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Namaste Brewing / Whip In
Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 25
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 750
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Store ]
1950 S. Interstate 35
phone: (512) 442-5337
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 44 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
01-12-2011 21:20:56 |
More by bentwookie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
This place did not look appealing to me from their website, but I wanted to check it out anyway. It was great. Not the greatest selection in town, but plenty of off beat varieties.
The staff was friendly and the patrons were great too.
They had live music, and to my great surprise, growing up and living in austin, they music was pretty good, and the volume was
The owner is very knowledgeable and friendly, but I always get a comment if I go in to look at whats on the shelves and leave without buying anything.
Its small, but it is definitely the place I am going to take guests that want to go to a bar in Austin.
01-11-2011 03:06:40 |
More by bisonkron
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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!
11-20-2010 00:03:46 |
More by dnarx
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I had heard the chatter about this place, and I wanted to give it a look. It has a sort of small parking lot, which is kind of inconvenient. I don't know if there is more parking in the back, but I had to wait for a bit to get a spot.
The atmosphere is very cool, and very laid back. There is a bar you can sit at and drink, I think they had about 12 bears on tap. To the immediate right there is a small restaurant, then there is 2 rows of wines. Behind that there is one and half walls of beers, and one aisle of beers as well. Someone here said that you can pull beers out of six packs and make your own. I wish I would have known that when I went, because I was eying some Inversion IPA, but it only came in a 6-pack.
Their beer selection is pretty large. It is nice because it is organized, and everything is clearly labeled. Their beers aren't past their expiration date, like some other places that offer that large of a selection. They have a large section of Belgian beers, and they were priced somewhat reasonably. I think I got a bottle of St. Bernardus and a bottle of Delerium for $10.
It is a fun environment, and the people seem nice and willing to help, and there is a pretty large selection. There still is more space for another aisle, it would be nice if they filled it with more beer!
04-06-2010 17:12:07 |
More by Longhorn22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-22-2010 01:57:11 |
More by Mora2000
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
i stopped by whip-in after driving by it many times and hearing about the selection from friends. the selection was above average. had a lot of good stuff there that i haven't seen many other places. LOT of belgian offerings, lots of oskar blues, stone, dogfish head, and a lot of beers i've never seen in the area before (though admittedly i have only been in the area 6 months).
the chick up front with the dreadlocks was really helpful and when i asked about oskar blues and ten fidy she directed me to the 'beer guy' who was very helpful and answered all my questions about their rotating stock, what was coming up, what styles they like to carry. they were very friendly and the beer guy informed me i can break up any pack in the cooler and make my own sixer. he even went to the back for me to pull out a six of magic hat that wasn't on the shelves.
i ended up getting a four pack for about $9 which is about average considering the beers that i got. they even had singles of bud and bud light which i found pretty funny, however, they were on the bottom shelf and looked like they hadn't been touched in months.
there were a few aged beers. i didn't really look too hard at them but i saw some stone imperial russian stout and some 2005 great divide yeti. they even had a print-out taped to the cellar aged section listing when some of the newer editions would be released.
the music was pretty rad as well.
10-10-2009 19:10:39 |
More by vdread
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
While nearby yesterday, I stopped at Whip In for the first time to see what I'd been missing by doing my beer shopping mainly at Grape Vine Market and Spec's. Inside, the store/restaurant is dark and a bit cave-like. Through the convenience store portion of the building, a few sets of beer coolers and shelves hold some good offerings, but not much I can't find elsewhere in town. The number of Belgians available was probably the highlight. My hopes of finding aged beers weren't realized, as all I really saw were a couple bottles of 2008 Avery Samael's Ale. Ended up buying a 750 of Saison Dupont and a six pack of SN Stout.
Service seemed more like a convenience store than a beer store, but I didn't buy anything on-tap or order food, either. Prices seemed above average for both the on-tap beers and the bottles, maybe a dollar more per item than at other places.
I'm glad I finally got to Whip In, and I'd like to stop again for a pint and a meal.
08-02-2009 18:47:03 |
More by Riccymon
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Well this is one of the wackiest places I've ever been too. Is it a convenience store? A beer store? A restaurant? A bar? Kind of all of them. Real bohemian look, feel & vibe. Staff is very friendly. About 8 or so beers on tap. They were open with their samples and pleasant in their tone.
The beer selection (store) was pretty good, not, great but good. I swear Texas remains a bit of a wasteland for great beer. Didn't have any food, so I can't comment. The seating area was very casual and quite eclectic.
I have to say, I am not sure I would head here for a dinner, but I would go for a pint and then perhaps shop for a bottle to take home. Having said that, I was intrigued by their Indian menu... Music was quite funky.
Bottom line, glad I stopped to see it. Not sure I would go out of my way there... If I lived here I would probably drop by from time to time. But the selection is not close to the selection of my home town store.
06-09-2009 21:30:46 |
More by Reagan1984
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by this place during a road trip from San Diego to east Texas and back. The overall experience was very enjoyable. The owner was working while I was there, and he seemed like he really enjoyed his place and job. They had about 8 beers on draft, and I ordered a Live Oak Hefe, which I enjoyed while walking around the store. There was a good mix of all different kinds of beer, and the owner was able to pick out some local Texas beers that I have been able to enjoy since the trip. After deciding on a couple of DFHs, three beers from the Great Divide, a 2004 Avery Beast, and some local beers, the owner was nice enough to refill my beer for free. I will definitely stop by this place again if given the opportunity.
03-04-2009 20:24:03 |
More by derwestone
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.
02-20-2009 01:50:34 |
More by wagenvolks
Namaste Brewing / Whip In in Austin, TX
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