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Brawley's Beverage

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208 Ratings
Ratings: 208
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.19%
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4620 Park Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28209-3867
United States
phone: (704) 521-1300

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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 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 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
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 oldhippie247
4/5  rDev -15.4%

If you don't know what you're looking for, you're likely to drive right past the grey shack that houses Brawley's. It's worth keeping an eye open for, however. I probably stop by about once every 4-6 weeks, and my experience has generally been determined by who's working--Mike, Mike Sr., or Mike's mom (sorry I don't know her name). Mike is very knowledgeable about his product, but his mom is probably the nicest person I've ever met in a beer store, and would much rather go when she's there. Mike Sr., however, is somewhat rude and usually engages in off-color commentary/humor with other regulars.

So back to the beer--great selection of singles and six-packs, and probably the best place around to get brewery-specific glassware, albeit a bit pricey. My advice--stop by, stop by frequently, and make sure Mike knows you're name, as that way you're more apt to get into the secret stashes he keeps around.

oldhippie247, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of bcp5296d
4/5  rDev -15.4%

bcp5296d, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -14.8%

This place seemed a must-stop, based on the incredibly high score derived from a very large number of reviews. The downside of such accolades is an expectation of a surreal beer-buying experience. This establishment, while a fine beer store, cannot live up to my hopes. I guess I expected something on the order of Johns Grocery in Iowa City (this is no Johns) or West Lakeview in Chicago (again a vastly superior store in comparison to this one). Hell, City Beverage in Winston-Salem has maybe 3x the selection of Brawleys but doesn't get the 100 beerfly score...

Putting aside my preconceptions, this is a solid enough store, definitely lots of good glassware to go with the beer. Not as broad a selection of NC beers as I expected, so weird. Maybe people just don't expect so much in Charlotte?

One big plus is the service, it's run by a friendly and knowledgable guy. I do recommend a stop here but don't expect to find the beer mecca some others have described.

TurdFurgison, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of tone77
4.06/5  rDev -14.2%

Well, an interesting building from the outside. Inside the atmosphere is more like a record store than a bottle shop. Mixed matched decor all over, a variety of music bumping, different, in a good way. The selection is decent but not great, some singles, mostly 6 packs. Service is friendly and knowledgeable about beer. Their is also a clearence rack with half price beers. I was also given a free copy of beer advocate magazine. Oh hell yeah.Overall a pleasant spot worth checking out.

tone77, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of hargettf
4.1/5  rDev -13.3%

Charlotte is blessed with a handful of great bottle shops and this is one of them. Selection is everything you would want it to be. I do not tend to go there very often, so i do not rank high enough to get the limited allocation beers from here, but that is fair. I understand supporting your regulars. An employee lied to me once about whether they had a certain beer. I would much rather have been told that the beer was a limited one and saved for regulars, but i understand why i did not get it. Service can range from the very top of the city to poor. I have been treated great and I have been ignored. It is hurt by the fact you cannot drink here and all the other places, that I think of as great bottle shops in town, have bars as well.

hargettf, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.1/5  rDev -13.3%

Been to the place maybe 5-6 times now and I have never seen the owner, don't know if it is a timing thing or not, but it doesn't matter either way really. Atmosphere is okay, quiet and dimly lit. Quality is pretty good, plenty of great quality brews in the place. Selection is great, growlers, singles, six packs, glassware, kegs, imports, bombers, the works. Great. People are pretty nice but usually preoccupied with someone else. A little high on prices (especially imports) but worth the extra because it is a small business. Not sure why everyone really loves the place so much other than because they love Mike.

TheKingofWichita, Mar 16, 2011
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Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
100 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.