Akasha Brewing Company

The rise of the Akasha Brewing Company was swift. It was only in April 2015 that Dave Padden hitched his wagon to Sydney’s growing caravan of gypsy brewers and launched the first Akasha beer into the market. But being at the mercy of someone else’s brewing schedule was never a long term plan – or even a medium term one for that matter – and by October he was standing atop a sparking new brewhouse, about to release the first beers from Akasha’s home in Five Dock. In an industry where it’s not uncommon for a brewery to take several years to set up, going from homeless to fully functioning in less than one is quite a feat.

The warehouse in which they chose to build their new home was an empty shell, devoid of electricity, water and gas. What sounds like an inconvenience turned out to be the blank canvas they needed, letting them lay out the brewery exactly as desired. In went a brewhouse that’s relatively small but efficient, allowing them to do multiple brews to meet demand while offering the flexibility to do smaller specialty batches.

It also had a space that screamed out to be a tasting room, with floor to ceiling windows that give a view directly out onto the action in the brewhouse; the stainless steel tanks are so close you can sit there and watch yourself having a good time. And once you start trying a few Akasha beers you'll certainly be having a good time.

Dave is a hop lover at heart and almost all Akasha beers centre around them – usually American varieties, in high doses. But that doesn't necessarily make their beers aggressive. In fact, accessibility is a feature. That in no way means their beers have been dialled down to the equivalent of easy-listening, rather they’ve kept the volume up nice and loud but fiddled with the tone and balance to seek a slightly broader appeal.

Sure, if you waltz into a session with their double and triple IPAs you might find yourself brushing up against some pretty burly flavours, but for every one of those beers there's a hoppy lager or perfectly balanced pale ale. Either way, they're genuine sticklers for that old marketing phrase about not compromising on quality.

It's years of working with that attitude which has made Dave and his team so respected and their beers so loved in Sydney. That's what's enabled the brewery to grow its capacity several times over and allow them to send their beer farther and wider across the country.

For all the complexity in the beer world there's a lot to be said for simply having great beer made by great people.

Nick Oscilowski

Name
Akasha Brewing Company
Address

10A Spencer Street
Five Dock
NSW 2046

Phone
(02) 9715 7156
Website
Regular events

Food trucks every Saturday and Sunday, 12pm until sold out

Hours

Tasting bar and takeaways:
Fri: 2pm – 8pm
Sat: 12pm – 8pm
Sun: 12pm – 6pm

Tours

By appointment

Current Crafty Cabal offers

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On tap at Akasha Brewing Company

Akasha Brewing Company Regulars

Akasha Mosaic IPA

Tapped September 21st, 2018
Sometime towards the end of 2016, Akasha launched a Single Hop IPA series. Every month, it saw them brew the same base beer but add a different hop variety – always one of the big and bold all-American all stars: Mosaic, Simcoe, Centennial et al. Of all of them it was the first, the Mosaic, that seemed to have the most cachet with the ordinary drinker (not to mention the brewers) and lived longest in the memory. It’s been made again on occasion since but, some two years after first appearing,… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
7.2%

Akasha Korben D IIPA

In this age of rampant consumerism and unending self entitlement we, as one of the world’s more privileged societies, have come to expect everything all of the time – and we damn well expect it to be good, too. So when you can't get something you want, you get angry; there are surely a hundred others out there prepared to serve your need for immediate satisfaction. But there can be such pleasure, such reward, in being made to wait. And that, albeit with a little less exuberance, is the general… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.5%
Bitterness
80 IBU

Akasha Tradewind Lager

Of the beers that form Akasha’s core range, you’d have to say Tradewind is the surprise package. Brewer Dave’s preference for hop-dominant beer styles is well known so it’s hard to imagine a lager having formed an important part of the brewery’s plans. And it may never have were it not for the team making the effort to ask what kind of beer their customers – in this case publicans – would like to see. The resounding answer was a craft lager, thus Tradewind became the first new beer… Read more
Style
New World Lager
ABV
4.4%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Akasha Freshwater Pale Ale

When the Freshwater pale ale was launched in April 2015 as Akasha’s first beer, you could say there was a certain weight of expectation. Dave had forged a reputation for brewing fine beers, but Akasha was new and unproven. Every Sydney beer geek from Bondi to the Blue Mountains would be watching and waiting to see what this new brewing company could do. And what they were met with was a face full of hops in the form of the Freshwater Pale Ale. This American-style pale plies its trade mainly on… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Akasha Fire Within

Each of Akasha’s four core beers have been created to represent one of the four key elements. Hopsmith is earth, Tradewind is air, Freshwater is obvious and that leaves us with the Fire Within. So why should Akasha’s American amber ale be considered the fiery one? Perhaps it’s something to do with malts being dried in a kiln and this is the maltiest beer of the range. Perhaps it’s a reference to the beer’s roaring copper colour. Perhaps it’s a metaphor for the fervour that burns inside… Read more
Style
Amber Ale
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Akasha Hopsmith IPA

Although Akasha launched with a pale ale, there was something approaching unspoken agreement in beer circles that this was a brewery that could only properly be measured once it had released an IPA. The reasoning stretched back mainly to Dave’s time creating the hugely successful IPA variants as head brewer at Riverside, but that legacy was merely a culmination of many years honing his skills at a home brew level, which had in turn had been formed by trips to the USA that tuned his palate to that… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.2%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Akasha Brewing Company Specials

Akasha Toucan Tropical IPA

Tapped August 9th, 2018
Toucan Tropical IPA is the latest limited release from the hopsmiths at Akasha and it’s hard to recall them having made one that’s so darn user friendly. The general idea behind it was to make something that looked like a classic American IPA and had the requisite high hop fruitiness, but with an atypically low bitterness. And you’d be hard pressed to argue they didn’t nail the brief with a beer that’s a delightful melange of tropical and stone fruits, a supple salad mix that seems to… Read more
Style
Tropical IPA
ABV
6.8%

Akasha Lupulin Fog

Tapped July 20th, 2018
Cast your mind back a year or two. It’s not that long but in some ways a lifetime, and certainly so in the swift moving beer world. It was a simpler time, one when extreme murkiness in an IPA was likely to be perceived more as a fault than a fad. How times have changed. Few are the breweries that haven’t toyed with a "hazy" New England style IPA. When Akasha unfurled its Lupulin Fog at the 2017 GABS festival there were few local versions of the style. Here was a super fruity beer strikingly… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
8.5%

Akasha The Mountain & Sequoia

Tapped July 6th, 2018
Ever found yourself standing at a bar or bottleshop stuck in an infinite loop of indecision: am I in the mood for a pale ale or IPA? Akasha figured the conundrum presented a legitimate gap in the market so they’ve decided to plug it with The Mountain, a strong pale ale. This is every bit an Akasha beer. In other words, it’s clean and hoppy as hell. Relatively light in colour, they’ve worked their customary magic on the malt front to give it the kind of strong base which can stand up to a cavalcade… Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale & American Stout
ABV
6.2% & 6.0%

Akasha Red Kelly Red IPA

Tapped May 24th, 2018
Having first appeared earlier in the year as a one-off small batch release created on their pilot system, Akasha’s Red Kelly has now been picked for promotion to full scale production. It’s the first red IPA they’ve done on any sort of scale and, by the bottom of a glass, you’re left wondering what took them so long. The aroma is immediately inviting, fuelled by the big American hops which are there in an abundance of citrus and sumptuous tropical fruit characters. But, unlike a regular… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
7.0%

Akasha Black IPA

Tapped August 4th, 2017
For IPA Day 2017, Akasha did what it does best: released an IPA. The difference to the norm is that this one is a black one. With brewery founder Dave Padden professing a love for all things West Coast USA and hoppy in nature, he’s a bit fussy about what constitutes a “proper” black IPA. His contention is that many brewers have the right intention but perhaps approach from the wrong angle, focusing too much on the malt and colour and ending up with a a dark beer that too closely resembles a… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
7.0%

Akasha American Stout

Tapped July 20th, 2017
It’s long been customary, when winter arrives, for breweries to release a dark beer of some kind. There’s just something about all those extra malt characters – the richness, the sweetness and the roast – that serve as comfort to the cold when you sip away at them nice and slow. But malt has never really been what Akasha is about. They use plenty of malt, of course – and are as fussy as any brewer about the kinds they use – but their beers are ultimately designed to put hops on a pedestal.… Read more
Style
American Stout
ABV
6.0%

Akasha Wooden Leg IIIPA

Tapped April 12th, 2017
Of all the beers to come out of the Akasha brewery, you could make a reasonable argument that the most important one is the Hopsmith IPA. Not only is it a darn popular beer in its own right but it’s become the foundation for several other offshoots; their recent single hop IPA series, for example, is simply the Hopsmith recipe stripped of all but one of its hop varieties each time one is brewed. Then you can go the other way and find the Wooden Leg which doesn't hold back on the hops but actually… Read more
Style
Triple IPA
ABV
10.3%

Akasha Brewing Single Hop Series: Centennial

Tapped March 30th, 2017
Would it surprise you in the slightest to learn that Akasha’s latest limited release is an IPA? If so, it really shouldn’t; they don’t brew real ale. Sours are out. They’re not into witbiers – though they once brewed a stout. These guys do hoppy beers and only hoppy beers. Fortunately, they tend to do them rather well. That was certainly the case with the first two beers in the Single Hop series, a line of limited release IPAs that uses the same 7.2 percent ABV base beer (also, incidentally,… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
7.2%

Akasha The Angry @$#% XPA

Tapped February 17th, 2017
What should you do when your brewing equipment, mid brew, becomes so jammed with hops that the most likely result of your toil appears to be a ruined beer whose only fate seems to await down the nearest drain? You’d probably do what comes naturally: sweat and swear, channel your inner Hulk and let your anger loose. That’s more or less the story behind Akasha’s Angry @$#%, except, for all the distress and despair, the beer actually turned out fine. Better than fine, in fact. It’s an XPA,… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
6.6%
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