Kamala Brewing / Whip In

BEER AVG
3.62/5
Kamala Brewing / Whip InKamala Brewing / Whip In
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(512) 442-5337 | map
whipin.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
22
Ratings:
87
Reviews:
8
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
54
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
6.87%
 
 
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of Tiernan
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of Ryanbob
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Photo of bentwookie
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of dnarx
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

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Photo of jcruiser
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Longhorn22
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of Hdredfern
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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!!

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Photo of rorjets
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Photo of blingger
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

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Photo of stumac
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

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Photo of Obriencurt
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Love this place - best selection of bottled beers in Austin including their cellar aged selection. Their drafts are up there with the top places in ATX, their own Kamala Brew isn't my type.... but that's fine.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Realbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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 TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Kamala Brewing / Whip In in Austin, TX
3.62 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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