On 4 December 2015, the Akasha Brewing Company finally threw open the doors of their shiny new brewhouse and cellar door in Spencer Street, Five Dock.
That’s a pretty bloody impressive effort in itself, considering Akasha only came into being in February of this year. In those 10 months since, they’ve managed to spec a brand new 20 hectolitre brewery from China, design their core range of four beers, maintain a regular supply of those beers out of The Rocks in Alexandria, show up at every one of the 4500 beer festivals all over Australia, assemble and dial in the new brewery, build a bar/cellar door area, successfully navigate the notoriously lumbering hate-demon that is the bureaucratic approvals system and restore diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.
Earlier last week, I was unable to summon the willpower to take the rubbish out, so I let it pile up until it developed sentience and left my apartment of it’s own accord.
Quite how Dave, Wesley and Ben have put together a fully functioning brewing company in such a seemingly short period of time is nothing less than extraordinary.
The brewhouse is located amongst other industrial use buildings just off Parramatta Road in Five Dock. This is fantastic news for lovers of good beer who live in the Inner Western suburbs of Sydney where there seems to be a good-beer wasteland between Ashfield and Parramatta.
While the premise is clearly focused on the brewing of beer, the cellar door provides a decent amount of room to sit and enjoy extra fresh beers and have a chat to the team. Day One saw each of the four core beers on tap (named for the four elements: Freshwater Pale Ale, Hopsmith IPA, Fire Within Amber Ale and Tradewind Lager), along with a seasonal Belgian Pale Ale.
However, probably the most exciting thing about my first visit to the brewery was a sly little mention of a certain Korben D IIPA taking up one of the tanks. As an unashamed 777 devotee, the thought of another Dave Padden double IPA within walking distance of my home is making me very tight in the pants. I don’t want to hype it up too much but I am actually expecting this beer to defend Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Ian Holm and the entirety of Earth from some sort of celestial body made of pure evil. Judging by their efforts already this year, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.