Brawley's Beverage


245 Ratings
Brawley's BeverageBrawley's Beverage

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(704) 521-1300 | map

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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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Photo of barefootbrewer
5/5  rDev +6.8%

I had the pleasure of visiting Brawley’s on a recent trip to Charlotte. All I can say is WOW! First of all this is a great place with an awesome selection! There are Belgians, micros, macros, Euros, and probably ones I haven’t even thought about. That being said, the best part of Brawley’s is Michael Brawley. In the brief period of time I got to speak with him, I learned a lot. I have been on a major beer hunt for the last year and once I got to talk with him, it was inspirational. We whizzed around the store. He showed me what was new in stock, offered suggestions and was genuinely passionate about beer. Hands down it is the best beer store I’ve ever been in!

Thanks Michael!

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Photo of jackorain
5/5  rDev +6.8%

This place was awsome. As has been said, doesn't look like much from the road. But once inside, there is an unbelievable slection. Vintage Thomas Hardy's, Old engine oil, and other dated stuff. Cooler is great too. Michael is an awsome guy and great to discuss beer with. This was my 1st time in. Becasue of this Michale gave me choice of a free glass from the glassware shelf. I chose a Duvel glass.

I was in Charloote on buisness, I hope my company contiues to do work in this area as I will definitely be going here again and carrying home some interesting beers

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Photo of khiasmus
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Brawley's is the king of the beer-lover's store. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but once inside, you're in heaven. A constantly changing rotation of the best selection of rare and craft beers I've ever seen. Michael is an awesome guy, always giving me glasses and excellent service and recommendations. He's very knowledgeable, and keeps stashes for the true beer geek, so ask him about something if you don't see it. The prices are more than reasonable, a full couple bucks cheaper on almost everything than the average craft store. If you live within 200 miles, or ever get within 200 miles, GO HERE. you won't be dissappointed.

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Photo of saintwarrick
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Living in beer-poor South Carolina, I had been meaning to visit this place for the better part of a year. Finally made it up there last month, and the consensus on this place is correct, it's a great place to find beer. Sometimes it can be a bit pricey, but no more so than other great beer stores. Great selection of Belgian beers, and most brews you can think of on the East coast, plus mead and wine. No Stone, but that's hard to come by down South. The way they have the beer laid out is a bit random, but don't worry, the staff is very kind and willing to answer questions and step out and help you find what you're looking for. Very knowledgeable on beer as well. There's plenty more beer in their walk-in fridge. Also a very nice selection of glassware. Definitely need a return trip for some other stuff I've never had. Don't worry, it may look like a gas station in the middle of nowhere, but it's actually on the outer edge of downtown in a nice residential/commercial area.

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Photo of mfaulke
5/5  rDev +6.8%

This store has the best beer selection in Charlotte and the staff is second to none. That being said I feel like my wallet has been raped every time I leave Brawley's. Some prices have actually made me chuckle. I think Mike Brawley is a good guy and he's very passionate about beer. I also think that he sometimes takes advantage of the fact that he has the only show in town. I do think that it's a good store and the staff is quite helpful. It's a little store but there is beer crammed in every single inch of it.

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Photo of Neehan
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%

I have been very anxious to visit Brawley's after all the great reviews here, as well as word-of-mouth. I have to say that all expectations were met and exceeded. The service is absolutely second-to-none as I was very welcomed by Michael and easily made to feel at home. This guy has great knowledge and respect for beer as well as his customers. Tons of great beer to choose from, and he prides himself on being able to get beer that you can't find anywhere else. The store may be small but the selection is huge with all types of beer and tons of it. There are beers here that most places are lucky to get a couple of six-packs of, and Brawley's will have it in case after case. Also a large selection of aged beers and a fine choice of glassware as well. An absolute must if you are anywhere close to the area.

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Photo of slcbrewer
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

I was in town on business and decided to stop by based on the positive reviews.
Great selection, but horrible organization. Things scattered everywhich way, but there is a lot of really interesting stuff there. Good selection of Belgians and some interesting East Coast beers.
Staff (the owner's Mom) was super friendly, and I walked out with a free glass, perhaps due to Southern Hospitality. Spent $100, and could easily have doubled that if I had more space in the luggage.
I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone with a chance to visit.

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Photo of srrn
5/5  rDev +6.8%

It's only been over a year since North Carolina has changed it's beer laws so I'm only now exhausting the selection at some other stores. I stopped at Brawley's as a matter of convenience on the way to a friends house. I've marked them as a bit pricey because their prices are equal to or slightly higher than the competition. However they've got stuff noone else does, this coupled with the fact I've told Mike, "here's what I like grab something for me" make the slightly higher price on some items worth while. (he's picked winners both times)

I've been there twice in the past two weeks, and the three 5's should not come easy but they've got the best beers you can buy, lots of them and friendly knowledgable service.

I will be a regular customer even though it's a bit of a drive, about 30 miles round trip.

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Photo of montageman
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%

This is long overdue. I visited North Carolina on business at the end of September. I had the pleasure of stopping into Brawley's one of the nights and was amazed not only at the selection of items we don't have in Michigan, but moreso at the overall awesome demeanor of Mike, the owner. I purchased some Allagash, Dogfish Liquor de Malt, some Terrapin, a couple bottles of a local brewer's Mocha Porter, and maybe a couple other things. All the while, Mike shot the shit with me and was nothing but helpful. His interest in beer is apparent. Best of all, I left with free La Chouffe Tulip glass and a t-shirt. Awesome place - stop by if you're in NC.

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Photo of Nesued
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

This was my first visit to Brawley's and I can say plain and simple this was my best Belgian beer buying experience in the Southeast thus far.

The service was worth the drive alone. Both Michael and his mom were exceedingly friendly and helped me without reservation from the time I entered the store.

Paying a visit to Brawleys was driven by two factors: 1) South Carolina's beer ABV cap of 6.5%, 2) the reviews of Brawley's present on this website.

From a Belgian selection, the depth was huge. There were Westmalle's, Orvals, Rocheforts, Chimays, Achels, De Dolles, Delirium's in all flavors, Gouden Carolus, Rodenbach, Hennepin and Co., Allagash and Affigem. Even a Gulden Draak and Brother Thelonious. Also a fine selection of Barley wines that were present both already chilled and at room temp.

I would have liked to have seen a bit of a broader non-Belgian selection, however this will be driven based upon need/desire. Michael was quite willing to take recommendations and see what he could do to bring in a few customer requests. That was my rationale in giving a 4.5 in the "selection" category.

The value could have been better. I've seen a bit cheaper of the above-mentioned items, but not by much. To me, it was still worth stocking up of (literally) almost two of each type!

While I was in Charlotte, I also stopped by the Total Wine which was less than a mile from Brawleys. They didn't even hold a candle to Brawleys regarding selection.

Well done Michael and family!!

If you are in the Charlotte area, this is by far your best chance and finding what you could ever hope to need regarding Belgians in the area.

I'll be back, frequently (or at least as many times as my wife will allow/tolerate the 4hour round trip ride).

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Photo of WAP
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

I discovered Brawley's a few months back and have made a trip there every other week lately. For such a small store, they have a very wide selection of sixers and singles. They even have a few kegs in the back of good stuff (Terrapin Rye, DFH 60 min, party anyone?). The highlight to me is still the service. Mike and his parents run the store, and they do a fantastic job. On my first visit, Mike's mother took time to show me where everything around the store was located. Mike makes great recommendations and obviously knows and loves his beer.

A great place - no wonder people drive in from parts unknown to shop here on the weekends.

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Photo of AmorousAngel
5/5  rDev +6.8%

My husband and I decided to make a special trip to Charlotte just to shop at this place based on the recommendation of a friend and the information here on BeerFly. It was about 270 miles round trip for us, but it was well worth it. We live in South Carolina, and the laws here make it impossible to get certain styles of beer, so we went to Charlotte to stock up on some of those styles. The selection was mind-boggling and much of it was refrigerated. I was able to get many beers that I have been looking forward to trying as well as some old favorites. The owner was not there, but his mom was very helpful and friendly. The shop is not very large, but it is jam-packed with an incredible variety of excellent beers.

I will probably patronize this place again, despite the distance.

If you go there, be sure to visit the Beer Cave - a refrigerated room full of beer. And bring a jacket, because if you're like me, you'll be in there for a while.

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Photo of numenor1
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

Was visiting some friends in Charlotte over the weekend and having read about this place on Beerfly figured i'd stop here on my way out. It was worth the stop. Pretty good selection of most american micros that are available in NC (though not the best selection i've seen in NC). Good selection of German beers especially. Pretty decent belgian and English selection as well. The german selection was what really shined for me thoughg. Managed to find Schlenkerla Helles which i'd never had before. Also the wine selection is small, but quite good and very well priced. Got a 2002 Chehalem PN Ridgecrest for $10 cheaper than anywhere else i've seen. The service was excellent, the lady working was very friendly and we had a nice chat while I was there.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

As you can see in the picture. The place appears to be a converted gas station. But don't judge this book by the cover. There is in this small place a huge selection of great beer. Very good selection of local beer, Very good selection of Belgian beer. good selection of German and English beers. Very good selection of American Craft beers.
As stated in other reviews MIke is just a great guy. and if a great beer passes N.C.'s label inspection Mike will be sure to be one of the first to get it.
If you are in Charlotte and don't stop here shame on you!
Another great small gem!

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Photo of Callenak
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

I was sent to Charlotte for work a couple weeks ago and of course had to check out Brawley's. Everything said in the previous post is absolutely true. Mike and his Mom are some of the nicest people you could ever meet. By far the nicest service I've ever received at any kind of beer location.

Their selection is extensive. I loaded up on some east coast beers and a few Belgium's I have haven't been able to find in CA. Anyone who is in the Charlotte area would be missing out if they didn't stop by and visit Brawley's.

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Photo of rabsten
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

Really great store run by a fellow who was apparently a big reason NC "popped the cap."

Selection is as good as you'll find in the NC area. I've been to places that have better, but not much.

Prices are reasonable. The Belgians are the same price I see in Ohio and Virginia. Some of the domestics are a wee expensive, e.g. the Anchor and Sierra Nevada lines are 20-30% higher than where I get them. The local stuff is well priced, though (Duck-Rabbit Brewery and Highland Brewing).

The sole complaint I have is the occasional rationing of product. For ex., back in October I was limited to one 4-pk of 90 Minute IPA. At Christmas, I could only get one six of Anchor Holiday. Now, I understand why, but I only wanted two more, and couldn't get it. I had to make "Mix-packs" for my Christmas gifts. It all worked out well, though, since I had more $$$ left in my beer budget, money spent on some Avery and Great Divide products.

This is a truly fine establishment. It's only 10 minutes off the interstate and 10 minutes back. I recommend it to anyone who live in, visits, or passes through the Queen City.

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Photo of jabocu
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Outstanding place to go down here in the south east. I was able to get up to Brawley's late this past Sat. night when Mike was just hangin out with his dog. Mike showed me around the store and he definitely knew his brew. I got to find out about stuff I had never heard of before and get some good ideas for stuff to try. I went home with a little more than planned, but it was well worth it for what I am going to get to try over the next couple weeks. he had everything I expected to find, and then some. He even had some different vintages for some. Mike also let me break up a couple six packs to get me turned onto DogFish, and even hooked me up with a couple glasses to get me started on my Trappist collection! If you are in the area, Brawley's experience is a must! I can't wait to get back to pick his brain for some more ideas.

I also gave a $ instead of the usual $$ for Brawley's. Because yeah it's a little pricey for "beer", but it's good quality beer and I have not seen it cheaper any where else.

Thanks Mike!

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Photo of jameaterblues
5/5  rDev +6.8%

I was driving to see family about half an hour away and decided that I would make the extra trip. Mike wasn't there but his mom was very helpful(and friendly, she said that she did not know much about beer, but anything I was looking for she knew what direction to point me in....and gave me a nice little history of the shop(its been in their family a long time!). She wasn't sure of the price on one of the items(Aprihop by of the things I was specifically looking for) so she called Mike. Mike talked to her a while and then asked to talk to me. He suggested things over the phone, and was just really friendly....its rare to find people so willing to help even when they are not at work. This was my second wonderful experience at Brawley's...Once again highly reccomended. I found more than I was looking for, and they even said that they were still trying to restock from the weekend. I love this store. It makes me happy when an independent store is this good.

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Photo of EvilTwin
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Made the hour and a half trip from Hickory to Charlotte today for a beer run. WELL worth the time.
Michael was friendly and very helpful. More like buying from a friend than a salesperson. Great selection of refreshemnts from the common macros to hard to find craft selections. He even broke into his backroom private stash so I could sample a new variety.
I can see myself making regular pilgrimages to see Mike and his pup.
I recommend this establishment over any I have ever been too.
Mike, thanks for a great experience.


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Photo of aaudette
5/5  rDev +6.8%

I hate to be redundent, but feel I must honor a great find and great time.

Believe everything else that you have read about Brawley's Beverage and make sure if you're anywhere near the area - say 100-200 miles or so - it is a trip well worth taking.

The store is small, but filled with lots of great beer in all categories. Michael was extremely knowledgable and even more friendly. He welcomed this visitor from RI, recommended some great beers, and even turned me on to a great couple of bars nearby - one of which he then showed up at! In particular, he had some great beers from Highland brewing that I had not had before. He also happily broke up some six-packs so I might try another style. And as attested by others, he offered advice, glasses, and shirts to spread the beer love!

Don't miss a great stop and support this fan of craft beer and the Beer Advocate!

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