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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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Photo of aaudette

Rhode Island

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

I hate to be redundent, but feel I must honor a great find and great time.

Believe everything else that you have read about Brawley's Beverage and make sure if you're anywhere near the area - say 100-200 miles or so - it is a trip well worth taking.

The store is small, but filled with lots of great beer in all categories. Michael was extremely knowledgable and even more friendly. He welcomed this visitor from RI, recommended some great beers, and even turned me on to a great couple of bars nearby - one of which he then showed up at! In particular, he had some great beers from Highland brewing that I had not had before. He also happily broke up some six-packs so I might try another style. And as attested by others, he offered advice, glasses, and shirts to spread the beer love!

Don't miss a great stop and support this fan of craft beer and the Beer Advocate!

02-26-2006 20:56:58 | More by aaudette
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

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

First off: Every good thing you have heard about this place is true.

Don't be fooled by Brawley's dumpy exterior, inside you'll find beers, glasses and wine stacked nearly to the ceiling. Belgians abound, as do exotic Lambics and neat beers like Deus and DFH Olde School. He carries a fantastic selection of beers from places like Dogfish head, Rogue, Avery, Allagash, Victory, Ommegang, St. Bernardus... heck, if you want it you have a good chance of finding it here. He's also boasts a walk-in cooler overflowing with top-notch beer.

On my first trip, there was an error on my bill and I was overcharged a few bucks, something I didn't notice till I'd made the drive back to SC. I called up Mike and he said "No problem." Next time I was in, he corrected the error on the spot and even gave me a Brawley's T shirt on the house. I'll gladly advertise for Brawley's anyday.

My ONLY complaint with Brawley's is that their website needs some work. (It doesn't display under Firefox for example.) But that's a minor point, the bottom line is, Brawley's is the Holy Grail of beer stores for people living in the Carolinas. Mike and his family are super friendly, helpful, honest, and just all around Good People. For someone like me, living in South Carolina (where you cannot buy beer above 6%abv legally), it's absolutely worth the two hour drive.

I look forward to many more return trips!

02-26-2006 19:31:29 | More by kkipple
Photo of guinnessdoc


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

Today marked my third trip to Brawley's. I'm not sure why I didn't review it before now but I really owe it to Mike Brawley to do so.

It's not that this place needs any more high reviews, it's just that Mike Brawley and his shop deserve them. On all three trips, I've been greeted by Mike, his Mom, and their friendly dog. In other bottle shops, I tend to like to shop around by myself. Not here. Since my first visit, I've been asking Mike what he's got and what he's been enjoying lately. He really knows his stuff and has made some great recommendations for me based on my preferences.

Another great reason to visit Brawley's is because of the selection. He's got all the NC breweries, DFH, Victory, Rogue, Avery and more. What makes this place exceptional is the fact that Mike manages to get at least a few cases of stuff that doesn't make it anywhere else in the area (even to Vintage Cellar). During my visits, I've been able to pick up things like DFH Pangea, Peche Mortel, Urthel's Hop-It, and during today's visit Mike pulled a bottle of Panil Barriquee out of the back for me. I was hoping to find more of Highland's Cold Mountain Winter Ale but doubted there was any left anywhere. I shouldn't have doubted Brawleys - there were some bombers waiting in the walk-in cooler.

I'll be proudly wearing my Brawley's Beverage t-shirt that Mike gave me to any beer events I get to attend in the future just to help advertise this place. Mike Brawley is doing an awesome job advocating great beer. Do yourself a favor and visit.

02-25-2006 02:42:04 | More by guinnessdoc
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

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

My first trip to Brawley's and Mike's there. It's my lucky day.

Quality: There were beers there, I have not seen else where in NC and some I had never seen. From Sierra Nevada IPA (yeah IPA) to at least six Beglians and a few moreEuropean beers I have never seen. A quality, and small production English Mead I had not seen before. Oh, and his stock was down because he was expecting ordered in today.

Service: Mike knows his shit, is happy to help and he first question to me was what do I like to drink. Mike said he is really good at and loves to help people figure out what they like and what they should try next. Spend at least 15-20 minutes talking shop. Would have spend more, but I had an interview to get to.

Selection: One of the best, if not the best in the state. A little hard to accurately judge, as my one complaint would be the layout. Mike also apologized that because of deliveries and stock, everything was not completely organized.

Value: Great prices, fantastic service, and a wonderful attitude.

Oh, and after I checked out with just three beers (I just spent the weekend in Boston at the EBF, talk about bad timing money wise), Mike let me pick out a glass to take with me since I came down from Winston. Nice Brooklyn Snifter. Then I told him I was a BA, I had heard great things, and I had asked earlier about Peche Mortel. Mike ask me to wait, with a distributor and another customer waiting, goes in the back. I hear him rustle through boxes to later emerge with what is according to Mike, "the last bottle in the State." Hell Yeah! Thanks Mike.

Go out of your way to visit Brawley's, you won't be disappointed.

02-15-2006 02:57:05 | More by Loki
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

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

I'd seen all of the reviews (that's how I learned of the place) and read about Mike's ridiculously over-the-top hospitality. None of these reviews lie. I was in there around 6 o'clock on a Friday night and so I didn't get the special treatment that some people who have posted get but the man was still ridiculously helpful. I heard him making suggestions to everyone who came up to the counter: "If you like that, maybe next time you should get..." or "I wasn't really thrilled by that beer but a great example of the style is..." Either way that's pretty well worn territory and you can just read farther down if you want to hear more about how great this guy really is. On selection, the reason I gave him a 4.5 over a 4.0 is the vintages in the "beer cave" (as he called it). He had OSA from the past decade along with Thomas Hardy's, numerous Belgian vintages, and so on and so forth. It looked like he had a pretty respectable keg selection. I wasn't shopping for a keg though and it was really really cold in the fridge so I didn't pay too much attention to what he had. I did notice OSA 2005 in one of the kegs. His selection seemed to be mostly Belgian beers. That seems to be by far the focus (which isn't exactly a bad thing!). I was surprised that he didn't carry any South Carolina or Georgia beers. I also didn't notice a ton of impy stouts. I guess a store that size really can't carry everything but damn if he doesn't do a great job of coming close. Maybe I'm completely off base with this and I just didn't notice it because I was too busy looking at all of the other great stuff he had or I just missed it because there were a ton of people there. This is probably the best beer store in the region. If you are down in the Charlotte area, stop by and see Mike Brawley.

02-07-2006 16:06:02 | More by timtheenchanta
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North Carolina

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

What more can be said of Brawley's Beverage that hasn't been mentioned here? Great service, great selection and great prices on all of the beers sold here. If it's available in NC, Brawley's can get it. I've been shopping at this store since it opened several years ago and have never been disappointed. To my knowledge, Charlotte has never had a beer store that puts so much emphasis on carrying quality craft beer and hard to find beers. And I lived in this town for 11 years, so I've got some experience with craft beer in Charlotte. If you're a BA and within an hour drive of Brawley's, make the trip and you'll be glad you did.

02-01-2006 13:29:12 | More by rodrot
Photo of SaCkErZ9


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

Brawley's is the best place in Charlotte for beer. They have a great selection, the service is unmatchable, and the prices are very comparable to other establishments. Total Wine and More is across the street but all you need is here. Mike is an exceptional BA. His parents are BA's as well. They dont have quite the knowlegde but they are willing to voice their opinions and direct one to good beer. I was in there today and the mother was a tremendous help. I tried to buy a bottle of Sam Adams Double Bock but, alas, it was not for sale. I asked for a bottle of Peche Mortal and within minutes, it was in front of me. I asked for DFH Olde School, and the same thing happened. I asked for DFH 90 min IPA about a month ago, and they brought out a 4 pack of the beer. Whatever you want, they got. Great service, great selection, wonderful people. Best place (a tie with Peabody's in Boone) in NC. GO THERE Danielsan!!!!

01-13-2006 22:25:00 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of rajendra82


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
Photo of 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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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
Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
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