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Kamala Brewing / Whip In

YOUR RATING = None |
BEER AVG
3.63/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
23
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
86
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
95
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
Taps:
72
Bottles/Cans:
750
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
Kamala Brewing / Whip InKamala Brewing / Whip In
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Store

1950 S. Interstate 35
Austin, Texas, 78704
United States

(512) 442-5337 | map
whipin.com

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 95
Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Hmmm....
Did we just walk into a bar? Or a liquor store? Or an Indian restaurant? Or a neighborhood bodega?
We just walked into all of these things at once!

Yes, it's a bottle shop/liquor store. Fairly decent selection here. You can definitely find a few rarities around. Unfortunately, you're NOT going to just stumble on them. They know that they are there and have them priced accordingly. Not that there is anything wrong with that, because I even picked up a couple things, it's just always a thrill to find that one vintage bottle at the back of the shelf, for the same price as the 'fresh' ones. It makes comparing/contrasting just a little more fun, I think, but I'm certainly willing to pay for the priveledge as well.

They also have around 60 taps, I'd guess. It's kind of hard to tell, because it looks like they just add another three or four tap lines whenever they find the money and space to add them. It's not just a tap wall, they are kind of spread around in little clustered groups.
Let it be stated, right here and now, that the taps that they have are pretty damn awesome. Lots of Texas love. A good deal of a belgian showing. Plus, various craft brews thrown in for good measure.
They even pull out some vintage kegs from time to time. While I was there, among other things, I had Live Oak Tree Hugger Vintage 2006(!!!). Damn, it was awesome!

They also have a couple of rows of items that you'd probably find at your neighborhood convenience store/bodega. Soaps, detergents, soda pops, ice creams, paper plates, trashbags, spices, incense, bread, etc.

On top of all of this, they are also an outstanding Indian Restaurant. From what we could gather, they are using as much local food stuffs as possible, which is awesome. Meats, eggs, cheeses, yogurts, produce and more are all locally sourced.

There were a couple of employees who seemed to have that 'why are you bugging me?' kind of attitude. Normally, this would be close to a 'dealbreaker' for me. I'm happy to say that the other multiple employees and Dipak himself, who runs the place, were all very nice and more than made up for it. Maybe they were just having a bad day or something.

Be prepared to spend a couple of bucks, but I strongly recommend this stop to beer geeks and food lovers alike. Plan on hanging out for a couple of hours while enjoying a few pints and delicious Indian food and generally having a good time.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

"Kamala Brewing" ceased operations last year (2015) so this is only a restaurant, beer garden and bottle shop now. Tons of beer on tap and even more in the cooler. I loved my chicken curry but our other dish was so so. Flights available as well as growler fills. Bottle shop bottles to take home. Brewer plans on starting a new brewery - Kamala Gardens this year?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Look through the other reviews and you'll get a very good idea of what's going on, they all seem to be right on. But, if you haven't been here before you've got to visit. It's just so kind of funky and weird that it's almost surreal; and if they fixed it up it would be totally ruined!

To throw my another 2 or 3 cents into the ring, I actually love their beers, and I'll be back. I've been to Austin twice, and when I return Kamala Brewing will be somewhere at the top of my list!

Also, other reviewers have dissed it but I didn't think that their Indian food was bad at all - I've certainly had better, but it was still very good. Their beers can be pricey though :(

I made a note of what they had in their coolers so I might as well share it (although it might have changed).
22 cooler doors including:
1 for new releases and limited beers
1 for strong singles and vintage beers
1 is a mix of German and Canadian imports
4 are for local, regional, and domestic big bottles
2 are for Belgian big bottles
1 is mainly English with some other imports mixed in
2 are for ciders
the rest are for 6 packs across the full range but mainly basic type craft brews

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This grocery/liquor store and all around hippie meets Indian place is pretty....chill. The idea of a wine bar/craft bar and Indian food counter is pretty rad. While the food isn't authentic Indian, it's really good, and way more exciting than a boring burger. They have a great selection of beer and wine. The only mark they missed was their own beer, which was 80% undrinkable. Smoked sours should not be a thing.

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Photo of sd123
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

bar stools were uncomfortable but good selection of beer. i tried the flight of the sours they make, 2 of which were very very impressive (the lighter beers) and 2 of which were pretty terrible (the darker ones). didnt get to try the food but looked interesting

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Photo of smb
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BGsWo22
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of gilgar
4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Patrick_Redbeard
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Fabiand
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great food! Funky little space, but they make the most of it. Great selection of brews and prices are pretty good too. Worth checking out!

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Photo of Deggar
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of twb0392
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of menezes
2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of ColSanders
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Theortiz01
3/5  rDev -28.7%

The good:
House beers are good, endless selections of wine to-go, lots of taps, great hard to find kegs at times, good bottles- to-go list, the food has been amazing consistently.

The bad:
The service has been sub-par every time I've been here. Just seems like most of the servers have a care-free, "I'll get to you when I feel like it" type of approach. Not rude, but not attentive. Lots of hipsters. Bottles to-go are generally more pricey here than other stores. Growler fills have been pricey in the past as well, although haven't filled a growler in a while so that may have changed.

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Photo of Williaar
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of CheChe
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Realbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Great place with a great beer selection, the only thing I can't stand about coming here is that god awful smell outside. WTF it seriously smells like death took a shit outback, that smell might be from all the damn dirty hippies and hipsters but its hard to tell. But inside is nice

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Photo of EMB1960
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Visited this place when I was on a business trip just this September. I thought the place was very laid back and had some solid beers on tap, as well as a decent variety.
The bartenders/pourers were informative of all the beers, especially the ones brewed there. Met some
decent people to talk to and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Had one of their beers a Shiva Stout done with Dates or figs that were soaked in Bourbon, and the beer was excellent.
I also over heard people talking about the food served here, and all were complimentary comments.
I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a decent craft beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Kamala Brewing / Whip In in Austin, TX
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