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Brawley's Beverage

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

209 Ratings
Ratings: 209
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
[ Store ]

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

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Photo of alelover1
5/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

alelover1, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of kevinl6
5/5  rDev +5.7%

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original review - when store first opened
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Left Total Wine the other day, and on a hunch, stopped in here before I headed home. I had never noticed this place before. This guy rocks! He carries every Rogue (or will order it) that can legally be carried in NC. He also has a few Dogfish offerings (he's a fan), some Sam Smith, North Coast, etc. He has a very nice selection for a small store....and best of all...price! He is a little cheaper than Frugal or Total Wine. A nice guy, great price, and as good of a selection as I've seen...particularly for a smaller store. If you are in this area, definately give him a try!

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EDIT - 9/25/05
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The cap has been popped and Brawley is taking full advantage where others are falling behind. Avery, Orval, Satan, Corsendonk, Rochefort, Gulden Draak, La Chouffe.... the list goes on and on! Great service and prices as usual... the only place in the Charlotte area to go IMO....
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EDIT 10/15/05
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Ok, time to give Mike the straight 5's that Brawley's Beverage deserves. I rarely give 5s for beers or BeerFlys, but I come in here about once a week, and every week there is something new that I can't believe he has! The Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock this week, for example. Additionally, he is acquiring a nice selection of glasses. I used to drive 3 hours to Vintage Cellar in VA before these laws changed.... now there is a place within 15 minutes of me that is BETTER than the infamous Vintage Cellar. That's right, it is BETTER... and that place is Brawley's Beverage - check it out.

kevinl6, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of gabe
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Stopped in to this store on the recommendation of other reviews from this site. I must say it is quite a nice little store. Definately the best place in Charlotte to pick up some beers. They basically offer all of the good stuff that you can legally get in N.C. The service is exceptional as well. Seemed like Mike was genuinely interested in talking to me and was willing to do some beer trading as well. This is the kind of store that I would frequent (and do). If you are in the area, or even if you aren't, it is worth seeking out. Once Pop-the-Cap eliminates the 6% law, I'm sure Mike will be one of the first to start carrying the other beer selections we can't get here. He loves and misses them just as much as we do.

EDIT: Now that the cap has popped, Brawley has firmly planted himself as the top beer store in Charlotte. In fact, anyone wanting a top notch store should take notes from Mike. Great store... great owners... and now a great selection that is still ever improving. I don't know why you aren't there right now!

gabe, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of bobbyc881
5/5  rDev +5.7%

I stopped by here before a wedding in Pineville. The Beerfly reviews rated this place well, and they were not lying.

Excellent service from the moment I walked in, directing me to all the delicious beers up front and in the back cooler. Great selection for such a small place. I found everything I was looking for, except for the DFH 90 Min IPA, which was out of stock (apparently all over NC). No worries, I walked out with a box full of excellent beers I can't find in SC. Everything seemed to be in line with prices I've seen elsewhere, if not a bit lower.

This place made me very happy. Giddy, really. I'll be back for sure.

bobbyc881, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of slakazz
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

Best beer store in Charlotte. Every time I go into Brawley's I come out happy even haven spent at least $50. Today I went in and come out with two of my favorite beers, Gulden Drak and Rochefort 10 among other goodies.Everyone that works there (mom dad and son) gives incredible service. The prices are quite reasonable and are usually better than the bulk stores such as Total Wine. The local distribution companies must even prefer this store because they get new stock before anyone else including the big box stores.

slakazz, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of flood
4.7/5  rDev -0.6%

Hole in the wall - however find stuff that you cannot find anywhere else in charlotte (or even farther) - Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA and Rogue hard to finds for example.

Just ask - you will find what you need or something better. Staff is knowledgeable and extremely helpful - I was actually referred to brawleys by Cape Fear Beer and Wine and was not disappointed.

Prices seemed about average - if you are picky about your beer you are already willing to pay a little extra for something good.

They need to have beer tastings though - I can see a lot of influx from the exposure - guaratee I would go home with several favorites after such an event.

flood, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of SSGPat
5/5  rDev +5.7%

OMG, not just good, but the best!

The first Chimay sold in Charlotte was at his store (just days after the cap was popped). More selection arrives every day and he (Mike Brawley, the younger) knows his beer. You ask his opinion on what you like and he can steer you to at least 3 options. If you become a regular, you will gain some of his knowledge by osmosis. What you want in a beer store, he's got it.

My only complaint is that Arrogant Bastard won't be here for another 6 months, but that's not his fault.

SSGPat, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of hyuga
5/5  rDev +5.7%

I can't say enough about how great Brawley's is. I just recently got to visit for the first time since I was in Charlotte for the week.

We walked in and were greeted by Mike, who showed us around the store and told us all about what he had been getting in as well as what he would be getting in soon and told us all about the store. Then he showed us some pictures from his trip to Maine and the breweries there. I knew I was talking to a guy who had a real passion for beer like I do! This is something that's too rare, even when it comes to owners of beer-centric stores.

What can I say, they treated us like family! Never have I been in a store where I felt so good about making purchases, not only because I knew I was getting well-taken care of, fresh beer, but because I was supporting a great small business that knows how to treat their customers and make a great experience for everyone who comes in!

Quality is superb, they take very good care of all of their stock, and it seems that Mike watches the freshness dates on the beers like a hawk. There's lots of beer in coolers, and some not, but it's certainly not too warm for beer in there.

I don't think there is a beverage store with better service than Brawley's.

The selection is top-notch for North Carolina. They had recently received the >6% Unibroue beers, one of the first stores, if not the first in NC as I understand. Now they even have Geary's from Maine, a brewery whose beers I've wanted to try for some time. Their selection is growing all of the time!

As for prices, you won't find better ones in NC, or anywhere else around here. Everything was very reasonable.

You must stop in here if you're in the area, or anywhere near. You won't be disappointed. I'm certainly going to be a regular, even though I'm kind of far from Charlotte. Thanks again to Mike and his parents for bringing great service and great beer to us!

hyuga, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

another place i never would have known about without BA....This is a good hike from my parents ballantyne estate but its quite worth the hike

the service is exceptional...my conversations with the shopkeep have been wonderful. Clearly, the highest quality craft brews at the lowest possible price is the business plan for these guys. They have consistently been the first to get high grav beers in NC, and at the lowest prices as well.

selection: lets face it, this place is kind of small. Space is certainly a limitation but there are plenty of great brews packed in there. I had never even seen the highland black mocha stout anywhere, and they got bombers of it there. The recent high grav explosion has brought the usual suspects (chimay, ommegang all at lower prices than anywhere else) but these guys brought in the dogfish head and victory brews before anyone else. the victory sunrise was spotted here before anywhere in raleigh. the rogue bombers were a little depleted, but maybe just out of stock. They dont waste time on garbage and basically get to the point

value: as mentioned, almost everything was a dollar cheaper per 6 pack than the usual spots in raleigh (whole foods, peace street)

definately the spot for harder to find beers in charlotte, and always an enjoyable experience

dirtylou, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of charlottebeerguy
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Whats up Mike,
I cant say enough about this place, great beer, great service, great everything, this is just about the only place I shop and i work in a beer store if that gives you any kind of clue as to how great Brawleys is. If you are ever in the Charlotte area go buy and check this place out for sure, you wont be disappointed. With the new 15% on beer I know this is going to be where its at. The owner Mike really respects beer and the people who drink it. This isnt a place you go into , and the resident beer guy dosnt know what hes talking about , Mike really knows his stuff and his product. When i first started drinkng beer this guy really helped me out, and pointed me in the right direction. So if your within a hundred miles go check em out.

charlottebeerguy, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of smurfyou
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

All the reviews here speak well of Brawleys for a reason. This is, in my opinion, the best place to buy beer in town, and the only place I shop (except the late-night runs!) The selection is great, and Mike and his father are honest salespeople. If you come in not knowing what you want, they'll help. If you come in looking for something they don't have, they'll get it. The only way this store could improve is if we get rid of the cap on ABV. Go there, then tell all of your friends (even the wine-drinking ones). Support local establishments like this one!

smurfyou, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Hey Charlotte, buy your beer here! Thanks to my fellow BA's for steering me towards this great little store. Don't let the size fool you, Mike Brawley packs a lot of quality products into his space. He is quick to meet and greet and more than happy to shoot the shit about beers. He has the BEST selection I have yet seen in NC. It's not just quantity either, quality is the key here. Mike is adament when it comes to keeping his stock fresh. He's so sure that your purchase is fresh that he will gladly accept returns if you aren't satisfied. He supports ALL of the local NC brews such as Highlands, Cottonwood, Duck-Rabbit, and Edenton. He also has many great West Coast micros like Avery, including Old Jubilation(a very nice surprise), most of the Rogue bombers, Lost Coast, North Coast, Left Hand and Pyramid. I found DFH, Mad River, and even a nice selection of English and Belgians, even VAL-DIEU!!! Who else in Charlotte not only has Anchor OSA, but has a stock of the big, corked bottles as well. Where the Hell else are you going to find a 4-pack of Dutchesse De Borgogne around here, no where! Overall I was very pleased and will be returning again(and again, and again...) If you live anywhere near Charlotte do yourself a favor, stop at Brawley's and show him some love.

AlexJ, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of brentk56
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

This is a gem of a beer store. While the quarters are small (which limits the amount of inventory), Michael Brawley makes the place hum through his knowledge and enthusiasm. There is plenty to choose from as Brawley has chosen to limit the amount of macro brews so that he can carry a full range of micros and import. There is nobody in the south Charlotte market that compares in terms of his product knowledge so if you tell him the styles of beer you are seeking, he will point you in the right direction and may take you on some riffs that we lead you to new discoveries.

For those of you who don't know the story, Brawley's family was previously in the business and sold the beer store located next door (Mike's) some years ago. More recently, Michael decided to re-launch the business, so he is still in the business building mode and has developed a great reputation with the Charlotte beer cognoscenti. Let's hope that with the success of the latest Oktoberfest (over 4000 people attended) that more beer buyers in Charlotte will seek out the styles of beers in which Brawley's specializes.

I feel certain that if we (and the breweries and distributors) are supportive of his efforts, his success will enable him to increase what he is able to do for the beer community in south Charlotte. Imagine what he will be able to do once the cap is lifted.

brentk56, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%

I've been looking forward to stopping by Brawley's for a few weeks and I was not disappointed. Mike's a great guy - he helped me pick a selection of singles for a little over $7.00 (what a deal!). He also seems to be a huge supporter of this website which is a plus. This seems to be THE place to go to purchase beers you would not find anywhere else in the Charlotte area (although I wish he had the Cottonwood Pumpkin available - he promised it would be in tomorrow). I will definitely stop by weekly to check out all the beers available.

Backer2004, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of finepaws
4.3/5  rDev -9.1%

Went to this store on recommendations of this site. Mike was very helpful. It was my first beer outing, and he was quite helpful. I let him know the types of beers I'd tried and what I seemed to like. He sent me home with a great selection. singles of everything, he never stopped me from breaking up a 6 pack. Some weren't for me like the juju ginger, but some I go back for seconds. If you like wine, there's a wide slection of this too! He knows his beer, and he has a dog in the store. I love a place you can take the dog!

finepaws, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of EMB1960
3.51/5  rDev -25.8%

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.

EMB1960, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of KevinZ2301
2.69/5  rDev -43.1%

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.

KevinZ2301, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of dailyminefield
3.77/5  rDev -20.3%

This is not a world class beer store, no matter what the homers say.
This store is very unorganized with open cases all over the place, the atmosphere is lacking. It loses points with me for not giving a damn about presentation.
The selection is nothing to write home about, but the prices are fair.
Brawley's is friendly and they stock some nice glassware, but with Salud, Good Bottle, Common Market, and Davidson Beverage Co., it's hard to find a reason to recommend this spot above the others in Charlotte, especially considering they have no taps.

dailyminefield, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -22.8%

In Charlotte for the weekend so I had to stop by here basef on the reviews. I hate to be critical about a small town place, especially with how awesome Mike the owner was, but this is not a place worth stopping by if you are from out of town. If you live in Charlotte and this is the best you have, then go for it. However, based on beer stores nationally this place is merely average. The selection is average, there are tons of bottles but its basically just all the staples from Belgium, Germany and the US. The regional selection was severely lacking, past the point of disappointment. There was one style of Duck Rabbit, one sytle of Olde Meclenberg then a couple growlers from Catawba. No local 6 packs to go or anything like that at all. There was practically nothing I couldn't get anywhere else except Cascade Kriek and Sibernain nights. which are awesome. As everyone said Mike is super friendly and I got a free glass too. The selection and quality, probably due to distrubtion just isn't there. Needs to be stacked with locals IMHO. If your in town for a quick visit don't bother.

jrallen34, Nov 15, 2010
Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
100 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.