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Kamala Brewing / Whip In

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Kamala Brewing / Whip InKamala Brewing / Whip In
BA SCORE
95
world-class

74 Ratings
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 52
Beer Avg: 3.8
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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Photo of jcruiser
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

I live by Grapevine Market (the original) and shop there twice a week. I make it a point to go by Whip In in early December when they open their cellar and bring out the aged stuff.

Picked up a couple of bottles of 2004 Avery Beast bombers for x-mas presents. They must have most of the Anchor X-mas beer line up from 7-8 years past.

If you go to get the Beast, don't expect them to sell it to you on Sunday as it is 18% ABV.

Don't know how much more of it they have but it goes up in price every year.

They recently opened a restaurant in the store that smells really good.

jcruiser, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Was in town for ACL, not to mention my sister in law and her husband have lived in Austin for five years; I demanded they take me to the Whip-In for some beers. It's right off the highway and easily accesible.

One of the workers was a very friendly guy who was quick to ask if we needed help. I let him know that I found this place on BeerAdvocate.com where he mentioned his affinity for the Alstrom Brothers and how it helps his business. He suggested a Boulevard 12-pack sampler and I added a sixer of Dale's (unavailable in Ohio).

They have a nice selection of beer and their coolers are packed full of goodies. In Ohio, cooler space is a bit smaller most likely due to climate and it was nice to see all the cold suds in the oppresive heat.

Some of the beers are a tad pricey but nothing outrageous. The same worker brought up the 2004 election while I was checking out and blamed Ohio for the results; I didn't have the heart to tell him whom I voted for. A great beer store and a beer geeks paradise; justanother reason why Austin is such a great town.

jdoncbus, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

I love this place. they have a cellar that they keep beers in for up to four years, then they re-release them to be bought. very cool. the staff is very helpful, they carry a great selection of brews, its a pretty chill environment inside. they have a little lounge type area in there with seating. i dont know what thats about but i guess you can just chill there and listen to some tunes? ask to see their cellared beer list at the counter. they release them every December 1st. catch me there buying some good stuff this December!

stumac, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of blingger
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Just moved to Austin from Columbus,OH. Finally found a great place to stock up on some good beer. Whip In is great for selection, atmosphere, and conversation. My old stand by in Columbus had a great selection of beer, but the owner knew nothing about it. I talked with the owner of Whip In for quite a while and it was great because he was so knowledgeable. To my delight, when I went to pay he knocked 10% off because he loves it when someone comes in that's into quality beer. This of course led me to return the favor and I bought another 6-pack or two. I admit I haven't been out too much yet, but most places around here don't have much variety compared to Columbus. Shiner and Fat Tire only go so far. I know it's hot down here, but I need some hops now and then. It was a sight for sore eyes to find this place.
I recommend everyone to check this place out. It sounds like they are going to try and set up a brewery on the premises.

blingger, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of Ryanbob
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

I've been to the whip-in quite a few times during my time as an Austinite. If your looking for selection Whip-in is gonna be tied with grapevine and wholefoods (spec's is looking pretty good now too), but if you are looking for a unique experience, dedicated staff and something more unique to austin then whip in is the place to go. It would be impossible to go and not find something to satisfy your curiosity. I've read people on here saying that the sevice was bad, but I've never had anything but helpful service. You may need to ask, but this is a place for people who know beer so what do you expect? One of the few placed in Austin where you can break a six pack which is nice. My only complaint is the high prices on singles, however for the occasional splurge this place is the tops.

Ryanbob, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Stopped in just to take a look and found a gold mine of beer. This place has the best selection I've seen in Texas yet. Not only did I find a bunch of hard to find beers I also had a knowledgeable clerk recommend some to try. They have a lot of beer as singles too so you don't have to buy a sixer of something that you might not like. The best part is they will age some of those hard to find beers for a later release. Thats a big deal for people like me who don't have the will power to keep beer untouched in the pantry. Well worth stopping by if you are in or around the Austin area.

jbphoto88, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Ties with Grapevine for best selection in town. At least 10 cooler doors of cold beer and lots of dry shelf space as well, this place tries to carry most of everything, special releases included. I usually go to the WhipIn when I'm looking for something specific that another (cheaper) place is out of. I believe you can still break any six-packs also, I know I was told this years back, but it doesn't look like many people are doing it these days.

Service is kinda crap, but sometimes you just need people to leave you alone while you get hypnotized by the selection for 1/2 hr+ anyway. Guy working the register has a good chance of being a d*ck. They do what they need to though, buy and stock lotsa good beer.

Last and not least, the value of this one is kinda crap... Don't get me wrong, in some scenarios (as mentioned above) this place is invaluable, but the higher than average mark-up definately keeps me from visiting too often.

BeerZack, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of BAbaracus
4.15/5  rDev -3%

As mentioned already, Whip In, Grapevine and Central Market all have more or less the same selection. When a beer is going in or out of season you may find some left in one location but not the others, but for the most part these stores attempt to stock every type of beer you can get in Austin. For that reason they deserve a 15 but since we’re also comparing with out of state retailers one has to admit that there are better stocked beer states than Texas. The last time I drove by there had been a massive remodeling done to the exterior - the place almost looks classy now in a sideshow circus/titty bar kind of way. They also have a liquor store next door that benefitted from the remodelling as well. Not sure if the interior has been redecorated as the place wasn’t open at the time. Assuming it hasn’t, the interior is purely functional, no real ambience or vibe to speak of aside from an aging convenience store facade stocked with massive quantities of alcohol where the motor oil and toilet paper would normally be. The staff is generally friendly and of course knowledgable about their beer. This helps if you’re looking for a recommendation as you can’t always find an employee to hit up at Central Market.

BAbaracus, May 24, 2006
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

The Whip in has a very good selection. The majority of all their beers are cold, they have at least 20 doors in their cold box. The beers are sorted by style. There are also plenty of displays and about 20 feet of warm beeb shelves. Nice selection of Belgian beers (better than Whole Foods). I saw some 1.5 liter Chimay and a 3 liter of Corsendonk that were among the more unusual (for Texas) finds. They even had some Allagash Four .750's ($12.99) which I have not seen in San Antonio yet.

I was being nice when I rated the service. No one so much as acknowledged us when we came in or spoke to us the whole 1/2 hour we were in the store. I didn't really need any help but I guess it is the principle of the thing.

The prices were good for a "convenience store" but a little higher than what can be found elsewhere. Whip In is a clean store with a good beer selection. If you don't mind blaring reggae music and being ignored it is worth checking out.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.45/5  rDev +4%

Quality - About half of everything they have is refrigerated, and half is on floor or shelf display. The have a few rows of shelves that they use for snacks and such. If one of these rows was used for more beer, this place would be pretty much unbeatable

Service - Great service. The folks working their were courteous and knowledgeable

Selection - Outstanding selection. We found all sorts of beers that we cannot get anywhere in San Antonio, including Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.

Comments - This is the best beer store I have seen in Texas. Highly recommended.

mgdeth, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Not much to add to the other fine reviews. This is just a convenience store that has a LOT of beer. It is kinda rag tag, beer scattered about everywhere. It really pays to look through the cases they have lying about. I found a few cases of 2002 Anchor Merry Christmas that should have aged pretty well. Selection is nothing to sneeze at. Unibroue, a number of German and Belgian beers, and a wide selection American micros. The staff stayed behind the counter and I didn't quiz them on stuff, but they were friendly enough and didn't mind waiting for me to switch out a quick selection.
Being right on I-35, it's worth "whipping in" if you are just blowing through town.

HardTarget, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

Whip In has a great selection of beers. Lots of micros, lots of imports. If you're just passing through Austin on the interstate and don't want to make a side-trip for beer, then Whip In is the place to go.

I have three warnings, though. First, the store is quite cluttered, and the organization of the beer is a little confused. Last time I was in there, I didn't quite figure out how the beer fridges were organized. There were also stacks of beer on the floor, where I found some micros that weren't in any of the coolers. Lesson: check ALL the fridges and floor stacks.

Second, I think the staff may be hit-or-miss. After TXHops found some SATB there, I went in to check if they had any more. The two guys at the cash weren't very friendly when I asked about it. (I've heard rumors that SATB is illegal in Texas... maybe they thought I was ATF!). Lesson: leave navy windbreaker with big yellow letters in the car.

Third (and most serious), they stock past-date beer. I bought some Pyramid Coastline that turned out to be a year past its "best by" date. And I picked up some Tommyknocker St. Nick's Porter, which the brewery claimed had been discontinued two years prior. Of course, sometimes this can work to your advantage... they had 2002 Sisyphus left over long after everybody else was out. Lesson: check before you buy.

In spite of these warnings, however, Whip In is a good little store, in a convenient location for out-of-towners, with a very good selection. Recommended.

kbub6f, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

I visited Whip In for the first time today and I must say, I was deeply impressed. The beer selection is the best in Austin, and yes, I visit Central Market and Grapevine Market on a regular basis. I found the selection to be excellent, I saw at least twenty-five beers that I have never encountered in Austin before. German, Belgian, and microbrews are stocked in particular depth.

One of the stockers, who noticed that I was picking a number of singles, briefed me on the beers that were in stock but not yet shelved and fetched my requests from the back room. Another point in favor of the store is their willingness to sell singles of any beer - the clerk in fact stated that no one should have to buy a six-pack just to try a new beer. While many of the beers are not refrigerated, I saw none that were dusty. Also, the light levels in the store were quite low, similar to those seen in a bar.

Although it is of less interest to me, Whip In also offers an excellent wine selection. The store itself is lacking in glamour, being as mentioned in another review, a former gas station. However, the excellent selection and the attitude of the staff more than compensates. The prices seemed quite reasonable, in fact no more and in many cases less than Central Market or Grapevine Market. If you are visiting Austin, Whip In is not to be missed.

Pegasus, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of htomsirveaux
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Finally had a chance to stop here this past Saturday. This is a little (1000 sf) store that used to be a gas station. Has a selection rivaling Central Market's, but with a lot of overlap (90%+). I'm not sure what I was expecting but I left feeling slightly disappointed, mainly due to the pricing. On the positive side, they have a large selection of interesting imports and micros, including all the usual German suspects, many Belgians, most of the Texas micros, a decent amount of PNW mircos, Arrogant Bastard, and several cases of Bigfoot 2002 and SA Triple Bock 1995. Unfortunately only about half of the beers are refrigerated, and some of the beers on the shelf look like they'd been there a while. The beer prices are often non existent, especially for singles. This wouldn't be such a big deal except that there is only one clerk for the whole store, so it takes a while to get a price check if there is anyone else bidding for his attention.

My main cause of disappointment: 12 oz singles here average $2.70, singles at Central Market average $1.40.

If you're getting there from I35, take the exit just north of Oltorf, it will be on the access road on the west side of the highway about 2 blocks north of Oltorf.

htomsirveaux, May 20, 2002
Kamala Brewing / Whip In in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.