I left Austin and part of my soul behind there when I moved some 8 years ago now. Whip In is truly what makes us old South-of-the-River proud of that heritage. The selection is ever changing and if you feel like being challenged or hipped to something new go ask that kind fella behind the counter what your looking for....and odds are heíll open your palate up to something you canít believe youíve lived without for this long. Good to see them still going.
For their seemingly small inventory of beers, their selection isnít shabby. Many of the beers you see at most stores, but also an occasional surprise. You know, the whole *hey, what in the world is this?* Customer service was great, and their shopping carts dart cleanly through the aisles. Iíll be back.
Park in the back- I pulled into the front and was a little confused, saw the store front but absolutely no where to park there. Store is kind of crampt inside, but otherwise ok. Beer- singles available- I saw some that I hadnít seen at Grapevine, Specís, and a few smaller stores. Prices- some higher, some lower than other places. Staff- very laid back, but knowledgeable enough. Food- some cheeses, some sandwiches, but standard convienence store grub. Summary- kind of out of the way for me to go with Specís and Grapevine literally in my backyard, but I do plan on going back sometime. We all have to support the little guy every once in awhile.
This place rocks! You walk in and thereís ususally cool Putumaya type world music playing and some Nag Champa incense burning. Great beer and wine selection, tastings and magazines/papers. Local brews, Texas brews, Intíl brews. They let you build your own 6-pack from cool and dry. Super laid-back and knowledgable staff. Not much food, they have cheeses, candies, slim pickinsí on some groceries.
Parking absolutely sucks...great selection and they will break six packs...friendly knowledgable staff...I think the selection is better @ Grapevine, but Whip In is better than CM or Whole Foods...they do have an abundance of pale lagers from all over the place that Iíd never seen before...
Nice selection. If youíre not from the Austin area, this place will have some stuff you havenít had before. Definitely a must-stop for a serious beer connoiseur. Steep prices, but the selection makes it worth the dough.
As mentioned already, Whip In, Grapevine and Central Market all have more or less the same selection. When a beer is going in or out of season you may find some left in one location but not the others, but for the most part these stores attempt to stock every type of beer you can get in Austin. For that reason they deserve a 15 but since weíre also comparing with out of state retailers one has to admit that there are better stocked beer states than Texas. The last time I drove by there had been a massive remodeling done to the exterior - the place almost looks classy now in a sideshow circus/titty bar kind of way. They also have a liquor store next door that benefitted from the remodelling as well. Not sure if the interior has been redecorated as the place wasnít open at the time. Assuming it hasnít, the interior is purely functional, no real ambience or vibe to speak of aside from an aging convenience store facade stocked with massive quantities of alcohol where the motor oil and toilet paper would normally be. The staff is generally friendly and of course knowledgable about their beer. This helps if youíre looking for a recommendation as you canít always find an employee to hit up at Central Market.