Wavescape Festival 2019

October 14, 2019 IN Uncategorized

As the summer kicks off in South Africa we turn our attention to one of the highlights on the Jack Black events calendar – the Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival.

Since 2012, it’s been an honor to partner with this phenomenal festival, which brings together an amazing community of like-minded folks, sharing in stories of surfing, sustainability, adventure and activism. With Vans headlining this year’s festival, we’ll see an extra week of events – extending the festival with dates from 9 November to 9 December!

The Tony Alva Story Presented by Vans

“We’re excited to once again partner with the festival and stoked to be hosting  events at the Taproom. 2019 marked a significant milestone in our sustainability journey, as we moved our shrink wrap packaging away from plastic. We’re inspired by the conservation and ocean activism of the festival and love to celebrate with such an awesome community benefitting so many worthy causes” – Meg McCulloch, Jack Black Co Founder

Keep your eyes peeled for more info on the festival – and start marking your calendars. The festival kicks off at Jack Black’s Taproom on Nov 9th – and it’s gonna to be biggie – more info coming soon!

Clifton 4th Beach Screening

So here’s the lineup:

  • Sat 9 NovVans Festival Launch (live bands, Tony Alva premiere), Jack Black’s Tap Room, 18:00 – Tickets
  • Thu 14 Nov – Ocean Pledge Film Night, The Electric, District Six, 19:30
  • Sat 16 Nov – Beach Co-Op Seaside Scavenge, Monwabesi Beach, 09:00
  • Mon 18 Nov – Artboard Exhibition starts, Jack Black’s Tap Room, daily 09:00-17:00
  • Wed 20 Nov – Oceans Alive: evening of surf, ocean and activism, Two Oceans Aquarium, 19:00
  • Thu 21-22 Nov – Deep South Surf Films, Camel Rock, Scarborough, 19:30
  • Sat 23 Nov – Beach Co-op Evening, Harvest Cafe, Muizenberg, 19:00
  • Wed 27 NovArtboard Project Charity Auction, Jack Black’s Tap Room, Diep River, 19:30
  • Sat 30 NovClifton 4th Beach Screening, 20:00
  • Mon 2 Dec – Slide Night, Centre for the Book, 19:00
  • Wed 4 Dec – Changing Oceans Master Class, InvestSA One Stop Shop, 18:30
  • Thu 5-8 Dec – Film Festival, Labia Theatre, 18:00 and 20.30
  • Thu 5 Dec – Vans Night, 20:30
  • Fri 6 Dec – Beach Co-op Plastic China screening, 18:00
  • Fri 6 Dec – York Night, 20.30
  • Sat 7 Dec – All Africa Night, 20:30
  • Sun 8 Dec – Gone Night, 20:30

The Artboard Project Charity Auction on November 27 will be hosted at our Taproom in Diepriver.

All proceeds from the event are donated to beneficiaries such as the NSRI, Shark Spotters, the 9 Miles Project, Ocean Pledge, Beach Co-op and South African Adaptive Surfing.

Supporting partners include Wesgro, Marine Stewardship Council, Petco, Long Beach Capital, Gone, and York Surf.

For more details check out the festival website: www.wavescapefestival.com   

Triumph x Jack Black

October 8, 2019 IN Collaborations

It goes without saying, without all our amazing customers, well, we just wouldn’t be here today. So we put our heads together to dream up one of the coolest (some might say badass) prizes we could think of to ring in 2020. At Jack Black we love original, iconic style. We also value freedom and live for adventure. So it was a bit of a no-brainer to collaborate with Triumph and develop the ultimate national promo prize: The Triumph 900cc Street Scrambler! Triumph refer to their Street Scrambler as “A modern day classic that’s born for freedom and fun”. We couldn’t agree more.

The Triumph Street Scrambler is as versatile as it is good lookin’; it works perfectly on and off road. It’s got grit and it’s got style, but just as important, it’s powerful and trustworthy, and one of Triumph’s most accessible and easy handling modern day classics.

“I have the exact same bike and can’t tell you how much joy it’s given me. It’s the perfect combination of performance and original style. It just works, whether you’re heading on an adventure for a couple of days or just commuting to work ” – Ross McCulloch, Jack Black Founder.

So, how does it become yours? Simple.

1. Go and buy any Jack Black Beer at participating outlets (click here for the National store list)
2. Write your name and number on the back of your till slip
3. Place your till slip into the entry box in-store to stand a chance to win.

Winner will be chosen by lucky draw. Ts&Cs apply

Bike Specs:

Be Discerning. Drink Responsibly. Don’t Drink & Drive.

NSRI x Pint for a Purpose

October 7, 2019 IN Pint for a Purpose

Over the next few months we’ll turn our attention towards the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). This organisation is close to our hearts, not just because the ocean means so much to us, but because the NSRI represents many of the things we truly love most about our country: people coming together to make our country a safe place to live and enjoy.

In short, the NSRI was formed in 1967 by a few individuals with a love for the ocean and a commitment to help others. Over 50 years later, this commitment has not wavered, and the small group of like-minded individuals has become a family of 41 stations across the country. Each of these volunteers is committed, accountable and super brave.

Equally as impressive is the collective of individuals that helps keep the NSRI afloat. Each and every year, the NSRI needs to raise approximately R150m. Over 90% of that comes from you and me, the individual, that donates anywhere from R25 a month. 

We speak about a Collaboration of Spirit a lot at Jack Black and this is one of the strongest examples to date – we can’t think of any kind of collaboration more important than helping others.

We’re very excited to learn more about this highly effective organisation and support them in any way we can. Perhaps you see yourself as a future fearless sea rescue volunteer, or perhaps rather just someone who’s willing to make a small monthly donation, but at the very least, come down to the taproom and have a Pint for a Purpose, and know that maybe, just maybe, it could help save a life.

Jack Black supports responsible drinking. Don’t drink and swim.

JACK & THE GIANT: A Collaboration of Spirit

September 12, 2019 IN Collaborations

The only thing better than sharing beer with friends is brewing beer with friends and then drinking it together!

It was a great day when our friend Eben, founder at Mad Giant, called to congratulate us on taking the step to move away from single use plastic, as we introduced our new packaging. Mad Giant are pioneers in sustainability, changing their packaging to recycled cardboard back in August 2018. Eben being the forward thinker he is, was keen to share his learnings and we were keen to share ours. That’s what friends do… they help each other out.

After a few chats, it seemed like a no-brainer to develop a kick-ass beer together. The great thing about collaborating with like-minded people is that your physical location is really irrelevant. As many of you know, Mad Giant is situated at 1 Fox Street in downtown Jo’burg, literally in the heart of city… and Jack Black is positioned 1407km away in Cape Town! The teams visited each other, chatted on the phone, via video, via skype, via racing pigeons, and developed a fresh, fruity, crisp, hoppy, insanely delicious beer that is truly all things SPRING!

We can’t wait for you to try this Jack & The Giant Pale Ale and who knows, if you like it enough, we might brew it again next Spring! Because after all, sharing is caring!​

Tasting Notes

A refreshing, juicy style Pale Ale that’s double dry hopped with Mosaic, Yellow Sub and El Dorado. Unfiltered with a bright golden colour, it’s got upfront aromas of pineapple, papaya and citrus fruit. A full textured mouthful leads into a refreshing fruit bomb finish…let’s just say you’ll smash more than one.

If you haven’t seen it, check out the tasting video here:

(Please note quantities are very limited so act fast to avoid disappointment)

On-Tap in CT

Jack Black Tap Room
Beerhouse – Long Street, Cape Town
Banana Jam

On-Tap in Jo’burg

Mad Giant / Urbanologi
Craft Beer Library
Capital Craft Menlo Park
Hops End

In Bottle CT

Jack Black Tap Room
Claremont Liquor City
Roeland Liquours
Biggest Little Beer Shop

In Bottle Jo’Burg

Mad Giant / Urbanologi
Tops Radiokop
Loco Liquour – Blairgowrie
Liquor City – Groenkloof

Cheers to many more collaborations of Craft Beer spirit!

Beer Outbound Photo Competition

September 4, 2019 IN Collaborations, Competitions, Events

Finally, winter is behind us and spring has sprung!

So, it’s with great excitement that we bring you our much loved #BeerOutbound photo competition. This year we have partnered up with our friends from Sealand to bring you some amazing prizes!

We’ll be choosing the top images to showcase at the Jack Black Taproom, with a winner announced at our Beer Outbound Party on Thursday, 17 October 2019. Only this year we have upped the ante and decided to make a bit of a celebration! There will be some great tunes, our epic keg kitchen and some amazing spot prizes.  

The prizes:

1st Prize: Beer-For-A-Year + a Sealand Dune bag + Jack Black Hydroflask + Sealand Frosty Cooler Bag with a combined value of R10000
2nd Prize: A GONE store gift card (to purchase products of your choice, such as portrayed above) + a Jack Black growler + Sealand Totebag + Case of Jack Black Cape Pale Ale valued at R3500
3rd Prize: A Sealand Frosty Cooler bag + Sealand Moon Bag + Case of Jack Black Cape Pale Ale valued at R2000 (Ross not included)

And loads of spot prizes but we will only reveal these on the night!

How to enter:

We want to encourage you to take our beer outside. On a hike, on a camping trip, on a surf adventure, on a forest walk, on a city rooftop, at on outdoor braai – the location’s up to you, so long as it’s outside. The essence of the competition is in the spirit of adventure and good beer. It’s about friendship, getting outbound, and just basically having a great time, outdoors. Whether it’s the top of a mountain peak, or your family campfire, it’s about that moment in time special to you. 

Share your photos on Instagram (Story or Permanent post) using the hashtag #BeerOutbound and tagging Jack Black Beer in the image. 

Get outside, get muddy, get sweaty, do what needs to be done, but above all, have some fun – we can’t wait to see the results!!

Please post your photos before October 6th 12AM to be eligible for the competition.


If your Instagram account is set to private, we won’t be able to see your post. Please feel free to email us your photos to info@jackblackbeer.com