AKASHA BREWING CO

Origin – Australia. NSW
ABV- 4.4%
Size- 375mL can
Style- New World Lager

Although Akasha may sound similar to Asahi, the good news is their beer couldn’t be any dissimilar to the half-water half-beer profiles from those Japanese billionaires. And that’s exactly what the founder and head brewer Dave Padden has built a reputation on: big, bold, hop-centric ales that stand alone from the crowd. And it’s certainly a reputation that has served him well, given the rise and rise of Akasha Brewing co since they cooked up their first brew not that long ago. It was April 2015 when the former co-founder of Parramatta’s Riverside brewing, teamed up with brother-in-law Wes White and established Akasha via gypsy brewing. By October they pulled open the warehouse doors of their Five Dock brewery and tasting room and by that November a line-up of locals were already queuing along the footpath outside of Sydney’s newest brewhouse to sample the latest beer, grab a southern style food truck burger and shoot a little pool while surrounded by a line-up of shiny new tanks. And while the locals were voting with their feet, it seems the rest of us were casting a ballot too, with beer review website RateBeer last month (Feb2018) announcing Akasha had taken out Australia’s top brewer gong for 2017. And although humbled, it comes as no surprise to Dave or Wes that they are a people’s favourite, after all, listening to what people want in a cold one has been the way they’ve been crafting their beers since day dot. In fact, this craft lager, that has since gone on to become their best-seller, is the result of asking the local publicans what they’d like to see, albeit Dave couldn’t help himself, adding a new-world twist to an old-world style. Whilst it’s brewed using European lager yeast and left to condition (or lager) for several weeks, that’s about the extent of the traditional approach to the Tradewind. Take a big whiff and you’ll notice the passionfruit and citrus punch, the result of a bucket load of Galaxy hops. In the mouth, the far from old-fashioned flavour follows the nose, with the use of little crystal malt adding some sweetness. She finishes perfectly dry, ensuring you’re always left wanting a more. In Nepali and Bengali Akasha means ‘sky’, and I’d go as far as suggesting that if they keep brewing drops this good, it’s the limit for these lads.

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