If you’re looking for us, we’ll be in Diep River… sipping on a pint of Jack Black’s new Weiss Beer at their very own tap room. That’s right beer geeks, after nine years of being contract brewed, the founding father’s of the South African craft beer scene finally have a place to call home, and a place for you to visit… regularly. It’s quite a big step for the brewery, who have been on the scene since craft beer was nothing more than just a nice idea, but it’s been a long time coming for beer lovers. Fast forward a few years and the popular brewery now has it own premises, its own brewhouse and its own team of brewers led by Brewmaster, Jonas Krebs.
Jack Black launched in 2007 and has been causing a stir on the beer scene ever since – one tap at a time, one draught at a time, Jack Black has become the go-to craft beer for many beer lovers looking for a well-rounded craft beer with plenty of flavour. And now, finally, you can enjoy this well-rounded beer in the Jack Black Tap Room in Diep River. But why Diep River? Well, it’s all about bringing a taste of something different to an area that isn’t exactly known for its food and drinks scene. Believe it or not the area is about to becoming a bit of a craft beer hub with microbrewery Harfield and possibly others making plans to open in the same area very soon (watch this space!) so once again Jack Black is setting its sights on being ahead of the trend.
The design and feel of the new craft beer space housed in a industrial warehouse, completely embraces it’s less than chic surroundings. Furniture fashioned from the packaging material used to transport the brewery equipment from Germany, strategically placed old beer kegs, and exposed brick walls and wooden ceiling beams all come together to create an industrial chic space perfect for drinking a few pints and nibbling on a few bites. Of course, there are also plenty of shiny new draught taps to help you enjoy the extensive Jack Black range which includes a lager, pilsner, pale ale, amber ale, IPA and the new weiss. Word on the street is they’ve also got a new pale ale on the way so stay tuned for that!
The tap room and brewery opened its doors on 1 July 2016 and welcomes thirsty Capetonians to pop in for a beer tasting tray, a pint, and a bite to eat. They will also be hosting a few special weekend events at the new space including Food Truck Fridays once a month. The tasting room is open Wednesday – Friday from 3pm – 7pm, off sales are available Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm and Brewery tours take place Wednesday – Friday (bookings essential).