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...
What’s Brewing in SA – Unique Craft Beer Hotspots!
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SMACK IS BACK – Promo Winners
That’s right, SMACK IS BACK.
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...
Our limited edition Nut Brown Ale wins 2nd at Clarens
Clarens asked all breweries to brew a special festival beer for the Clarens Beer Fest. SMACK! brewed up a delicious Nut Brown Ale - which proved to be a hit with the judges and public alike, placing 2nd over all! Could this beer our next official SMACK! beer?
Brewery Launch! Yip, you drank us dry!
After months of speculating, anticipating and general salivating - SMACK! Republic Brewing Co. opened it's doors on Sunday the 10th of March for the first time. 12pm saw us open our doors to general public - and we dished up a little slice of inner city bliss. Deep & delicious beats by Weston & Engine on a balcony awash in golden craft... what more could you want from a sunday in the city? Check out some photos here! Prior to this lunacy - We actually had a rather dignified start to...
The Newtown Nemesis from SMACK! named a Top 10 beer in SA
SMACK! placed in the top 10 beers in the country for 2015 at the Annual SAB Craft Brewers Champs. SMACK! proved to be more than a one trick pony picking up their second top 10 finish after taking the award for "Best beer by a New Brewery" in SA in the 2013 edition for the Bree Street Belle Golden Ale. A panel of 25 judges, including SAB tasters, Beer Judge Certification Programme-qualified tasters, industry players and beer enthusiasts met in Johannesburg recently to judge 136 beers and ciders...
NEW ARTIST dropping on 21 April
Yesterday, we bid farewell to Heather McCann's 'illusions' exhibition, a NEW ARTIST is dropping this weekend (Sunday 21st April), and will be announced on wednesday. Craft Beer? Art? The City? Hell yes!
Candice Berman is here! Launching Sunday 21 April at SMACK!
That's right... the awesome Candice Berman opens a a 6 week exhibition from 21 April to 2 June at SMACK! Republic Brewing Co. @ Arts on Main. Come and check it out! Craft Beer? Art? The City? Hell yes!
Jozi Craft Beer Fest this Saturday 4th May at Marks Park.
Our signature beer, the Maboneng Maverick, was back on our taps this month, and we're chuffed with the positive response. The Maverick is a Saison - a Belgian style ale which we brew with wheat malt, infused with naartjie and black pepper. Another BIG beer coming your way is our new Red IPA called "The Braamfontein Brawler". This hop bomb of an ale will be slugging it out for the 1st time at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest this Saturday 4th May at Marks Park. Come and get the brawler early on,...
Reinheitsgebot? Hell no!
“So is your beer brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot?” asks an occasional patron to our brewery. “Thankfully NO!” is our standard reply… “It is all natural, unfiltered and unpasteurised beer so you’ll be just fine.” We get a lot of people at the brewery asking whether our beer conforms to the German beer purity law of 1516, called the Reinheitsgebot. It is quite interesting and at times comical to discover that most of these people do not know what the law is all about, how it came...
New Seasonal Brew: A (Bastardised) Dunkelweizen
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...