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BA SCORE
100
world-class

210 Ratings
Ratings: 210
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 Billolick
4.34/5  rDev -8.2%

Read a few reviews and I knew this was a must check out place in Charlotte. This smaller store lives up to the hype. Family run (woohoo) The owner is super friendly, informative and helpful.

We were in town for the disc Golf world championships and must have refered over a dozen folks to the place during the week.

Well chosen selection of the good stuff. You will find plenty of worthy brew, from a bunch of local, regional and national breweries. Store is overflowing with character good beer options and good vibes

Plus pointers for out of town rubes like us on where to find some good BBQ, inside info on what is going on with the different local sauces and even a call to a BBQ joint for us to make sure they were open. Priceless. Toss in a nice pint glass and well what can I say but, I would be at this place all the time if I was local!

Support Brawleys if you are in town...

Billolick, Aug 08, 2012
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 SaCkErZ9
5/5  rDev +5.7%

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!!!!

SaCkErZ9, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

GJ40, Oct 18, 2009
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 GCBrewingCo
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

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...;)

GCBrewingCo, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Brawley's is a very cool little beer store. I've been in hundreds of times & Michael (owner) is super cool and helpful; he was pushing quality beer when you couldn't find it anywhere else in the Charlotte area. The prices are good and the selection is too.

This is a great little local beer shop with killer service, if you're in Charlotte and in the area, drop by; you'll likely find something neat to take home. If you're looking for glassware, this place has a very nice selection for sale.

If you are in the area - go to Duckworth's for draft (about 70 amazing taps) & also stop by Brawley's, they're all in the same small area. Combine the three and you've got reason for a bit of a drive in.

They're working on opening a small tap room - I imagine it will be a grand selection.

Still, I cannot stress enough - if you're in the area, this is a must-stop-here spot.

Mantooth, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Bung
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%

Best place in Charlotte to get the hard to find microbrews and imports. I don't know why I've never gotten a glass, as I have spent plenty. Sounds like if you have to ask Mike lots of questions he has pity on you and gives you a free glass. I of course have never had the need to ask what I should get, since I know what is good and what I want. Some of the prices are a bit high, but some of their selection is not easy to come by. Most are pretty reasonable though. I rotate from Vintner wine market in the Arboretum, Grapevine in Fort Mill and Brawleys. If you can only stop at one store in Charlotte Brawleys is definetly the one.

Bung, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%

One good thing about Brawley's for this BlitheringIdiot is that it's easy to find! Just head up Park off of Fairview and it's not 2 miles on the left. E-Z! Brawley's is a goldmine in Charlotte! The selection is well varied. There is local brew like Highlander and Cottonwood. Plenty of Avery (one of my personal faves!) Victory, Brooklyn, plenty of Belgians, even some odd ball rare ones and obscure like Urthel Hop-It. Sweet!

The only aspect that parallels the selection is the friendly cheerful service of fellow BA Mike Brawley and his Dad. Both were exceptionally helpful and willing to help me find anything I was looking for. More places should treat their customers like Brawley's.

Last call: After traveling around to a few different areas of the country, you get to know what is good. Some beer stores in other areas might be bigger (like a Canals in New Jersey) or have more beer selection, but guess what! That won't matter when those beer stores are 1000 miles away. When in Charlotte, Brawley's is the ONLY place to go. I just thank my lucky beer stars that I was staying so close to Brawley's. Next time in town, I'll bring him some brewskies from Yuenglingville.

blitheringidiot, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Loki
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Loki, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of glid02
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%

Stopped by here on a recent trip from Atlanta. I got in at 7:10 and was a bit confused to see all of the lights off in the store. The guys inside told me they closed at 7:00 but if I just needed to grab something that'd be fine. Neither of the guys were Mike, but they were more than helpful in going over local places and rustling up some beer that hadn't made it out of the boxes yet. Unfortunately they didn't know all of the stock, but I still went away with a box full of beer that I wouldn't have had if they hadn't been nice enough to let me in.

Quality is good. Coolers and other bottles are out of the sunlight.

Selection was very nice. There's not a ton of beer here, but every last drop of it is craft beer. I moseyed over to Total Wine after I left here and was astonished with how much Brawley's had that Total Wine didn't. I only wish I'd gotten in earlier to have more time to go over the selection.

Overall this is a great beer spot, and I look forward to stopping in again in the future when I'll have more time to look. Don't waste your time at big beer stores in Charlotte, come here.

glid02, Nov 23, 2008
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 russpowell
4.3/5  rDev -9.1%

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!

russpowell, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of Onenote81
4.15/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

Onenote81, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%

I recently had the chance to visit the much praised Brawley’s in Charlotte. This was actually my 2nd time here, my first being almost 1 ½ years previous, but I think that I appreciated it much more on this visit. Or maybe it’s gotten that much better!

The place is somewhat small on the inside but it’s just jammed packed with tons of fantastic, hard to find selections. It can be almost too much at first, as you really need to take some time and peek in every corner for some undiscovered gem. This is also a great place to pick up some of the harder to find regional seasonal selections that some of the more mainstream liquor stores don’t carry, like Highland, Terrapin, and Duck Rabbit. I have to mention that they also have a fantastic glassware selection here. Very nice! Pricing seemed pretty reasonable. Some items may have been a little more expensive than other place I’ve been but it didn’t seem that big of a deal to me.

The owner, Mike Brawley, is a hell of a fun and helpful guy and really helps add to the laid back atmosphere to the place. He went from jokingly busting our balls about PA case laws to giving us some free glassware upon checkout. The man knows how to make good customers! From what I could tell, Brawley’s is the real deal in the area and I know that I’ll always be stopping by when I’m down in Charlotte.

Kegatron, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.14/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

PhillyStyle, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

joe1510, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of midlifec
4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

midlifec, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.85/5  rDev +2.5%

Finally made it here today after many tries the past year. Wow! or as my bank account said, Ouch! It's great seeing Bell's in NC, so Kalamazoo Stout was one of my purchases. Terrapin, Duck Rabbit, vintage Anchor OSA, and a couple of others rounded out my $125 shopping spree. Michael was awesome and great to talk to. He even threw a shirt my for stopping in...and buying the beer of course. Definitely the place to go for beer in Charlotte. I will be back here for sure when I am in the area. Awesome store.

Imstillthegman, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.65/5  rDev -1.7%

Brawley's is situation in the most unassuming little place, they don't even have a proper sign, but it seems word of mouth has already spread on this place. As small as the space is, they pack in an amazing selection of U.S. and import brews, with an obvious dedication to craft of the finest quality. I saw stuff I'd never seen in NC/VA before, like Moylan's and an extended selection of Bear Republic. The usual big guns were all present--Bell's, DFH, Avery, etc.--and a healthy Belgian selection, some smaller U.S. brewers, decent German, UK and Danish selections (LOVE seeing Mikkeler and Nogne O becoming so prevalent). And they have wine too.

Lots of stuff in coolers and even more on the shelves. The arrangement is fairly haphazard, but after a bit I kind of enjoyed stumbling upon various little surprises. I don't know if the guy working the place today was the fabled "Michael," I should've asked, but whoever he was, he was a super, super guy. I bought about $80 worth of stuff (could've spent oh so much more too...scary place)--he noticed I'd never been there before, so he gave me a first-time-visit free glass, anything on the shelf I wanted. Now how cool is that? That's the difference between a chain and a killer mom-and-pop shop like Brawley's.

I was shocked at various prices on some of the bomber bottles, whether it was Danish stuff or limited U.S. stuff...seemed pretty steep, but it's like a reflection of the market and economic times, because the "usual" stuff was priced fairly. But I left happy--how could I not?

All in all, and absolute must-visit when you're in or even near the Charlotte area.

Metalmonk, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of brywhite
4.5/5  rDev -4.9%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

thagr81us, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
5/5  rDev +5.7%

Doesn't look liek much from the outside and it's quite tiny on the inside, but man this place is top notch. Great selection and the guy that was there knew his stuff. This is definitly a beer focus place and a BA heaven. Probably one of the best bottleshops I have been to. I'll be in Charlotte for awhile and I'm looking forward to beinf a frequient shopper while I'm here.

Prices seemed normal, nothing to complain about. With is being small I wish the place could have gone on forever since they had so much good stuff. But fore the size of the store it was definitly maximized. They have a good glass section to go with the quality beer as well. nice touch.

CampusCrew, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of JISurfer
4.4/5  rDev -7%

Glad I took the small detour to head over here today. While I thought it was solid, I didn't think it was worthy of 5s across the board. I think I've been spoiled with Charleston Beer Exchange and The Vintage Cellar. Why is it not a 5 for me? The number of selection. While there was a small number of beers that I couldn't find in Charleston, there was still a lot more that I could. The quality of the selection was decent enough, but not 5 star for me. The owner was pretty cool, once he got away from talking to the hoards of people lined up talking to him. That's probably a good thing though, because he knew a lot of the people coming in. The owner asked us if it was our first time there, which it was, and he said go ahead and take any glass you want. I double checked to make sure if I heard him right and he said yep. So, that was a cool added bonus for coming in. I'll definitely have to stop by next time I come up this way.

JISurfer, Oct 10, 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
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Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
100 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.