Wolves of Winter – 2019 Release

August 13, 2019 IN Limited Release

Winter is a beast. It calls for a beast of a beer. And we’ve got just the thing.

Midnight black. Brewed by light of the full moon for long, cold nights. Our wolf pack have come together for another seasonal release – our Wolves of Winter Oatmeal Stout.

This beer’s rich and creamy – a mouthful of chocolate and butterscotch with a bite of bitterness. Roasted malts form the backbone of this robust and heart-warming stout, while generous oatmeal and hop additions add great complexity and balance. It’s fiercely delicious.

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Our brewer, Malcolm, pretty much sums it up here:

“Brewing is definitely one of the best jobs in the world – early mornings and loooong nights are common, but being able to produce a crazy good liquid and sharing it with friends is one of the best feelings you’ll ever get. Brewing at Jack Black is a team effort and this beer is a tribute to the hard work, dedication and love that the wolfpack puts into every drop of beer we produce… and I can confirm we are SUPER stoked about the beer!”

Set the Irish coffee aside – here’s your new fireside companion.

Hunker down and get yourself a pint at our brewery. Sip it. Savour it.

We’ll also be sending our Limited Edition bottles to select stores across the country in the coming weeks. Oh, and we might tap a keg or two somewhere special… watch this space.

Wolves of Winter Store List:

Cape Town:

Roeland liquor store

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Beer house on long

Vredehoek tops

Tamboers Winkel (On tap)

Clarkes (On tap)

Dark Horse (On tap)

 

JHB:

Liquor City Groenkloof

Liquor City Glen Gables

Capital Craft Menlopark

Machics

Centurion Blue Bottle Liquors

Bru House & Diner

Loco liq conrad

Dry dock liquor

Loco liq kyalami

Craft Beer Library

The Green Craft Bar

Tops Radiokop

 

 

Eastern Cape:

Store list coming soon!

 

KZN:

Store list coming soon!

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Soil for Life is master at urban gardening just down the road from the Jack Black brewery.

Soil for Life x Pint for Purpose

July 11, 2019 IN Pint for a Purpose

“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.

This month's Pint for Purpose at Jack Black is all about the urban gardening at Soil for Life

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? 

Soil for Life educates local communities about growing a healthy soil for growing vegetables Jack Black brewery met the local community at the Soil for Life urban garden

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.

Oyster Feast
Saturday, 31 August 2019, time TBC

Jack Black and Chefs Warehouse come together for the annual Farm to table Oyster Fest.

R450 per person.
Includes your set dinner menu, a welcome drink on arrival and a pitcher of beer for your table.

Get your tickets online here.

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.

Cheers!

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Sibu Magane

July 4, 2019 IN Ambassadors

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.

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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.

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“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”.

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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.

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Images: James Puttick

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Our Beer Now Looks As Good As It Tastes!

June 26, 2019 IN Beers, Brewery

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.

 

BREWERS LAGER

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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.

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CAPE PALE ALE

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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.

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ATLANTIC WEISS

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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.

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BUTCHERBLOCK PALE ALE

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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!

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LUMBERJACK AMBER ALE

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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.

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SKELETON COAST IPA

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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.

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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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We’re Hiring!

May 27, 2019 IN Brewery, Careers

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

 

Experience required:

  • 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 anthony@jackblackbeer.com

Only successful applicants will be contacted.