SMACK! in the City

SMACK! Beer Makes Me…

Beer // Event

Beer pairs insanely well with food. In fact, considering the plethora (whoa…big word!) of different beer styles out there, the opportunities are endless!

The awesome Beerhouse Fourways hosted us on Monday 8th Dec for their biggest ever Meet the Brewers event. We brought along 6 of our finest brews, which were carefully paired with 6 delish gourmet dishes by Roy, their Executive Chef. It was a great night where we got to tell everyone why they need a bit of a SMACK! in their lives. In front of 50 hop headed food-and-beer lovers, we got to discuss each beer in detail, including how we brew it, and why we love it.

We ended the evening by giving all of the attendees a piece of paper which read “SMACK! beer makes me…”. Everyone filled out exactly what SMACK! beer makes them feel / do / want / need… As you can imagine, after a few beers already in the bellies, the responses ranged from hilarious to just plain weird!  We selected the top 3 who each took home a sick SMACK! cap as a prize. We also gave away a SMACK! shirt to the top tweeter of the evening. *high fives all round*

Check out some of the responses below.  We’re happy to say that most of the hop heads in attendance are as mental as we are!!


SMACK! beer makes me… wanna smack the Reinheitsgebot!! Kapow!! – Hennie Kloppers

SMACK! beer makes me… fall in love with the endless taste pairings with delicious food – Anon

SMACK! beer makes me… never wanna give you up, never wanna let you down, never wanna turn around or hurt you (read in Rick Astley mode) – Nic Novocaine

SMACK! beer makes me… wanna brawl in Braam, so the people in Bree Str. are scared of this Maverick – Ivor Swartz

SMACK! beer makes me… want to lick @IvorSwartz #nohomo – Mike Donze

SMACK! beer makes me… pregnant. BOOM! – Cherith

SMACK! beer makes me… rethink my hatred towards Mondays – Grant Robins

SMACK! beer makes me… willing to pay e-tolls to get to Beerhouse – Dimeon

SMACK! beer makes me… proud to be a KES boy – Mike Agar

SMACK! beer makes me… wanna toyi toyi in Maboneng – Chris Rall

SMACK! beer makes me… feel hoppy – Lloyd

SMACK! beer makes me… sing “99 bottles of beer in my fridge” – Rustin

SMACK! beer makes me… reminisce about the day I got motherless on my dad’s home brew at the age of 9. I found it under the wooden floor – Craig

SMACK! beer makes me… remember the first time I was drunk! – Ofentse

SMACK! beer makes me…  dance like a Sophiatown pantsula!! – Q

SMACK! beer makes me… want to take a taxi to Maboneng – Lebo M

SMACK! beer makes me… smash my head against my fermenter! – Morne

SMACK! beer makes me… come back! – Werner Nel

SMACK! beer makes me… want to grow chest hair… – Nicole

SMACK! beer makes me… lekka wack! – Charl

SMACK! beer makes me… wanna… – Apiwe

SMACK! beer makes me… want more and also not be able to write my name – Corne

SMACK! beer makes me… want more! – Rudi Britz

SMACK! beer makes me… appreciate what good beer is all about – Hilton Longley

SMACK! beer makes me… feel like I can whack Hercules! – Ruth Kloppers

SMACK! beer makes me… left of centre – Neill Manley

SMACK! beer makes me… whack! It makes me happy, satisfied and chilled…

SMACK! beer makes me… wanna smack another one! – Wouter

SMACK! beer makes me… feel like a 16 year old girl – Adam

SMACK! beer makes me… weak at the knees. And by knees I mean… – Ross Phillips

SMACK! beer makes me… brawl in Braam!!! – Brad Davies

SMACK! beer makes me… want to serve it with Sunday lunch – Bakelwa

SMACK! beer makes me… want to experience Jozi with all its flavours – Randolf

SMACK! beer makes me… feel brighter than a lightbulb powered by Eskom (not during load shedding of course!) – Ruth Kloppers

SMACK! beer makes me… want to SMACK! the brewers J – Cage

SMACK! beer makes me… want to phuza – Cody

SMACK! beer makes me… want to go down on my knees and thank god that he created hops – Matt John

SMACK! beer makes me… want to meet the brewers – Joshua L


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December 12th, 2014

Behind the IPA Hype

Beer // Event

So 7th August has been dedicated the title of international India Pale Ale Day, or IPA Day.  Prominent craft beer folk in the US wanted to dedicate a day to arguably the most influential style of craft beer which has helped shape the craft beer revolution in the last 25 years, and so bingo! IPA Day was born.

But why the hype around the IPA, and why dedicate a day to this one style of beer?

The IPA represents all that is good with craft beer and the craft beer movement. In simple terms, an IPA is about as polar opposite from a bland lager as you can possibly get.  It is a beer style that has a lot of depth. A complex malt backbone is complemented by equally complex hop profiles, providing a beer that delights in both flavour and aroma. The high hopping rates provide a beer that is normally more bitter than standard pale ales, and the intense aromas you can experience are typically fruity to earthy, depending on the variation of the beer. It is a beer style with complexity and punch that is difficult to match.

If you are new to the craft beer scene, your initial forays into the world of IPAs may be a little daunting, as the maltiness, bitterness and intense aromas can be somewhat overwhelming. However, sooner rather than later, the appreciation towards this style grows, and before you know it your love of hops comes to the fore and another IPA-loving-hophead is born!

But why is it called an India Pale Ale? Where did it come from? Is this Indian beer?

We are often asked these questions in the brewery. There has been a lot written on the origin of the IPA in recent times, and it appears to be a subject that most beer historians can never agree on! The IPA is a style that evolved in England in the 19th century, when beers were brewed for export to colonial India. The beers were generally very highly hopped and had a higher alcohol content, which helped the beer survive the voyage by ship to India (as hops and alcohol are natural preservatives). The beer had to endure a 3 month journey in wooden cask barrels, so a lot could go wrong! It is also understood that ‘paler’ beers were preferred in the hot Indian climate, as opposed to porters and stouts which were the popular styles of beer in England during that period.

So that, in a nutshell, illuminates the hype around one of our favourite beer styles, the India Pale Ale.  And what better way to celebrate the craft beer revolution than to crack open a nice bitter IPA on IPA Day!

Jozi’s second IPA Day celebration is happening at SMACK! headquarters at Arts on Main this Thursday 7th August.  We look forward to seeing you hopheads there!

 *Get your tickets here

August 5th, 2014


Event // General

It has come to our attention that any brewery worth its beeriness has brewers with beards.  Since our launch in March, our three brewers, Drew, Grant and Dave, have been decidedly lacking in the facial hair department, with only Drew making any attempt to neglect the razor up until now.

As we have entered into the month of Movember, where awkward facial hair is indeed cool again, we thought that this would be the perfect time to launch BEERDVEMBER. (see how we did that…beer > beard > beerd…*high five*).

Here’s how it will work. For the month of November, our three brewers will lock up their facial shears, and attempt to grow the greatest brewer beards in the world. Now unfortunately for our three beard virgins, thick facial hair they have not been blessed with, so this attempt at brewer beard-dom will either be an unexpected success or a rather catastrophic failure… Time will tell!

The BEFORE shots: Three Days Growth

In keeping with the general vibe of Movember and giving back, SMACK! will donate R5 of every beer sold at the brewery to charity during BEERDVEMBER to any men* that have any form of facial hair…be it MO’s or BEERD’s, all welcome!

So Jozi we call on all of you to grow your MO’s, be weird with your BEERD’s, come grab a beer and do your bit!


The SMACK! Brewers

*or women – we don’t discriminate


November 6th, 2013


Taste of JHB – 26,27,28,29 Sept

Beer // Event

Win double tickets to Taste of JoburgWanna join SMACK! Republic Brewing Co. at the Taste of JHB at Monte Casino from 26th to 29th September? Well, then tell us how craft beer has changed your life, from your very first sip to your present day indulgence! The more creative, the better your chances…just saying. Send your story to Winners will be announced soon – and If you’re already going to the TOJ – you know where to get your first beer, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth beers right?

September 17th, 2013


Michael Lowman – live@SMACK! Thurs 19 Sept

Beer // Event

Michael Lowman – live acoustic set at SMACK! Thursday 19 September @ 7pm.

If you listen to the radio, you’ll have heard a few tracks from the ridiculously talented Michael Lowman – and as part of his “Crayon Boxes” album launch – he will be doing a live acoustic storyteller sessions at the brewery this Thursday. Michael will play upstairs at SMACK! in an intimate, storyteller-esque manner. We’re giving away a set of double tickets, so drop us a mail on to claim them! It’s short notice, but then aren’t all great things done on a spur of the moment?

September 17th, 2013


Jozi’s Inaugural IPA Day at SMACK! HQ – Thursday 1 August!


Then all you hop heads listen up, Jozi’s first ever IPA Day takes place at SMACK! HQ, next thursday night, 1st August, 7pm – 12pm, The Braamfontein Brawler will be slugging it out alongside 9 awesome IPAs from all over SA! Live music, food and a sh** load of hoppy India Pale Ales to drink…. Get yourself a ticket –

July 26th, 2013


Doodle Session at SMACK! this Sunday (28th July)


On Sunday (28th July) we’re hosting a Doodle Session for Night Of 1000 Drawings ( 1000Drawings is an awesome project that runs throughout the year, and culminates in a one-night-only, massive inner-city art sale to raise funds for a deserving cause – The Night of a 1000Drawings. A doodle session is where the public pull in, and draw doodles, scribbles, graffiti, sketches, watercolour, oil paintings, anything! on A5 which is donated, and sold on the Night of a 1000Drawings. Great cause… and an even groovier event! Even if you’re not into drawing, pull in for live music and craft beer from 10am… 

July 26th, 2013

New Seasonal Brew: A (Bastardised) Dunkelweizen

Beer // Event // General

In the spirit of winter we are introducing a new experimental brew on tap. It’s dark, bold and illegitimate. “Illegitimate” may seem an odd way to describe the beer. That is because we have tweaked this beer somewhat from a standard dunkelweizen. (A dunkelweizen, for those not in the know, is a dark wheat beer – anyone had an Erdinger Dunkel?).

So it’s a weiss beer, so there is a considerable amount of wheat in the grain bill. To give it its dark, chocolatey and roasted notes we have added a healthy portions of munich and chocolate malt. It has been hopped with a single hop addition during the boil using our favourite spicy noble hop.

We probably should have left it there, because even ze Germans would have approved this beer. However we catastrophically overstepped the mark and introduced some roasted and ground Ethopian blended coffee beans right at the end of the boil. This rounds off this beer rather well, providing a bit of extra tartness and some delightful coffee notes on the aroma.

The end result is a beer that is too dark to style for a standard dunkel, and the coffee beans provide some additional roasted tartness not normally associated with most commercial examples. Hence we have coined it our bastardised dunkelweizen – full bodied, creamy and perfect as a night cap on a cold evening!

This beer will be available on the SMACK! taps from Sunday 7 July. Come have a taste before it runs out!

July 5th, 2013