Akasha Taproom & Brewery

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.

Midway through 2020 – a little over five years from that first brew – Akasha rebranded to show how the mighty hop watches over everything the brewery does. The new look, featuring an Illuminati-inspired eye, aims to reflect the almost spiritual component of drinking fantastic beer, while also capturing the brewery’s desire to open up the doorway of better beer and let others inside.

The rebrand saw the team also launch Akasha Projects, a dedicated space for limited releases but, beyond that, the occasion was as much a pause for reflection over a revolution. That reflection is on where the brewery’s always focused on brewing hop forward beers with a focus on quality and consistency and being 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 Taproom & Brewery
Address

10-12 Spencer Street
Five Dock
NSW 2046

Phone
(02) 9715 7156
Regular events

Food trucks Fri to Sun

Open Hours

Wed & Thurs: 4pm to 8pm
Fridays: 2pm to 8pm
Saturdays: midday to 8pm
Sundays: midday to 7pm

Tours

By appointment

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Akasha Taproom & Brewery Regulars

Akasha Canada Bay XPA

Tapped September 10, 2020
Now here’s a beer that’s been many months in the making. When I hung out at Akasha for the brewing of the Resilience XPA in February 2020, Dave mentioned they had been working on their very own XPA but they really wanted to make sure any Akasha XPA was sufficiently Akasha-fied. And with the release of the Canada Bay XPA, an evolution of the Canada Bay Ale they first released in 2019, I can confirm their mission has been successful. Canada Bay XPA pours glisteningly bright and pale with aromas… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.2%

Akasha Little Smith IPA

Tapped September 10, 2020
Little Smith IPA was first released at the end of 2018 and has obviously found favour enough to warrant inclusion in Akasha's core range. And, as much as pedantic weirdos like to sneer: “Oh but isn’t a session IPA just a pale ale?” language is for communicating information and a "little IPA" conveys exactly what you need to know about Little Smith. The lil’ boy pours pale and crisp with a fluffy white head. There’s an immediate hit of lemon peel and grapefruit on the nose which… Read more
Style
Session IPA
ABV
3.5%

Akasha Mosaic IPA

Tapped September 21, 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 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 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 Taproom & Brewery Specials

Akasha Projects Double Queen Red IPA

Tapped October 6, 2020
I think it was sometime at the end of 2012 I had my first red IPA. It was Brewtal’s Jack The RIIPA at the original Tippler’s Tap in Brisbane and I was instantly enamoured. To this day, if I ever see a red IPA on a tap list it’s going to be the first beer I get 100 percent of the time. Unfortunately, red IPAs are about as popular as the Reinheitsgebot at a GABS festival so it’s not exactly a common occurrence in 2020. If there’s one brewery I’d trust to keep the flame alive, however, it’s… Read more
Style
Double Red IPA
ABV
8.0%

Akasha Projects The Eagle IIIIPA

Tapped September 25, 2020
After a makeover and core range shakeup mere weeks ago, Sydney’s Akasha Brewing Co have eased into their snazzy new duds with aplomb. And what better way to really announced your new self to the world than with something that should be utterly absurd but is actually grouse? Everything about The Eagle is so obscene, I almost feel compelled to write to ABAC and tell them that not only is this beer completely unsafe for the eyes of children, I’m not even entirely sure it’s appropriate to be consumed… Read more
Style
Quadruple IPA
ABV
12.0%
Stockists

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Akasha Projects Double Hazy Mosaic IPA

Tapped September 14, 2020
When Akasha let loose their rebrand at the start of spring 2020, they also took the opportunity to adjust their core lineup, tweak a few old favourites and introduce a couple of brand new beers. In what is surely a sign of the times, consumer purchasing behaviour and, ultimately, founder Dave Padden’s love of hops, they settled on a core range that's essentially five different hoppy pale ales. And you could argue the first beer in their Akasha Projects series fits under that broad categorisation… Read more
Style
Hazy Double IPA
ABV
8.0%

Newstead & Akasha Vampyre Lovers Red IPA

Tapped March 16, 2020
What kind of beer would a vampire drink? It's a question that has plagued mankind (me) for much of human history (the last six minutes). And, given this little write up is specifically in relation to the Newstead Brewing Co/Akasha collaboration beer, Vampyre Lovers, it’s probably easy to jump to the conclusion that a blood-red IPA is the aperitif of choice for the blood drinking undead. However, dear reader, you may have fallen into a classic trap that I have fiendishly laid in your rather predictable… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
8.0%

Akasha All Australian IPA

Tapped January 22, 2020
At the end of every AFL season, an illustrious panel of experts select an All Australian team. The best players in each position are given a guernsey in recognition of being the best of the best throughout the season. What if we were to adopt this tradition in the beer world? What would an All Australian beer team look like? Now, I’m a Queenslander living in Sydney and the last game of AFL I watched was when I unceremoniously leapt clear of the Lions bandwagon as it careened into a ravine that… Read more
Style
Australian IPA
ABV
6.8%

Hop Nation & Akasha East/West IPAs

Tapped October 21, 2019
If you were to compile a list of Aussie breweries best known for their hop forward releases, Sydney's Akasha would be up there. And, while they've diversified into many more areas of beer (and wine), Footscray's Hop Nation have a fair few hoppy beers with more than a few fans, led by their Jedi Juice NEIPA in the popularity stakes. So, when the pair decided to get together to brew a collab, it was only ever likely to go one way. Except it ended up going two ways, and not necessarily as you'd have… Read more
Style
IPAs
ABV
6.2% & 6.8%
Stockists

Akasha

Hop Nation

Forager’s Drop

Bar Josephine

Sneaky Baron

The Tap House

House of Brews

Blind Monk

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Akasha Blacksmith Black IPA

Tapped May 23, 2019
It was fun for a while but at some point we just have to acknowledge what doctors have been saying for decades: “Too much juice will kill you.” And, by God, I’ve been at death's door for a while now. It may be too much to hope for but, over the last few months, drinkers have been throwing open the curtains to find that the haze blanketing IPA Town for the last two years appears to be lifting. Dave Padden and the Akasha brewing team have been releasing finely honed IPA variants since the brewery's… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.8%

Akasha Canada Bay Ale

Tapped March 22, 2019
An Australian pale ale named after a foreign lands? Sounds a bit iffy. But it's not, as this beer isn’t named for the Great White North, but for a suburb in Sydney’s Inner West where French Canadian rebels ended up when they were deported in 1838 (along with a couple of Irish for good measure). Convicts being sent to sunnier climes – it doesn’t get much more Australian than that. With their neighbouring suburb in mind, Akasha brewed Canada Bay Ale as an easy-drinking favourite for the locals.… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
ABV
4.2%

Akasha Toucan Tropical IPA

Tapped August 9, 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 20, 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 6, 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 24, 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 4, 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 20, 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 12, 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 30, 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 17, 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%

Akasha Fire Within (Retired)

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 Tradewind Lager (Retired)

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 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
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