N.W.I.P.A., aptly named after the hip hop supergroup, is a new bottleshop and taproom focusing on India Pale Ales that has just opened in the quiet Foster-Powell neighborhood, bringing a welcome respite for craft beer loving locals.
Like many startup shops, N.W.I.P.A. ‘s selection is still limited and it has space to grow. Still, it probably carries more craft bottle and can options than anyone else in the neighborhood, with a 2-door cooler, a 3-door cooler, and a table covered in room temp bottles. The space is an airy, straight rectangle with white walls, a good sized bar, and colorful art that reminds me of a gallery.
N.W.I.P.A. might have more going for it as a bier cafe than a bottleshop at this point, though. There are only 4 taps currently, all of which serve good to great IPAs: Hop Valley’s Alpha Centauri, Boneyard’s Hop Venom, Stone 16th Anniversary Double IPA, and Good Life Descender IPA. The space does not have a full kitchen, but there is a cafe menu to die for that includes salumi from Chop Butchery & Charcuterie ($6), cheese from Rogue Creamery ($7), ice cream from Salt & Straw ($3), and fresh oysters (11 for $6), in addition to wine, coffee, kombucha, and more.