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BA SCORE
100
world-class

194 Ratings
Ratings: 194
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.61%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

4620 Park Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28209-3867
United States
phone: (704) 521-1300

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rajendra82

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I was in South Carolina for a business trip this week, and while on the way back to home, decided to take a little detour (85 miles to be exact) to visit Charlotte, and check out Brawley’s. Boy, am I glad that I did!

Immediately upon entering Michael Brawley greeted me to find out who I was, and what I was looking for. When I mentioned that I had come from Georgia to visit his store for beer, he was very excited. He delayed his pending visit to the bank, and gave me a personal tour of his small but well stocked store. Showing me all the highlights of the selection, and asking me what I could not get in Atlanta. After looking through the main part of the store, he showed me the additional selection back in the walk in cooler, and then finally took me to the room behind the counter, where he keeps the real rare stuff like Péché Mortel (of which only 16 bottles came to NC, all to Brawley’s), DFH Olde School, DFH 90 Minute, Victory Hop Wallop, etc. Since he had to leave after he finished the tour he introduced me to his mother, who along with his dad “volunteers” to help in the store.

As I was looking around, he called his mother back and told her to have me pick up any two glasses off the shelf as an appreciation of my visit. He of course knew a lot about (make that everything about) what he stocked, which seemed to be almost all craft beer. He also knew about Green’s in Atlanta and Adam Tolsma. Since being a BA, I didn’t really need recommendations from Mike, his mom told me that every time a customer walks in the store Mike asks them what kind of beers they like, and then gives them recommendations to try other beers.

While I was there, I was able to pick up a lot of beer that I could not get where I live, and got two free glasses, but more importantly I met a great guy who cared passionately about beer, was making a great difference in the local scene. His wonderful mother admitted about not being as knowledgeable, but she offered to pick up even more beer for me in a few weeks when she visits Atlanta. I have never seen a finer display of the virtues of a family business before.

When I am going back to Charlotte, I am definitely revisiting them, and the next time I am taking some beer from Georgia with me to give it to Mike.

01-12-2006 04:17:37 | More by rajendra82
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peabody81

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Wow, Brawley's, what can I say. I live in Charlotte, recently changed work locations so that I drive right by the store on my way home from work. Lucky me. I stop in about once a month, grab an empty box by the front door, and fill it up. Excellent selection of Belgians, domestic micros, English, you name it. Brawley's is within spittin' distance of Total Wine, might as well be on the moon in terms of the difference in the shopping experience. As soon as you walk in the door, Mike Brawley greets you with a "hey, how you doin' today, let me know if I can help you with anything".

When I go to check out, as he's ringing up my selections, he'll always say "if you like this, you'll like so-and-so". The next time I go in, I usually try what he recommended the last time, he has yet to steer me wrong. He turned me on to Great Divide Hercules IPA, for that I am eternally grateful.

Mike Brawley is one of the class individuals in the whole city of Charlotte. Occasionally his mom and dad work in the store too, they are most gracious as well. I went in about a week after NC "popped the cap", his mom showed me a list of all the beers they would be getting in in the next couple of weeks. The last time I was in there, I was the only one in the store, Mike walked outside to check out a fender-bender, left me in the store alone, I had a big winter coat on, could have been stuffing my pockets for all he knew. Made me feel good that he trusted me like that. These are good people.

I agree with the previous reviewer that it is a little unorganized, but as other reviewers have stated, the lifting of the cap in NC means that Brawley's is now the beer capitol of Charlotte, I think Mike knows that 1) he's going to make his money from beer, I think the wine section will get smaller and smaller, and 2) he doesn't need a frigid cooler for fine beers, I think a previous reviewer said he was going to rip that out. I think part of the lack of organization stems from the fact that the good beers are coming in and flying out the door faster than he can keep up with. A good problem to have...

Price - I have seen several beers that were cheaper here than at Total Wine, which of course is a chain, so you know they are ripping you off. Mike's prices are competitive with both Total Wine and Harris-Teeter, very impressive given that he's an independent. It's pretty obvious from the experience here that he does this because he loves beer, not because he wants to get rich.

Selection - LOTS of Belgians, about the only domestic breweries that are missing are Three Floyds and Stone, I asked Mike about Stone, he said that they were relocating their brewery this year and as such were not expanding their distribution, he hopes to have it next year. Lots of Great Divide, Rogue, Dogfish Head, Victory, etc. NC breweries are well represented, too. Great selection of glassware as well. p.s. I have been lucky enough on 2 occasions to get DFH 90-minute, it's not that he doesn't carry it, it's just so popular he can't keep it on the shelf.

Bottom line, I can't recommend this store enough, if you are ever in Charlotte, be sure you stop here.

12-23-2005 03:38:14 | More by peabody81
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I gotta give Michael Brawley some additional notes for caring about quality and increasing selection. He is dangerously close to a 5.0.

Last night while I was talking with him a guy came up with three master cylinders of Evil Eye. He treated him with the same respect and attention that anyone purchasing 100s of dollars worth would get. Very impressive. Brawley's ROCKS!


From 9-1-05
overall: 4.55
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 $$
Brawley's was a piece of cake to find just South of Woodlawn on Park. Woodlawn is Exit 6 off I-77 and it you head East about two miles then turn on Park it will be about two blocks down Park.

I was a bit miffed when I first arrived since I could not find any hours for the place. I called and there was no machine with any details. Later when they opened I finally spotted the sign and Mike was such a generous host I forgot about all that jazz.

The place is small but well appointed. The plans detailed to me for the beers should run the quality to a 5 and the selection grows day by day. I put the selection to a 4.5 since there is room to grow, but he only had one beer that had any appreciable age on it and the rest were fresh and kept out of the sunlight for the most part.

He said he plans to remove all the coolers and will segregate the back cooler into a keg room and a cellar room. Wine will be wall bound and beer will take center stage. With the current law change beers are flying off the shelves, a great problem for him to have. Great place to visit, wish I lived there...;)

12-21-2005 12:38:14 | More by GCBrewingCo
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -9.1%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

Well I've been in the area for a month and finally made it to "the beer mecca of Charlotte." Needless to say I was quite impressed. Anything I could have asked for was right there, with the exception of Stone brews but I was told they are eventually on the way.

What more could you ask for, knowlegable staff, quality product, and reasonable prices. It was also nice to see the BA shelf talkers pinned up and also to see fellow BA's shopping there.\

I can't wait until my next trip, if you're in the area don't pass this one up, it's the place to buy beer in Charlotte.

12-11-2005 22:11:46 | More by coasterfreak75
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aleyeast

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

Stopped on recommendations of this site. I drove by Total Wine and planned to stop there on my way out, needless to say, I didn't feel the urge once I stopped in here. Slightly disorganized, but everywhere you turn there is more beer. Very good selection of harder to find beers.

Mike was not there, but his mother let me wander and helped in any way. stacks of celebration and brooklyn black chocolate were present along with a stack by the front counter of Nice Chouffe so Mike must have taste. I picked up some belgians, even some I had not had before. Did not inspect the kegs, but appeared to have a decent selection as well and I will probably place a keg order next time I am going to be there.

Living in Charleston, SC, this is road-trippable when I need kegs. Will also probably stop when going by Charlotte in the future as he probably gets new selections in quite often.

Overall, a definite place to stop for any beer lover.

11-21-2005 20:22:27 | More by aleyeast
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Franziskaner

Missouri

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

Everything you've read is true. Great selection of Belgians. The owner was very helpful and friendly. I was in town on business from St. Louis and totally lucked out as this place was in range of my hotel shuttle. Needless to say, the shuttle driver ended up waiting awhile. There were a lot of brews that aren't available in my area that I was drooling over. It was the first time I've ever seen any of Brooklyn Brewing's beers (and I've checked about a dozen states). I picked up the Black Chocolate Stout and their Octoberfest. The manager also gave me a Tshirt. There is a chance I will be back in a few months on business and, if so, I will be back. I wish I could have bought more, but carrying 2 six packs in a bookbag through airports is about all I can handle.

11-17-2005 01:03:18 | More by Franziskaner
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AndoBrew

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev -9.1%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

My notes will mostly be on the service. Me and the chaingangguy drove up on a beer run from atlanta, and were rewarded for our journey with great great service.

Mike was his name, he walked all around the store showing off beers, telling stories, answering questions. We tasted things, we bought great great beers, we were given T-shirts, then he cashed us out and gave us directions to all the local spots with DFH on tap and even GAVE US HIS CELL PHONE NUMBER in case we got lost!!! Wich we did and did call him and he got us where we were going.

He has a good selection, and it is growing. We went for DFH and Victory, we got it. but we also got some rare rare treats that I can't wait to try.

There is also a great story as to why he opened that store. He also is big into aging and has been working on verticals and wants to big in the vintage beer sales market.

Point is if you are near there go.

11-16-2005 20:17:31 | More by AndoBrew
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derrickt007

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +2.5%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Just took my first trip up to Charlotte since the cap has been popped to get some beers i can't get down here in spartanburg SC. To copy so many other people but what can be said that hasn't been said? Upon entering the store Mike was willing to help me in any way he could pointing me to different beers, and just chatting about beer. His knowledge was great, and there selection looked a little thin...he said he was out of some stuff but would be getting more in the next week or so. Great store...very easy to find and GREAT service. Will be visiting again next week with a friend and help turn him on to some belgians and others.

11-15-2005 17:55:21 | More by derrickt007
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

One good thing about Brawley's for this BlitheringIdiot is that it's easy to find! Just head up Park off of Fairview and it's not 2 miles on the left. E-Z! Brawley's is a goldmine in Charlotte! The selection is well varied. There is local brew like Highlander and Cottonwood. Plenty of Avery (one of my personal faves!) Victory, Brooklyn, plenty of Belgians, even some odd ball rare ones and obscure like Urthel Hop-It. Sweet!

The only aspect that parallels the selection is the friendly cheerful service of fellow BA Mike Brawley and his Dad. Both were exceptionally helpful and willing to help me find anything I was looking for. More places should treat their customers like Brawley's.

Last call: After traveling around to a few different areas of the country, you get to know what is good. Some beer stores in other areas might be bigger (like a Canals in New Jersey) or have more beer selection, but guess what! That won't matter when those beer stores are 1000 miles away. When in Charlotte, Brawley's is the ONLY place to go. I just thank my lucky beer stars that I was staying so close to Brawley's. Next time in town, I'll bring him some brewskies from Yuenglingville.

11-08-2005 01:48:33 | More by blitheringidiot
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alelover1

North Carolina

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

What can I say about Brawley's that hasn't already been said. The place is awesome. When you walk in Mike Brawley always greats you with a smile and a friendly hello. For a small place he packs it full of beer. Not just any beers, but a wide selection of high quality hard to get beers. And he's always adding more. No crap in this place. Well, actually he does have one side of one cooler with bumpkin beer. But you gotta have that I guess. Mike's always willing to answer questions and hang out. Kinda has that old General Store type of feel to it. Music plays and You can even get a cup of gourmet coffee and a Biscotti to enjoy while your shopping. This place has become my beer store. No more trips to Virginia for beer for this guy. And if your into wine, this is the place. Mike knows a lot about wine as well as beer and his prices are competitive or better than the other so called specialty shops in the Southeast. Great selection. Good prices. Great place all around.

Also, if you blow a water pump in his parking lot he'll do all he can to get you back on the road again. Thanks Mike.

11-06-2005 14:01:05 | More by alelover1
Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
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