It’s hard to believe Whip In, the tapestried Travis Heights institution, got its humble start as a convenience store and gas station on the access road of I-35. Amrit and Chandan Topiwala opened shop in 1986 and soon realized that beer, not gas or groceries, was their biggest seller. They decided to have the gas tanks removed and focus on their beverage program instead. Their hard-to-source beers slowly began taking over the store, cooler by cooler, before the acquired the 72 taps from which they now pour. In its twenty seven years of existence, Whip In has now morphed into a brewpub and wine bar with a full menu and two stages for live music.
I was stoked to cover Whip In for both Edible Austin (focusing on their growing microbrewery) and Culturemap Austin (focusing on their innovative Indian-TexMex cuisine) this month... follow the links for the articles!