Jack Black Pint for a Purpose

Pint for a Purpose x 9 Miles Project

November 2, 2018 IN Brewery

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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Wolves of Winter Stout

August 23, 2018 IN Beers, Brewery

With bucket loads of talent and twice the passion, our brewers have collaborated to brew our once-off Wolves of Winter Stout. Inspired by the drop in temperature, fire-side weekends, and an itch to try something new, our team came together and developed this unique recipe ’round the table of an informal brewer’s lunch in our Taproom. Knowing we had a small window in our brewing schedule, a quick scramble for raw materials ensued, and the brewing process began the very next day.

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“We wanted to do something completely different while staying true to what we do best. This beer is the culmination of the expertise, perfectionism and passion of our brewing family.”

Our primary focus was the malt. We wanted to achieve a deep dark colour without adding any roasted bitterness, so, along with a few other malts, we chose to brew with Carafa Special – a malt that doesn’t contain a husk and provides a deep rich colour without imparting any strong roasted characters. We’ve kept the hop profile simple, with subtle bitterness and a piney, resinous aroma. And because we wanted this stout to be a little different, we fermented it with lager yeast.

The result is a truly delicious, complex beer that goes down well and leaves room for another. And another.

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This R&D release will be available at our Taproom only – while stocks last. If any kegs do sneak out of the brewery, we’ll let you know where they end up!

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Dark
Nose: Upfront coffee and chocolate aromas with nuances of roasted marshmallows.
Taste: Refreshing medium-bodied stout; unique bitterness that gently lingers, then disappears inviting the next sip… Dark chocolate and coffee flavours follow through on the palate for a subtle but delicious finish.

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We’re Hiring!

April 30, 2018 IN Brewery, Careers

Job Title: Office Controller

At Jack Black Brewing Co. we believe in a great work-life balance. Catch us surfing when the swell is good, or enjoying sunset hikes on Table Mountain with mates (followed by a Cape Pale Ale!) after a productive work day at the brewery.

As we grow, our team grows, so we’re always looking for outgoing, super organised, happy folks to join us and add to our great team environment.

We now have an opening for an “Official Office Controlling Agent”, a dynamic role where you will be required to dodge bullets and defuse bombs. This role is super important and is key to the successful functioning of our office and systems. As our OOC, you will have your finger on the pulse of our fast moving environment. You will be a natural team achiever, someone who gets stuck in and assists wherever possible, with a “can do” attitude and an attention to detail that is second to none!

Some of the cool stuff you will be responsible for:

  • Pastel Wiz – need to know the ins and outs.
  • Processing invoices and orders.
  • Loading bank payments.
  • Performing reconciliations for VAT, petty cash, bank, supplier and debtor accounts.
  • Maintenance of the fixed asset register.
  • Booking of flights/accommodation.
  • Inspect reimbursement claims.
  • Status reporting to management team.

Other skills and experience helpful to this role:

  • Absolute attention to detail and accuracy of all work.
  • People management skills.
  • Assisting the Human Resource Function.
  • Overtime recording.
  • Leave schedule management.
  • Maintenance of employee contracts.
  • Disciplinary procedures.
  • Record keeping of deductions.
  • Maintenance of the group risk schedule.

 

If you know you are the best person for this dynamic dynamo position – don’t hesitate to send your details and CV to info@jackblackbeer.com. Please remember to indicate salary expectation.

We look forward to meeting you!

*Please note that due to the popularity of this role we will only be able to reply to successful applicants. Thanks!

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FRESH HOP IPA

April 13, 2018 IN Beers, Brewery, Limited Release

Small batches. Limited Quantities. Rad ingredients. This pretty much sums up our limited edition beers. We love to stretch our wings, push our brewers, and put our skills to the test. And if the outcome is awesome, we bottle it.

Cue our one-of-a-kind Fresh Hop IPA.

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Man, we love this beer. Making it is an adventure. We have the chance to trek up to George during the tiny window period of the fresh hop harvest and hand-pick the precious whole cone hops that shape the character of the brew.

Once again, we were lucky to get our hands on the African Queen varietal, which continues to inspire our label design. Cooler boxes brimming, we rushed back home to hop the sh*t out of the first brew – adding handfuls of hops to the lautertun and then generously throughout the brewing process, maxing out on the fresh cones. Whole Cone Citra was added in the whirlpool for a little extra kick, and we rolled out the hop gun for dry-hopping after fermentation.

And so, each bottle is packed full of seriously fresh flavours without the overpowering bitterness usually associated with heavily hopped IPAs. Crack one open and you’ll experience an explosion of grassy and citrus aromas with fresh berries and grapefruit on the palate, balanced by light earthy wood notes.

This beer is best enjoyed FRESH! Savour it if you’re celebrating a special occasion, or hell, crack one open just because this limited edition brew is reason enough to celebrate.

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Join us at the brewery for our launch event on Friday April 20th, or grab a 4 pack or a pint from your nearest store or watering hole. When we say it’s ‘Limited Edition’, we mean it – so mark your calendars! Beers will be available for purchase from April 26th at the below selected outlets – while stocks last!

Of course we’ll be pouring it in the Taproom so if you’re in our area, pull in for a pint – straight from the source.

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BUY YOUR FRESH HOP IPA HERE!

Western Cape:

  • Hank’s Olde Irish (Cape Town City Centre)
  • Beer House on LongStreet (Cape Town City Centre)
  • Radisson RED (V&A Waterfront)
  • Roeland liquors (Gardens)
  • Kloof Nek Blue Bottle Liquors (Tamboerskloof)
  • A Touch of Madness  (Observatory)
  • Woodstock liquors (Woodstock)
  • Liquor City (Claremont)
  •  Banana Jam Cafe (Kenilworth)
  • Shorties Blue Bottle Liquors (Noordhoek)
  • Maties Beer Appreciation Society (Stellenbosch)
  • Bottelray Hills (Stellenbosch)
  • The Biggest Little Beer Shop (Bellville)

 

Eastern Cape:

  • Beer Yard (Richmond Hill)
  • The Blind Pig (Wilderness)
  • Tops at Spar

 

Gauteng:

  • Capital Craft (Menlopark)
  • Capital Craft (Centurion)
  • Whisk Irene (Centurion)
  • Beerhouse (Fourways)
  • The Green Craft Bar – Benoni Country Club (Benoni)
  • The Green Craft Bar – Modderfontein Golf Club (Modderfontein)
  • The Green Craft Bar – Glenvista Country Club (Glenvista)
  • Machics Restaurant and Alehouse (Pretoria)
  • Beerhaus Bavaria (Pretoria)
  • Liquor City Groenkloof (Pretoria)
  • Murrayfield Cellars  (Pretoria)
  • The Bru House & Diner (Krugersdorp)
  • Loco Liquor (Blairgowrie)
  • Tops Radiokop (Roodepoort)
  • Craft Beer Library (Linden)
  • Dry Dock Boutique Liquor (Parkhurst)

 

Durban:

  • 9th Avenue Bistro (Morningside)
  • Marriott Gardens Wine Cellar (Rosetta)
  • Tops at Spar (Umhlanga Rocks)
  • Salt Rock Liquor Store (Salt Rock)
  • Tops at Spar – Tiffany’s Shopping Centre (Ballito)
  • Tops at Spar (Ballito)
  • Liquor City Ballito Circle (Ballito)
  • Tops at Spar (Hillcrest)
  • Meander Fine Wines (Lidgetton)
  • The Cellar (Durban Central)
  • The Quarry Centre (Hilton)

 

Images Credit: James Puttick

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OUR NEXT CHAPTER

February 15, 2018 IN Brewery, News

Looking back, it was an exciting, busy and challenging 2017.

We turned 10 years old! A time to reflect on where we’ve come from, and where we’re going. It’s been quite a ride. Some days it feels like we only started yesterday, while other days it feels as though we’ve been working at this for quite some time. We’ve grown up from our humble beginnings of me delivering kegs on my scooter and Meg cold-calling restaurant accounts, but at the same time we still so often feel like we’re finally just getting things going.

We’ve matured as a family business and keep on striving to make the best, most inspiring beer we can, while maintaining the best service levels to all our customers – which comes with its fair share of hurdles – with more moving parts than ever before. From increased production, sales, marketing, and distribution to a new Taproom… jeepers, we’ve been pretty busy.

With all of that in mind – the most important thing we insist on, and always come back to – is to remain true to our original vision – to make premium, well made, honest beer that is crafted with inspiration and full of flavour. Always.

Moving forward into 2018 – we see some challenges ahead, particularly in distribution. Based on this, we are excited to partner up with Heineken SA, to help take our brewery into 2018, and the next chapter of the Jack Black story.

We don’t think we could have chosen a better partner – a family-controlled company that operates in over 70 countries and is renowned for successful partnerships. Sure, they’re big, but they’re also pretty darn great.

Heineken will acquire a minority share, so myself and my team (who are not going anywhere) will retain control over our heritage, our recipes, our day-to-day operations, and our company’s future direction.

Essentially, we’ll have a partner that will help us expand our network and get our beer to all parts of the country, and possibly beyond. This means you’ll have better access to our beers, which at this point is something we’ve only dreamt about.

I can honestly say we’ve had great, genuine interactions with the team from Heineken and that we’re super stoked about our plans for the future, or frankly, we wouldn’t be doing this. We truly feel it’s the best thing for us and our business – to be able to achieve the potential we have as a brewery.

We look forward to this exciting new chapter as we continue brewing beers that we hope will inspire you, as much as they inspire us.

Yours in beer,

Ross

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