Devoted to niche offerings, Odd Culture lets your freak flag fly with its constantly rotating menu of twenty beers on tap, twelve wines and the largest bottle list of wild ales and sour beers in Australia. Located on the second level of The Taphouse in Darlinghurst, the specificities that Odd Culture is dedicated to is something that owners James and Josh Thorpe wanted to encourage out of their customers.
“We’ve found that guests are much more discerning with what they drink, which is a fantastic thing to see for the craft beer and natural wine industry and has changed the landscape for the better. People are actively searching for quality products, principles and producers they can get behind and want to be proud of what they drink.”
With a focus on offering variety and quality, the drinks list embodies the oddities and the intricacies of wild ale and natural wine. A collaboration between bar manager Jordan Blackman (ex Chin Chin, Ananas) and beverage manager Tom Evans (Royal Albert, Wayward Brewing Co), the list sports a range of local and international wild ales, soured from wild fermentation, rather than a controlled and sterile process, alongside a range of sustainable and minimal intervention wines. The roster of rotating beverages is backed by a list of 100-strong list of wild bottled beer, the largest in the country.
The wine list mixes old and new world producers such as Pheasant’s Tears from Kakheti, Georgia and Anne Sophie Dubois from Beaujoulais alongside Australians like Konpira Maru and Chevre Wines. First on the taps include Wildflower Brewing and Blending’s St. Thomas, Belgian brewer Rodenbach’s Alexander red ale and Garage Project’s Dinky Pinky, a rhubarb and strawberry barrel aged sour.
Food wise, a revolving wheel of cheese, cured meats and tinned seafood feature. Imagine Maffra cheddar alongside tins of squid in ink, wagyu bresola and prosciutto or nduja tartufo. The Taphouse’s head chef, Rob Paget has also created a short bar menu where The Toastie with nduja salumi and cheddar on thick sourdough is the star.
Odd Culture will be hosting a fortnightly meet the maker program, bringing you closer to the producers that make these beverages, as well as teaching you something along the way. All of this is set in a beer and wine farmhouse themed aesthetic, with walls peeling back their existing paint to reveal the new world of increasingly experimental brews. For more information on the bar, or the seminars, check it out below.
Level 2, The Taphouse
122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst
Monday- Wednesday: 5pm-midnight