Jack Black x Adventure Film Fest

March 29, 2019 IN Adventure, Events

Our love of the outdoors runs deep. It’s about pure, natural beauty and the ever-present promise of adventure. It’s also about respect, and our responsibility to protect what was there long before us.

This drive to connect with the world beyond our doors is our undercurrent, and we’re stoked to be an official partner of the Cape Town Adventure Film Festival – a celebration of exactly that – with a line up of locally and internationally produced films that provoke a sense of what it means to have a deep passion for wild and off beat places. And because beer pairs perfectly with adventure, we’re bringing ice cold Jack Black beer to all of the screenings – woohoo!

Here are a few of our highlights from the line up.



A portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock – the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – without a rope.

Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard – perfection or death. Free Solo is an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.


This film was the winner of the 2019 Academy Award for “Best Documentary Feature”.

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin – for National Geographic.

Lessons From The Edge


This film captures the intricate stories within Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel’s successful 25 day 1500km epic across the Great Himalaya Trail. They traversed heavily snow-covered mountains and experienced incredibly extreme weather conditions along the way. They suffered frost-bitten fingers, serious tummy bugs, breathing difficulties and a few near-death experiences. A constant on the route, however, was the incredibly welcoming nature of the Nepalese people and their embodiment of the spirit of ‘Namaste’.

Shot by Dean Leslie and Jared Paisley from The Wandering Fever Productions for Red Bull Media House.

Kissed by God


A film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons.

This film focuses on the true, untold story of one of the world’s most prolific surfers. Andy was the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world for his blue collar rise to fame and success. However, many were unaware of the internal battles that led to his demise. The intent of the film is to show his life – unfiltered. One that was filled with energy, passion, success, and challenges.

The film features in-depth interviews with Andy’s brother Bruce Irons, his wife Lyndie Irons, Joel Parkinson, Nathan Fletcher, Sunny Garcia, and Kelly Slater. It’s not a film about surfing; this is a film about a person that lived life to its fullest at the top of his industry, but did so facing insurmountable internal challenges. This story is about everything that made Andy Irons the man he was.

Brought to you by filmmakers Steve and Todd Jones.




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 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 – the infamous Dungeons below the sentinel mountain in Hout Bay, and Sunset Reef (1km out to sea off the small seaside village of 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.

If you missed the screening at our brewery, now’s your chance to catch this epic film.

A film by Richard Wall. Brought to you by Jack Black Beer and Kommetjie Surf Shop. In association with BOS Ice Tea. Winner of ‘Best Film Ocean Experience’ at Waimea Ocean Film Festival.



To read up on the other films, many of which will be screening at our brewery on the Short Film nights, check out the festival line up.

In addition to these brilliant films, the festival will be featuring three photo exhibitions.


Drakensberg on the Fly, by Ewald Sadie, is an alternative take on ascending 1400 vertical meters – a world of off-piste trails and riding – that’ll test the average man and his machine to their limits.



African Odyssey showcases the work of Alan van Gysen – one of the worlds most respected surf photographers – around surf and coastal exploration and environmentalism in remote parts of Africa.



Lessons From The Edge, by Dean Leslie, is a once-off evening of stories and images of his experience behind the lens following Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel as they set the fastest known time for the Great Himalaya Trail – a total of 1,406km in 28 days.

Drakensberg on the Fly and African Odyssey will be up in our brewery from 1 April and 8 April respectively – come and grab a bite and a beer at any point during the festival to check them out.


Jam-packed couple of days for sure! Head over to Quicket to get your tickets. There are a limited number of seats and screenings – you snooze, you lose.

We’re so looking forward to kicking back with a cold one and letting the passion for what these legends are doing wash over us. See you there!




Stuart McConnachie

July 27, 2018 IN Adventure, Ambassadors

We’ve known Stuart for the better part of 25 years and it’s with great pleasure that we welcome him as our next ambassador.

Stu’s upbringing would seem familiar to many of us – camaraderie and competitiveness living side-by-side, excelling at sports, and gazing out the window during class. He was ready to take the next step with a traditional career path – and was stopped in his tracks. Stu contracted jaundice, sapping his energy and sentencing him to many months in hospital.

“Being broken down to your most exposed self, forces you to re-evaluate. Leaving the hospital with so much doubt about the future moulded a sense of new being. It was a chance to begin again”.

Stu realigned his life so that the right things were prioritised. The first of which was regaining his strength by spending time in Newlands forest with his faithful companion Fergus (a scruffy Airdale Terrier). His plan worked, and within a year he miraculously earned a silver medal completing the Comrades Marathon in 7hr25! This was his turning point.


Image Credit: Jared Paisley

“I quit my job and decided to see what would happen. I then saw an ad posted by Nic Bornman (an old school friend) for Ultra Trail Cape Town and I immediately wrote to him. I knew this was my reason, my chance”.

Since then Stu has put in the hard yards, building a community (of all shapes, sizes and speeds!) that love to run in the mountains – from smaller weekly gatherings such as Tuesday Trails with routes ending in an ice cold beer, to events like Ultra Trail Cape Town, which sits firmly on the world stage.


In his spare time, Stu can be found exploring the local wilderness, often with the love of his life, Jasper (his 5yr old son), or with his crew of hardened “Cederbergies,” fast packing through big mountains come rain or shine – bagging peaks, overcoming fears and breathing nothing but pure stoke.


Image Credit: Jared Paisley


Image Credit: Jared Paisley

We’re so honoured to be a part of Stu’s story, and are genuinely inspired by his love of life. He truly lives by Madiba’s words: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”.


Image Credit: Jared Paisley


Pete Calitz

April 26, 2018 IN Adventure, Ambassadors

You’ll find ‘Pete the Heat’ on the mountain, probably running, maybe cycling, definitely wearing one of his trademark button-down collared shirts, and most certainly with a cold Cape Pale Ale in hand.

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He’s a world-class tennis player turned mountain biker turned trail runner turned Jack Black beer ambassador – no joke. His unwavering love for our beer and our story is what planted the seed for us to officially kick off our ambassador program. We were blown over by his unique combination of grit, talent, and passion, connected by our shared love for the outdoors, and humbled by his genuine love for Jack Black.


Pete’s love for our beer is so strong that he travelled to the Pyrenees (a mountain range stretching from Spain to France) with his own Jack Black lager packed in his bags – because there’s nothing better at the finish of a grueling cycle!

Pete’s no stranger to the focus and dedication needed for hardcore, high endurance sport. He craves the natural joy of it almost as much as he craves the ice cold beery reward at the end of it. But for us Pete is more than his impressive sporting abilities and accomplishments. We dig him because of who he is – one of the most genuine, warm, up-for-anything kinda guys we know.

Nothing could feel more natural or organic than to have Pete flying the flag for us. Welcome to the family Pete!

To read more about our ambassadors, check out this blog post.

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April 16, 2018 IN Adventure, News, Videos

Stories are part of our DNA.

Listening to peoples’ stories and sharing our own is how we connect on a day-to-day basis at Jack Black. Richard Wall has been telling stories through film for the better part of 20 years, so when he came to us with the story of Satori, we were all ears.

Satori is a film that follows the lives of a group of big wave surfers in Cape Town, South Africa. Their passion is riding the huge waves of the South Peninsula at two surf breaks – the infamous Dungeons (below the sentinel mountain in Hout Bay) and Sunset Reef (1km out to sea off the small seaside village of Kommetjie).


Image: Anthony Fox

Richard himself is in fact one of these surfers, and derived the name of the film based on his own personal experiences in the water. ‘Satori’ is an ancient Japanese word used by Buddhists meaning ‘sudden truth’ or  ‘sudden moment of awakening’.


 “Having a ringside seat and watching the human condition working with all that power is the greatest show on earth.” – Anthony Fox, photographer.

Satori’s narrative leans away from the dramatic action shots we’re so accustomed to with big wave surf films, focusing rather on the surfers and their connections to each another and the ocean. These otherwise everyday guys have found their Satori moment, and they steer their lives to follow it. The behind the scenes video below of Cass Collier illustrates just that. Cass Collier (along with Ian Armstrong) put South Africa on the world stage by their ‘colossal win’ the 1999 ISA Big Wave World Champs at Mavericks. The clip below shows Cass reminiscing about his introduction to big waves with his dad and how he became hooked on that Satori moment.

Along with Roddy Torr (long term friend of Richard’s and owner of Kommetjie Surf Shop) we’re proud to announce our partnership on this film. We’re so stoked to be able to help facilitate the coming together of these inspiring people, and unlock the rich stories they’ve got to share. The film will be developed over the winter months – we’ll be sharing more  snippets as it moves. Watch this space!

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Richard & Roddy, captured by Sean Thompson.


Image: Anthony Fox

Special thanks to Canon SA and Photohire for their generous support.

Have a look at some more of Richard’s work.

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The First Rule of Batrun….

February 23, 2018 IN Adventure, Beers, Events, Sports

…is never to talk about Batrun…


But, this race was so epic we just can’t help ourselves!


The Batrun is held around full moon every year in Feb or March. Grit, determination and extreme enthusiasm for the mountain and the outdoors are obvious pre-requisites.


The route is 30km, with a gain of 2250m (which is insane!), up and down the three Table Mountain National Park summits – Devil’s Peak, Maclear’s Beacon and Lion’s Head – all run at night with ‘bat vision’.


Sure there are some pro athletes in the group, but this is a community event run by those lucky enough to get their hands on one of the limited number of tickets, creating a super supportive, non-competitive vibe, with a good time had by all – including the crew.


Last weekend, from sunset to sunrise, we followed the runners up and down the three peaks cheered them on and handed out medals they couldn’t have worked harder to earn – ice cold Jack Black Beers.


“In running, the road is pop music, the trail is rock & roll, and the Batrun is heavy metal. It’s the raddest event on the calendar, and attracts the coolest, craziest runners and supporters alike.” – Pete Calitz.


Here’s a glimpse into the epic-ness that is the Batrun. A serious congratulations to everyone who gave this a go.


For more info on the race, check out the Batrun website.


A huge thanks goes out to the team below without whom this video would not have been possible. Thanks for giving us your Saturday night…and more!




– James Puttick –

– Robert McCulloch

– Pete Calitz


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