Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Akasha Brewing
Akasha has been one of the breweries that almost got away as it has been on my to-cover list for the longest time and as they have very recently undergone a rebranding exercise, it was high time for a feature as part of our series.
Founded only five years ago, Akasha quickly established itself firmly on the firmament of quality craft breweries and an array of accolades decorating their liquid emissions. Having set up their brewhouse in record time, Akasha Brewing has become a benchmark for beer aficionados looking for quality hop-forward brews.
A favourite of their line-up is Akasha’s flagship Hopsmith IPA, which despite clocking in at a punchy 7.2% ABV, is a well-calibrated hop-heavy West Coast style ale with deliciously dominant pine and citrussy grapefruit notes, which seamlessly transitions to a crescendo of malty bitterness towards the finish, which beautifully counterpoints the juiciness.
I love Akasha Single Hop IPA series, which saw them release the same base beer infused with different hop varieties on a monthly basis, the first of which, i.e. the Mosaic IPA, is to this day one of my favourite components of a good boilermaker. Needless to say that I was enthused when I saw it being elevated to become a permanent fixture in their line-up. This should help to tide me over as their fantastically bullishly fruity double IPA Korben with its excellent finishing bitterness is only released a few times a year in a very limited fashion.
While quite a few of comparable craft beers, Akasha Brewery’s portfolio can be simmered down to the common denominator of having clearly defined, clean cut taste profiles, which seem to have been intentionally created instead of being a random lucky outcome.
Akasha’s rebranding exercise follows their brewing expertise as their new look portrays the designed equivalency to the premium, sophisticated hop-driven beers they have become known for, i.e. aligning their branding with their idiosyncratic secret sauce, i.e. magical Akasha element, that makes their brews stand our from the sea of epigones and unifies all elements of their craft cohesively under the ever watchful gaze of a hoppy eye.
Apart from Akasha’s fantastic core line-up, what has now been rebranded as “Akasha Projects” will keep me on my toes as its endeavours will focus on limited, seasonal special and experimental releases.
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