Brawley's Beverage

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Brawley's BeverageBrawley's Beverage
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Store

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

(704) 521-1300 | map
brawleysbeverage.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Ratings:
245
Reviews:
200
Avg:
4.68
pDev:
6.62%
 
 
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Photo of ab9302
4.3/5  rDev -8.1%

I have yet to find a better place than Brawley's to buy beer in Charlotte. Heck, it is one of the best beer stores I've been to anywhere.

They have an incredible selection of beers, everything from the more common ones to the truly esoteric. An especially good selection of high-gravity porters and stouts that are my favorite.

I've been there three times, and the service has been good each visit.

Store is a little disorganized, but who cares. I had no trouble finding what I was looking for.

The place has a cool, old-school atmosphere.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
5/5  rDev +6.8%

I visited this place while I was with my family for winter vacation. Needless to say, I was very impressed.

The store wasn't incredibly organized, but it wasn't hard to find anything. I found some incredible stuff, like Peche Mortel, Black Albert, Expedition Stout, Black Ops. It was an imperial stout kind of day. And the service was great. I even got a few tips about what to get, and I didn't have enough money to spend now. I'll be back shortly to pick up a few other goodies I found. And since it was my first time, I was given a free glass. And for the haul I got, $64 was not a bad price.

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

I visited brawley's on a sunday and there was only one employee working. He was extremely preoccupied with what seemed to be 100 cases of beer to be stocked. After driving 3 hours, I was sort of miffed because I didn't even get a hello when I walked in, but I soon forgot about the snub.

Beer as far as the eye could see. I don't imagine that the pilgrims could have felt any more wonder upon their arrival to the shores of america. During my perusal of the selection, I was joined by a chocolate lab who has free reign of the store. Very friendly despite the sign on the door that says not to pet the dog. I won't try to name them all, but my unscientific estimate places the selection between 400 and 600 different kinds of beer. I ended up leaving with a case of various bottles including one bomber of st bernardus abt 12 60th anniversary.

Once I started to round up my selections the clerk was extremely courteous and he helped me carry my purchases to the car, so I dismissed his earlier faux pas as a one time thing.

I will definitely drive three hous both ways to visit this place. Hopefully the proprieter will be there next time so I can pick his brain.

EDIT: I went to brawley's again on Saturday 27 December. With Michael working, the service was great. He was walking around the store and helping folks who seemed lost. I looked around for something special, but didn't see anything that caught my eye, so I settled for some wake-n-bake. Once I got to the counter, I asked for that (specific beer) special something, and mike gave me a funny look. He asked me if I had ever had one before, so I was honest and told him that I had not. He gave me the stare down for a moment longer and then went into the back and came out with that special something that I had asked for. Then he swore me to secrecy about the specific brand that I received, but told me that I could say I got something special at Brawley's.

Moral of the story: ask and you shall receive.

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Photo of Bung
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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Photo of greggerino
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

While I lived in Charlotte I would frequent this place. While the store looks small from the outside, they have a very large selection. The staff is really friendly and eager to either help you find a particular beer or to suggest something new. Mr. Brawley is very knowledgeable about all kinds of beers and always very interested to discuss them with you. He even has a private shelf of things not available to those of us in the South-East that is interesting to see. If you are in the area, definitely stop by!

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Photo of glid02
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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Photo of marcpal
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

I stopped into this location based on the recommendations I had read off of this website when I was in the Charlotte area for a wedding.

Sure, the wedding sucked, the drive down sucked, but this place was a nice little diamond in the rough. I called the place early on a Saturday morning and the owner (?) answered and was remarkably friendly with directions and the info I needed to make sure I was able to visit there before the wedding reception. She informed me that her son, the manager (Mike) would not be in that day and that he is the beer expert but would be willing to help any way she could.

I went seeking two southern things: Duck Rabbit and Terrapin... and found it. Loaded up on goodies like DR barleywine, RIS, Gamma Ray among many many other items.

As I spoke more and that I had been from out of town, let me know I was good to choose any glass to go home with and this is no shitty glass selection my friends. I went for the great Delirium Tremens pink elephant glass I have long sought. Thats not the important thing.

This is a superior beer store: they offer singles, all the beers that the Carolina area I would think could have to offer, believe it or not- reasonable prices, a friendly beer loving atmosphere, a cooler with a tremendous Belgian selection, and many other amenities.

I had to leave .5 on the service because I felt like I was missing out not to have met Mike, but his mother made a great impression. Great to see a place like this that loves their beer and takes it to heart.

Made for a hell of a halftime wedding break between ceremony and reception when I got back to the room and broke out a few fine bottles.

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Photo of chaz410
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

This is THE place to get beer in the charlotte area. No body touches the selection and atmosphere of this little brew hub. Michael Brawley the owner is a stand-up guy and is always EXTREMELY knowledgable, helpful and straight up with you every time you come in. The selection is absolutely wonderful, I could spend hours in there just catching up on info alone. Brawleys is always one of the first to get a special batch of unique brews in and always has some suprise here and there that you didn't see the week or so past. Great selection, awesome owner, easy to find, even has a separate cold room so you can be sure the beer's stored RIGHT, what more do you want???

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Photo of NHGrafx
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Brawley's is by far the best store in the Charlotte Metro area for beer. I used to go here weekly, but now just once a month or so due to it being a bit far from me (other side of Charlotte) and rising gas prices. Mike has a fantastic selection of beers, from the common ones you can get anywhere to ones that are more rare and harder to find, sometimes beers that you cannot find anywhere else in Charlotte. Mike is also very friendly and willing to help you find what you want based on the styles of beer you like. The place doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you get in there, its beer heaven. There is also a rather nice selection of wine for those who like that as well, but I don't really know if any of it is good as I am not a wine person.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%

Just stopped in here on my way back up to Charlottesville after my vacation. One of three beer stores I checked out on my trip (along with Green's in Atlanta and Kingdom Liquors in Brandon, FL), and likely the best.

First of all, location-wise, it was very convenient, right off a major road about 15 minutes from I-85, a detour that was definitely worth it. The store itself is small but absolutely jam-packed with goodies. Tons of Belgians and Germans and a really expansive collection of domestic micros, many available both warm and chilled and ready-to-drink. The far side of the store has a really fantastic glassware selection, and as man with a bit of a glassware fetish, I was thouroughly pleased. There's also a special walk-in cooler in the back with a number of rarer brews (saw some Nogne O beckoning to me, but I resisted, somehow!). Behind the counter are a number of truly rare brews which I'm sure aren't for sale - but if you're ever lookin' for someone to split that Sexual Chocolate with, Mike, I'm your guy!

And of course, there's Mike. There were a number of customers there when I finally got up to the counter. I was all prepared to leave with my 2007 Bigfoot I had found buried in the cooler (nice find) because I hadn't seen any Terrapin singles of the Big Hoppy Monster or the Rye Squared. All it took was a word, however, and Mike had the four-packs broken and ready to go. After asking where I was from and learning I was from out of town, he insisted I pick up another piece of glassware, on the house. I in turn left him with a taste of Charlottesville, a 750 mL bottle of Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Barrel Aged Stout. Hope he enjoys it!

All in all, a fantastic selection from a really enthusiastic and nice guy who truly seems passionate about beer. Highly recommended if you're ever passing through Charlotte.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

I scoped this place out on Beeradvocate.com (thanks to the Bros. for this site) and added it to my itinerary on my way down to Hilton Head.

The reviews are no lie, this place is beer geek heaven run by a guy who has a passion for beer and offers one hell of a selection. I ended up grarbbing some Terrapin, Highland, SN Anniversary Ale, and some Franziskaner. Unfortunately, the wife & the kids were packed into a Honda Accord rather then my gas guzzling Pilot and space was an issue.

The owner asked me if I had saw the walk in cooler yet and was presented with another beer geek cream dream. As I walked out, he was away from the register and his mother mentioned they had some rare brews. She took me over to a stack of Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter where upon I snatched up a sixer. The owner then swapped out two with their RIS; nice choice. He let me grab a free pint glass and threw in some Brawley's stickers; he claimed they would get me out of speeding tickets in NC.

Highly recommended. Great store. Great owner. Cool mom. Wish we had this place in Columbus. Charlotte BAs and traveling BAs: Support this store.

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Photo of YankChef
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Stopped in to talk to mike yesterday and man o man does this place kick some serious ass. This review is based on the time I went in and Mike was there solely, not on the other times I went when the other croney was there.

First of all there is a pretty blatant taste for imperial stouts, hop bombs and rich belgian stuff as well as the sour and funky ( i later found out that's not really mike's thing but he carries a ton of sour funky stuff my favorite!!!) If it can be had and is worth getting in NC BB has it. Ton's of awesome stuff from Bell's, DFH, Avery, Mikeller, Nogne, Cantillon, and even shhhh some peche mortel!! 1 per customer tho. Also duck rabbit baltic porter which by itself is a reason for you to go there, buy this beer impulsively as if you had cancer and it is the cure.

Mike is nothing but enthusiastic about what he does, which is refreshing because most people at beer stores that I have been to dont give a shit, Mike is like a kid in a candy store and will happily assist you with your every beer need. He even through in a free glass and t-shirt! Mention you are a beer advocate and he will give you the inside info and point you in the direction of the really good stuff. Thanks Mike see you next time im in charlotte!

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Photo of stiglich
5/5  rDev +6.8%

You would never guess it from the looks of the front of the building, but it is what is inside that counts. I was quite impressed both with the selection and the service. I picked up the following (in 750 ml): Leute Bokbier, La Rullles Triple, Brasserie De La Senne Equinox, Hanssens Oude Gueuze, Hanssens Oude Kriek, Fantome Brise-BonBon and a magnum of Big Chouffe - they threw in a glass for free. I can't really add to what has already been said about this place. The reviews brought me in, I hope they will for you as well.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%

I have been going to Mike's Discount Beverages since I was in high school (over 12 years ago now). Now Brawley's is next door and is the beer side of things. I like the selection at this place. You can't beat it in Charlotte, in fact.

The prices are a bit high but the beers are almost never skunky and he often has warm or cool options. He also stocks up on certain seasonal yummies, like Highland's Cold Mountain.

OK,so somebody fu^%ed with my review of this place so the rest is rewritten (they got the first part correct from an earlier review).

For those that read the previous review, Mike is not an asshole and if he points you to the most expensive bottle in the store, buy it because it is probably worth it. He and his family (I have only met his mother and his dog) are great people and are always willing to help.

North Carolinians are fortunate to have at least two great beer stores: Brawley's (Charlotte) and Bruisin Ales (Asheville). You cannot miss with either one. You are certainly never going to run across this damn Wild Blue beer I am choking through. The benefit of owning the store and doing the ordering is you know when something like Wild Blue is a Busch product in disguise.

Keep up the good work Mike. See you soon man!

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Photo of asmall
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Brawleys is great!Mike is very knowledgeable and always friendly.His family is also very friendly.It just gets better and better.Best selection of beer that I have found in NC.Great selection of Bell's,Great Divide,Dogfish and Victory.Good selection of Barley Wines.His vertical selection of Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam Christmas Ale is exceptional.I have been going to Brawleys for several years and the selection continues to impress me.Mike also carries a good assortment of Belgiums and the wine list is not extensive but it it is unique. Do yourself a favor and check out Brawleys.You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of oldirtysurfer
5/5  rDev +6.8%

I'll start by saying that I have been to beer stores all over the US and I worked at one that had one of the largest selections on the East Coast. That being said, Brawley's took my breath away. For a store that is no bigger than my living room, they sure pack in alot. I could go on about them having Avery, Mikkeller, Bell's, Dogfish Head, Ueirge and every other beer that we still can't get in SC but Everyone else has said that. I'll talk about how once I walked in the store and showed the slightest interest in beer, I was told to "choose any glass" from the wall of glasware. How about the cases of vintage Bigfoot Barleywine, Duck-rabbit Baltic Porter, and the fact that I bought a case of Jever which is my wife's hometown. Let's not forget about the walk-in cooler that had vintages of Thomas Hardy, Trappist Achel from 2001 (hidden under a shelf) and a wall that said "not for sale" that was stacked with vintage cases of god knows what.
Money ran screaming from my wallet here. One last thing, I won't post the prices but they have JW Lees Harvest vintages from 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2006 that are the cheapest I have seen anywhere. We tried some of the '98 last night and it was unbelieveable.
Brawley's is exceptional and you owe it to yourself to get there.

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Photo of AnthologyBrewing
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Best beer store I have found. Selection is amazing and staff couldn't be more friendly. I went in expecting to see the usual selection of Chimay style belgians and major craft brews but was pleasantly surprised. Brawley's also has a wonderful selection of glassware. You are likely to find the glassware to match whatever beers you find. Took home a nice bottle of Golden Drak and matching glass. I recommend Brawley's to anyone looking for a nice selection and a good chat about the brews within. Owner was great and really knew his beers.

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Photo of lpb1970
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

This place is THE Charlotte institution for craft beer when you're rolling in the 704. Boldly located right across the street from a certain corporate box store not to be mentioned, Brawleys is housed in what can best be described as an old convenience store. The venue is small but there is a lot more in there than you would expect. Regional and National micro's are well represented and his Belgian selection is very impressive. He also has a walk in cooler full of liquid love. A great selection of wine is available as well if you are so inclined. The great thing about Brawley is he will have beers the aforementioned box store does not have. Additionally he has the best beer glass selection in the Queen City. If you want some beer advice or just to shoot the breeze, the man himself (Mike) is usually behind the counter and is very personable although he does get pretty busy. Bottom line: This place absolutely reeks of goodness.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

I stopped into Brawley's while visiting my brother down south, and it was one of the best experiences I have had in a beer store. Mike introduced himself and gave me some great, honest tips on what local beers to buy. We had a good chat and I could have easily spent much more time and money there. Unfortunately I had to hit the road. There's a huge selection of bombers and some 12oz bottles are also available as singles.

If you're stopping in, or even passing through, Charlotte, drop by Brawley's. The store is just off 78, so it's the perfect place to stock up on some souther beer!

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
5/5  rDev +6.8%

I have wanted to visit this store for a very long time. So many people had told me about Brawley's, especially before we popped the cap in SC. I finally had a chance to stop in today and...It is awesome!!! I walked out with 10 beers off my want list and 10 more I should have had on there. The selection is outstanding...Avery, Bells, DFH, etc. His stock moves fast so everything was in date. As for service, Mike Brawley was there and very knowledgeable about beer. I asked for some hard to find beers and he went in the back and there the were. I put a $200 hurting on my wallet, but it was worth it and I will be back again soon!! Plus, the free Celebrator glass sealed the deal. Between this store and the Flying Saucer, Charlotte is argueably the beer capital of the Carolinas. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

Best selection in Charlotte. Most knowledgable owner/help in the area. This pretty much sums it up. Brawley's is the best place in the Charlotte area and maybe North Carolina to find a beer. If Brawley doesn't carry it, he's willing to do what he can to get it for you. The place is entirely too small but I can walk around in it all day. Prices are right on par with bigger establishments, but you just can't find the appreciation of beer any where else in the area. While I was in the area, I used to stop by at least once every 2 weeks, usually more often. If you are in Charlotte do not miss this place.

Edit: After having visited Brawley's and Sam's now multiple times I have to say that Sam's has the best selection I have seen in NC with Brawley's a very very close second.

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Photo of guzzle211
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

I visited Brawley's back in December ('06) and never submitted a review, and have been carrying guilt for almost 8 months now. I found Brawley's by using Beerfly, so its irresponsible of me to not have reviewed so that others can learn as well. I had approx. 6 hours to experience the Charlotte beer culture, and luckily Brawley's was on the list.

Brawley's has the distinction of being on the forefront of the higher-gravity beers once the state legislation changed. They were visited by a member of the Moortgart family, and the fact that they still carry those products is a testament to their dedication.

I was impressed enough by what I saw in the main area. All the usual domestic craft suspects with a nice assortment of Belgian and German labels. I had chosen a 6-pack of Great Divide Saint Bridgets Porter (a brand that is not even carried in my homestate) when the proprieter commented on my selection. Within a few sentences we were deep into a beer geek discussion. After discussing a few brands, he mentioned one that I hadn't seen on the shelf - at which point he escorted me into the cooler, which I had completely overlooked. Needless to say, there were more than enough serious brands in there to prove to me that not only could they knowledgeably talk about every label on their shelves, but they did their homework prior in order to create an incredible selection.

Between Brawley's selection, their knowledge about the products they sell, and their effort in being on the forefront of higher ABV products, its a place that deserves a visit.

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Photo of russpowell
4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

edit: Visited 8/6/15. Love the bar/tasting room they put in. Even better. Seems like more if an emphasis on quality versus quantity

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!

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
4.68 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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