“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”
– MICHAEL J. FOX
– MICHAEL J. FOX
We are an Italian family that are also proudly South African. We wanted our brewery name to have a link to our roots, but also to be true to the fact that our beer is produced locally and in true craft style. The name The Italian Job Brewery came up over a family dinner where we were brainstorming ideas about how to go about making a beer in South Africa that still felt linked to our Italian heritage, something we are very proud of. The Italian Job Brewery is a play on words. It is a comment on the fact that this is a beer produced by an Italian family for South Africans. Hence, the Italian Job. We realise that some might immediately think about the movie reference to The Italian Job. This is not our intention but if we had to choose we most definitely prefer the original film with Michael Caine, and it doesn’t hurt that the film takes place in our family’s hometown of Torino. So perhaps that is just a random fun fact, and a way to get people talking.
Our range of beers is called Le Grande Cinque. This means ‘the big five’ in Italian, and is a playful reference to the Big 5 in South Africa (we all know what they are, right?), but instead we chose our five words to live by. Our family believes in hard work and relationships, but we also believe in fun. The idea of the five words to live by, is a great story to share amongst family and friends, and to perhaps even get a bit philosophical about life while enjoying our beers.
Sven started learning the brewing trade in 2008 as an apprentice under Wolfgang Koedel at Paulaner Brauhaus and Restaurant. In his late teens, it meant very early mornings (brewing started at 3am) which instilled a strong work ethic in him from very beginning of his career. All the hard work and heavy lifting (a pack of malt weighs 50kg and one keg weights 65kg), paid off when it resulted in being able to share the beer that he brewed with friends or saw customers enjoying it too. Sven’s passion and precision for his craft has grown him into the respected Master Brewer that he is today. He left Paulaner with Wolfgang Koedel in 2011 when they launched CBC (Cape Brewing Company). It was here that he furthered his experience and his skill, and he was instrumental in getting the brand to where it is today. Sven was involved in installing CBC’s brewery with the technicians, as well as for the product development with the beers. The Viglietti’s were lucky enough to bring this driven and talented German into their family in 2015, when he joined as Master Brewer at The Italian Job Brewery. We are so excited to share the result with all of you. Salute! Prost!