NEWS

ANNOUNCEMENT – We’re Growing!

That’s right, SMACK! is getting bigger! We’ve taken a few bold steps to be able to brew you more anarchistic ales. It’s been quite a ride in the (almost) 4 years since we launched in March 2013. From the Bree Street Belle Golden Ale taking home the prize for the best beer from a new microbrewery at the inaugural SA Craft Beer Champs in 2013, to our Newtown Nemesis being named as a top 10 beer in SA in 2015, we’ve been diligently pumping out beer from our relatively small (but awesome!) German...

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Michael Lowman – live@SMACK! Thurs 19 Sept

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 beer@smackrepublic.com to claim them!...

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Taste of JHB – 26,27,28,29 Sept

Win double tickets to Taste of Joburg! Wanna 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 beer@smackrepublic.com. 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,...

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BREWERS and BEERDVEMBER

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 >...

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Highlights from a Year in Beer

So it’s been a year since SMACK! launched…woohoo! Well actually at the time of writing this post it’s been 1 year, 2 months, 16 days and some change… We launched on Sunday 10th March 2013, which seems like an eternity ago. And you might ask why we let the official one year anniversary go quietly by in March 2014? Well, in simple terms, we’ve been too damn busy! It’s been a crazy, exciting, (sometimes) stressful, and an all-round insane year.  Brewing, especially on our nano scale, is hard...

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New Seasonal Brew: Vanilla-and-Bourbon-Infused Milk Stout

We despise winter. It’s awful. The bitter cold, the wind, the short days – AWFUL. The only little glimmer of light at the end of a rather gloomy tunnel is that winter lends itself to dark beer. Rich, creamy, chocolatey, dark beer. Every cloud has a silver lining as they say. So we at SMACK! thought it appropriate to release a seasonal beer to help us through this. On the taps from this weekend we will be serving a Vanilla-and-Bourbon-infused Milk Stout. This is a sweet stout which is perfect...

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SMACK! Beer Makes Me…

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...

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It All Started at Uncle Merv’s

And so there we were, sitting on the wooden benches outside Uncle Merv’s on the streets of Maboneng. It was a Saturday afternoon in late 2012. It was hot. We were there to pitch. The head honchos of the Maboneng Precinct were there to listen. “So, are you beer drinkers”, we asked as we kicked things off. “Um no”, “Not really”, “More of wine a drinker myself” were the replies. This was not the perfect start. We were there to sell our vision of a microbrewery in Maboneng, in the heart of the...

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