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Kamala Brewing / Whip In

Not Rated.
Kamala Brewing / Whip InKamala Brewing / Whip In
Based on:
22 Beers
72 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 48
Visits: 91
Avg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 72
Bottles: 750
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Store ]

1950 S. Interstate 35
Austin, Texas, 78704
United States
phone: (512) 442-5337

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Reviews: 48 | Visits: 91
Reviews by tjkinate:
Photo of tjkinate
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have to say that I am a San Diego native and I had to get used to the Austin beer selection.

The best part of Whip In is their draft beers. It is comprised of a revolving list that I would have to guess has 70ish beers on tap at anytime. Bottle selection is above average for Austin, but I still shutter, since compared to my favorite spots on the west coast it doesn't quite measure up. I don't hold it against this place though, obviously its not their fault.

What is also great about this place is that they are more than a beer store. They have a solid wine selection, in addition they are an Indian restaurant (which I have yet to try.)

The primary downfall I see at Whip In is the service, I just don't get it? I have been here a dozen times, half of which I have sat down to grab a pint. Every time I need to snag the bartender. I feel like I don't exist. Once I get served, I feel the service improves, but overall it feels like less than a friendly place.

*Update* 06/18/2012

After a few great renovations and an almost entirely new staff the Whip In has skyrocketed, becoming my favorite place in Austin. Great deals on local beers every night, great live music with an incredible staff.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of smb
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BGsWo22
3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of gilgar
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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

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

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of twb0392
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of menezes
2.75/5  rDev -35%

Photo of ColSanders
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Theortiz01
3/5  rDev -29.1%

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 +6.4%

Photo of CheChe
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Realbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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 +6.4%

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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Photo of holmesmi
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Dello
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Kamala Brewing / Whip In in Austin, TX
94 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.