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Brawley's Beverage

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

219 Ratings
Ratings: 219
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 6.96%
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4620 Park Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28209-3867
United States
phone: (704) 521-1300

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Photo of jackorain
5/5  rDev +5.5%

This place was awsome. As has been said, doesn't look like much from the road. But once inside, there is an unbelievable slection. Vintage Thomas Hardy's, Old engine oil, and other dated stuff. Cooler is great too. Michael is an awsome guy and great to discuss beer with. This was my 1st time in. Becasue of this Michale gave me choice of a free glass from the glassware shelf. I chose a Duvel glass.

I was in Charloote on buisness, I hope my company contiues to do work in this area as I will definitely be going here again and carrying home some interesting beers

Photo of khiasmus
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Brawley's is the king of the beer-lover's store. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but once inside, you're in heaven. A constantly changing rotation of the best selection of rare and craft beers I've ever seen. Michael is an awesome guy, always giving me glasses and excellent service and recommendations. He's very knowledgeable, and keeps stashes for the true beer geek, so ask him about something if you don't see it. The prices are more than reasonable, a full couple bucks cheaper on almost everything than the average craft store. If you live within 200 miles, or ever get within 200 miles, GO HERE. you won't be dissappointed.

Photo of saintwarrick
5/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Photo of mfaulke
5/5  rDev +5.5%

This store has the best beer selection in Charlotte and the staff is second to none. That being said I feel like my wallet has been raped every time I leave Brawley's. Some prices have actually made me chuckle. I think Mike Brawley is a good guy and he's very passionate about beer. I also think that he sometimes takes advantage of the fact that he has the only show in town. I do think that it's a good store and the staff is quite helpful. It's a little store but there is beer crammed in every single inch of it.

Photo of Neehan
4.7/5  rDev -0.8%

I have been very anxious to visit Brawley's after all the great reviews here, as well as word-of-mouth. I have to say that all expectations were met and exceeded. The service is absolutely second-to-none as I was very welcomed by Michael and easily made to feel at home. This guy has great knowledge and respect for beer as well as his customers. Tons of great beer to choose from, and he prides himself on being able to get beer that you can't find anywhere else. The store may be small but the selection is huge with all types of beer and tons of it. There are beers here that most places are lucky to get a couple of six-packs of, and Brawley's will have it in case after case. Also a large selection of aged beers and a fine choice of glassware as well. An absolute must if you are anywhere close to the area.

Photo of slcbrewer
4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

I was in town on business and decided to stop by based on the positive reviews.
Great selection, but horrible organization. Things scattered everywhich way, but there is a lot of really interesting stuff there. Good selection of Belgians and some interesting East Coast beers.
Staff (the owner's Mom) was super friendly, and I walked out with a free glass, perhaps due to Southern Hospitality. Spent $100, and could easily have doubled that if I had more space in the luggage.
I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone with a chance to visit.

Photo of srrn
5/5  rDev +5.5%

It's only been over a year since North Carolina has changed it's beer laws so I'm only now exhausting the selection at some other stores. I stopped at Brawley's as a matter of convenience on the way to a friends house. I've marked them as a bit pricey because their prices are equal to or slightly higher than the competition. However they've got stuff noone else does, this coupled with the fact I've told Mike, "here's what I like grab something for me" make the slightly higher price on some items worth while. (he's picked winners both times)

I've been there twice in the past two weeks, and the three 5's should not come easy but they've got the best beers you can buy, lots of them and friendly knowledgable service.

I will be a regular customer even though it's a bit of a drive, about 30 miles round trip.

Photo of montageman
4.7/5  rDev -0.8%

This is long overdue. I visited North Carolina on business at the end of September. I had the pleasure of stopping into Brawley's one of the nights and was amazed not only at the selection of items we don't have in Michigan, but moreso at the overall awesome demeanor of Mike, the owner. I purchased some Allagash, Dogfish Liquor de Malt, some Terrapin, a couple bottles of a local brewer's Mocha Porter, and maybe a couple other things. All the while, Mike shot the shit with me and was nothing but helpful. His interest in beer is apparent. Best of all, I left with free La Chouffe Tulip glass and a t-shirt. Awesome place - stop by if you're in NC.

Photo of Nesued
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%

This was my first visit to Brawley's and I can say plain and simple this was my best Belgian beer buying experience in the Southeast thus far.

The service was worth the drive alone. Both Michael and his mom were exceedingly friendly and helped me without reservation from the time I entered the store.

Paying a visit to Brawleys was driven by two factors: 1) South Carolina's beer ABV cap of 6.5%, 2) the reviews of Brawley's present on this website.

From a Belgian selection, the depth was huge. There were Westmalle's, Orvals, Rocheforts, Chimays, Achels, De Dolles, Delirium's in all flavors, Gouden Carolus, Rodenbach, Hennepin and Co., Allagash and Affigem. Even a Gulden Draak and Brother Thelonious. Also a fine selection of Barley wines that were present both already chilled and at room temp.

I would have liked to have seen a bit of a broader non-Belgian selection, however this will be driven based upon need/desire. Michael was quite willing to take recommendations and see what he could do to bring in a few customer requests. That was my rationale in giving a 4.5 in the "selection" category.

The value could have been better. I've seen a bit cheaper of the above-mentioned items, but not by much. To me, it was still worth stocking up of (literally) almost two of each type!

While I was in Charlotte, I also stopped by the Total Wine which was less than a mile from Brawleys. They didn't even hold a candle to Brawleys regarding selection.

Well done Michael and family!!

If you are in the Charlotte area, this is by far your best chance and finding what you could ever hope to need regarding Belgians in the area.

I'll be back, frequently (or at least as many times as my wife will allow/tolerate the 4hour round trip ride).

Photo of WAP
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%

I discovered Brawley's a few months back and have made a trip there every other week lately. For such a small store, they have a very wide selection of sixers and singles. They even have a few kegs in the back of good stuff (Terrapin Rye, DFH 60 min, party anyone?). The highlight to me is still the service. Mike and his parents run the store, and they do a fantastic job. On my first visit, Mike's mother took time to show me where everything around the store was located. Mike makes great recommendations and obviously knows and loves his beer.

A great place - no wonder people drive in from parts unknown to shop here on the weekends.

Photo of AmorousAngel
5/5  rDev +5.5%

My husband and I decided to make a special trip to Charlotte just to shop at this place based on the recommendation of a friend and the information here on BeerFly. It was about 270 miles round trip for us, but it was well worth it. We live in South Carolina, and the laws here make it impossible to get certain styles of beer, so we went to Charlotte to stock up on some of those styles. The selection was mind-boggling and much of it was refrigerated. I was able to get many beers that I have been looking forward to trying as well as some old favorites. The owner was not there, but his mom was very helpful and friendly. The shop is not very large, but it is jam-packed with an incredible variety of excellent beers.

I will probably patronize this place again, despite the distance.

If you go there, be sure to visit the Beer Cave - a refrigerated room full of beer. And bring a jacket, because if you're like me, you'll be in there for a while.

Photo of numenor1
4.65/5  rDev -1.9%

Was visiting some friends in Charlotte over the weekend and having read about this place on Beerfly figured i'd stop here on my way out. It was worth the stop. Pretty good selection of most american micros that are available in NC (though not the best selection i've seen in NC). Good selection of German beers especially. Pretty decent belgian and English selection as well. The german selection was what really shined for me thoughg. Managed to find Schlenkerla Helles which i'd never had before. Also the wine selection is small, but quite good and very well priced. Got a 2002 Chehalem PN Ridgecrest for $10 cheaper than anywhere else i've seen. The service was excellent, the lady working was very friendly and we had a nice chat while I was there.

Photo of ybnorml
4.65/5  rDev -1.9%

As you can see in the picture. The place appears to be a converted gas station. But don't judge this book by the cover. There is in this small place a huge selection of great beer. Very good selection of local beer, Very good selection of Belgian beer. good selection of German and English beers. Very good selection of American Craft beers.
As stated in other reviews MIke is just a great guy. and if a great beer passes N.C.'s label inspection Mike will be sure to be one of the first to get it.
If you are in Charlotte and don't stop here shame on you!
Another great small gem!

Photo of Callenak
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%

I was sent to Charlotte for work a couple weeks ago and of course had to check out Brawley's. Everything said in the previous post is absolutely true. Mike and his Mom are some of the nicest people you could ever meet. By far the nicest service I've ever received at any kind of beer location.

Their selection is extensive. I loaded up on some east coast beers and a few Belgium's I have haven't been able to find in CA. Anyone who is in the Charlotte area would be missing out if they didn't stop by and visit Brawley's.

Photo of rabsten
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%

Really great store run by a fellow who was apparently a big reason NC "popped the cap."

Selection is as good as you'll find in the NC area. I've been to places that have better, but not much.

Prices are reasonable. The Belgians are the same price I see in Ohio and Virginia. Some of the domestics are a wee expensive, e.g. the Anchor and Sierra Nevada lines are 20-30% higher than where I get them. The local stuff is well priced, though (Duck-Rabbit Brewery and Highland Brewing).

The sole complaint I have is the occasional rationing of product. For ex., back in October I was limited to one 4-pk of 90 Minute IPA. At Christmas, I could only get one six of Anchor Holiday. Now, I understand why, but I only wanted two more, and couldn't get it. I had to make "Mix-packs" for my Christmas gifts. It all worked out well, though, since I had more $$$ left in my beer budget, money spent on some Avery and Great Divide products.

This is a truly fine establishment. It's only 10 minutes off the interstate and 10 minutes back. I recommend it to anyone who live in, visits, or passes through the Queen City.

Photo of jabocu
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Outstanding place to go down here in the south east. I was able to get up to Brawley's late this past Sat. night when Mike was just hangin out with his dog. Mike showed me around the store and he definitely knew his brew. I got to find out about stuff I had never heard of before and get some good ideas for stuff to try. I went home with a little more than planned, but it was well worth it for what I am going to get to try over the next couple weeks. he had everything I expected to find, and then some. He even had some different vintages for some. Mike also let me break up a couple six packs to get me turned onto DogFish, and even hooked me up with a couple glasses to get me started on my Trappist collection! If you are in the area, Brawley's experience is a must! I can't wait to get back to pick his brain for some more ideas.

I also gave a $ instead of the usual $$ for Brawley's. Because yeah it's a little pricey for "beer", but it's good quality beer and I have not seen it cheaper any where else.

Thanks Mike!

Photo of jameaterblues
5/5  rDev +5.5%

I was driving to see family about half an hour away and decided that I would make the extra trip. Mike wasn't there but his mom was very helpful(and friendly, she said that she did not know much about beer, but anything I was looking for she knew what direction to point me in....and gave me a nice little history of the shop(its been in their family a long time!). She wasn't sure of the price on one of the items(Aprihop by dogfish...one of the things I was specifically looking for) so she called Mike. Mike talked to her a while and then asked to talk to me. He suggested things over the phone, and was just really friendly....its rare to find people so willing to help even when they are not at work. This was my second wonderful experience at Brawley's...Once again highly reccomended. I found more than I was looking for, and they even said that they were still trying to restock from the weekend. I love this store. It makes me happy when an independent store is this good.

Photo of EvilTwin
5/5  rDev +5.5%

Made the hour and a half trip from Hickory to Charlotte today for a beer run. WELL worth the time.
Michael was friendly and very helpful. More like buying from a friend than a salesperson. Great selection of refreshemnts from the common macros to hard to find craft selections. He even broke into his backroom private stash so I could sample a new variety.
I can see myself making regular pilgrimages to see Mike and his pup.
I recommend this establishment over any I have ever been too.
Mike, thanks for a great experience.


Jim

Photo of aaudette
5/5  rDev +5.5%

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!

Photo of kkipple
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%

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!

Photo of guinnessdoc
5/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Photo of Loki
4.85/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.65/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Photo of rodrot
4.65/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
5/5  rDev +5.5%

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!!!!

Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
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