The Taphouse changed hands in early 2017 and, under the management of the Thorpe brothers, it has not only maintained its reputation for serving an impressive array of beers, but has finally been given the facelift it needs.
The heritage-listed pub is in various stages of renovation, and there's currently something brewing on its middle level. A new bar named Odd Culture — a reference to the wild yeast cultures used in fermentation — is set to open in late July with the largest selection of sour and wild ales in Australia, alongside minimal intervention wines and a smart selection of cheeses.
Under the watchful eyes of Tom Evans, formerly of Wayward Brewing Co and The Royal Albert, the bar will feature eight taps pouring only sour and wild ales. Rumour has it that Topher Boehm of Wildflower Brewing & Blending is also working on a beer that uses a Taphouse-exclusive yeast culture for the opening of the bar next month.
For those who prefer something a little darker, the bottle list will feature a selection of high-ABV beers, such as imperial stouts and barley wines, alongside spiced meads. In terms of wines, the focus will largely be on minimal intervention organic wines from independent Australian wineries.
Odd Culture is slated to open in late July on the middle level of The Taphouse, 122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst.
Disclaimer: Dominic Gruenewald is currently an employee at The Taphouse. He is also Concrete Playground's beer writer and the host of Sydney's longest running beer appreciation society Alestars.