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!

Jack Black Turbocharge Mega Ale

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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  • ABV: 8%
  • IBU: 60

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.

Jack Black Turbocharge Mega Ale

Jack Black Brewers Turbocharge Mega Ale


Credit: Xavier Briel

Jack Black x Ultra Trail Cape Town

November 26, 2018 IN Events

The Ultra Trail Cape Town is more than a race. It’s a cinematic experience. It’s a triumph. The culmination of countless hours of preparation and early morning wake ups. It’s companionship. It’s a celebration. The thought that, somehow, I finished this thing.

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Image credit: Kelvin Trautmann

The route essentially circumnavigates the Table Mountain range – from Peak to Beach to Vineyard – and it’s hard as hell. Some say getting through it is all about mind over matter. Others say it’s about the ice cold Jack Black beer waiting at the finish line.

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Image credit: Kelvin Trautmann

Last year we had the privilege of handing out the ultimate reward to the legends crossing the finish. The atmosphere and the gees was indescribable. There were tears – some of joy – palpable relief, and the sense of utter accomplishment.

We can’t wait to do it all over again.

Runners – we’ll see you at the finish. The rest of you – pull in for a beer and a bite and help us cheer these machines across the line.

Check out the race schedule for info on expected first finish times, and the UTCT Facebook page for more info. Bar opens at 10.00!

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Image credit: Nic Muzik


Cover image credit: Xavier Briel

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Satori Film Trailer

November 20, 2018 IN Satori

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 – Rick Wall’s latest project – 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, South Africa – the infamous Dungeons below the sentinel mountain in Hout Bay, and Sunset Reef (1km out to sea off the small seaside village called 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.

We’re so stoked to be hosting the public premiere of this film at our very own brewery.


Premiere Details:

Date: Saturday 24 November

Time: Doors open 18:00, film starts at 20:00

Tickets available on Quicket.

Join us as we celebrate our shared love for the ocean.


Check out this blog post for more on our partnership with Satori Film.

Film Credits:

  • Directed by Rick Wall
  • Produced by Rick Wall
  • Creative Concept & Editing by Rick Wall
  • Supervising Editor Paul Speirs
  • Grading by Nic Apostolis
  • Cinematography Sally Low & Rick Wall
  • Original Score by Nic van Reenen
  • Additional Music by Andre Geldenhuys, Simon Kohler & Daniel Lidchi
  • Sound Design & Final Mix by Nic van Reenen
  • Post Production rickwall.tv
  • Logo and poster Design by Laura Wall
  • Camera Gear Photohire & Canon RSA
  • Presented by Jack Black’s Brewing Co & Kommetjie Surf Shop
  • In Association with Bos Ice Tea

York Surf x Jack Black Beer

November 5, 2018 IN Collaborations, Competitions

Fun Waves. Cold Beer. Good Times. Certainly one of our favourite combinations.

It’s been a killer season of epic surf, so we’ve teamed up with our mates at York to bring you some epic boards. We’re connected by our love for the old school, handcrafted way of doing things, and by our desire to just have a really good time. So call it a ‘collaboration of spirit’.




The result is four super-sexy Sunfish surfboards, with designs inspired by each of the beers in our core range – our Brewers Lager, Cape Pale Ale, Atlantic Weiss, and Keller Pils. Easy drinking meets easy riding. From the hips. Summer style. We’ve also got 30 hampers made up of rad limited edition ‘collaboration of spirit’ tees and caps, and BEER, of course.




To get your hands on one of these beauties, head over to one of the below participating stores (or our brewery), buy any two 6 packs of Jack Black beer, write your name and number on your slip, and drop it in the entry box provided before 31 December. We’ll draw the winner in early Jan and the lucky bugger will get a call with the great news.

Ain’t really much more to it.

The boards are on display in our brewery – pull in to check them out, and stay for a beer and a bite!


The surfing world is a better place, thanks to Steve Lis, creator of the fish. The Sunfish is York’s slightly modified version – slightly more rocker in the tail and the nose, with a higher performance rail and pulled in tail. This makes this board a go to in both weak and mushy and slightly overhead hollower conditions. Tested from berg to Bali, this is a must have for a quiver.


  • Lenth  5’8
  • Width 20 9/16
  • Thickness 2 9/16
  • Volume (L) 34.6






(Cape Town only, sorry guys!)


CBD & Surrounds:

  • Roeland Liquors
  • Tops Cape Quarter
  • Tops Kloof street
  • Tops Vredehoek
  • Norman Goodfellows Gardens
  • Norman Goodfellows Seapoint


Southern Surburbs:

  • Jack Black’s Brewery
  • Liquor City Claremont
  • Liquor City Somerset West
  • Tonys Liquors – West Beach
  • Tonys Liquors – De Grendel


Northern Suburbs:

  • Tops Parklands
  • 4 Shaw Blue Bottle Liquors – Table View
  • Tops Aurora
  • Tops Sonstraal
  • Tops Vredekloof
  • Tops Edgemead
  • Tops Melkbos
  • Tops Welgedacht
  • Tops Glencarit
  • Tops Twin Palms
  • P&P Soneike


Somerset West

  • Tops


T&Cs apply.



Jack Black Pint for a Purpose

Pint for a Purpose x 9 Miles Project

November 2, 2018 IN Brewery

Initially, we opened our Taproom as a space for friends and customers to come for a beer, meet the team, and understand the passion that goes into each and every batch we brew. One day we decided to open our doors to the world, and put the word out. It was a Friday and we brought in a food truck – just in case those who came were hungry. We were totally blown away by the turn out, with hundreds of people going out of their way, queuing to get in – in the pouring rain!

What we learnt that night really stuck with us. We’re part of an amazing community consisting of all walks of life. It’s this community that has played a vital role in the success of our Taproom and our brewery, and drives us to keep improving and brewing the best damn beer we possibly can. There are few things more rewarding than seeing people come together over a couple of beers in what we call ‘our home’. Everyone pays the same price, and everyone is here because they want to be.

Our community extends well beyond the borders of our brewery, and we’re constantly moved by the stories and meaningful work that we hear about on a regular basis.

It’s our community that’s inspired us to start our ‘Pint for a Purpose’ initiative – an initiative also adopted by our friends at Beerhouse from as early as 2014!

From today, when you come down to the brewery, you’ll spot a single tap different to the rest. Proceeds from that tap – this month, it’s our award winning Atlantic Weiss – will go towards the cause we’re currently supporting. The cause will change and so will the style of beer that runs through it, but the commitment will not.

Jack Black Pint for a Purpose

Our first cause is the 9-miles Project, whose slogan is ‘Going the Distance’.  The Project works with ‘at risk’ youth in coastal informal settlements and aims to provide mentorship and support. Based in Strandfontein Pavilion (Cape Town), the project is a haven and refuge for youth who have very few positive role models in their lives. One of their challenges is the commute to and from the safe 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.

“Walking to the project clubhouse is tough – especially in bad weather and with the fear of violence or abductions. The journey’s made because the clubhouse is a safe and positive environment but we are so grateful that, thanks to all involved, our dream of safe transport will soon become reality.” says 9 Miles founder, Nigel Savel. To make this happen, Patrick worked with some of the kids to make four beautiful, hand crafted wooden surfboards.



One of the boards will be auctioned at the Wavescape Art Board Auction (at the brewery on Nov 28th), one will be on sale in the Gone Store, and one will be up for grabs through a raffle. We have this last board on display at the brewery right now, so come on down and grab an ice cold Pint for a Purpose and a raffle ticket too at just R50 a pop.

If you’re not in the area, you can still contribute to this super worthy initiative by getting in touch with the 9 Miles team directly via info@9milesproject.org, or giving them a call on 082 997 8754 or 021 393 0436.

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