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Kamala Brewing / Whip In

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

79 Ratings
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 69
Beer Avg: 3.78
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 DoubleSimcoe
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%

Whip-In takes the weirdness and funk of Austin to new heights. "Hindu Hillbilly", I read somewhere, and it fits indeed. Honky-tonk meets yoga and has a few beers. Rustic, hippie, free-spirited.

A sprawling, rambling space, with a beer bar, a wine bar, tables for dining, a stage for live music and a bottle shop in the back of the building. Busy but not crazy, I ordered my beer at the beer bar and sat at the wine bar, turning around to enjoy the live band.

They had 10 of their own Namaste brews on tap when I visited (although three were out), all unique and odd: Imperial stout with soaked dated and bourbon, a whiskey-aged Belgian quad named Ganeshale, a post-colonial IPA... I had the Ganeshale and found it underwhelming, a little flat.

70 taps in addition to the Namaste handles to boot, such as Old Rasputin Nitro, Boulevard Harvest Dance, Barrel-Aged Origin and 30+ Texas brews. Also craft beer cocktails/concoctions.

Bartenders are super nice and took time to offer samples despite having a full bar, I appreciate that. Next time I will try the food! Love an Indian-vegetarian menu at a beer bar.

The bottle shop is serviceable but not a must. Prices for the beers at the bar were a little high, although I had rare and barrel-aged stuff.

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Jason, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

greenspointexas, May 03, 2014
Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%

An excellent beer store/beer bar. As I walk in, it looks like a typical liquor store, with rows of wine, beer, and cooler space wrapping around the proximity. Though there is a bar and wood stools taking up the front left part of the store.

The selection is large. From what I saw, the bottle selection is typical of the better beer stores. Think Specs. Which is good, but the real treat is the large selection of taps. Many you can get as a growler. Lots of Texas micros like 512, Jester King, Live Oak. They expanded their tap selection recently and there are lots of good Imports and other US micros. There is a separate tap section for beers like 05 Sisyphus and some Divine Reserves. All the beers are fresh, or for the aged options, they are impeccably cared for.

The service is really good as well. The cashier/bartender is very knowledgeable on all the beers, and helpful with special releases. Overall an excellent store, and a great place to try what is new if you have time to sit at the bar for a minute.

champ103, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Todd, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -6.3%

GRG1313, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Dicers, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of LittleDon
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

LittleDon, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Gatordaddy, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Texasfan549, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of JackNip
4/5  rDev -6.3%

JackNip, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of Reagan1984
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%

Well this is one of the wackiest places I've ever been too. Is it a convenience store? A beer store? A restaurant? A bar? Kind of all of them. Real bohemian look, feel & vibe. Staff is very friendly. About 8 or so beers on tap. They were open with their samples and pleasant in their tone.

The beer selection (store) was pretty good, not, great but good. I swear Texas remains a bit of a wasteland for great beer. Didn't have any food, so I can't comment. The seating area was very casual and quite eclectic.
I have to say, I am not sure I would head here for a dinner, but I would go for a pint and then perhaps shop for a bottle to take home. Having said that, I was intrigued by their Indian menu... Music was quite funky.

Bottom line, glad I stopped to see it. Not sure I would go out of my way there... If I lived here I would probably drop by from time to time. But the selection is not close to the selection of my home town store.

Reagan1984, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Gagnonsux, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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 wagenvolks
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

wagenvolks, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of BMMillsy
4.1/5  rDev -4%

Neat place I stopped in here in Austin. Looks like crap from the outside, but a cool eclectic feel on the inside. Indian type food (though, not what you normally think) and huge tap list (lots of Texas beers). Bottle selection is decent but nothing to call home about. Grabbed my first Jester King brew here and sat with some food and had a good time. Music seems like every night, too (I only came for lunch time). Highly recommended if you are in the area.

BMMillsy, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

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 stumac
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

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
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Getalegup, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JamLand, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BeerHunter76, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Heretic42, Oct 09, 2013
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Kamala Brewing / Whip In in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.