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Brawley's Beverage

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world-class

201 Ratings
Ratings: 201
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
$$ - reasonable
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4620 Park Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28209-3867
United States
phone: (704) 521-1300

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saintwarrick

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Living in beer-poor South Carolina, I had been meaning to visit this place for the better part of a year. Finally made it up there last month, and the consensus on this place is correct, it's a great place to find beer. Sometimes it can be a bit pricey, but no more so than other great beer stores. Great selection of Belgian beers, and most brews you can think of on the East coast, plus mead and wine. No Stone, but that's hard to come by down South. The way they have the beer laid out is a bit random, but don't worry, the staff is very kind and willing to answer questions and step out and help you find what you're looking for. Very knowledgeable on beer as well. There's plenty more beer in their walk-in fridge. Also a very nice selection of glassware. Definitely need a return trip for some other stuff I've never had. Don't worry, it may look like a gas station in the middle of nowhere, but it's actually on the outer edge of downtown in a nice residential/commercial area.

02-14-2007 07:21:00 | More by saintwarrick
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bcp5296d

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -15.4%

07-29-2014 21:24:12 | More by bcp5296d
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MacQ32

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-29-2014 16:19:07 | More by MacQ32
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

07-26-2014 02:33:43 | More by HuntDaddy540
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

It was great to finally meet Michael at his awesome store. My Mom lives in the Carolinas and has been swinging by for years to seek out rarities to bring up to Toronto. This year's beercation brought us to North and South Carolina, and Brawley's was top of mind for a visit.

Found some rare treats and learned of the secret identity of the man on the bottle of Olde Hickory Daniel Boone.

Great vibe, super friendly owner (Michael), killer selection, and soon to be completed tap room make this a must stop for beer enthusiasts.

07-24-2014 16:36:49 | More by DaPan
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EMB1960

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -25.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | $$

I see the high marks so many must be neighborhood people who frequent quite a bit and know the people who work here. Upon my 3rd visit and a few purchases each time, I guess I'm still a stranger, but that's okay. I drive a decent way to see places and check out selections, so I would at least expect a little friendliness.

Selection for the unknowns is what is on the floor. Some on shelves, many open cases or coolers. I did see a few things here I couldn't get elsewhere, but their Twitter/Facebook feeds advertise some specials, but I found they are not for everyone, only their regulars.

I asked why I would have a reason to come back if they wouldn't sell me what I came for, and was told they try to keep their regular visitors first. I didn't see a crowd (I was the only one inside or in the parking lot) and was there for at least 45 minutes looking around.

I understand the regulars but if the beer was released 4-5 days prior, aren't paying customers wanted first? I can understand holding special releases for a day or 2 after receiving them, but after 5 days? I'll be back again to see if anything changes, but I can go elsewhere, just hope they learn as it is a decent shop.

No taps at this time, but was told anywhere from April to November of 2014.

07-16-2014 15:14:27 | More by EMB1960
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1WIBeerGirl


5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-16-2014 00:24:08 | More by 1WIBeerGirl
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Stargazer2892

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-15-2014 19:33:07 | More by Stargazer2892
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jbriggs7

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-14-2014 18:10:37 | More by jbriggs7
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abb610

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

So I have never reviewed anything before and there is no better time than now to review the one single place/person that got me truly excited about craft beer. Almost 10 years ago I walked into Brawley's the day that NC popped the cap on the (at one time) stringent abv limit. Brawley had beers above the 6% cap that was in place just a day before. I wanted to buy the store out of all of these delicious goods so I could try all the new flavors that I had never experienced before. I got quickly shot down and the reason was that everyone should get a chance to try these beers as well, not just me. That was a new philosophy for me and I immediately appreciated what it was he was doing for the community. He had one of my favorite bands playing on the stereo which we talked about for almost the entire hour I was in the store. I felt at home and knew this was a guy that I wanted to give my business to. Since that first day I have learned a lot from Brawley. One of my first questions was "what is that spicy note I get from the 90 minute ipa?". That was the day I learned about hops. Every since, I have learned more and more about craft beer. Ten years later when I walk in that door we still talk about beer, music, weather and life. I still learn from him and I may have even shared some knowledge that he has gained from. Yes, he takes care of his regular customers which I am proud to say I am. This is a community store, not as much local community store, but a beer community store. If you walk in and ask for a highly allocated beer and thats all you have on your mind, chances are you will get shot down so that he can take care of the folks that help make that community what it is today. If its your first time in, let them know, you will be rewarded. After that visit, take some time to beergeek out and enjoy the conversations that go on in that building. It reminds me of when I used to go to the barbershop with my pops and experience the communal discussions that used to take place. You dont have to be a regular to get rewarded but contributing to the vibe that is created there rewards everyone.
As far as the beer goes, Brawley is the previously named Godfather of the craft beer scene in Charlotte. He and his staff make sure they get the new and exciting beers that come into the market along with all of staples that helped build the craft beer world. I'm an IPA guy and they do the BEST job in town to make sure what I take home is the freshest possible. As far as pricing goes, you will never see any gouging. He has the most competitive pricing of any privately owned bottle shop in the state and even rivals the big box stores and grocery stores that sell out of date shelf turds. They havent opened the taproom yet, but there is no doubt in my mind that it will also be the best around.
Everything about this place screams craft beer, community and family. Whether its talking with him, his always smiling and kind mother, talking beer trades with Shane, chatting with other beer folks or watching little Piper grow up. This place embodies small business and the community it creates. Cheers to the folks that embrace that philosophy and cheers to Boo!!!
Review #1

06-25-2014 03:12:26 | More by abb610
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Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
100 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.