Jack Black 9 Miles

Going The Distance

December 18, 2018 IN Pint for a Purpose

We’re smiling from ear to ear to share that The 9 Miles Project have reached their goal – to raise enough money to buy a Quantum kombi and help their kids travel safely to and from their ‘haven’, the Strandfontein clubhouse.

If you didn’t catch our earlier blog post, The 9 Miles Project works with ‘at risk’ youth in coastal informal settlements and aims to provide them with mentorship and support. Based in Strandfontein Pavilion (Cape Town), the project is a refuge for youth who have very few positive role models in their lives. One of their challenges was the commute to and from their 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. To make this happen, Patrick worked with 4 of the older kids to make four beautiful, hand crafted wooden surfboards.

Marci’s board was auctioned off at our brewery in November for an incredible R70 000, and Shannon’s Mini Malibu went home with Kirsten Meyer, the lucky raffle winner. ​Both Kenzil’s Single Fin and Faieq’s Fish were sold in a private sale. To top it off, our friends at Wavescape were able to provide a significant contribution from the funds raised for the Wavescape Festival.

Reaching this milestone also brings us to the close of our first Pint for a Purpose – a dedicated tap in our brewery where proceeds go towards a cause in the community that we believe in. We kicked this initiative off with 9 Miles and are humbled to have been a part of their journey – even if just for a fleeting second. We have a restored faith in the goodness, tenacity and generosity of people like Nigel and his team. They are literally ‘going the distance’ every day, every week, every year. After spending some time at their club house and experiencing ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’ first hand, we’re beyond thrilled that those days are now a thing of the past. We encourage everyone to go out and see what they are doing, meet the kids and feel the power of positivity. We’re so thankful for what we’ve learnt, for the friendships we’ve made and for the inspiration gained. We look forward to keeping in touch with the 9 Miles team through our ambassador Matt Bromley – also an ambassador and inspirational leader for these amazing kids.

Jack Black 9 Miles Project

Hanging out at the 9 Miles Club House with our ambassadors Matt Bromley & James Puttick.


The Long Walk to Freedom


Keep an eye out for our next Pint for a Purpose, and support our cause by simply buying a beer.

Jack Black Pint for a Purpose

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


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