NEWS

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...

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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...

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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!

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Behind the IPA Hype

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...

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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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