Brawley's Beverage


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Brawley's BeverageBrawley's Beverage

Type: Bar, Store

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

(704) 521-1300 | map

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Photo of SSGPat
5/5  rDev +6.8%

OMG, not just good, but the best!

The first Chimay sold in Charlotte was at his store (just days after the cap was popped). More selection arrives every day and he (Mike Brawley, the younger) knows his beer. You ask his opinion on what you like and he can steer you to at least 3 options. If you become a regular, you will gain some of his knowledge by osmosis. What you want in a beer store, he's got it.

My only complaint is that Arrogant Bastard won't be here for another 6 months, but that's not his fault.

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Photo of hyuga
5/5  rDev +6.8%

I can't say enough about how great Brawley's is. I just recently got to visit for the first time since I was in Charlotte for the week.

We walked in and were greeted by Mike, who showed us around the store and told us all about what he had been getting in as well as what he would be getting in soon and told us all about the store. Then he showed us some pictures from his trip to Maine and the breweries there. I knew I was talking to a guy who had a real passion for beer like I do! This is something that's too rare, even when it comes to owners of beer-centric stores.

What can I say, they treated us like family! Never have I been in a store where I felt so good about making purchases, not only because I knew I was getting well-taken care of, fresh beer, but because I was supporting a great small business that knows how to treat their customers and make a great experience for everyone who comes in!

Quality is superb, they take very good care of all of their stock, and it seems that Mike watches the freshness dates on the beers like a hawk. There's lots of beer in coolers, and some not, but it's certainly not too warm for beer in there.

I don't think there is a beverage store with better service than Brawley's.

The selection is top-notch for North Carolina. They had recently received the >6% Unibroue beers, one of the first stores, if not the first in NC as I understand. Now they even have Geary's from Maine, a brewery whose beers I've wanted to try for some time. Their selection is growing all of the time!

As for prices, you won't find better ones in NC, or anywhere else around here. Everything was very reasonable.

You must stop in here if you're in the area, or anywhere near. You won't be disappointed. I'm certainly going to be a regular, even though I'm kind of far from Charlotte. Thanks again to Mike and his parents for bringing great service and great beer to us!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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

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Photo of charlottebeerguy
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Whats up Mike,
I cant say enough about this place, great beer, great service, great everything, this is just about the only place I shop and i work in a beer store if that gives you any kind of clue as to how great Brawleys is. If you are ever in the Charlotte area go buy and check this place out for sure, you wont be disappointed. With the new 15% on beer I know this is going to be where its at. The owner Mike really respects beer and the people who drink it. This isnt a place you go into , and the resident beer guy dosnt know what hes talking about , Mike really knows his stuff and his product. When i first started drinkng beer this guy really helped me out, and pointed me in the right direction. So if your within a hundred miles go check em out.

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Photo of smurfyou
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

All the reviews here speak well of Brawleys for a reason. This is, in my opinion, the best place to buy beer in town, and the only place I shop (except the late-night runs!) The selection is great, and Mike and his father are honest salespeople. If you come in not knowing what you want, they'll help. If you come in looking for something they don't have, they'll get it. The only way this store could improve is if we get rid of the cap on ABV. Go there, then tell all of your friends (even the wine-drinking ones). Support local establishments like this one!

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Photo of AlexJ
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Hey Charlotte, buy your beer here! Thanks to my fellow BA's for steering me towards this great little store. Don't let the size fool you, Mike Brawley packs a lot of quality products into his space. He is quick to meet and greet and more than happy to shoot the shit about beers. He has the BEST selection I have yet seen in NC. It's not just quantity either, quality is the key here. Mike is adament when it comes to keeping his stock fresh. He's so sure that your purchase is fresh that he will gladly accept returns if you aren't satisfied. He supports ALL of the local NC brews such as Highlands, Cottonwood, Duck-Rabbit, and Edenton. He also has many great West Coast micros like Avery, including Old Jubilation(a very nice surprise), most of the Rogue bombers, Lost Coast, North Coast, Left Hand and Pyramid. I found DFH, Mad River, and even a nice selection of English and Belgians, even VAL-DIEU!!! Who else in Charlotte not only has Anchor OSA, but has a stock of the big, corked bottles as well. Where the Hell else are you going to find a 4-pack of Dutchesse De Borgogne around here, no where! Overall I was very pleased and will be returning again(and again, and again...) If you live anywhere near Charlotte do yourself a favor, stop at Brawley's and show him some love.

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Photo of brentk56
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

This is a gem of a beer store. While the quarters are small (which limits the amount of inventory), Michael Brawley makes the place hum through his knowledge and enthusiasm. There is plenty to choose from as Brawley has chosen to limit the amount of macro brews so that he can carry a full range of micros and import. There is nobody in the south Charlotte market that compares in terms of his product knowledge so if you tell him the styles of beer you are seeking, he will point you in the right direction and may take you on some riffs that we lead you to new discoveries.

For those of you who don't know the story, Brawley's family was previously in the business and sold the beer store located next door (Mike's) some years ago. More recently, Michael decided to re-launch the business, so he is still in the business building mode and has developed a great reputation with the Charlotte beer cognoscenti. Let's hope that with the success of the latest Oktoberfest (over 4000 people attended) that more beer buyers in Charlotte will seek out the styles of beers in which Brawley's specializes.

I feel certain that if we (and the breweries and distributors) are supportive of his efforts, his success will enable him to increase what he is able to do for the beer community in south Charlotte. Imagine what he will be able to do once the cap is lifted.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

I've been looking forward to stopping by Brawley's for a few weeks and I was not disappointed. Mike's a great guy - he helped me pick a selection of singles for a little over $7.00 (what a deal!). He also seems to be a huge supporter of this website which is a plus. This seems to be THE place to go to purchase beers you would not find anywhere else in the Charlotte area (although I wish he had the Cottonwood Pumpkin available - he promised it would be in tomorrow). I will definitely stop by weekly to check out all the beers available.

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Photo of finepaws
4.3/5  rDev -8.1%

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!

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Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC
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