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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.73
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4620 Park Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28209-3867
United States
phone: (704) 521-1300

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Reviews by saintwarrick:
Photo of saintwarrick
5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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Photo of simplycdog
1.9/5  rDev -59.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

Really small place. The little amount of beer they had was scattered everywhere. Some even covered up and blocked with shelving.

I've never been in a shop that you can't buy a beer on the shelf. This is the case here. They show it to you, tell you how good it is and then say I can't sell it to you. If you don't want to sell it, put it behind the counter. Don't tempt me with the possibility of a purchase. Pretty rude actually. Will not stop again.

Photo of WOLFGANG
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Good beer, good people and now serving exclusive draught selections. Do yourself a favor if you are in the area and pop in.

Photo of SCbrewpubfan
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Really feel the need to share the wonderful experience I had in Brawley's. Stopped in after flying into Charlotte on the way home to Columbia, SC. There were about 20 beers on tap, and the bartender (sorry I can't remember the name) was very helpful. After my wife asked about a different stout he pointed out Xocoveza, gave a wonderfully accurate description of the beer, and let her try a sample. I had a La Folie, which I'm always happy to drink.

Selection was really top notch for the size of the store. I could tell that Micheal has thought out what beers to carry to get the most out of his space. Got some Nugget Nectar and Sweet Baby Jesus, as well as several other local goodies. Micheal took the time to talk to me about the North Coast Old Stock Otsuchi, and he also answered several other questions even though the store was pretty busy.

After I checked out he asked me what type of glass I like to drink out of and hooked me up w/ a sweet Teku. This really was the cherry on top of a great experience.

I will definitely be back here whenever I'm in the area. It's really nice to be treated like a valued customer and talk beer w/ some knowledgeable guys. I recommend this store to anyone who happens to be in Charlotte.

Photo of evan35
4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best selection in town and they added beers on tap last fall. A+ service always.

Photo of Jfishe13313
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited from Florida, great selection of brews to choose from while enjoying a few pours. Small at home location with big time all are welcome feeling. Lots of beer wisdom here!

Photo of Lewitt
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Man this place was a find. Michael and his mother were extremely helpful and generous. We were driving South through North Carolina, and Michael went into his private stash to hook us out of towners up. Overall excellent experience.

Photo of pdeepak
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Just stopped in here and had a fantastic experience and conversation. Michael is the man! He saw that we were from out of town and gave us the VIP treatment. Will stop in here everytime I'm in town.

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Visited here while teaching for a week in Charlotte. Delightful customer service. Hard to judge selection since I'm not familiar with the area but I managed to spend a couple hundred dollars on wicked weed and cascade beer I can't get here at home. Lovely, lovely place

Photo of tillmac62
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%

I got to meet Mike yesterday for the first time. It was my second visit to his store. While the space is small, the selection is excellent and the customer service superb. Even though I wasn't a regular, he sold me what I wanted (GL Christmas Ale) from his "best customer hold back stock." He also let me taste New Belgium's La Folie (the taps are now open) which blew me away. It bought it and several other of his suggestions. I live in Gaffney, SC, so to get good beer I have to make a beer run to either Greenville or Charlotte. My first stop in Charlotte will be Brawley's from now on. Mike's beer knowledge is that of a master. I look forward to reviewing his recommendations. Take the time to discuss with him what your preferences are and he'll hook you up with fantastic beer.

Photo of sulli520
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Great bottle shop and amazing people. Will always be a must hit when in CLT.

Photo of kruky
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Mike is awesome! He has really be a great resource for me as I travel down the rabbit hole of craft beer. He and the folks that work with him are world class and just a great group of people. Thanks guys for making my weekly visit informative and thanks for the great selection of beers!

Go to Brawley's if you love craft beer or just want to know what its about.

Photo of TaraMJax
5/5  rDev +5.7%

I'm the type of girl that LOVES beer! Guinness style, deep, dark, flavorful beer. And then 3 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and have been searching for gluten free options besides cider! While searching for a location to buy a specific Dogfish beer, I found Brawley's. BIG. SIGH. OF. RELEIF.

The owner showed me the shelves (no, not shelf, SHELVES) of their gluten free beer options. And this wasn't even including cider or the dreaded Redbridge. Not only did they carry the multiple brands I have looked up, but they also carried bands that I had never heard of an am so excited to try. Then he asked if I had considered Mead... really hadn't thought about it, but it was a GREAT suggestion. He showed me the selection and suggested a few that were worth trying.

So very helpful. So very friendly. And while I went in intending to buy one type of Gluten Free Beer, I left with a few. In addition, he did not carry a Pumpkin Cider I had read about and is contacting his Harpoon Distributer to see what he can get on hand.

As long as I am in Charlotte, this will be where I buy my Gluten Free Beer... and Mead... and cider.

Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev -11.2%

Brawley's, a Charlotte institution. I'm assuming it's located in an old gas station, because that's what it looks like to me. The shop is old and small but don't let that fool you because it's very well taken care of. Although there's not massive shelf space or a big warehouse feel there is certainly plenty of beer lining the shelves to keep me satisfied along with a small-ish cold storage room in the back.

The owner was great. Talkative and enthusiastic. Quick to give tips on an upcoming roadtrip around the area. He knows his beer and loves to share information. The store selection is expertly handpicked and well thought out. NC locals and seasonals stuf the shelves with smatterings of out of state offerings and imports. All prices are beyond fair. If you're in Charlotte Brawleys is a must.

Photo of nc41
4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Excellent service and a great selection of beers from everywhere. A true beer geek. Not hard to get to even though I'm not local, it's still being built, and will feature taps in the future, so the floor is crowded a bit. Would be my top spot if I was local, but I drive 2 hours one way to get here every now and then too, I can't say that about any other place
. Highly recommend the service is incredibly good, and in a competitive retail market owner enthusiasm is a real separator.

Photo of DaPan
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.

Photo of EMB1960
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.

Photo of abb610
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!!!
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Photo of asams10
4.57/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I make it a point to stop by here every time I'm in Charlotte or surrounding area looking for beer. They have a great selection, always seem to get a larger quantity of the limiteds which makes it easier for me to get some even a day or two after the releases, and keep a nice inventory of staples. Awesome little bottle shop that you should seek out if you're in the area.

Photo of danmstory87
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

In my opinion this is the best bevarge store in Charlotte! Very friendly service and a awesome atmosphere! Its really hard to beat their selection and prices! I go out of my way to support Brawleys Beverage and I can't wait to get my fill of LA folie!

Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Brawley's is a very cool little beer store. I've been in hundreds of times & Michael (owner) is super cool and helpful; he was pushing quality beer when you couldn't find it anywhere else in the Charlotte area. The prices are good and the selection is too.

This is a great little local beer shop with killer service, if you're in Charlotte and in the area, drop by; you'll likely find something neat to take home. If you're looking for glassware, this place has a very nice selection for sale.

If you are in the area - go to Duckworth's for draft (about 70 amazing taps) & also stop by Brawley's, they're all in the same small area. Combine the three and you've got reason for a bit of a drive in.

They're working on opening a small tap room - I imagine it will be a grand selection.

Still, I cannot stress enough - if you're in the area, this is a must-stop-here spot.

Photo of Ccompton1856
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

They almost always have what I am looking for and always have what I didn't know I needed until I saw it there. Great place run by great beer people. I highly recommend making a stop in if you are looking for craft beer. Mike and Shane are always willing to talk beer and give great recommendations if you want to try something new. Enjoy!

Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
5/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been to Brawley's several times in the past month and have had exceptional service every time. The staff is very knowledgable, friendly and go out of their way to get what you're looking for. Sometimes these places can feel like a bit if a "boys club," where staff assume I'm there following my boyfriend around or looking for some generic 6 pack, but that isn't the case here. The prices are also great, on target or often lower than other retailers in the area.

Photo of KevinZ2301
2.69/5  rDev -43.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I continue to want to like this place but every time that I stop here I am treated like an "outsider". I do admit that I am not a weekly customer but I have spent some money here over the years and would think that would mean something to them. I am not just the guy who shows up on Hopslam day. It seems like there is a group of people who frequent here and if you are not in that club then you midas well never count on picking up a new release.

While I do understand taking care of regular customers this place takes that philosophy to the limit. The owner is quick to explain his methods and friendly about it but you will walk away with a sense that he is not interested in new business.

I now realize that I may NEVER learn the "secret handshake" but that is okay because if you look around... Charlotte finally has several excellent bottle shops.

Photo of APBT91
4.82/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

re-review

Ive been coming here for a little while now and this place is just excellent.
The service is the best, they are very knowledgeable and treat me like family.
They always show me what's new in stock (they known I'm always behind the 8 ball when it comes to new releases so they try to help me out) that is hard to get.
Mike is currently adding on a bar to grab a drink to chill or for while you look at the selection.

Brawley's is not the biggest store, but they have the best selection I have seen in QC by FAR, and they always have fresh local beer which is a huge plus.

Brawley's receives high reviews because it is a great place to shop at, from staff to selection, you wont be disappointed. Check them out.

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