The Big Bang – Where Did Atom Come from?

In the beginning there was nothing. A cold and empty industrial unit sat bare and unloved, waiting for the instant to happen. As Heisenbergs uncertainty principle states – the more precisely the position of a particle is determined, the less precisely its momentum can be known. In a similar way, the more precisely the date for the beginning of Atom could be pinned down, the less complex and creative the brewery would be. But in the end, from nothing, came Atom.

After much hard work, crazy welding, a lot of scrubbing and amazing support from friends and family, Atom Brewing arrived on the scene around January 2014 (or did it?). Created by Allan Rice and Sarah Thackray out of their passion for beer and science, Atom has created over 14 different beers in its first year and supplies the best beer bars in the country.

Atom aims to blend scientific principle, brewing knowledge and raw enthusiasm to create beers that are full of big flavours, use world class ingrediants and display their own unique style. Ultimately the process of making beer (whether traditional or off the wall) is the most exciting part of what we do. There is nothing better than experimenting on our brew kit to make a new beer.

A beer from Atom should be of excellent quality, unique flavor and eminently quaffable. But in addition to this, it must also have that certain je ne se quoi – in the words of Albert Einstein;

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Atom follows this theme with its focus on science and education; brewery tours are run weekly for the public, giving an overview of the brewing process and run by our knowledgeable team, we run an 8-week long intensive Beer School for beer lovers wanting to improve their knowledge and craft and we provide educational tours for school groups tailored specifically to subject specifications. In addition to this we are actively involved in scientific research, collaborating with Hull University and the Science without Borders programme to study complex carbohydrate characteristic of beer.

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Meet the Team

Chief beer geek & Co-founder

The Fixer

The professor & Co-founder

Chief Bear

Core Beers

Brewed as a paradox. We wanted to brew a beer that utilised different mashing mechanisms to create a full bodied, low abv hop bomb

Abv: 3.8%, OG: 1.047, IBU: 30

Malts: Pale, Melanoidin, Special B, Vienna & CaraRed

Hops: Chinook, Citra, Columbus & Mosaic

One of our favourite styles – American Brown Ale! Medium bodied with a solid backbone of malt richness. This is balanced with toasty and nutty textures from the roast chestnuts and finished with lashings of hops.

Abv: 5%; OG: 1.051; IBU 30

Malts: Pale, Munich, Special B, Melanoidin, Brown Malt, Crystal Dark, Chocolate, Roast Barley, Carafa Spe 3

Hops: Summit (bittering), Columbus (aroma)

With a significant quantity of Rye Malt, providing a rich, biscuity spicyness balanced with a good dosing of hops and infused with the subtle essence of saffron.

Abv: 5.5%, OG 1.053, IBU: 40

Malts: Pale, Malted Rye, Melanoidin, Carapils & Caralight

Hops: Summit & Mozaic

Toasty medium bodied Stout with a silky smooth mouthfeel with hint of dark chocolate.

Abv: 4.5%, OG: 1.047; IBU: 20

Malts: Pale Malt, Malted Oat, Vienna Malt, Crystal Dark, Brown Malt, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Roast Barley, Carafa Spe 3.

Hops: Summit (bittering), Willamette (aroma)

Availability: 9G cask

Lots of malt and big juicy hops are what go into making our flagship India Pale Ale. Think uber drinkable and thirst quenching & you’re halfway there.

Abv: 5.6%, OG: 53, IBU: 60

Malts: Pale, Vienna, Crystal, Wheat

Hops: Chinook, Centennial

Availability: permanent 9g cask

Like all good brewers, we love our pale ales! This is our core pale ale, lots of malt, bags full of hops, always changing, first up cascade & Chinook!

Abv: 4.5%, OG: 45, IBU: 30

Malts: Pale, Munich, Caralight, Wheat

Hops: Cascade, Summit

Availability: permanent 9g cask, 330ml Bottle

Sometimes you just need a beer that is fresh, smooth, citrus and easy to drink.

Abv: 4.0%, OG: 40, IBU: 22

Malts: Pale, Wheat, Carapils, Munich, Roast Barley

Hops: Brewers Gold

Availability: permanent 9g cask

We love our porters and we love our spicy food! So we had to brew this… Combining a rich complex malt bill with the bitterness and aroma from lots of Cardamon & Coriander & no hops, to create a porter rich in body, super smooth & brimming with character. Perfect with a hot spicy dish.

Abv: 4.9%, OG: 51, IBU: 10

Malts: Pale, Crystal, Wheat, Carafa III, Chocolate, Roast Barley, Melanoidin, Carared

Spices: Coriander, Cardamon

Availability: permanent 9g cask, 330ml Bottle

Special Beers

Take an IPA, give it some muscles with an extra jolt of abv, throw it through the 9 circles of hop hell and back with lots of ever changing hops. Then dry hop it, and again just to squeeze every last drop out of those lupulin filled cones! Always evolving, we give you the Uncertainty Principle.

Abv: 6%, OG: 1.056, IBU 60

Malts: Pale, Carapils, Vienna, Malted Wheat

Hops: Summit (bittering) Citra, Columbus, Cascade & Chinook (aroma)

Very light, fruity and slightly floral with a slight mead-like character, beautifully balanced with a subtle tart acidity.

Abv: 6.5%, OG: 1.062, IBU 30

Malts: Pale Malt, Rye Malt, Carapils, Munich Malt and Honey.

Hops and other flavourings: Summit (bittering), Summit (aroma), Mozaic (dry hop), Elderflower, Coriander and Gooseberries.

Bursting with a fragrant floral aroma, this beer has been created using the finest camomile from the Blending Rooms in Hull. Quenching the thirst this is an easy sipping and unctuos flavour packed ale.

Abv: 4.2%, OG: 1.042, IBU: 20

Malts: Lager, Munich, Carapils, Malted Wheat & Roast Barley

Hops: Summit (bittering), camomile (aroma)

Availability: Permanent 9G cask, 330ml Bottle

Hoppy, hoppy, HOPPY!!! This is an unbelievably hoppy rye IPA with full on spicy rye malt body. Brewed to commemorate our gyle 50 beer brewed at the Atom Brewery.

Abv: 7%, OG: 1.068, IBU 80

Malts: Pale Malt, Malted Rye, Munich Malt, Cara Red, Crystal Light, Roast Barley, Light Brown Sugar.

Hops: Summit (bittering), Centennial, Summit and Cascade(aroma), Citra, Summit, Centennial (dry hop).

Availability: 9G cask, 30L keg

Brewing Science

Brewery Tours

Unsurprisingly we love to talk about beers and our brewery. Brewery tours last 2 hours with a beer on arrival (soft drinks or tea /coffee are available for the designated driver) followed by your tour of the brewery. You will learn about the brewing process, eat some malt, sniff some hops and have more beer (or coffee). Hear about the why’s and how’s of Atom, what we are about, the science behind ours beers and drink some more beer (or more coffee!). Tours cost £12 each, and dependent on your group size, times are flexible-

Private tours: If you already have a group of 6 – 15 people (minimum tour size is 6 people), give us a call and arrange a time. We can accommodate most evenings and weekends for birthday parties / work nights out / sports teams etc.

To book then drop us an email at or call 01482 820 572.


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Atom Distribution works with some of the best breweries in the UK and worldwide to supply the on-trade with amazing beers. A wider range of suppliers (such as Pilot, Fallen, Northern Alchemy, Alechemy and Windswept Breweries) trust us to distribute their beers in excellent condition across the UK and beyond.

The range is constantly changing, we aim to have a fresh selection of beers every 7 to 10 days, as they arrive to us they will be delivered straight to you. We don’t just list beers for the sake of it, we are as equally passionate about our distribution arm as we are with our own beer and as such, the beers and other products we supply we love with equal measure.

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Touch Base With Us

Unit 4
Food & Tech Park
Malmo Road
Sutton Fields Industrial Estate (West)
Hull HU7 0YF


01482 820 572