Brawley's Beverage

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Brawley's BeverageBrawley's Beverage
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

4620 Park Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28209-3867
United States

(704) 521-1300 | map
www.brawleysbeverage.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
240
Avg:
4.68
pDev:
6.62%
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Reviews by rajendra82:
Photo of rajendra82
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

I was in South Carolina for a business trip this week, and while on the way back to home, decided to take a little detour (85 miles to be exact) to visit Charlotte, and check out Brawley’s. Boy, am I glad that I did!

Immediately upon entering Michael Brawley greeted me to find out who I was, and what I was looking for. When I mentioned that I had come from Georgia to visit his store for beer, he was very excited. He delayed his pending visit to the bank, and gave me a personal tour of his small but well stocked store. Showing me all the highlights of the selection, and asking me what I could not get in Atlanta. After looking through the main part of the store, he showed me the additional selection back in the walk in cooler, and then finally took me to the room behind the counter, where he keeps the real rare stuff like Péché Mortel (of which only 16 bottles came to NC, all to Brawley’s), DFH Olde School, DFH 90 Minute, Victory Hop Wallop, etc. Since he had to leave after he finished the tour he introduced me to his mother, who along with his dad “volunteers” to help in the store.

As I was looking around, he called his mother back and told her to have me pick up any two glasses off the shelf as an appreciation of my visit. He of course knew a lot about (make that everything about) what he stocked, which seemed to be almost all craft beer. He also knew about Green’s in Atlanta and Adam Tolsma. Since being a BA, I didn’t really need recommendations from Mike, his mom told me that every time a customer walks in the store Mike asks them what kind of beers they like, and then gives them recommendations to try other beers.

While I was there, I was able to pick up a lot of beer that I could not get where I live, and got two free glasses, but more importantly I met a great guy who cared passionately about beer, was making a great difference in the local scene. His wonderful mother admitted about not being as knowledgeable, but she offered to pick up even more beer for me in a few weeks when she visits Atlanta. I have never seen a finer display of the virtues of a family business before.

When I am going back to Charlotte, I am definitely revisiting them, and the next time I am taking some beer from Georgia with me to give it to Mike.

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Photo of scottdills
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is definitely the best bottle shop in Charlotte. Everyone that works there is super friendly and helpful and their selection is always top notch. The addition of the bar is icing on the cake.

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Photo of Hagood77
4.87/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I can always depend on Brawley's to have what I need!! Great selection of bottled stouts, which you can't always find around town. Since they have incorporated taps, it just makes this establishment even better!!

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Photo of sjjn
4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Been here twice on my visits down to Charlotte. Super friendly folks. Great little curated beer selection. Lot's of tasty local treats. Will always be a stop on my trips back.

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Photo of RUN-4-B33R
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great selection, reasonable prices, top notch tap selection, usually with vintage kegs.

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Photo of Ebutzek1
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Brawley's - wow. If you haven't been here - go. If you're from out of town - drive.

I was in town visiting fam for Thanksgiving and after reading the BA review figured I'd stop in. I've never received such stellar service from a nicer group of guys. At first glance, it's a small store with a kitschy, local vibe - I questioned the stellar rating until I asked for some help. I explained I was in from Tampa, FL and had a few key beers I was looking for and not only did they help me taste my way through a great tap selection, they literally crawled over kegs and barrels and cases to pull out individual bottles buried in the cooler so I could get every drop of what I wanted to bring home.

I had the good fortune of swinging in the next morning while @marine1975 (Shane) was bartending and picked up a few pint glasses for my collection. In a town with plenty of great beer, Brawley's stands head and shoulders above anywhere in Charlotte and the surrounding area. Don't waste your time anywhere else unless you've hit Brawley's first!

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Photo of Imperialjake
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of UcDru
4.15/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tony2beers
4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I've been here a couple of times while on business in Charlotte, first time there about a year ago a guy gave me the last 4 pack of Hop Drop N Roll when he learned I was from out of town. I also met Shane, who hooked me up with some nice beer they had in the back.

I went back there about a week ago and again the selection was great, got fresh hops again, this time all I could carry.

The atmosphere is relaxed and the selection seems quite nice, if I had more room in my suitcase I'd have loaded up on my last trip there. I didn't see Shane the second time and he is the "beer guru" of the store according to the other guy I met this last trip, who couldn't quite help out on the "must gets", but was still as helpful and courteous as possible.

I'll hit this spot up next time I'm in the area for sure.

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Photo of aepb1
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great experience. I stopped in here this weekend (Sunday) and picked up a few bottles. There's a decent amount of taps and a TV that was turned on to the Panther's game when we walked in.

Beyond that are the coolers with beer and a few dry storage racks with beer as well. A good selection and excellent for the space. They do have a small space in their walk-in with a few more beers.

The negatives: Selection isn't as big as I've seen in the same amount of space but with the dual bar/bottle shop thing, it's understandable.
Secondly, A couple of the bottles my buddy picked up ended up being a couple of bucks more expensive than the Total Wine a block away. That being said, a few of the bottles were cheaper so I'm guessing on the whole, you end up better at Brawley's than elsewhere.

The positive: There was a woman working behind the counter who may have identified herself but I'm terrible with names, just suffice it to say I am assuming she's normally there. She said her son would have really liked to speak with my buddy and me since we were out of towners and she was sad he wasn't there. She gave exemplary service. Once she found that we weren't from Charlotte, she recommended a bunch of local beers they had (most of which we were on the lookout for based on info gleaned from here).

Great experience!

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Photo of Paddyofowler
4.66/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of bostonbeans
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Thomas_Adams
4.54/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of unclenicky
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome bottle shop. I was visiting from NY and Sean was extremely pleasant in helping me find some local gems to bring home. He took over 20 minutes walking me through the store, giving me recommendations. If I were a local, this would be the only place I purchased beer and if you visit, it is a mandatory stop.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Good beer, good people and now serving exclusive draught selections. Do yourself a favor if you are in the area and pop in.

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Photo of bparker551
4.14/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SCbrewpubfan
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Really feel the need to share the wonderful experience I had in Brawley's. Stopped in after flying into Charlotte on the way home to Columbia, SC. There were about 20 beers on tap, and the bartender (sorry I can't remember the name) was very helpful. After my wife asked about a different stout he pointed out Xocoveza, gave a wonderfully accurate description of the beer, and let her try a sample. I had a La Folie, which I'm always happy to drink.

Selection was really top notch for the size of the store. I could tell that Micheal has thought out what beers to carry to get the most out of his space. Got some Nugget Nectar and Sweet Baby Jesus, as well as several other local goodies. Micheal took the time to talk to me about the North Coast Old Stock Otsuchi, and he also answered several other questions even though the store was pretty busy.

After I checked out he asked me what type of glass I like to drink out of and hooked me up w/ a sweet Teku. This really was the cherry on top of a great experience.

I will definitely be back here whenever I'm in the area. It's really nice to be treated like a valued customer and talk beer w/ some knowledgeable guys. I recommend this store to anyone who happens to be in Charlotte.

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Photo of Boomer4ES
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of evan35
4.97/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best selection in town and they added beers on tap last fall. A+ service always.

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Photo of Jfishe13313
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited from Florida, great selection of brews to choose from while enjoying a few pours. Small at home location with big time all are welcome feeling. Lots of beer wisdom here!

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Photo of crazyninjamaster
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of xzymurgist
4.97/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Lewitt
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Man this place was a find. Michael and his mother were extremely helpful and generous. We were driving South through North Carolina, and Michael went into his private stash to hook us out of towners up. Overall excellent experience.

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Photo of pdeepak
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Just stopped in here and had a fantastic experience and conversation. Michael is the man! He saw that we were from out of town and gave us the VIP treatment. Will stop in here everytime I'm in town.

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Photo of 3ricks
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
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