Kamala Brewing / Whip In

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Kamala Brewing / Whip InKamala Brewing / Whip In
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3 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 48
Visits: 88
rAvg: 4.3
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: 88
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of my go-to places in Austin every time I am in town. The craft beer selection is beyond great, they have a good wine selection, and there is always something great on tap it seems. They very often receive the more rare and limited brews as well. You can sit down and drink a great craft brew and get some amazing service. Bartenders remember the little details and are beyond friendly. They also do growler fills which is always a winner!! I hear they have really good Indian Cuisine, but I have never eaten here.

They almost always have what I am looking for!

They also sell growlers, t shirts, and other items. (619 characters)

Photo of Ryanbob
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

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. (793 characters)

Photo of bentwookie
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I love Whip In. The food is great and the beer selection is awesome. It seems like he always gets the hard to find beer first. Dipak is very helpful and nice. I really appreciate his bottled cellared selection that he releases around Thanksgiving every year as well as his awesome draught cellar list. It can get a bit crowded inside but lots of room outside if the weather is nice. In the future they will be brewing their own beers, which is exciting. I also really like that the will fill growlers up with any of their 45+ taps. (531 characters)

Photo of dnarx
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Ok, I am a complete novice, no doubt about it. I have only embraced my LOVE of complex, fantastically aromatic, and heavily hopped beer this past year.

I LOVED this place, it has a long bar with 60 beers on tap. Lots of local talent, and some aged brews including an awesome Divine Reserve 6, Sisyphus 2005.

They had growlers for taking tap brews home and I even had some fantastic Indian food from Mom, and she sat and chatted with me.

Since I was only in town for a couple of days I made my way to Whip In both, the owner recommended some brews on day two that were perfectly paired with what I indicated I like the day before. I am considering moving just to continue visiting this joint.

I think they are well worth a visit if you are in Austin! (755 characters)

Photo of jcruiser
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

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. (578 characters)

Photo of Longhorn22
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I had heard the chatter about this place, and I wanted to give it a look. It has a sort of small parking lot, which is kind of inconvenient. I don't know if there is more parking in the back, but I had to wait for a bit to get a spot.

The atmosphere is very cool, and very laid back. There is a bar you can sit at and drink, I think they had about 12 bears on tap. To the immediate right there is a small restaurant, then there is 2 rows of wines. Behind that there is one and half walls of beers, and one aisle of beers as well. Someone here said that you can pull beers out of six packs and make your own. I wish I would have known that when I went, because I was eying some Inversion IPA, but it only came in a 6-pack.

Their beer selection is pretty large. It is nice because it is organized, and everything is clearly labeled. Their beers aren't past their expiration date, like some other places that offer that large of a selection. They have a large section of Belgian beers, and they were priced somewhat reasonably. I think I got a bottle of St. Bernardus and a bottle of Delerium for $10.

It is a fun environment, and the people seem nice and willing to help, and there is a pretty large selection. There still is more space for another aisle, it would be nice if they filled it with more beer! (1,310 characters)

Photo of Hdredfern
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere: 2/5 I know its Austin, which is a more liberal part of Tejas than the rest, but all of the posters on the wall with things like Mitt Romney as the devil and things like that aren't a great thing in my opinion.

Quality: 5/5 I'm not 100% sure what part of quality people are looking for here but the place was clean, neat, and well maintained

Service: 5/5 the employees here are awesome and help you out with what ever you are wanting. If you give them an idea of what you like they will respond with a good choice for you.

Selection: 5/5 a great selection of stuff that is harder to find up in Tyler so yeah thats that.

Food: 5/5 The food is great here, the nachos are to die for!! (698 characters)

Photo of rorjets
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Went to the Whip In on a Saturday night with a group of four. The place was crowded inside, but plenty of seating was available in the patio (it was a chilly night). We were able to get a booth next to the stage - an excellent seat to take in the whole club. Beers were picked out by a regular Whip In visitor in our group, and he made excellent choices for us, starting with the 'Namaste' brewed beers, made on site - I had the Bitterama, which had Earl Grey tea infused flavors. A really good Blue Grass band was playing on stage, and the crowd was enjoying the music. We ordered several Indian-themed appetizers, which were good. Service was also very good. There is a beer bar and a separate wine bar, which had a great selection by the glass.

The Whip In has an awesome selection of beers on tap, and an amazing selection of beers you can buy from the coolers, with an emphasis on local Texas brews. The rule is that you can buy a bottle of beer from the coolers & drink it at your table for a $1.00 corkage fee.

This place has a great vibe, and if I lived in Austin I would definitely become a regular here! (1,116 characters)

Photo of blingger
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

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. (940 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

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! (533 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,204 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Summary: The prototypical South Austin establishment. Eclectic beerbar/convenience store with good to great selection and passable food.

I've been fortunate enough to be a South Austin resident for the past 15 years and have witnessed the transformation of Whip In. Early on, it was a not so typical convenience store with a good selection of beers in their coolers and a decent cigar selection to boot. These days, the cigars are gone but the beer selection has improved and the addition of 50+ taps has added a new dimension to the place.

For those from out of town, the vibe at Whip In is a third coast version of O'Brien's or Bukowski's. I recently stopped in to pick up a mixed six. When I walked in (about 4 pm) there were a (maybe not so) surprising number of after work patrons at the bar. Given what is available, it's not surprising.

The tap selection is phenomenal for the Central US, hell, anywhere outside of the great beer Meccas. Growlers are available for anything they have on tap. The bottle selection is good. The single selection looked depleted when I was there, but enough to choose to make me happy.

What makes Whip In truly South Austin is its eclecticism. It is an amalgam of beer and wine store, beer bar and, music venue, with enough convenience store thrown in to make it quirky and inviting. Where else in Austin can you listen to Suzanna Choffel while eating your Mary Louise butter brownies drinking Jester King Black Metal. About the only thing disappointing was the menu: good, but not great.

Would I go back? It's sad that we often overlook what is easily available to us in favor of that outside of our immediate grasp. I have had the fortune to travel all over the US and only now recognize that I should be spending more time drinking at places closer to home. (1,806 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped by the Whip In on a Wednesday afternoon. Cute, indie-feel to the whole store, with food & beer behind the register and a seating area w/ a stage off to the side. Good wine and snack selection, too.

Very good quality store, nothing out of place and all the bottles seemed to be fresh (no dust collecting anywhere). The selection is amazing, perhaps even better than the Grape Vine Market, except for perhaps the German selection. Tons of american micro brews (Sierra Nevada, Great Divide, Dogfish Head, Real Ale, Independence, etc etc...), a larger Belgian selection than GV (lots of St. Bernardus), and (my favorite part) a cellared brews section, where they periodically release aged beer. Granted, this beer is at a higher price, but I happily snagged 3 bottles of 2004 Lost Coast Old Stock Ale.

Aside from the bottled glory, they have 16 brews on tap, including four Live Oak's and some aged beer, too (2006 Real Ale Coffee Porter). Happy hour from 4-7 gets you a $1 off per pint. Most beers were in the $4-6 range. Cashier/bartender was very friendly, and was happy to load up my beers into a crate and hold them behind the counter while I partook in a 8oz pour of Live Oak Primus Weizenbock.

Overall, a fantastic beer experience that I'll revisit many times during the coming years in Austin. (1,310 characters)

Photo of Realbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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 (282 characters)

Photo of kaidasz
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

really like this place, beers on tap, bottles in the fridge and killer indo-chinese food. wish we had this in houston, hell-need to franchise this idea!!!

taps-plenty of TX craft w/an emphasis on Austin, which i love as 512 ipa is must purchase for me.

bottles-jester king tends to be my reg as these are harder to spot on h-town specs other than downtown.

food-had a couple of plates there, all were good to great and will keep recommending based on overall vibe and service of their employees.

only downside is layout and a tad pricey, i can live w/it. bravo-whip in! (575 characters)

Photo of jdoncbus
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of EMB1960
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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. (612 characters)

Photo of obrike
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

What can you say about this place that hasn't already been said?

If you live in or near Austin, enjoy craft beer, and like eclectic places, this is your spot.

I first started going here back in 99 (Heck, this is where I bought the infamous '97 Sam Adams triple bock).I lived in an apartment about a block away and would walk over, always looking for the "beer of the month" special. This was before the Whip In became the ultra cool "Indian food, live-music, awesome beer" mecca that it is now. One thing this place has always had going for it is friendly, knowlegable staff. That in itself is a great reason to go.

Now that it's expanded from a beer store to a bar/eatery, it has become an even cooler place to visit.

The prices may be just a touch over what you can expect at other places around town, but for a true Austin experience, it's not to be missed. (865 characters)

Photo of mgdeth
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

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. (573 characters)

Photo of jamescain
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I would consider the Whip-In as my parent's neighborhood bar. I like stopping by whenever I visit. The nice thing about the Whip-In is that it is a combination, bottle shop, restaurant, and bar. I have not yet had the food yet, which is Indian food; however I have heard that it is very good. Their draft beer is slightly pricy, especially their cellar section. I'm not complaining about it, if they take the time to cellar a keg properly, then the consumer should pay for that time and effort. The nice part of the Whip-In is the fact that you can open any bottle and enjoy it on the premiss for only an extra dollar. Their bottle selection is very good and will rival any establishment in the city. They also will fill any beer in a growler, other then the cellar selection I believe. The servers are helpful. the atmosphere is a little cramped because most of the place is a bottle shop, but there is outdoor seating and occasionally there is a band playing. Its a great place and I would highly recommend a stop if you're visiting. (1,035 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a nice, newly renovated beer bar and beer store located right along Interstate 35 south of Town Lake. They have a pretty good selection of beers, maybe not the best in Austin, but definitely one of the best including a vintage shelf. They also have 15-20 taps with beers from Independence, 512, Live Oak and some out of state stuff as well. When I was there in mid-February they had 512 Whiskey Barrel Pecan Porter on tap for $5 for an 8 ounce pour. Not a bad price and not bad since kegs have pretty much disappeared from everywhere else in town. There is an inside bar and a patio to enjoy the beer on and there is also food, although I didn't eat. Nice place. (670 characters)

Photo of Fenris244
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I went to whip in today solely because I had never been and I keep hearing about it!

The atmosphere was nice, the light was a little dim for my liking but after I saw some aged beer on one of the shelves I assumed it was for their sake.

The quality was great I could find alot of things there that most of the stores in my area won't carry and though specs has a greater selection for the most part whip in has more of the limited releases, oh an they also have taps, 60 taps and do growler fills which puts them above specs in my book.

The service was pretty good except the guy I who was helping me kept saying everything was "money" he was a cool guy but the repeated use of that term kept making me want to tell him to shut up.

I didn't eat any food but the value was great, I picked up done awesome vintage brews at a good price and I'm more than happy about it! I'll definitely be coming back (904 characters)

Photo of zonker17
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Flew into Austin last night and was at Whip In within an hour based on BA reviews. Wow, this place is unique!

Parked in back and entered through the patio door. I'll admit that it took a moment to get my bearings, as the small interior had a cigar counter, beer for purchase to go, an area with live music, and the bar all within 10 paces or less of each other. Chalk boards above the bar display all the beer and food offerings. The menus are constantly rotating, so no printed menu or beer list are available.

After getting settled at the bar, the joy of having 72 taps became apparent. Many Belgian and craft offerings made for tough decisions when driving. The fish taco (yes, 1 big taco) was great. The staff was very friendly and helped with beer and food selection. Overall, I can't wait to go back! Good thing I'm in town all week.

UPDATE: Dropped atmosphere rating due to seeing the owner's children (and I mean young) stocking the beer coolers. Please do not do that in front of customers. Also changed to a bit pricey, as pulls on anything except pints are a bit steep. Hard to keep a reasonable spend here. (1,121 characters)

Photo of CopeTech
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My local goto for great Indian food and great beer.
70 taps, some quite obscure, for example lost coast grand cru.
Friendly helpful folk. My only beef is that the kitchen is slow, but maybe thats because its that good.

The experience is that this is an old roadside convenience store. You come in and the end has been turned into a huge bar with 70 taps, local texan crafts and belgiums.
Aisle 1 is Belgiums and Crafts great selection.
Aisle 2 is Wine, a great selection again.
Aisle 3 is convenience stuffs toilet paper and creamed corn
Aisle 4 & 5 have been converted to a music stage and seating.

woo hoo (610 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Lots going on here. The space is a bit small and a little dark, but that's my kind of joint. If you're looking for something else there's a BJ's in Sunset Valley.

There are a few booths immediately to the right when you step in, and to your left is a bar that seats ten or fifteen. A few locals were having a few and shooting the shit. Behind the bar is a cooking area, apparently for the Indian food, and a nice selection of taps, for the good stuff.

As you explore further you will find some imported foodstuffs. Further exploration reveals the brews, with the majority of it in coolers. While the selection is good, it is not on par with Specs. That's not a big problem in my opinion, as this place has a cool vibe, and I seriously dig the variety and uniqueness.

P.s. If you're traveling from the north side of Austin at any time near rush hour, I would recommend skipping I-35 and taking Congress down and cutting through a back street over the Whip In. (963 characters)

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