WhichCraft Beer Store

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4.45/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

2110 S Lamar Blvd
Ste F
Austin, Texas, 78704-5183
United States

(512) 600-1088 | map
whichcraftbeerstore.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
59
pDev:
12.13%
 
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 59
Photo of ericaus
3/5  rDev -32.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

One of the best spot in Austin ,good selection but not the best one in Austin guys u should ck some other beer store over rate and with lots of over price

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Photo of gilgar
3.49/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Crappy "younger brother" of the WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop in North Austin. Small selection, but good & somewhat overpriced compared to the big Liquor stores in town and even several convenience stores. I've been there three times and am never going back, not worth the trip when you can find their beers and more anywhere else in South Austin.

First time I went, I was looking forward to pick up a beer they had pictured online but when I got there they said they didn't have it and it must have been from their north location--which seems to be the answer for anything they post online. I had then hoped to have a beer since I'd read they had a tap room, but again that's only at the north location.

Gave them one last try last night after seeing an instagram post showing they just received a couple of local beers, but of course, they said it must have been the north location because they didn't get their share. Maybe they should change the name of the South Location to WhichCrap or It'sProbablyAtOurNorthStore. The staff is always nice and apologetic though.

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Photo of srletend
3.51/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Good selection, but not too special. Prices kinda high compared to Southwest Parkway Market (which has a better selection anyway). Looked like they offer tastings in the evenings--they should do throughout the day. Staff helpful, but didn't seem particularly educated/enthusiastic.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.96/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

This store is in one of my favorite areas of Austin, on Lamar Boulevard next to the cool Aviary store and lounge and the BA-listed Black Sheep bar. Whichcraft reminds me of the bottle shops back home in Philadelphia: a simple layout, lots of beer and nothing but beer.

I like how they divide the stuff in shelves and styles (Barrel-aged, Texas, Belgians, Sours). I was looking for Jester King El Cedro and the guy working there (owner?) helped me out so much, even texting his buddies to find the availability of that beer around Austin.

I have to say that for a store ran by self-professed “beer geeks”, the lack of refrigeration is troublesome. Also, I didn’t find anything super crazy or extremely rare here, but they do have enough stuff to satisfy y’all (or almost y’all). Imported brews from Ducato, beers from Odell, Founders (Imperial Stout!), Clown Shoes, North Coast (Old Stock), Southern Tier (Crème Brulee), New Braunfels (barrel-aged and sours)…

I will definitely come back next time I am in Austin, if only because I love the area and to explore new arrivals.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Excellent selection of beers. Always find it odd there are more beers on the warm shelves then cold and it's easy to not realize they even have a cold section as it's way in the back. But the selection, really nice. Like many a place, it always seems people come in and snatch the rarities and hard-to-get stuff immediately, but if you're looking for good local stuff or a good national stuff, you'll find it here.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and helpful.

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Photo of puck1225
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Spent some very pleasant time here today. The staff was helpful and accommodating. They sell all their beers as singles, and they were kind enough to break up a four pack for me to buy a single. Excellent selection! Able to get beers not in my area. A nice experience!

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Little tiny store, but amazing selection in such a small space. They have free beer tastings every Friday and the staff is really helpful and knowledgeable.

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Photo of M_chav
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Good stuff, nice little bottle shop - very helpful guys to assist and talk to me about different craft beer stops around the city, very informed and friendly

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Photo of OKFine
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Super cool, knowledgable staff. Brought my puppy in and it turns out they have a dog on staff, so the two of them got to hang out while I perused their great selection of beers. If I lived in the area I would be in there regularly.

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Photo of champ103
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Great staff that will help you find anything they have, and there is a really friendly dog to greet you as you come through the door. This is a store that is 100% dedicated to craft beer. I saw some cider as well, but did not notice any wine.

Rows of singles on the shelf, and a large cooler with most the six packs in the back. They will have tastings throughout the day, or just open a bottle they think is interesting and see if people want to try it. The bottles are arranged by style, not brewery. Which I kind of like.

A great selection that runs the gamut from locals to the new national craft brands, and quality imports. I found Hops & Grain Greenhouse IPA, Firestone Walker Opal, and De Glazen Torren Saison. None available in Houston as far as I know. A great store, maybe my favorite beer store in Austin.

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Photo of bullywee
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome selection and service! I told the guys where I was from and what I was looking for and they amassed an awesome selection of brews including JP Oro Riserva. One of the best beer shopping experiences I've had in a long time. My son loved the store dog, she was great.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Friendly and knowledgable staff, making the most of a fairly limited space with tons of excellent craft beers. Well organized store is super easy to navigate and I love the fact that everything they have in a six pack is available to mix and match. Looking back through their twitter its clear that I missed some pretty awesome beers, but I'll be keeping an eye on this place.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

If you visit Austin, and you're staying South, head here to get a great selection of beers from TX and beyond. Selection is huge, they sell singles, and the staff are super helpful and friendly. Can't go wrong.

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Photo of TheGent
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Excellent little beer store in Austin. Extremely knowledgeable staff as I tried to navigate the local options being from out of town. If I ever go back to Austin this will be my spot to stock up.

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Photo of wcarmichael
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Kind of crazy that Austin hasn't had a true bottle shop before this. Either way, the place is great. Came in at 11AM on a Saturday. We were the only ones there, but the owner Jody was awesome. Super helpful and definitely knows his stuff. We're from Dallas and I wish we had a place like this in the middle of town. When I'm back in Austin, I'll definitely stop by Whichcraft.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

A true bottle shop experience with exceptionally good selection and service.

Why does Austin need a bottle shop? As atavistic as Texas liquor laws are, you can still find a wide selection of decent beer at a number of locations including the better grocery chains and beer centric convenience stores. It's no wonder that until a few months ago, Austin did not have a true bottle shop. WhichCraft is a perfect example why a bottle shop is needed and what has been missing. Great service? Yes. Jody, the owner, has gone to great lengths to hire a knowledgeable staff as well as spending a good time at the store himself. Wide selection? That, too. Besides the large format bottles and sixes, one of the largest selection of singles is available. Because they're small, they can carry stuff from smaller breweries that you won't see in a larger location. Comfortable environment? Yup. Small, but inviting with a focus on beer and beer only. The best thing about WhichCraft, however, is the regular weekly events. Tastings every Friday and Saturday along with an occasional happening during the week. This is an element that you can't find anywhere else in town.

Easy to get to. On South Lamar about a mile south of Town Lake on the west side of the street. Be careful with the parking. There's not a lot, and parking in the wrong lot may get you towed. Prices are consistent with most places in town, perhaps a tad higher than the large grocery and liquor stores.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Very small space has both pros and cons: it can turn into cramped shopping really easily, but you don't have to wander hundreds of square feet to peruse the merch. It also means a bit more limited volume on the shelves. Prices also tend to be at a smidge of a premium. Not really a big deal if you have a decent paycheck, but if you didn't study hard enough in school (guilty), you'll do the bulk of your buying elsewhere. That said, no one can touch it for vibe and friendly and knowledgeable staff. For selection, I'm a bit surprised at not seeing more Jester King, for instance, but otherwise they're in the very top tier places in town, and arguable the best of those. If the store isn't busy, you may luck into being offered a taste or two if one of the staff has the urge to open a bottle or two. Also, they have great beer events, like the recent cellar release from Saint Arnold. Def a place to keep tabs on and make regular trips to.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A beer only bottle shop with top handcraft from around the country. The staff is quite knowledgeable and eager to help, especially with Texas beers. Best part, everything in shop can be bought as a single. Many bombers too. Events and tastings throughout the week. Worthy!

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Photo of aschwab
4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Solid bottle shop in Austin. Not many true bottle shops around Austin, so this one is a solid addition.

Selection: Pretty much what you get at most other craft beer stores anywhere in Texas. You can thank TABC for that. However, they do not have any of the crap, so there are bonus points there. But, overall, great selection for TX.

Price: Average prices for bottle shops.

Service: Good people helping who are willing to give suggestions.

They generally have free tastings randomly throughout the day. It is all random on what is open when you are in there.

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Photo of TheBrewLee48
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best bottle shop in Austin! Largest singles wall, super knowledgeable staff, and best shop dog ever, BUBBA! Free tastings every Friday and Saturday night, plus the chance of multiple ones during the week. They run out of the whalz super quickly now due to its popularity and social media presence, but always well stocked!

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Photo of ckeegan04
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Finally, a legit bottle shop in town.

Dropped in Thanksgiving week, mid-day. Despite the chaos of them preparing about a billion beer advent calendar boxes I was still able to make my way through the store. Was quickly offered help but just wanted to wander. Incredible selection by Austin standards. Nice layout and easy to peruse. After wandering I talked with who I think was t he owner for a few minutes. Nice guy and nice crew working.

I really wish this place was further north but I will still try and make a point of monthly trips down south to check out the newest offerings.

A must stop for visitors to Austin looking for great beers.

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WhichCraft Beer Store in Austin, TX
Place rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 59 ratings