kick, and we rolled out the hop gun for dry-hopping after fermentation.

And so, each bottle is packed full of seriously fresh flavours without the overpowering bitterness usually associated with heavily hopped IPAs. Crack one open and you’ll experience an explosion of grassy and citrus aromas with fresh berries and grapefruit on the palate, balanced by light earthy wood notes.

This beer is best enjoyed FRESH! Savour it if you’re celebrating a special occasion, or hell, crack one open just because this limited edition brew is reason enough to celebrate.


Join us at the brewery for our launch event on Friday April 20th, or grab a 4 pack or a pint from your nearest store or watering hole. When we say it’s ‘Limited Edition’, we mean it – so mark your calendars! Beers will be available for purchase from April 26th at the below selected outlets – while stocks last!

Of course we’ll be pouring it in the Taproom so if you’re in our area, pull in for a pint – straight from the source.



Western Cape:

  • Hank’s Olde Irish (Cape Town City Centre)
  • Beer House on LongStreet (Cape Town City Centre)
  • Radisson RED (V&A Waterfront)
  • Roeland liquors (Gardens)
  • Kloof Nek Blue Bottle Liquors (Tamboerskloof)
  • A Touch of Madness  (Observatory)
  • Woodstock liquors (Woodstock)
  • Liquor City (Claremont)
  •  Banana Jam Cafe (Kenilworth)
  • Shorties Blue Bottle Liquors (Noordhoek)
  • Maties Beer Appreciation Society (Stellenbosch)
  • Bottelray Hills (Stellenbosch)
  • The Biggest Little Beer Shop (Bellville)


Eastern Cape:

  • Beer Yard (Richmond Hill)
  • The Blind Pig (Wilderness)
  • Tops at Spar



  • Capital Craft (Menlopark)
  • Capital Craft (Centurion)
  • Whisk Irene (Centurion)
  • Beerhouse (Fourways)
  • The Green Craft Bar – Benoni Country Club (Benoni)
  • The Green Craft Bar – Modderfontein Golf Club (Modderfontein)
  • The Green Craft Bar – Glenvista Country Club (Glenvista)
  • Machics Restaurant and Alehouse (Pretoria)
  • Beerhaus Bavaria (Pretoria)
  • Liquor City Groenkloof (Pretoria)
  • Murrayfield Cellars  (Pretoria)
  • The Bru House & Diner (Krugersdorp)
  • Loco Liquor (Blairgowrie)
  • Tops Radiokop (Roodepoort)
  • Craft Beer Library (Linden)
  • Dry Dock Boutique Liquor (Parkhurst)



  • 9th Avenue Bistro (Morningside)
  • Marriott Gardens Wine Cellar (Rosetta)
  • Tops at Spar (Umhlanga Rocks)
  • Salt Rock Liquor Store (Salt Rock)
  • Tops at Spar – Tiffany’s Shopping Centre (Ballito)
  • Tops at Spar (Ballito)
  • Liquor City Ballito Circle (Ballito)
  • Tops at Spar (Hillcrest)
  • Meander Fine Wines (Lidgetton)
  • The Cellar (Durban Central)
  • The Quarry Centre (Hilton)


Images Credit: James Puttick

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James Puttick

April 11, 2018 IN Ambassadors

James has a been a close friend of ours since day one.

On paper, James is an academic. In reality, he’s an outright creative with a deep connection to the outdoors and the environment. He has a Masters in Conservation Biology at UCT and is part of the Plant Conservation Unit at UCT, researching the effects of climate change across South Africa. He’s also been a ranger in The Kruger National Park and the Umfolozi Game Reserve. He’s crazy about the outdoors and enjoys solo missions in nature – like 2000km unassisted paddles from the source of the Orange River in Lesotho to the coast at Alexander Bay, Namibia, as part of the Mega-Transect documenting the health of the river.


Image: James Puttick

It was during his years in The Kruger National Park that his passion for photography was born. Armed with an old film camera passed on by his Dad, James discovered a love for the slow, methodical, considered art of film photography. He became obsessed with photographing changing landscapes and the people living within them.

James is an honest, down to earth guy with undisputed, genuine talent. We love his sense of adventure and admire the passion he has for his craft. We are so proud to be associated with him, and look forward to working on many, many exciting projects together.


Image: James Puttick


Image: James Puttick

To read more about our ambassadors, check out this blog post.


We’re Hiring!

April 3, 2018 IN Careers

Job Title: First Impressions Leader – AKA Receptionist

Jack Black Brewing Co. is looking for an outgoing, super organised, happy, people and task master that sets the exciting and positive tone of our great company. This is one of the most important roles we have – as the first point of contact for everybody visiting our brewery.

This is a dynamic role that stretches across all areas of the business i.e. you don’t just answer phones!!

Some of the cool stuff you will be responsible for:

  • Receptionist, greeting all consumers, suppliers and visitors, answering/ transferring calls.
  • Assist Taproom Management Team with events, weddings, beer festivals, etc.
  • Invoicing, reconciling, food procurement, supplier control.
  • Managing the Taproom Dine Plan application.
  • Coordinating Bands/Food Trucks/event suppliers.
  • Assisting customers in the retail shop.
  • Receiving of stock for the Taproom.
  • Making reservations received via telephone for the Taproom.


Real skills helpful to this role:

  • An outstanding outgoing attitude.
  • Excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
  • Organised, tidy and efficient with the ability to prioritise, multi task and manage your time.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Experience in the following would be helpful:

  • Direct client contact receptionist.
  • Work exposure to the hospitality industry.
  • Basic Accounting / Bookkeeping (invoicing, statements, debtors, creditors).
  • Previous experience with, MS Office 365, Dine Plan, Xero or Pastel, Yoco (helpful).
  • Proficiency in basic IT and technical office equipment.


Other nuts and bolts:

  • Have own reliable transport and clear driving history.


If you know you are the best person for this dynamic dynamo position, don’t hesitate to send in your details. Please send your up-to-date CV and letter of application to We look forward to meeting you!

Please note that due to the popularity of this role we will only be able to reply to successful applicants. Thanks!

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Matt Bromley

March 18, 2018 IN Ambassadors

Matt, (aka Bromdog), has made it his life’s ambition to travel the world chasing the biggest swells. From crazy outer reefs in remote Indonesia, to freezing left hand slabs in Ireland, to home-grown 40 footers at Dungeons Cape Town, Matt revels in it all.

Anyone who’s met Matt will agree that he is one of the most grounded, humble, sincere guys you’ll ever meet. He has an air tight faith, unbreakable optimism and a genuine love of life. Matt’s mission is bigger than the barrels at Jaws; he wants to inspire and give back, and that’s why we’re so damn excited to announce Matt Bromley as our very first Jack Black ambassador.

Welcome to the family Matt.



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Matt’s new movie, Risky Ripples: The Film, is premiering at The Labia this Wednesday 21 March. Come grab a cold Jack Black, take a seat and enjoy the ride.

To read more about our ambassador program check out this blog post.



Feature image credit: Brent Bielmann