Let’s buy some masks!

April 1, 2020 IN Uncategorized

It’s an unprecedented time for all of us.

Our worlds have been turned upside down. And while most of us are at home trying to get used to the new normal, trying to stay calm, trying to homeschool our kids and trying to re-invent our businesses – there are others who aren’t at home, they’re on the front lines – and they need our help. We’re talking about South Africa’s health care workers – from doctors to nurses and everything in between.

Despite the incredible efforts our country is making to flatten the curve with the 21 day Lockdown, South African doctors need more help. Covid 19 has not yet peaked in South Africa, and we need to be ready. Appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) including N95 masks are already in short supply, and the window to purchase enough protective equipment for our front line workers, is narrowing.

But we can help! There’s a Back-A-Buddy campaign started by doctors, for doctors and their colleagues, that is urgently trying to buy masks and protective equipment. If they’re able to reach their target, they’ll be able to pool resources and fulfil an order of 500,000 units, and more.

You can read all about the campaign here, and donate directly via SnapScan from the link on their site: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/covid-19-masks-fund

When we first heard about this campaign on Wednesday morning, we wanted to do more to help spread the word, and assist in the best ways we could drum up. Our incredible team quickly turned around an online shop – something we’ve been wanting for ages – and you can now head over to our website shop (we’ll get fancy later) to help support Jack Black, and contribute to this great cause.

Buy any case of Jack Black beer at a 10% discount, and together we’ll buy an N95 mask for a front line worker. Please note beer is only available for pick after Lockdown.

How does it work?

  1. Head on over to our online shop
  2. Select a case of beer of your choice
  3. Enter the discount code COVID19 for a 10% discount (on an already great price!)
  4. Complete your purchase and await your email proof of payment
  5. Jack Black buys an N95 mask on your behalf
  6. Collect your case of beer at Jack Black Brewery, Cape Town (post-Lockdown)
  7. Enjoy your beer! You’ve supported craft beer, and a great cause!

Last but not least, let’s all remember masks for health care workers aren’t just protecting the folks who are putting their lives on the line every day, but they’re also protecting us, and our loved ones. Without these incredible people, in good health, there’s no one else to support us.

Let’s support the healthcare workers, supporting us.
#inthistogether

Yours truly,
The Jack Black Family

#Beerinbound – Photo Competition

March 27, 2020 IN Uncategorized

We’ve flipped our Beer Outbound competition on its head, and instead of encouraging you to take your beer outside, this time we’re asking you not to! It’s still about family, community (in isolation together) and having a great time, the only difference is getting creative within your own four walls! 

It’s our responsibility as South African citizens to step up to the challenge and face our current lockdown situation with grit and determination… And what better way than with an ice-cold beer to help us get through it!  

Here’s how it works: Take a pic or shoot a video of you enjoying a Jack Black at home. Get creative and have some fun. Judging will be based on creativity and not your photographic skills! Whether it’s Scrabble with your isolation partner, Netflix and beer, or trying to teach your dog new tricks, we wanna see it! 

Upload your pic or video, tag us, #Beerinbound, and tag a friend who you wish was with you, and stand a chance to win: 

  • Beer for a year, worth over R5200
  • Bar fridge, valued at R3500

The competition will run for the entire lockdown period. That’s 21 days from Friday 27th of March until the 17th of April, after which time we’ll announce our winner.  

Good luck, and keep safe! 

Post your photos before April 16th 11;59pm to be eligible for the competition. Ts&Cs apply  – you must be of legal drinking age to enter.

***PLEASE NOTE*** 
If your Instagram account is set to private, we won’t be able to see your post. Please feel free to email us your photos/videos to info@jackblackbeer.com 

We’re Hiring!

March 12, 2020 IN Uncategorized

HEAD CHEF

We’re looking for a head chef to join and lead our Kitchen Team.

If you’re a beer and food lover with great experience in the kitchen, read on – this role might be just for you…

The Jack Black Taproom sits within our state of the art Brewery in Diep River, Cape Town and is our true brand home. We’re looking for someone who has a passion for food, beer and people… someone who understands the importance of consistency and solid teamwork.

The role requires personality, commitment, a strong eye for detail, an excellent pallet and superior management skills. The right candidate for this role is dependable, trustworthy, consistent, organised and able to take initiative and lead a kitchen team.

Primary Role:

Head Chef – lead your team and ensure very high quality standards are met; the food exiting the kitchen must be of excellent quality.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Staff management
  • Implementation & upkeep of the kitchen standards and SOP’s
  • Menu planning
  • Maintenance & upkeep of the kitchen hygiene & equipment
  • Kitchen finance
  • Stock & wastage control

Attributes:

  • Hard worker
  • Positive attitude
  • Takes initiative
  • Solution finder – not problem seeker
  • Punctual
  • Energetic
  • Honest
  • Go getter
  • Career driven

Desired Capabilities:

  • Fluent in English.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Passionate to learn more about craft beer and Jack Black.
  • Technologically-capable (intermediate Excel and MS Word).
  • Loves working with other people and presents a positive outlook.
  • High energy and enjoys being the captain of the ship.
  • Mature and seeks to learn from supervisors and peers.
  • Hungry to learn and able to flourish in a high-growth, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Results-driven and tenacious work ethic, with the drive, resolve, and urgency to do “whatever it takes” to accomplish specific goals.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the food industry.
  • Experience in running a super busy pass.
  • Demonstrate rather than dictate and earn respect.
  • Great communication skills
  • Previous experience leading a team in the kitchen

Physical Requirements:

  • Own transport and Driver’s license (with acceptable insurance record) a must.
  • Work revolves around objectives, projects and priorities, not hours: Must be available during Taproom opening hours.
  • Chef diploma or higher
  • Must have a neat and tidy presence

Sound good? To apply please submit:

  • Your CV.
  • Letters of reference.
  • A cover letter.

To: newhire@jackblackbeer.com

In your cover letter, please tell us more about yourself:

  • Where you’re from
  • What you love about food
  • Your favourite food style
  • Where you go or what you do to let your hair down
  • Your idea of a perfect weekend
  • What’s currently on your playlist
  • Who is your food hero and why
  • If you had a choice for your last meal on earth – what would it be and why
  • Your dreams for your future / what you’re working towards

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Salary: R12 000.00 – R16 000.00 – performance-related

Jack & The Giant : A Collaboration of Spirit (part 2)

February 20, 2020 IN Beers, Collaborations, Limited Release

It’s been about 5 months since we released our first collab with our friends from Mad Giant. We got together with a common goal : protecting the environment one step at a time.

“Jack Black moved away from plastic packaging last year and replaced it with beautiful cardboard 4-pack and 6-packs. We also have an anti-plastic mindset and we thought this is such a good way to celebrate with a beer, and that’s where Jack and the Giant came along.” – Eben, Head Brewer at Mad Giant

Our first brew was loved by many – and it showed! We spoke to Eben about the madness down in Cape Town, and the same thing was happening up in Jozi. The stock sold out in a flash, and soon after the Brewmistress announced it as the best beer of 2019.

It was a no-brainer to do it again. The first batch was brewed up in Jozi, and this time, using the same recipe, we brewed it right here at Jack Black. They say that a recipe can taste totally different when cooked in a different kitchen – well, you’ll have to try it for yourselves to decide whether ‘they’ are spot on or smoking their socks!

A full day of brewing (and a bit of nonsense) ensued and the beer was ready to be canned – wait, did we say ‘canned’?!? Yebo! This time around our juicy New England styled beer is arriving in a can, because what better way to smash it than in something that chills fast, recycles easily, and keeps the flavours fresh for longer?

JACK & THE GIANT PALE ALE (2020)

This beer’s double dry hopped with Mosaic, Yellow Sub and El Dorado. It’s unfiltered with a vibrant golden haze. It’s got upfront aromas of pineapple, papaya and citrus fruit. A full textured and juicy mouthfeel leads into a refreshing fruit bomb finish…you’ll smash more than one.

Availability:
(Please note quantities are very limited so, act fast to avoid disappointment)

Beer Festivals
Summer Beer Fest
Clarens Beer Festival

On-Tap in CT
Jack Black’s Taproom
Fijnbos Courtyard Café

On-Tap in Jo’burg
Mad Giant Brewery

In Bottle CT
Jack Black’s Taproom
Roeland Liquor Store
Claremont Liquor City
Biggest Little Beer Shop

In Bottle Jo’Burg
Mad Giant Brewery
Capital Craft Menlo Park
Tops Radiokop
Liquor City Groenkloof
Loco Liquor Blairgowie

Cheers to many more collaborations of Craft Beer spirit!

We’re Hiring

January 16, 2020 IN Careers

Job Title: Taproom Sales Specialist

We’re looking for a hustler with a work hard, play hard kinda attitude. Someone with a ‘roll-up your sleeves and get stuck in’ approach. 9 – 5 behind a desk not for you? Great. Wanna spend your time connecting with other people, building long-term relationships on behalf of the brand, and selling one of the best spaces in Cape Town – and get paid for it? Read on.

The Jack Black Taproom sits within our state of the art Brewery at Diep River, Cape Town. The Taproom is our true brand home. We are looking for someone who has a love for both beer and people… someone who understands community and sub-cultures.

The role requires personality, event management, a nose for new opportunities and some solid sales skills. We expect you to be dependable, trustworthy, consistent, thorough and able to take the initiative. If you’re goal orientated, up for a challenge, can work a little bit of magic, and believe that ‘Sales’ requires a custom approach, we’re probably looking for you.

Primary Role:

Bring feet through the door by identifying, developing and fostering relationships.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Implement Sales Plan for Jack Black Taproom
  • Host individuals and groups at the brewery – share the brewing process and brand story
  • Identifying, developing and fostering relationships with key players in the target groups
  • Reporting on progress, successes, challenges, and opportunities

Attributes:

  • Confident – not arrogant.
  • Self-starter – not a lone ranger.
  • Can work in a team – not a coaster.
  • Eye for new opportunities – not impulsive.
  • Loves beer – not necessarily a ‘beer geek’.
  • Hustler – not a swindler.
  • Solutions-driven – not a know-all.
  • Story-teller – not a big-talker.
  • Entertainer – not a clown.
  • Able to hold a conversation – not an ‘I’ specialist.
  • Enjoys a good beer – not a party animal.

Desired Capabilities:

  • Fluent in English.
  • Desirable: speaks another local language.
  • Strong selling and negotiation skills.
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills.
  • Understanding of beer and brewing is preferred.
  • Passionate to learn more about craft beer and Jack Black.
  • Technologically-oriented with experience reporting and sharing data (intermediate Excel and MS Word).
  • Able to work independently with a sense of purpose, and function collaboratively alongside a larger team.
  • Loves working with other people and presents a positive outlook.
  • High energy and enjoys being out and about.
  • Mature and seeks to learn from supervisors and peers.
  • Hungry to learn and able to flourish in a high-growth, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Results-driven focus and tenacious work ethic, with the drive, resolve, and urgency to do “whatever it takes” to accomplish specific goals.

Physical Requirements

  • Local travel approximately 80% of the time.
  • Unusual / extensive hours: May be required to work long or unpredictable hours.
  • Work revolves around objectives, projects and priorities, not hours. Must be available nights during Taproom opening hours.
  • Driver’s license (with acceptable insurance record).

Sound good? To apply please submit:

  • Your CV.
  • Letters of reference.
  • A cover letter.

To: newhire@jackblackbeer.com

In your cover letter, please tell us about:

  • Where you’re from
  • Your favourite lunch spot
  • Your favourite place for Friday night drinks
  • Where you go or what you do to let your hair down
  • Your idea of a perfect weekend
  • What’s currently on your playlist
  • What you love about beer
  • How Jack Black is different from other craft breweries
  • Your dreams for your future / what you’re working towards

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Salary: performance-related

Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive, we’re not able to respond personally to every applicant. If you haven’t been contacted 14 days after your submission, please consider your application unsuccessful.