Brawley's Beverage

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world-class

219 Ratings
Ratings: 219
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.74
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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 -43.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

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.

Photo of EMB1960
3.51/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -23%

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.

Photo of dailyminefield
3.77/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

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.

Photo of oldhippie247
4/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

Photo of bcp5296d
4/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

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.

Photo of tone77
4.06/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of hargettf
4.1/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.1/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.14/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited October 2011:

This is a very unassuming place, from the looks of the place from the outside, one doesn't think that the place will have much to offer, but once inside...there is more than enough to satisfy any BA. I recently visited while on a business trip and while I didn't pick anything up, they had a nice selection of NC beers and others from around the region and the prices seemed about right, at least what I thought was comparable to stores that I buy from in Atlanta.

I was there the day that Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout was released and evidently spoke to Mike's mother for a bit. She was knowledgeable about the beer scene around Charlotte as well as the inventory of the store. I thought that the place could have been a little better lit, but overall, a good store.

Photo of Sheils
4.14/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Went there for the first time yesterday and met the guy working (already forgot his name) but he was very cool and very helpful. Gave me some advice on beers to try (I came for the Hopslam). I have always heard good things and so I went back today (for the Hopslam) and actually met Brawley who seems like a great guy. Encouraged me to come back and try some of their other selections which I intend to do. They seem to get a lof the hard to find craft brews. Definately the place to go in CLT and surrounding area.

Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -12.4%

Stopped by while I was down in the area for work after reading reviews of this store. At frist I was hesitant, as from the outside it looks a little ghetto (sorry, it does). I was greeted by a very cordial and friendly gentleman which at this point now I imagine was Mike. He asked if I needed anything in particular and when I told him I was out of town and just visiting, he got really excited and wanted to know what kind of beer I liked and if he could help. He pointed out some good ones and then grabbed a bottle of Terrapin from in back that he didn't have sitting out.
I ended up grabbing a Faro, some Allagash, and the Terrapin. For being a new customer he also had me grab any glass I wanted...for free!
Does this store have the biggest selection? No, but what it does have is some really good stuff and a friendly atmosphere in which to shop.
I would stop by here again at anytime.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -12.4%

Stopped in here on a recent trip up to watch college football at Duckworth's for the day. Had heard a lot about this place and wanted to check it out for myself. This location is simple to spot from the road from a long distance away with a nice large lettered sign right off the street up in the air. From the outside, this location doesn't really look that impressive at all, but I have always heard about beer stores and judging them from the outside (City Beverage for example). Upon walking in we were greeted by Mike's mother who was the only one working there at the time. She was very pleasant and helpful. Her son was gone to the Charlotte Octoberfest at the time of our visit according to her. They did have a decent selection of brews here, but nothing that really blew me away. I was able to pick out/find a few things that I had been looking for, but nothing too crazy. As stated before with that being my first visit I was able to pick out a free glass with my purchase. I will definitely be stopping into this location again the next time I am up that way to check out the selection and see if it has improved a little as there were A LOT of unopened boxes sitting on the floor at my time of visit full of beer.

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.15/5  rDev -12.4%

Made my first trip to Brawley's last week when I was visiting back home. I was unimpressed when we rolled up to the unpretentious facade, but my did that change once we went inside!

The selection and quality were both pretty good, but then again I'm spoiled living in NYC with the likes of New Beer and WF Bowery. Alot of SE regional brews, alongside the more well known nationally distributed craft selections. I was excited to find some Terrapin, Founders, and Bell's, but dismayed not to find some Duck Rabbit or other SE specialty beers. Not too many rare bombers, but then again I set the bar pretty high...maybe too high!

Prices were good across the board.

Although I've heard of the staff's legendary service, I must have caught an off day. The guy running the register was quite young and obviously new to the craft scene - tried to talk beer with no result. Even mentioned that it was my first trip in hopes of a free glass like so many others have mentioned but got nada. I don't hold it against them though, it is an extra afterall.

Overall, a great find and probably the best beer store in the tristate area except for Bruisin Ales.

Photo of Onenote81
4.15/5  rDev -12.4%

I was in town for business for a few days and this place was at the top of my list to visit. The building is red now, not gray, so don't go by the picture when looking for this. The owner Mike was not around when I was there. At a wine tasting or something. But there was a very friendly woman behind the counter. Very helpful and cheery. Chatted with her for a bit. As is the tradition, since this was my first visit I got to pick any glass I wanted for free. For some reason, I thought it was a mug only, but I grabbed a sweet Allagash stemmed glass. Love it. Very nice gesture. The selection, in all honesty, isn't as great as I thought it was going to be. They had a good number of special beers, most notably their Belgian section. But overall, this place didn't blow me away. Maybe City Beverage has spoiled me some. The prices were all pretty good. Some cheaper than I can get here, but some more $. They also carried a good German selection which was cool. I will come back here each and every time I am back in town. Nice store.

Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev -11.4%

Brawley's, a Charlotte institution. I'm assuming it's located in an old gas station, because that's what it looks like to me. The shop is old and small but don't let that fool you because it's very well taken care of. Although there's not massive shelf space or a big warehouse feel there is certainly plenty of beer lining the shelves to keep me satisfied along with a small-ish cold storage room in the back.

The owner was great. Talkative and enthusiastic. Quick to give tips on an upcoming roadtrip around the area. He knows his beer and loves to share information. The store selection is expertly handpicked and well thought out. NC locals and seasonals stuf the shelves with smatterings of out of state offerings and imports. All prices are beyond fair. If you're in Charlotte Brawleys is a must.

Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev -11.4%

I was in Charlotte for the day so I stopped in to see what I could find. It's not much to look at from the inside or the outside but that's not the draw, is it? The space is small but it's packed with lots of beer. They have quite a few locals, some west coast beers and some European beers. The layout and organization makes it a little hard to search it all but it's worth the effort. It seems to be an even split of refrigerated and non-refrigerated. I picked up a Bruery Saisson Rue and a Duck Rabbit Marzen.

Brawley's is a solid beer store but I'd rate it a bit behind Sam's in Durham. I'd like to see them offer more west coast beers and more Belgians. Space may be the limitation though.

Photo of midlifec
4.25/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Jlang2012
4.25/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of walkinginplace
4.25/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of finepaws
4.3/5  rDev -9.3%

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!

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev -9.3%

Overall quality of the beer was pretty good, had a couple of Ettaler biers that seemed a bit tired/old

The guy behind the counter was pretty chatty & loved talking beer.

Selection was a great blend of foreign, local, regional & US craft beers. The small size of the building probably doesn't matter as no room was wasted. Not much crap being stocked.

My only beef on this place was the pricing ($9.00 a sixer for Oberon) seemed a bit dear to me. Wouldn't dissuade me from recommending this place though, just be warned

I just wish I could've thought of another excuse to go back to Charlotte during my vacation. Will certainly go again!

Photo of AndoBrew
4.3/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

Photo of jschonert
4.3/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Checked this place out on my way to a wedding in SC. With over 100 reviews and having an average of A+, I had high expectations for this place.

Its definitely a hole in the wall type of beer store. Beers are stacked in carts and in the beer coolers. This is the type of place a beer store should be. Nothing fancy, just selling the goods. It had a decent selection of Bells, DFH, Jolly Pumpkin, Rogue, Mikkeller. I was hoping for ST Pumking, but I guess it hadn't hit the area yet. Prices were great. It didn't have EVERYTHING, but if I lived in the area, I'd probably love it because Im sure theres something new there every week. I heard a lot about the owner helping you out with your selection, but I think his mom was there helping out the day I went. Supposely the guy was at a wedding.

Again, great place. Would definitely check it out if you're in the area.

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Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
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