We’ve all seen it; some super dodgy looking character trying to sell a cute puppy with a bandaged foot. What we might not know is this poor cute little puppy is usually stolen and maliciously hurt to pull on your heart strings. It’s a sight all too common, and one that must be stopped.
Our ambassador Ash Heeger holds this cause close to her heart, and we were thrilled when she linked us up with Anti Animal Trafficking (AAT), a self-funded group of badass volunteers who target the actual trade of these animals.
The goal of AAT is to prevent the abuse and trafficking of animals from happening in the first place. Together with the authorities, they work to apprehend the illegal hawkers (and hopefully get them incarcerated), confiscate the animal being traded and get the animal some much needed medical attention. The animals will then be shared with the list of foster volunteers and ultimately be given a loving home.
AAT need help in the form of donations (predominantly for vet bills) and also they need foster volunteers. For the month of September all proceeds from our Pint for Purpose will go towards this great cause. And who knows, maybe one day soon we’ll even get a brewery dog of our own ; )
On September 28th, we’ll be hosting a Fundraising Launch Day at the Jack Black Taproom, from 10h00 – 16h00. There’ll be live music, our world famous keg kitchen, great beer and some pretty cool raffle prizes from Chommies, Packleader, Lucky & Lou and Skinny Laminx. This is literally a day for the whole family – so come on down and support a good cause!
We are persistent, we are strong, and we are powerful – with your help.
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We couldn’t be more stoked to announce our flagship Jack Black’s Brewers Lager is now in a Can! Light, good lookin’, and created for your cooler box, our first Can is here just in time for the change in season.
Cans are lighter, they’re easy to snap out of the recyclable 6-pack clip and they get cold fast, super-fast. It’s the same delicious liquid only now a little more convenient. Those lucky enough to travel know that craft globally is oh-so-often in a Can. So, while it’s taken us a wee while, we’ve finally takin’ the plunge and damn we like the way it feels.
The beer geeks will give you a hundred other reasons as to why Cans rock, but for us, we really just dig how badass they look in a cooler box filled with ice, or a back pack set for an adventure, or in a hand next to the braai! We also really like the way you can drain one, crunch it, and continue on your adventure. Broken glass begone!
Oh, and because you deserve it, the 440ml also comes in with some great value, giving you more delicious liquid for a great price. We’ve got a feeling that the future looks bright for Cans, so grab a 6-pack, get ‘em cold and start fostering your own long term relationship.
PS – Because re-using is one step up from recycling, if you’re in the area, we encourage you to bring in your gently-used recyclable Can clips in exchange for Jack Black stickers and high fives – where we’ll re-use them, insuring a long life before they make it to the recycling depot.
Fiancé Knowles is an incredible embroidery artist, living in Cape Town, South Africa. Over her three and a half years of focusing on her work full-time, she’s become world-famous, doing work for some incredible names such as David Letterman, Gucci and Nike to name but a few.
Because nothing goes together better than great beer & killer music, Fiancé Knowles put together our very first Jack Black Playlist, filled to the brim with an excellent mix of feel-good Golden Era Hip Hop. So crack open a cold one, hit the play button and check out our interview with this truly amazing artist.
How many years have you been doing embroidery for now and what’s your favourite part about it?
I’ve been doing embroidery full time for 3 1/2 years. It started by accident in 2010 and became my favourite hobby outside of having a thousand different jobs. It’s always been a gentle indulgence in colour that’s both excites me, and keeps me calm.
You’ve worked with some incredible brands & people. David Letterman, Gucci, Nike, the list goes on. Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams that this would have happened? What has been your favourite or most mind-blowing project so far?
I never imagined that these things could have happened when I quit my 9-5 and went back to waitressing a few years back, but I did have an inclination that it (and I) had potential to make it something special. I guess everyone feels like that when they find something or someone they love. I’ve worked on so many projects that I treasure, but think the standout was when Adobe commissioned me to work with a Metal Artist in Mexico. We created an embroidery and metal sculpture cross-continents and it’s now at their head office in San Francisco. David Madero became a good friend and I’m still hoping to meet him in person one day.
It’s really amazing to see the power of an app like Instagram to connect people world-wide & give artists a platform. You currently have 125k followers, which is an enormous platform. Do you think that your career would have been possible without this platform?
Definitely not. Instagram has been like a fundamental tool in my kit. I’m really grateful that I was caught in the slip stream of IG in its hay day. I feel like it has changed a lot with algorithms and influencer culture and I imagine it a bit like I was running in the Olympics before they started testing for drugs. Now there are more people, barriers and the competition is tougher. These changes in the last year have grounded me a lot, because I was gearing my work around my audience. It’s reminded me that you have to produce work that is true to you and your growth because you can’t rely on an app, when it can change in an update.
Do you have any advice to give to the aspiring artists out there?
Make the work, be free to share it, let it go and then make more. You will only learn and find answers in the process. Try not to overthink. Lean into the parts that bring you joy because are the things that will help you develop your own style.
Tell us about your playlist, what’s the vibe & when would you listen to it? (While working, hanging out that sort of thing)
My playlist is homage to my favourite music people, the Uppercut crew who put on the Golden Era parties in Cape Town. I’d listen to this whenever I need a pick me up and a shake down.
Have a look at more of Fiancé Knowles’ work on Instagram:
Or check out her website:
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Meet Kane Reilly. He’s our latest addition to the Jack Black Ambassador family, and damnit we’re excited to have him.
Kane’s young, but wise. He’s driven, disciplined and really good at being a downright decent human being. He’s also really good at covering vast distances across impossible mountain terrain a lot faster than just about anyone you’ve ever met…or will ever meet.
Kane’s been running since he was six years old – honing his skills on the track and cross country. School comes to a close, and like many before him, he fell in love with running in the mountains. And he’s fast, real fast, with over 100 races and an 80% win rate, he’s a true talent. He has boxes of trophies and shelves of medals, but it hasn’t all been winning. Just two years into trail running, and in the best shape of his life, Kane woke up before a race with a swollen ankle.
“It was really weird because I hadn’t rolled it, and couldn’t understand why it was swollen. I went to the usual physios and they too were puzzled. It was clear that this wasn’t a typical sports injury”. Eventually Kane was diagnosed with a real set back, auto-immune arthritis, side-lining him for a year. “Running was my identity, my everything, suddenly there was so much uncertainty, and its unpredictable because one doesn’t know when or if it will return.”
Forced to find balance, Kane matured into the person he is today. He’s overcome adversity and gone on to win the title of SA’s Trail Champion, set many race records and competes with the world’s best on a global stage. He’s motivated to win and inspired to grow relationships that have a positive effect on communities that running touches.
But Kane’s real journey is how he balances the knife edge of competitive racing with a holistic lifestyle that has time for friends, loved ones, and of course, work. The pursuit of passion is a wonderful thing, but it’s also really difficult. Finding balance for all of us is challenging – we have to put bread on the table while making time for the people, and the things we really love.
We’re genuinely inspired by Kane’s approach – he’s all about locking in; running fast, smashing records, fostering relationships and having beers at the end of it all. Like all of us, he knows that finding balance in itself is a moving target and we’re so excited to be a small part of his great story.
Header image credit: Xavier Briel
Image 1: Peter Kirk Media
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.
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:
Roeland liquor store
blue bottle Kloof corner
Beer house on long
Tamboers Winkel (On tap)
Clarkes (On tap)
Dark Horse (On tap)
Liquor City Groenkloof
Liquor City Glen Gables
Capital Craft Menlopark
Centurion Blue Bottle Liquors
Bru House & Diner
Loco liq conrad
Dry dock liquor
Loco liq kyalami
Craft Beer Library
The Green Craft Bar
Store list coming soon!
Store list coming soon!