Atomic Beer Project
Atomic Beer Project is the east-coast debut from Western Australian brewery giant, Gage Roads. Sitting halfway down Redfern’s Regent Street in a mid-century warehouse, its black-and-white facade is tough to miss – but it’s what you’ll find inside that truly stands out.
Head brewer Nick Ivey leads its full-scale commercial brewery, crafting every one of the beers on tap. The core range is five deep (Atomic Pale Ale, Atomic Hazy, Atomic XPA, Atomic Mando Sour and Redfern Lager), and Ivey uses a special filter to ensure the base-water he’s brewing with here matches Gage Roads’ on the west coast. The remaining taps go to limited releases, which might include anything from a saison to a porter. And while most breweries keg their beers before tapping them, most of Atomic’s beers are poured fresh from the tanks.
Then there’s the in-house restaurant, which serves burgers and beer-friendly share plates with an Asian-influence. Go for the signature Atomic Burger, stacked with a beef pattie, caramelised onion, American cheese, lettuce, Wagyu sauce and special sauce on a warm potato bun. Add some spicy wings or Japanese fried chicken (served with kimchi, mash and gravy) on the side. There’s also a range of salads, including tofu and tomato, and a green bean number with roasted sesame dressing, lettuce, purple cabbage, carrots and edamame.
From the restaurant, you’re in full view of the tasting bar’s eclectic design. The atomic-green slab of a bar top is made from Pyrolave – a kind of hot-baked enamel poured as a single tile. The fluorescent-yellow light fittings above it look like an art installation plucked from the MCA; a big contrast to the steel tanks looming behind.
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