Akasha Brewing Company
After 20 years in the business world, avid home brewer Dave Padden made beer his career in 2012, when he co-founded Parramatta's Riverside Brewing.
Padden sold out a couple of years later. But he wasn't done with brewing. In 2015 he teamed up with his brother-in-law Wesley White to launch Akasha Brewing Company. Initially they nomad brewed at The Rocks Brewing Company's Alexandria headquarters.
The resulting American-influenced, hop-forward beers were popular enough for Akasha to move into its own home. The warehouse was just a shell – Padden and White had to install gas and electricity lines themselves, before setting up the brewery and building the tasting room.
Akasha's core range of beers now includes a lager, pale ale, amber ale, IPA and double IPA. A number of seasonal and one-off beers are also released, everything from saisons to stouts. A celebratory first-anniversary beer was a monster-strength triple IPA.
The tasting room attracts locals and beer geeks who stop by to sample the latest beers, grab takeaways, or while away an afternoon at the brewery's pool table.