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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.

 

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Fresh Hop IPA – 2019 Release

April 11, 2019 IN Beers, Brewery, Limited Release

Our brewers called it – this beer is Fresh AF! We’re fricken STOKED to be cracking open a bottle of our Fresh Hop IPA – straight off the line. The first of our three Limited Releases for the year.

You see, we love beer. We love brewing it as much as we love drinking it. And we love getting creative with it in a no holds barred kinda way. We dream up new recipes and experiment with small batches, in limited quantities. And Fresh Hop IPA is one of our favourite results.

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We make this beer seasonally. The fresh hop harvest happens once a year during a tiny window period. We wait for the hop farmer to call and when he does, we drop everything, put the pedal to the metal, and head out to George to hand pick the whole cone hops that make this beer what it is.

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Our hop varietal of choice is African Queen, the source of inspiration for our label – representing abundance and fresh, natural flavour. With the bakkie brimming full of carefully-packed cooler boxes, its “Home James, and don’t spare the horses”! Our brewers gun it back, eager to maximise the freshness of their harvest and kick off the start of an all-nighter at the brewery – cramming as many fresh whole cone hops into the brew as possible.

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The result is a fully loaded, delicious, all hop IPA. Fresh cut grass, pinecones, grapefruit… call it what you will… it’s F*@KING yummy.

Each year the beer tastes a little different. Rumour has it that this year’s batch is the best it’s ever been. Savour it. Enjoy it cold and FRESH.

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Because we’ve made only one batch, availability is limited and we’re sending these beauties to select stores. We’ll of course be pouring it in the Taproom so if you’re in our area, pull in for a pint – straight from the source. The rest of you – watch this space! We’ll be updating the below stores list as our precious cargo reaches its destination.

 

FIND OUR FRESH HOP IPA

CAPE TOWN

  • Jack Black’s Taproom!
  • Oranjezicht City Farm Market
  • Banana Jam
  • Beerhouse on Long
  • Biggest Little Beer Shop
  • Claremont Liquor City
  • Kloof Tops
  • Seapoint Tops
  • The Bar Keeper
  • Vredehoek Tops

 

STELLENBOSCH

  • Fijnbosch cafe

 

EASTERN CAPE

  • Barney’s Tavern
  • Beer Yard
  • Tops JBay

 

JOZI

  • Beerhouse Fourways
  • Blue Bottle Liquors Centurion
  • Choo Choo Junction
  • Craft Beer Library
  • Horse & River in Vaal
  • Riverside Liquors
  • Spilt Milk Social Cafe (from April 24th)
  • Taphouse
  • The Bru House & Diner

 

PRETORIA

  • Capital Craft Centurion
  • Capital Craft Menlopark
  • Liquor City Groenkloof
  • Liquor City Glen Gables
  • Machics

 

KZN (from April 24th)

  • Meander Fine Wines
  • The Wine Cellar Rosetta
  • Tops Hilton Quarry
  • Tops Hillcrest
  • Tops Balito
  • Tops Umhlanga
  • Tops Eastmanns

 

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We’re Hiring a Brewer!

March 1, 2019 IN Beers, Brewery, Careers

Job Title: Production Brewer
Reports To: Brewmaster
Location: Diep River, Cape Town, South Africa

 

You May Just Be The Perfect Fit!
Are you incredibly inspired and passionate about beer?

Do you enjoy and savour the smell of fresh hops and dream of the endless possibilities of creating a variety of beers from clean, crisp lagers to Hoppy IPAs?

Are you willing and ready to keep an open mind and learn all the aspects of production brewing in our state-of-the-art facility?

If so, WE WANT YOU!

We’re seeking motivated, multi-talented, and experienced candidates who are looking to work in a fast-paced environment and are ready to be of part a growing Brewing Team!

What The Job Involves:

  • The brewer is responsible for production, from raw ingredients to bright tank.
  • Sustaining a clean, sanitary, and “showcase brewery” work environment.
  • Assisting with ongoing day-to-day operations within the brewery; anything from being on the brewing deck to exterior tank scrubbing.
  • Assisting with the monitoring of yeast health, fermentation, cropping, and general yeast management.
  • A complete willingness to get your hands dirty in the brew house, cellar, packaging hall, and warehouse.
  • Being an independent worker and having the ability to work with little supervision, but knowing when to ask for clear guidance.
  • Being passionate about meeting growing demands and performing other duties as needed and assigned.
  • An eagerness to be part of a strong team of brewers with safety, accountability, professionalism, teamwork and fun in the forefront of the culture.

Critical Job Requirements:

  • The ability to lift up to 50KG
  • Capable of working in a safe and competent manner, and being aware of surrounds in an environment that has heavy machinery, equipment, chemicals and systems.
  • Able to work in a noisy and high traffic manufacturing environment.
  • Flexible to work on weekends and/or weeknights and respond to high priority requests.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and maintain an excellent driving record. Own transport is a must.
  • Ability to take on various levels of responsibility from complex to simple tasks with a great attitude.
  • Ability to take direction well, follow verbal and written SOP’s.

What You Should Have:

  • A four-year degree in Science is a plus.
  • A certification from an accredited brewing program is also a plus.
  • In lieu of a related degree or certification, at a minimum 1 year experience in production brewing.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • An entry-level understanding of brewing and cellaring is required.
  • Experience with process automation is highly desirable.

We offer a great benefit package:

  • Competitive salary
  • Vacation, Sick & Holiday Pay
  • Job Growth & Training

And of Course….A monthly beer allowance and Tap Room discounts!!

Interested??
Send your CV to malcolm@jackblackbeer.com

Jack Black Brewing Co. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Jack Black Pint for a Purpose

Pint for a Purpose x 9 Miles Project

November 2, 2018 IN Brewery, Pint for a Purpose

Initially, we opened our Taproom as a space for friends and customers to come for a beer, meet the team, and understand the passion that goes into each and every batch we brew. One day we decided to open our doors to the world, and put the word out. It was a Friday and we brought in a food truck – just in case those who came were hungry. We were totally blown away by the turn out, with hundreds of people going out of their way, queuing to get in – in the pouring rain!

What we learnt that night really stuck with us. We’re part of an amazing community consisting of all walks of life. It’s this community that has played a vital role in the success of our Taproom and our brewery, and drives us to keep improving and brewing the best damn beer we possibly can. There are few things more rewarding than seeing people come together over a couple of beers in what we call ‘our home’. Everyone pays the same price, and everyone is here because they want to be.

Our community extends well beyond the borders of our brewery, and we’re constantly moved by the stories and meaningful work that we hear about on a regular basis.

It’s our community that’s inspired us to start our ‘Pint for a Purpose’ initiative – an initiative also adopted by our friends at Beerhouse from as early as 2014!

From today, when you come down to the brewery, you’ll spot a single tap different to the rest. Proceeds from that tap – this month, it’s our award winning Atlantic Weiss – will go towards the cause we’re currently supporting. The cause will change and so will the style of beer that runs through it, but the commitment will not.

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Our first cause is the 9-miles Project, whose slogan is ‘Going the Distance’.  The Project works with ‘at risk’ youth in coastal informal settlements and aims to provide mentorship and support. Based in Strandfontein Pavilion (Cape Town), the project is a haven and refuge for youth who have very few positive role models in their lives. One of their challenges is the commute to and from the safe 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.

“Walking to the project clubhouse is tough – especially in bad weather and with the fear of violence or abductions. The journey’s made because the clubhouse is a safe and positive environment but we are so grateful that, thanks to all involved, our dream of safe transport will soon become reality.” says 9 Miles founder, Nigel Savel. To make this happen, Patrick worked with some of the kids to make four beautiful, hand crafted wooden surfboards.

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One of the boards will be auctioned at the Wavescape Art Board Auction (at the brewery on Nov 28th), one will be on sale in the Gone Store, and one will be up for grabs through a raffle. We have this last board on display at the brewery right now, so come on down and grab an ice cold Pint for a Purpose and a raffle ticket too at just R50 a pop.

If you’re not in the area, you can still contribute to this super worthy initiative by getting in touch with the 9 Miles team directly via info@9milesproject.org, or giving them a call on 082 997 8754 or 021 393 0436.

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