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 DoubleSimcoe
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Look through the other reviews and you'll get a very good idea of what's going on, they all seem to be right on. But, if you haven't been here before you've got to visit. It's just so kind of funky and weird that it's almost surreal; and if they fixed it up it would be totally ruined!

To throw my another 2 or 3 cents into the ring, I actually love their beers, and I'll be back. I've been to Austin twice, and when I return Kamala Brewing will be somewhere at the top of my list!

Also, other reviewers have dissed it but I didn't think that their Indian food was bad at all - I've certainly had better, but it was still very good. Their beers can be pricey though :(

I made a note of what they had in their coolers so I might as well share it (although it might have changed).
22 cooler doors including:
1 for new releases and limited beers
1 for strong singles and vintage beers
1 is a mix of German and Canadian imports
4 are for local, regional, and domestic big bottles
2 are for Belgian big bottles
1 is mainly English with some other imports mixed in
2 are for ciders
the rest are for 6 packs across the full range but mainly basic type craft brews

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

"Kamala Brewing" ceased operations last year (2015) so this is only a restaurant, beer garden and bottle shop now. Tons of beer on tap and even more in the cooler. I loved my chicken curry but our other dish was so so. Flights available as well as growler fills. Bottle shop bottles to take home. Brewer plans on starting a new brewery - Kamala Gardens this year?

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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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Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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 mig100
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BMMillsy
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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Photo of sd123
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

bar stools were uncomfortable but good selection of beer. i tried the flight of the sours they make, 2 of which were very very impressive (the lighter beers) and 2 of which were pretty terrible (the darker ones). didnt get to try the food but looked interesting

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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