VWS Crew

Pint for a Purpose x Volunteer Wildfire Services

May 2, 2019 IN Pint for a Purpose

One of the most beautiful things about the Mother City has just got to be her wise old mountains. No matter where you are, they sit somewhere on the horizon, strong and steady, looking over us all. Because fynbos and fire go hand in hand, the bright choppers and fire trucks are almost as common a sight – not quite, but we’re making a point here. In and amongst the chaos and carnage of the fierce flames, whipped into a frenzy by gale force South Easters, are a bunch of true legends who battle the blazes hand to hand.


These firefighters work all over the Western Cape in some seriously dangerous situations. What started in 1999 has now become a 200 man-strong, super organized Non-Profit-Organization clocking over 56,000 active firefighting hours. These guys and girls are all ‘normal’ people, many with day jobs, all volunteering their time and energy to protect our beloved outdoor spaces.

We feel it’s time to pay it forward.

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Our mountains are so precious to us. They’re our connection to our sense of place, community, and the greater outdoors. There’s almost no better beer than the one you have at the top of a climb, or the end of a run. So we’d like to use our beer to show thanks.

We’re super excited to announce that our next Pint for a Purpose will go towards supporting Volunteer Wildfire Services, where proceeds from our Cape Pale Ale – our ode to Cape Town and her mountains – will go towards much needed training and kit.

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You know how it works by now. When you’re next at our brewery look out for the designated tap handle, repeat “One of these, please!” to your bar tender, and proceeds from your delicious beer will go towards this super deserving cause. Oh, and we are also running a competition whereby anyone who buys one of these pints stands a chance to win a keg party for you and your friends at the brewery.

Cheers to that, right?!

If you can’t make it down to the brewery pop into The Fireman’s Arms – every pint of Jack Black Lager will see R10 donated to the Volunteer Wildfire Services.

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Look out for the following events during the month of May.


International Firefighters Day
Date: Saturday, 4 May 2019, 10h00
Where: Jack Black’s Tap Room
What: Jug special at the brewery. Buy a 2 litre jug and instantly donate R20 to VWS + stand the chance to win a ‘keg party’ at the brewery.

VWS Trail Run
Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019, 07h00
Where: Deer Park, Vredehoek, Table Mountain National Park
What: 10km and R20km trail run through the beautiful Table Mountain. But, it’s more than a day out on the trails – this challenge is designed as a fundraiser to continue to support VWS teams. The goal is to raise R20k, and we’re currently almost at 40%.

VWS Talk at Jack Black
Date: Thursday, 16th May 2019, 18h00
Where: Jack Black’s Tap Room
What: Come and learn about what the Volunteer Wildfire Services really does – a super cool demonstration of what happens from Call Out to Fire.

Food Truck Friday with VWS
Date: Friday 31th May 2019, 17h30
Where: Jack Black’s Tap Room
What: Come and enjoy delicious food and great beers with us and VWS where we’ll do a live draw for the winner of the keg party!!

*All wildfire images are courtesy of Volunteer Wildfire Services *

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Fresh Hop IPA – 2019 Release

April 11, 2019 IN Beers, Brewery, Limited Release

Our brewers called it – this beer is Fresh AF! We’re fricken STOKED to be cracking open a bottle of our Fresh Hop IPA – straight off the line. The first of our three Limited Releases for the year.

You see, we love beer. We love brewing it as much as we love drinking it. And we love getting creative with it in a no holds barred kinda way. We dream up new recipes and experiment with small batches, in limited quantities. And Fresh Hop IPA is one of our favourite results.

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We make this beer seasonally. The fresh hop harvest happens once a year during a tiny window period. We wait for the hop farmer to call and when he does, we drop everything, put the pedal to the metal, and head out to George to hand pick the whole cone hops that make this beer what it is.

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Our hop varietal of choice is African Queen, the source of inspiration for our label – representing abundance and fresh, natural flavour. With the bakkie brimming full of carefully-packed cooler boxes, its “Home James, and don’t spare the horses”! Our brewers gun it back, eager to maximise the freshness of their harvest and kick off the start of an all-nighter at the brewery – cramming as many fresh whole cone hops into the brew as possible.

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The result is a fully loaded, delicious, all hop IPA. Fresh cut grass, pinecones, grapefruit… call it what you will… it’s F*@KING yummy.

Each year the beer tastes a little different. Rumour has it that this year’s batch is the best it’s ever been. Savour it. Enjoy it cold and FRESH.

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Because we’ve made only one batch, availability is limited and we’re sending these beauties to select stores. We’ll of course be pouring it in the Taproom so if you’re in our area, pull in for a pint – straight from the source. The rest of you – watch this space! We’ll be updating the below stores list as our precious cargo reaches its destination.




  • Jack Black’s Taproom!
  • Oranjezicht City Farm Market
  • Banana Jam
  • Beerhouse on Long
  • Biggest Little Beer Shop
  • Claremont Liquor City
  • Kloof Tops
  • Seapoint Tops
  • The Bar Keeper
  • Vredehoek Tops



  • Fijnbosch cafe



  • Beerhouse Fourways
  • Blue Bottle Liquors Centurion
  • Choo Choo Junction
  • Craft Beer Library
  • Horse & River in Vaal
  • Riverside Liquors
  • Spilt Milk Social Cafe (from April 24th)
  • Taphouse
  • The Bru House & Diner



  • Capital Craft Centurion
  • Capital Craft Menlopark
  • Liquor City Groenkloof
  • Liquor City Glen Gables
  • Machics


KZN (from April 24th)

  • Meander Fine Wines
  • The Wine Cellar Rosetta
  • Tops Hilton Quarry
  • Tops Hillcrest
  • Tops Balito
  • Tops Umhlanga
  • Tops Eastmanns





Jack Black x Adventure Film Fest

March 29, 2019 IN Adventure, Events

Our love of the outdoors runs deep. It’s about pure, natural beauty and the ever-present promise of adventure. It’s also about respect, and our responsibility to protect what was there long before us.

This drive to connect with the world beyond our doors is our undercurrent, and we’re stoked to be an official partner of the Cape Town Adventure Film Festival – a celebration of exactly that – with a line up of locally and internationally produced films that provoke a sense of what it means to have a deep passion for wild and off beat places. And because beer pairs perfectly with adventure, we’re bringing ice cold Jack Black beer to all of the screenings – woohoo!

Here are a few of our highlights from the line up.



A portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock – the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – without a rope.

Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard – perfection or death. Free Solo is an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.


This film was the winner of the 2019 Academy Award for “Best Documentary Feature”.

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin – for National Geographic.

Lessons From The Edge


This film captures the intricate stories within Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel’s successful 25 day 1500km epic across the Great Himalaya Trail. They traversed heavily snow-covered mountains and experienced incredibly extreme weather conditions along the way. They suffered frost-bitten fingers, serious tummy bugs, breathing difficulties and a few near-death experiences. A constant on the route, however, was the incredibly welcoming nature of the Nepalese people and their embodiment of the spirit of ‘Namaste’.

Shot by Dean Leslie and Jared Paisley from The Wandering Fever Productions for Red Bull Media House.

Kissed by God


A film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons.

This film focuses on the true, untold story of one of the world’s most prolific surfers. Andy was the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world for his blue collar rise to fame and success. However, many were unaware of the internal battles that led to his demise. The intent of the film is to show his life – unfiltered. One that was filled with energy, passion, success, and challenges.

The film features in-depth interviews with Andy’s brother Bruce Irons, his wife Lyndie Irons, Joel Parkinson, Nathan Fletcher, Sunny Garcia, and Kelly Slater. It’s not a film about surfing; this is a film about a person that lived life to its fullest at the top of his industry, but did so facing insurmountable internal challenges. This story is about everything that made Andy Irons the man he was.

Brought to you by filmmakers Steve and Todd Jones.




To have the confidence to overcome your fears, you need to be completely present in the moment. A moment of satori – a glimpse of truth, or sudden moment of awakening.

Satori Film documents a close-knit crew of surfers with a strong sense of community and mutual trust in one another. They’ve dedicated their lives to the ocean. Their shared passion is riding the huge waves of two surf breaks situated in the Southern peninsula in Cape Town – the infamous Dungeons below the sentinel mountain in Hout Bay, and Sunset Reef (1km out to sea off the small seaside village of Kommetjie). While each surfer is surfing these waves for different reasons, the film uncovers their shared connection to the raw beauty of the ocean beneath them.

If you missed the screening at our brewery, now’s your chance to catch this epic film.

A film by Richard Wall. Brought to you by Jack Black Beer and Kommetjie Surf Shop. In association with BOS Ice Tea. Winner of ‘Best Film Ocean Experience’ at Waimea Ocean Film Festival.



To read up on the other films, many of which will be screening at our brewery on the Short Film nights, check out the festival line up.

In addition to these brilliant films, the festival will be featuring three photo exhibitions.


Drakensberg on the Fly, by Ewald Sadie, is an alternative take on ascending 1400 vertical meters – a world of off-piste trails and riding – that’ll test the average man and his machine to their limits.



African Odyssey showcases the work of Alan van Gysen – one of the worlds most respected surf photographers – around surf and coastal exploration and environmentalism in remote parts of Africa.



Lessons From The Edge, by Dean Leslie, is a once-off evening of stories and images of his experience behind the lens following Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel as they set the fastest known time for the Great Himalaya Trail – a total of 1,406km in 28 days.

Drakensberg on the Fly and African Odyssey will be up in our brewery from 1 April and 8 April respectively – come and grab a bite and a beer at any point during the festival to check them out.


Jam-packed couple of days for sure! Head over to Quicket to get your tickets. There are a limited number of seats and screenings – you snooze, you lose.

We’re so looking forward to kicking back with a cold one and letting the passion for what these legends are doing wash over us. See you there!



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Greenpop x Pint for a Purpose

March 4, 2019 IN Pint for a Purpose

It’s no secret we’ve got a deep, inescapable connection to the outdoors. The fresh, saltiness of the ocean. The clean, aromatic air of the mountains. We’re passionate about nature and feel it’s our duty to protect it.

The urban population in Africa is growing rapidly. As this happens, ecosystems come under threat. It’s important that natural spaces are protected and incorporated into urban landscapes, because when we conserve and restore ecosystems, everyone wins. This is the mission of Greenpop and we’ve joined their ‘Treevolution’.


Biodiversity promotes life. Without getting too scientific, functioning ecosystems produce oxygen, eliminate carbon dioxide, provide homes for animals, recharge groundwater, replace soil nitrates, and prevent erosion. Conserving or restoring a natural ecosystem is also a symbol of hope, a belief in the future, a positive wish for our communities and care for our planet. It brings people together and is a living, breathing gift to the generations to come. It’s pretty important.

So how does Greenpop protect and restore biodiversity? They collaborate with passionate, knowledgeable individuals and organisations who have years of experience, and run incredible environmental projects across Sub-Saharan Africa – including the likes of urban greening, reforestation, nature-based solutions, environmental art, conservation farming, climate change adaptation, and environmental education.

With their Reforest Fest happening later this month, we’re kicking off our partnership with a pledge to plant some trees – and you can get involved without getting your hands dirty. All you have to do is buy a pint! The more pints you buy, the more trees we’re able to plant in Greenpop’s Platbos Reforestation Project.



The Platbos Forest, Africa’s southernmost indigenous forest, is a botanical gem, but unfortunately unsustainable land-use practices have negatively impacted the area and its borders are a mass of alien vegetation – a serious fire threat. The Platbos Reforestation Project aims to clear the alien vegetation and reforest the cleared area with native flora. This will help to restore the indigenous forest and the biodiversity that it supports. Sounds good to us!

If buying a ‘feel-good’ beer isn’t enough and you’d prefer to get your hands dirty, you can join the team at Greenpop’s annual Reforest Fest – created to ensure thousands of trees are planted in the Platbos Forest annually. You can either buy your ticket online, head over to our brewery to enter our lucky draw raffle (where a pair of tickets is up for grabs!), or enter the competition to win a pair of tickets on our Facebook page.

Camp under the stars, dance to live local bands, play your part in planting 12 000 trees, and finish your day off with an ice-cold beer. See you there!


Facebook Competition T&Cs:

  • This competition will start 5 March 2019 and close 10 March 2019.
  • To enter and stand a chance to win pair of tickets to the Greenpop Reforest Fest Friends Weekend, simply tag the friend you’d like to take along within the competition post thread on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/jackblackbeer)
  • The prize includes: two complimentary tickets to the Reforest Fest Friends edition on 22 – 24 March.
  • The prize excludes: anything not mentioned in the above – including transport and living costs, and camping gear.
  • The winner will be selected by the discretion of the Jack Black team – and the decision of the winner is final.
  • The winner’s name will be announced within the comments thread on 11 March. It’s the responsibility of the winner to then get in touch with the Jack Black team and provide their contact details for further correspondence. If a winner does not get in touch by end of day 11 March, a second winner will be chosen – and so on.
  • The decision on the winners is final.
  • We’ll make every effort to deliver the prize as described above, but due to the nature of the prize, it may be altered at any time, without notice, at our discretion.
  • We’ll not be held liable in any way for any loss, damage, costs or expenses, or injuries experienced getting to or at the event.
  • This competition is open to all residents of RSA over the age of 18.
  • By entering this competition you agree to the T&Cs.
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We’re Hiring a Brewer!

March 1, 2019 IN Beers, Brewery, Careers

Job Title: Production Brewer
Reports To: Brewmaster
Location: Diep River, Cape Town, South Africa


You May Just Be The Perfect Fit!
Are you incredibly inspired and passionate about beer?

Do you enjoy and savour the smell of fresh hops and dream of the endless possibilities of creating a variety of beers from clean, crisp lagers to Hoppy IPAs?

Are you willing and ready to keep an open mind and learn all the aspects of production brewing in our state-of-the-art facility?


We’re seeking motivated, multi-talented, and experienced candidates who are looking to work in a fast-paced environment and are ready to be of part a growing Brewing Team!

What The Job Involves:

  • The brewer is responsible for production, from raw ingredients to bright tank.
  • Sustaining a clean, sanitary, and “showcase brewery” work environment.
  • Assisting with ongoing day-to-day operations within the brewery; anything from being on the brewing deck to exterior tank scrubbing.
  • Assisting with the monitoring of yeast health, fermentation, cropping, and general yeast management.
  • A complete willingness to get your hands dirty in the brew house, cellar, packaging hall, and warehouse.
  • Being an independent worker and having the ability to work with little supervision, but knowing when to ask for clear guidance.
  • Being passionate about meeting growing demands and performing other duties as needed and assigned.
  • An eagerness to be part of a strong team of brewers with safety, accountability, professionalism, teamwork and fun in the forefront of the culture.

Critical Job Requirements:

  • The ability to lift up to 50KG
  • Capable of working in a safe and competent manner, and being aware of surrounds in an environment that has heavy machinery, equipment, chemicals and systems.
  • Able to work in a noisy and high traffic manufacturing environment.
  • Flexible to work on weekends and/or weeknights and respond to high priority requests.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and maintain an excellent driving record. Own transport is a must.
  • Ability to take on various levels of responsibility from complex to simple tasks with a great attitude.
  • Ability to take direction well, follow verbal and written SOP’s.

What You Should Have:

  • A four-year degree in Science is a plus.
  • A certification from an accredited brewing program is also a plus.
  • In lieu of a related degree or certification, at a minimum 1 year experience in production brewing.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • An entry-level understanding of brewing and cellaring is required.
  • Experience with process automation is highly desirable.

We offer a great benefit package:

  • Competitive salary
  • Vacation, Sick & Holiday Pay
  • Job Growth & Training

And of Course….A monthly beer allowance and Tap Room discounts!!

Send your CV to malcolm@jackblackbeer.com

Jack Black Brewing Co. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.