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AKASHA BREWING COMPANY
Address: 10a Spencer St, Fivedock , west of Sydney
Beers : “Hopsmith” India Pale Ale, “Freshwater” Pale Ale and “Fire Within” Amber Ale
According to the wisdom of the Ancient World, Akasha was the mysterious fifth element – the aether of the spirit world. All matter was made of the other four elements – Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. No wonder they named a brewing company Akasha, as this sounds very much like the ingredients of beer!
What is he talking about? Well, the four main ingredients are hops, yeast, malt and water. The hops are the Earth (the Latin name for the hop is Humulus lupulus, or “earth wolf”). The yeast is the Wind (there’s a lot of wild yeast blowing in the air) and the malt stands for Fire (heat in the form of fire is needed to germinate the grain and create the sugars). As for water – that’s Water, the fourth ingredient of beer.
Put them all together and we get Beer – that fifth element – Akasha!
The Akasha Brewing Company started in early 2015, and the brewers now have a permanent base in Fivedock, just west of the Sydney centre. There are three mainstay brews, all available on tap at a wide range of Sydney venues. With quite a wide distribution in such a short time, Akasha has achieved what many craft beer companies take years to reach (sometimes never).
I first sampled the “Freshwater” US-style Pale Ale at the Collaroy Beach Club, and then found it again at the Sydney Rowing Club, Abbotsford. The “Freshwater” was also recently on tap at two Manly venues (New Brighton Hotel and the Yardarm). That’s a wide distribution for a brewing company only six months from start.
The “Freshwater” PA is deep orange-amber with a heady aroma of Cascade hop and fruit. It has an intense flavour with hints of apricot, bitter orange and sherbet, all balanced with caramel malt notes. This is 5.2% ABV.
The “Hopsmith” is a West Coast style India Pale Ale, clear, deep amber and fairly strong at 7.2% ABV. A top drop with aromas and tastes of grapefruit, pine and resin, and with a long, bitter finish of hop and hints of appleskin. “Farmhouse” notes in a superbly balanced beer.
I tasted the “Hopsmith” IPA both at the Sydney Rowing Club and at the Yardarm in Manly. I just missed the other Akasha beer, “Fire Within” Amber Ale at the Yardarm – it had been on tap only the day before. The “Fire Within” is a balance of caramel malt and citrusy hop with 5.8% ABV. I will try it as soon as I can. Clearly, Akasha beers sell out quickly, and are really woth tracking down through the “Now Tapped” website. I think we are going to see a lot more of Akasha beers in the near future.
The fifth element; the spirit of beer. It’s elementary.