NEWS

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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