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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’.

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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.

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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!

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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?

If so, WE WANT YOU!

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!!

Interested??
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.

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Pint for a Purpose x City Farm Market

February 1, 2019 IN Pint for a Purpose

The spirit of community is everything to us. This, and our early beginnings selling beer hand-to-hand at local markets, is likely why we felt immediately connected to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day and the people behind it.

The City Farm Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. It’s a place for everyone and their dog (literally!) to gather, load their baskets with organic, fresh produce, sample some delicious food, and grab a cold beer.

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But there’s so much more to the market than beautiful views and a chance to do your weekly shopping – it’s about bringing independent farmers and artisanal food producers together, nurturing local suppliers, and supporting organic city farmers. And the proof is in the pudding. When the market started about 6 years ago it was hard to find farmers producing organic food – but they now support around 30 organic farmers and have enough supply to be open on both Saturdays and Sundays!

With our joint Pint for a Purpose, we’re hoping to play a role in ensuring that the market can continue to support and uplift their farmers through their City Farm Market Farmers Support Programme – which provides farmers with access to funds for seeds, equipment, and farming support.

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We’ve chosen to donate proceeds from our Cape Pale Ale tap at the brewery for the month of February. For us, Cape Pale Ale is our connection to nature and the outdoors – a perfect fit. There’ll be a second tap at Market Day on Sundays – this one running for the full year.

With their displays of fresh veggies, these taps are pretty easy to spot, so whether you’re heading to our brewery or the market this weekend, make a bee-line for the bar and grab yourself a fresh, cold, pint for a purpose.

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We sat down with Sheryl Ozinsky from the City Farm Market to talk about what makes the market so special, and how our Pint for a Purpose can help to continue supporting their hard-working suppliers.

 

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Going The Distance

December 18, 2018 IN Pint for a Purpose

We’re smiling from ear to ear to share that The 9 Miles Project have reached their goal – to raise enough money to buy a Quantum kombi and help their kids travel safely to and from their ‘haven’, the Strandfontein clubhouse.

If you didn’t catch our earlier blog post, The 9 Miles Project works with ‘at risk’ youth in coastal informal settlements and aims to provide them with mentorship and support. Based in Strandfontein Pavilion (Cape Town), the project is a refuge for youth who have very few positive role models in their lives. One of their challenges was the commute to and from their haven – the clubhouse. Initiated by like-minded legends Grant Cleghorn (from Gone Outdoor Supply Store) and Patrick Burnett (of Burnett Surfboards), an idea came about to fundraise enough cash to buy 9 Miles a kombi. To make this happen, Patrick worked with 4 of the older kids to make four beautiful, hand crafted wooden surfboards.

Marci’s board was auctioned off at our brewery in November for an incredible R70 000, and Shannon’s Mini Malibu went home with Kirsten Meyer, the lucky raffle winner. ​Both Kenzil’s Single Fin and Faieq’s Fish were sold in a private sale. To top it off, our friends at Wavescape were able to provide a significant contribution from the funds raised for the Wavescape Festival.

Reaching this milestone also brings us to the close of our first Pint for a Purpose – a dedicated tap in our brewery where proceeds go towards a cause in the community that we believe in. We kicked this initiative off with 9 Miles and are humbled to have been a part of their journey – even if just for a fleeting second. We have a restored faith in the goodness, tenacity and generosity of people like Nigel and his team. They are literally ‘going the distance’ every day, every week, every year. After spending some time at their club house and experiencing ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’ first hand, we’re beyond thrilled that those days are now a thing of the past. We encourage everyone to go out and see what they are doing, meet the kids and feel the power of positivity. We’re so thankful for what we’ve learnt, for the friendships we’ve made and for the inspiration gained. We look forward to keeping in touch with the 9 Miles team through our ambassador Matt Bromley – also an ambassador and inspirational leader for these amazing kids.

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Hanging out at the 9 Miles Club House with our ambassadors Matt Bromley & James Puttick.

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The Long Walk to Freedom

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Keep an eye out for our next Pint for a Purpose, and support our cause by simply buying a beer.

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Jack Black Turbocharge Mega Ale

Turbocharge It!

November 30, 2018 IN Beers

We’ve made a BIG beer. A no holds barred, full tilt, throw everything at it kind of beer. A beer with a big grain bill, and a mountain of hops. It’s got attitude. It’s got flavour. It hits you with a mixed bag of ripe apricots, passion fruit and raspberries, Kapow! Our goal was to go BIG – we’ve gone MEGA.

Jack Black Turbocharge Mega Ale

We’re stoked to bring you our latest R&D beer – our Turbocharge Mega Ale. With 60 IBUs and 8% ABV, this beer commands respect. It’s dry-hopped for maximum hoppiness. It’s kickass – a beer you wanna get involved with.

And it’s GOOD. So good it won ‘Best in Show’ at Cape Town Festival of Beer 2018. It won ‘Best Hoppy Beer’ too. BOOM!

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It’s a limited batch, so pull in to our Taproom to grab a pint and fill your growlers before the kegs run out.

Jozi, we’re sending some your way too – watch this space!

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GEEKY DETAILS:

  • ABV: 8%
  • IBU: 60
  • COLOUR: 21EBC

Tasting notes

This beer’s pale in colour, with a slight reddish tint. The nose hits you with fresh hoppy goodness – dominated by stone fruit, citrus and red berries. It’s medium-bodied with a creamy carbonation. The flavour is juicy with an enticing, lingering bitterness.

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