“Teach people how to grow their own food, improve their health and wellbeing, and nurture and protect the environment” – Soil for Life
As we embark on the next chapter of our business, so we turn our attention towards sustainability, not just in the materials we use but also in the way we treat our neighbour and add value to our community. We’re so fortunate that there’s an incredible organisation, Soil for Life, that embodies these values, just 5km up the road from us.
We first became interested in urban gardening in a personal capacity, many of us at work with young children, wanting to teach them about where food comes from, and how it’s grown. We also love to cook, and gosh there’s nothing like fresh veggies, or even just some herbs and spices, from your own garden. Admittedly, most of us don’t have a green thumb, but thankfully our Chief Food Officer, Chef Clara, has been helping us along the way. We’ve also been implementing systems around the brewery too, such as composting and worm farming (not as bad as it sounds – promise!) to make some green progress in the Taproom.
The more we learn about urban farming though, the more we began to understand its importance – not just in terms of spicing up a meal, but in terms of the future of the planet. Soil for Life are addressing some rather daunting issues in a rational and pragmatic way; where our food comes from, how we afford it, and how to ensure we can get it.
Since 2002, Soil for Life have helped people in economically challenged areas develop productive and sustainable home food gardens. Not only are they sharing skills and empowering people, but they are also guiding the narrative around a new consciousness; where does our food comes from and what effect does that have on us?
We’ve had a chance to spend time with their team and are really excited to be supporting this worthy cause with our next Pint for a Purpose. Over the next few months we can’t wait to share our journey with you, as we continue to add elements of sustainability to our own Taproom and personal lives.
Come down to the Taproom and join in!
Soiled Out – An Evening of Comedy
Thursday, 8 August 2019 at 18h00
A host of brilliant comedians with stand-outs like Nik Rabinowitz join us for Soil For Life’s annual fundraiser.
R250 per person for a laugh, a half pint and a meal.
Get your tickets online here.
Saturday, 31 August 2019, time TBC
Jack Black and Chefs Warehouse come together for the annual Farm to table Oyster Fest.
If you’re busy on those dates, just pop down when you can a sink a few Soil For Life Pints and know that its helping spread the love.
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It’s been over a year since we introduced our first ambassador, and what a cool time we’ve had! Our intentions were to connect with like-minded folks who embody our values and our vision. Those doing extraordinary things and others finding the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary.
Over the last few years we’ve fallen more and more in love with Jozi, and have found more and more excuses to spend our time there.
Enter Sibu Magane.
We first connected with him on the basketball courts of Soweto. Beyond him being an all-round great guy, what really struck a cord with us is his commitment and passion to uplifting the area he grew up in. Growing up in Soweto in the 1980’s, raised by his mother and grandmother, he’s no stranger to challenges, but his narrative is woven with confidence, positivity, and strong family values, and he’s channelled this in to bringing together communities and uplifting youth through sport.
Sibu, Age 3
In the months and years ahead he plans to identify and rehabilitate broken up courts in different areas in order to transform them into safe spaces, and build up a series of tournaments to bring everyone together – such as this month’s Southwest Courtside Day in Soweto.
“Southwest Courtside Day focuses on building the youth through basketball tournaments and Bootcamps sessions in and around Soweto. The tournaments are growing so tremendously, hosting teams from KZN and North-West, creating a really great day out for the whole family”.
We’re inspired by Sibu’s commitment to his roots, and vision for the future. We can’t wait to welcome him to the team, and work some magic together.
Images: James Puttick
Brewing great beer is our passion. Since 2007, it’s always been about the beer. The ingredients, the process, the people. Our beer helped forge South Africa’s craft revolution and thanks to our amazing customers, it’s why we’re here today. But to be honest, our packaging just hasn’t done it all justice – so we thought it was about time for a refresh.
And we haven’t held back.
In addition to brand new handcrafted paper labels, we’re stoked to be rolling out premium new cardboard wraps for our 6 packs & 4 packs. Not only do they look great, but by replacing the old shrink wrapping, we’ll save over 6 tonnes of single use plastic annually! Yasssss!
More than anything, we’re thrilled with how our new designs share the stories behind each of our beers.
The beer that started it all – and continues to be the go-to-craft lager. This beer’s got a lot of heritage for us. It’s our flagship beer – the first we brewed way back in 2007, when the words ‘craft beer’ were foreign to most. It’s inspired by prohibition-era lagers – the same style brewed by Bootlegger John “Jack” Black for New York speakeasies during prohibition times. We dig his badass attitude, and his commitment to ensuring the people got what they wanted – great beer.
Our Brewers Lager is an all-round, every day kinda beer. It’s super drinkable and utterly delicious on tap. Any fridge should not be without it.
CAPE PALE ALE
The essence of Cape Town. A hoppy cult classic and outright thirst quencher, brewed in the heart of the Mother City with FRESH mountain-sized bursts of flavor and aromas. This beer is inspired by Cape Town’s unique, easygoing lifestyle and passion for being outside. It’s all of those feels in a bottle.
It’s basically brewed for nature, and tastes really good seconds after an outdoor adventure. As one of the lightest beers in our profile, it’s super sessionable – smash it, it ain’t getting any colder.
Our secret treasure, our hidden gem, our ode to the deep blue Atlantic. If you’ve tried this beer, you’ll know what we’re talking about. It’s different from the rest. Our take on an old-fashioned beer style. A shakeup on the traditional Weiss & Belgian Wit.
It’s super flavourful with a mellow vibe. It’s the beer you want on a lazy day with your feet up. Think boozy brunches or poolside Sundays. Go ahead, grab one. Try it with a slice of orange. Just taste it. It’s bloody delicious.
A great beer. Unfiltered.
BUTCHERBLOCK PALE ALE
An ode to the craftsman. Inspired by the craftmanship of the skilled tradesman. A nod to the local butcher, baker and all those who create with care, and believe that the finest ingredients are as important as the love that goes into a product. These are our kin.
This beer’s made in small artisanal batches and perfect for the enlightened beer drinker (if you know, you know). A bang-on balance between malt and hops makes this beer, well… “drop the freakin’ mic” delicious. It’s the perfect meal companion and if it’s not at your favourite restaurant, leave!
LUMBERJACK AMBER ALE
The ultimate reward. This is a layered, generous, wholehearted beer, filled with complex character. A truck-load of malt, that’s what we wanted. No excuses. This amber ale is sturdy, strong and dark – like drinking a big old redwood while monster pinecones fall from the sky.
A full throttle ale, here to be savoured, not rushed. It’s flavourful. Intense. Creamy. Smooth. All the good stuff. Everything you want from a beer after a hard day’s work.
SKELETON COAST IPA
For the discoverer. This is a brave, bold, hop-forward beer, created by equally brave, bold adventurers. The “Skeleton Coast” contours the South-West of Africa, a rite of passage for ships bound for India via Cape Town in old days gone by. It’s a unique part of the world – and it’s all about extremes. A deep, treacherous, freezing ocean. Raging storms. Rugged coastlines. Bone dry deserts. Marauding pirates. Death. Mutiny. Sea-faring beasts. A long, perilous journey.
By the time the ships had crossed these “Gates of Hell” the beer had started to turn bad. Over time they realised that adding a f*@k load of hops would preserve the beer – hence the name ‘India Pale Ale’ – a discovery that resulted in one of our favourite beer styles. A powerful beer, not for your average (fair weather) sailor.
Epic journey. Epic beer. Mission accomplished.
This has all been a long time coming. It’s pretty crazy that it’s all finally happening. We’re proud to see our new beers on shelf, and hope you enjoy getting to know each one. The new packs are slowly trickling in to stores, but if you’re impatient to get your hands on them, head over to our brewery in Cape Town and grab a case.
Fricken cheers, you guys!
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Job Title: Taproom Lieutenant General (Assistant Manager)
Each week we welcome hundreds of guests to our bustling Taproom where we host numerous events – including Food Truck Fridays, craft beer festivals, live music evenings, quiz nights, birthdays, weddings and more. We’re looking for a hardworking, beer loving bar enthusiast to take up the role of Lieutenant General at our brewery’s Taproom in Diep River, Cape Town, and support our Taproom manager with planning and general restaurant management.
Some of the expected duties and responsibilities:
- Opening and closing of the Taproom
- Stock management
- Staff management
- Cash ups
- Liaising with beverage suppliers
- Ordering of stock on a weekly and monthly basis
- General cleanliness and up-keep of the bar and the Taproom beer taps
- Booking of all brewery tours and execution thereof
- Upkeep of the beverage fridges and equipment
- Assisting Taproom Manager with staff training
- General set up and break down of functions
- Basic computer skills – Outlook, Excel and Word
- Staff management experience
- Bar management experience is a must
- Cash up
Extra points will be given for the following:
- Own transport with valid drivers license
- Beer knowledge
- Restaurant management experience
- POS system knowledge (ikentoo/TabletPOS)
- Having a “can do” attitude with a big smile
If you think you’re the perfect fit, please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Only successful applicants will be contacted.
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.
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.
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.
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 *