Akasha are a first in the Sydney beer scene. A startup brewery with instant attention on them.
Some might call it pressure but Head Brewer, Dave Padden, is sure to take it all in his stride.
Padden was the brewing force behind many of the well loved beers at Riverside Brewing in North Parramatta.
His resignation sent tremors through the Aussie beer world and fans waited with baited breath to see where he’d pop up next. The answer was a new project with business partner, Wesley White: Akasha Brewing.
Such was the instant focus on the new project, they even created a video of the very first Akasha brew.
The name refers to the “fifth element” or an “unknown factor”. In brewing terms this is the extra piece that takes the four elements of yeast, water, hops and malt and turns them into a cracking beer.
If you’ve heard Dave Padden speak about beer, you’d guess that this fifth element is his passion and wisdom.
As with many Riverside brews, Akasha are already developing a hop-forward American style to their beers. Hop heads of Sydney are sure to be jubilant.
Akasha released their hopped up Amber, Fire Within, at GABS 2015 and their Freshwater Pale Ale was soon on taps around Sydney creating a storm.
They’re new to the scene but bring bags of experience. Sydney’s craft beer enthusiasts will be watching and smacking their lips in excitement.
A whole load of passion and enthusiasm goes into Akasha beers and as hoppy as they are, it is the fifth element you taste when you enjoy one.
The best place to enjoy Akasha beers is at the brewery cellar door in Five Dock.
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