Odd Culture is on the second level of The Taphouse – a Darlinghurst pub that's specialised in beer since 2008. Upstairs has one of the largest rotating lists of sour beer in the country; there are 20 on tap.
Unlike the vast majority of beers, which are fermented with yeasts from the Saccharomyces family, sour beers are frequently produced with unconventional yeasts and/or bacteria such as Brettanomyces, pediococcus and lactobacillus (the same organism that gives sourdough and yoghurt their characteristic tang). Some drinks you’ll see at the bar are Wildflower Brewing’s St. Thomas (a wild ale re-fermented with cherries) and Two Metre Tall’s Wild Cider.
The bar also serves 12 natural wines, a broad term that covers wine created with grapes grown in organic or biodynamic vineyards and that are processed with minimal intervention and without any additives.
The room is triangular, with distressed walls and a massive mural. Dark timber gives it a cosy, warm feel. The kitchen is serving small dishes: four cheeses that rotate (taleggio, gorgonzola picante and Maffra cheddar come in and out); freshly sliced cured meats; tins of squid; octopus in ink; sardines; and a sourdough toastie with ‘nduja, a spicy, spreadable salami.