Akasha’s Black IPA, on the other hand, was developed as an IPA through and through before being reverse engineered to find the point where the darkness could could fit in. The result is an IPA that is black. Using only US hop varieties, it’s plump with pine and resin and gives you delicious little citrus fruit tingles, but has precious little roast character – the kind of beer that’d be an interesting to throw into a blind tasting of paler IPAs and see how it fares. Whatever your colour, these guys certainly do know how to turn out a quality IPA.
Akasha Brewing Company was founded by Dave Padden and Wesley White in early 2015. Known for his attention to detail, consistency and innovation, their head brewer, Dave has forged a reputation for brewing award-winning, hop-centric ales. And whilst Wes has been a fan of Dave’s beer for years, he brings bag loads of enthusiasm and management experience to the table. The third member of the team, Ben Galanos, has worked in various sales and hospitality roles for nearly 20 years and is an unapologetic craft beer fan.
Basically, for everyone at Akasha, beer is their way of life.
DID YOU KNOW?
The word ‘Akasha’ refers to the ‘fifth’ element. The ‘unknown factor’ that combines the four elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. And Akasha bring this concept to the craft of brewing beer. Whilst most beer is made from the four basic ingredients of malt, hops, water, and yeast, it is this ‘fifth’ element, the Akasha, that instils the spirit, the soul and the magic, to create a beer that is truly special.