Mega Ale – 2019
Colossal. Gigantic. Monstrous. Mammoth. Astro-freakin-nomical. Just a few of the adjectives we could’ve used to describe our 3rd and final limited release beer for 2019. With minimal space and maximum effect, we needed a word to describe just how big this beer really is…
Cue the MEGA ALE!
This is our no holds barred, “throw everything at it” kinda beer, with a big grain bill and an explosion of hops. It’s got attitude. It’s got flavour. And man does it pack a punch! Voted as ‘Best on Show’ and ‘Best Hoppy Beer’ at the 2018 Cape Town Festival of Beer, we had no excuse but to up the ante even more this year and bottle it up to share the love of this delicious brew beyond our brewery borders. Here’s what our brewers had to say:
Philip: “A fruity juice bomb as dangerous as swearing in front of your mother-in-law!”
Harry: “Stone fruit AF!”
Geeky details: ABV: 8% IBU: 72
Get down to our Taproom for a fresh pint and to fill up your Growlers while you still can. This one’s gonna go fast! This beauty will also be available at select stores which we’ll keep updating as they feed in!
(Available soon from these fine retailers):
Jack Black’s Taproom
Biggest Little Beer Shop – Willow bridge Tygervalley
Fijnbosch Café – Stellenbosch
Dopio Zero – Stellenbosch
Cattle Baron – Paarl
Protea Hotel – Stellenbosch
Trumpet Tree – Stellenbosch
De Oude Social Café – Bellville
Dos Chido – Durbanville
Liquor City Claremont
Dry Dock Liquor
Liquor City Groenkloof
The Green Bar
Craft Beer Library
Machics Ale House
Meander Fine Wines
Shongweni Club Assagay
Siggies Salt Rock
The Wine Cellar
Tops Hilton Quarry
Tops Lifestyle Ballito
Tops Lillies Quarters
Tops Mount Edgecombe
Eastern Cape and Garden Route:
Tops Jeffrey’s Bay
Spot on Liquors Jeffrey’s Bay
Tops Newton Park Porth Elizabeth
Barneys Beach front Porth Elizabeth
Top craft East-London
Blind pig Wilderness
* If you’re desperate (as you should be!) please call to confirm the stores have received their beer!
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Wolves of Winter – 2019 Release
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!
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Fresh Hop IPA – 2019 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- Fijnbosch cafe
- Barney’s Tavern
- Beer Yard
- Tops JBay
- 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)
- The Bru House & Diner
- Capital Craft Centurion
- Capital Craft Menlopark
- Liquor City Groenkloof
- Liquor City Glen Gables
KZN (from April 24th)
- Meander Fine Wines
- The Wine Cellar Rosetta
- Tops Hilton Quarry
- Tops Hillcrest
- Tops Balito
- Tops Umhlanga
- Tops Eastmanns
- The Bottleshop online store
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FRESH HOP IPA
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.
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.
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.
BUY YOUR FRESH HOP IPA HERE!
- 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)
- Beer Yard (Richmond Hill)
- The Blind Pig (Wilderness)
- Tops at Spar
- 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)
- 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)
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