A desire to create artisan beer, a need to drink curious and smash boundaries, together with an intense love for the inner city, resulted in 3 beer enthusiasts coming together and SMACK! Republic Brewing Co. being born.

We are a small batch craft brewery. To us beer is an form of art, with every nuance of this craft being poetic and oh so glorious. We bring together the world of craft beer and art in the brewery. This is evident in the many different beers we brew, as well as our captivating bottle designs and our gallery space where we host monthly exhibitions for Jozi’s young and exciting artists.

SMACK Beer Glass

What’s behind the name?

The name “SMACK!” has various meanings:

Firstly the word “smack” has a direct relationship with beer – as smack is a slang name for yeast. Yeast is the lifeblood of brewing, (we thought that YEAST! Republic sounded really dodgy!),  and SMACK! Republic just made sense to us… 

Secondly, SMACK! represents the collision between the old city of JHB, (the history and allure of the the JHB city of old), together with the exciting revival that’s happening in the inner city – (the revival and restoration of the city we love).

It is this paradox between the old city allure and new age inspiration that provides the heartbeat of what SMACK! represents. Be different. Drink bold. Forge the future.