Brawley's Beverage

BA SCORE
100
world-class

199 Reviews
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
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
242
Avg:
4.68
pDev:
6.62%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 242
Photo of abb610
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

So I have never reviewed anything before and there is no better time than now to review the one single place/person that got me truly excited about craft beer. Almost 10 years ago I walked into Brawley's the day that NC popped the cap on the (at one time) stringent abv limit. Brawley had beers above the 6% cap that was in place just a day before. I wanted to buy the store out of all of these delicious goods so I could try all the new flavors that I had never experienced before. I got quickly shot down and the reason was that everyone should get a chance to try these beers as well, not just me. That was a new philosophy for me and I immediately appreciated what it was he was doing for the community. He had one of my favorite bands playing on the stereo which we talked about for almost the entire hour I was in the store. I felt at home and knew this was a guy that I wanted to give my business to. Since that first day I have learned a lot from Brawley. One of my first questions was "what is that spicy note I get from the 90 minute ipa?". That was the day I learned about hops. Every since, I have learned more and more about craft beer. Ten years later when I walk in that door we still talk about beer, music, weather and life. I still learn from him and I may have even shared some knowledge that he has gained from. Yes, he takes care of his regular customers which I am proud to say I am. This is a community store, not as much local community store, but a beer community store. If you walk in and ask for a highly allocated beer and thats all you have on your mind, chances are you will get shot down so that he can take care of the folks that help make that community what it is today. If its your first time in, let them know, you will be rewarded. After that visit, take some time to beergeek out and enjoy the conversations that go on in that building. It reminds me of when I used to go to the barbershop with my pops and experience the communal discussions that used to take place. You dont have to be a regular to get rewarded but contributing to the vibe that is created there rewards everyone.
As far as the beer goes, Brawley is the previously named Godfather of the craft beer scene in Charlotte. He and his staff make sure they get the new and exciting beers that come into the market along with all of staples that helped build the craft beer world. I'm an IPA guy and they do the BEST job in town to make sure what I take home is the freshest possible. As far as pricing goes, you will never see any gouging. He has the most competitive pricing of any privately owned bottle shop in the state and even rivals the big box stores and grocery stores that sell out of date shelf turds. They havent opened the taproom yet, but there is no doubt in my mind that it will also be the best around.
Everything about this place screams craft beer, community and family. Whether its talking with him, his always smiling and kind mother, talking beer trades with Shane, chatting with other beer folks or watching little Piper grow up, this place embodies small business and the community it creates. Cheers to the folks that embrace that philosophy and cheers to Boo!!!
Review #1

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Photo of asams10
4.57/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I make it a point to stop by here every time I'm in Charlotte or surrounding area looking for beer. They have a great selection, always seem to get a larger quantity of the limiteds which makes it easier for me to get some even a day or two after the releases, and keep a nice inventory of staples. Awesome little bottle shop that you should seek out if you're in the area.

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Photo of danmstory87
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

In my opinion this is the best bevarge store in Charlotte! Very friendly service and a awesome atmosphere! Its really hard to beat their selection and prices! I go out of my way to support Brawleys Beverage and I can't wait to get my fill of LA folie!

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

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. 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, they've got a nice selection for sale. The addition of the tap room is very welcome, nice selection and fun vibe.

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

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Photo of Ccompton1856
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

They almost always have what I am looking for and always have what I didn't know I needed until I saw it there. Great place run by great beer people. I highly recommend making a stop in if you are looking for craft beer. Mike and Shane are always willing to talk beer and give great recommendations if you want to try something new. Enjoy!

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

I've been to Brawley's several times in the past month and have had exceptional service every time. The staff is very knowledgable, friendly and go out of their way to get what you're looking for. Sometimes these places can feel like a bit if a "boys club," where staff assume I'm there following my boyfriend around or looking for some generic 6 pack, but that isn't the case here. The prices are also great, on target or often lower than other retailers in the area.

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Photo of KevinZ2301
2.69/5  rDev -42.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I continue to want to like this place but every time that I stop here I am treated like an "outsider". I do admit that I am not a weekly customer but I have spent some money here over the years and would think that would mean something to them. I am not just the guy who shows up on Hopslam day. It seems like there is a group of people who frequent here and if you are not in that club then you midas well never count on picking up a new release.

While I do understand taking care of regular customers this place takes that philosophy to the limit. The owner is quick to explain his methods and friendly about it but you will walk away with a sense that he is not interested in new business.

I now realize that I may NEVER learn the "secret handshake" but that is okay because if you look around... Charlotte finally has several excellent bottle shops.

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Photo of APBT91
4.82/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

re-review

Ive been coming here for a little while now and this place is just excellent.
The service is the best, they are very knowledgeable and treat me like family.
They always show me what's new in stock (they known I'm always behind the 8 ball when it comes to new releases so they try to help me out) that is hard to get.
Mike is currently adding on a bar to grab a drink to chill or for while you look at the selection.

Brawley's is not the biggest store, but they have the best selection I have seen in QC by FAR, and they always have fresh local beer which is a huge plus.

Brawley's receives high reviews because it is a great place to shop at, from staff to selection, you wont be disappointed. Check them out.

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Photo of Tarheel93
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great shop. I buy probably 80-85% of my beer here. With the addition of taps soon, it will be even better. Great crew. Always willing to provide recommendations and thoughts on the beers. My 6 year old loves coming here and getting free Brawley's stickers.

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

Recently moved back to Charlotte from Baltimore with an increased interest in the craft beer scene. The guys at Brawley's have fueled that interest and always have some time to talk beer and make recommendations. They'll even ask my opinion if I'm grabbing something they haven't had before. I stop in a couple of times a week to satisfy my craving for trying new brews and haven't run out of options yet.

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Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a must stop, for me anytime I am in Charlotte. I have been able to make it here a couple of times and always walk out with a great collection to add to my stash. Amazing customer service and knowledge of the beers available in the store. If you are visiting the area make sure to make this one of your stops.

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Photo of jumboj11
4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I had an excellent first visit to Brawley's during my trip to Charlotte last weekend. I was in town to visit some family on my wife's side and heard Event Horizon was being released in Charlotte the day I was coming into town. They had a 6 bottle limit when I walked in, but after chatting with the owner and explaining I was in town from Atlanta and hoping to purchase more for friends and trading partners, he generously allowed me to purchase a double allotment. They even pulled out two years worth of Lindley Park from the back for me to scoop as well. Excellent customer service & solid selection will make this a must stop for me on my next trip through town. Thanks guys!

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Photo of mabmab67
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

this was our first visit to Charlotte and were told to stop here first. So glad we did!! Awesome start to the weekend! Great people with a great selection! We got to meet the owner and he was a really cool guy to us out-of-towners, giving us pointers for good deals, special finds, and growth ideas for their store (a patio and taproom). Can't wait to come back and see how their tap room takes off!

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

Was in Charlotte for business and found this place by searching on the BA website. From the outside this is not an impressive looking place but the treasure definitely lies within. Very small but packed to the brim with hop and malty goodness. Michael Brawley is a very personable (and knowledgeable) fella and I felt like I knew him all my life as we talked beer. I picked up the local beer I was searching for (OMB Copper) and Michael made some suggestions of other local stuff, of which one was simply outstanding, Noda Hop Drop and Roll IPA! Great selection of bombers as well and while I was there Michael told me they were constructing a bar area to serve beer in the future. If you are ever in the Charlotte area pay this place a visit. Definitely a place I wish were closer to me!

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Photo of core42
4.91/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was in town for work & needed some beer for the week. From the outside it doesn't look like much but the inside is packed full of great beer.
This is my 2nd time here and both employees that I dealt with were not only helpful, but also very interested in talking beer. When they heard the beers I was looking for & ones I was looking at, they both made suggestions of local beers and other rarities they had that aren't available to me in MI

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

I found this great bottle shop a friend was talking about during my travels convenient location to down town charlotte. Very knowledgeable owner and staff helpful to an out of towner on new beers to try and the local beers. Prices are reasonable and fair selection was bigger than expected and not just in local stuff but all variety import and craft.

Brawleys is a great spot to go every time I am in town and I would recommend to anyone try them 1st.

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Photo of alucardswordlol
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Parked the Penske in front of my new flat and made my way to Brawley's Beverage ASAP.

Atmosphere - Walk in and there are lots of great Belgians and other Europeans with rare american craft against the back wall and in the cooler. Great vibe.

Quality - No doubt the selection and quality of the beer are as good as it gets. Saw barrel aged old rasputin and plenty of Stone IRS as well as other rarities.

Service - I believe the main reason Brawley's is so highly rated is Mike himself. Great guy who is willing to talk to you. I even overheard him talking about a rare beer to his employee saying "give em one if they ask, and 2 if they are REAL nice". Sounds like he knows how to treat his regulars. He also knows how to treat new customers by giving me some free glassware of my choice (tripel karmeliet tulip and a wells banana bread slim for the lady) as well as some can coozys and stickers.

Selection - A vast selection with what I believe is the best European selection of brews regionally, saw plenty of great belgians and lots of Orkney brewing to boot. Not to mention plenty of fresh sculpin cans by the register.

Value - Fairly priced, the Sculpin was definitely more expensive than some competition but quite frankly I don't mind paying the extra dollar or two to know that my sculpin is fresh and my money is going directly back to the craft community.

Overall a great place and I shall return.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great store with an outstanding selection! I certainly didn't expect them to have as much quality craft beer as they did. Knowledgable and helpful staff/owner as well! Great little place that I would not of known about it if wasn't for a helpful BA member.

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Photo of amylovi88
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I'm so pleased my brother took me here while I was in town visiting - what an awesome store! They had all kinds of amazing, hard to find favorites for the pickiest craft beer fan. Even better? They had w00tstout (sorry guys - I bought the last one!) Shane was working and he was super awesome and helpful. I'll definitely be checking this place out when I'm in town - Thanks for the great experience!

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Photo of cmrillo
4.39/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

I've been going to Brawley's for a few years and IMHO, is the best beer store in CLT. Mike is nice & can talk beer all day. He's always got something fresh from local breweries. Check out the walk-in cooler for growlers & some kegs. I recommend checking it out if you're in Charlotte & probably get a free glass with your purchase.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.37/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

I really enjoyed visiting this store. They had a great selection, especially of North Carolina's craft beers and lots of imported ones- some of which I've never seen before outside of this store. Amazing service, topped by letting me select a free glass of my choice since it was my first visit. Sort of a gas station type atmosphere, but a great selection.

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Photo of Kirkman
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The selection and options are amazing. The employees are always helpful, laid back, and beer savvy. It is hard for me to measure the value because they simply have items that I can't find anywhere else to compare against. They have keg service, a walk in cooler (for temperature control required beers brewed by the German Purity Laws), and refrigerated beverage shelving.

Top notch and this is from a cheap guy with very very high standards. I have not found a better selection period.

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

As you can see from past reviews, this place is fantastic. I'm from Pittsburgh, but always stop in at least once when I come to Charlotte to visit family. Or, in this case, if I'm passing through on the way to or from vacation.

Mike is awesome. Flat out. Incredibly genuine, friendly, and helpful. Same goes for "Mama" (who is not his wife, though she was flattered by that mistake). They're always ready to chat and are very welcoming. Also, love seeing little Piper running around. Love it. A dad that owns a bottle shop. She doesn't know how good she has it.

I come in to stock up on stuff that I would never find in Pittsburgh, and have never left disappointed. All I have to do is tell Mike what I'm looking for, and let him do the rest. He even managed to turn me on to sours, which I didn't think was possible. I get especially giddy when he goes in the back to pull out a beer that's not on the floor. Have yet to encounter that at any place in Pittsburgh. Also, the prices are INFINTELY better than what they are in Pennsylvania, which is all but stuck in the prohibition.

Sure, the place is a little scrambled. Personally, I love that. I'm one of those people who gets stressed when I go into a home or restaurant and everything is pristine and flawless. Hate it. So, for me, boxes on the floor and vintage beer decor totally work. Keep it real, Mike.

All in all, best beer spot I've ever visited. Holds a special place in my heart. Great selection, great family that runs it. Mike was a pioneer of the craft beer/bottle shop scene in Charlotte, and for good reasons. Do yourself a favor and stop in if you're in the area.

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

I am a beer distributor from out of state, and found this store with all of its glowing reviews to completely live up to the hype. Mike was incredibly helpful and had tons of cool stuff tucked away. The walk in cooler held tons of local treats and the rest of the store had an excellent balance of old world and new. I look forward to coming back after the fall when they have a growler system installed. Excellent store and just what I was looking for to stock up my cellar! Aged beers available upon request!

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Photo of lcarthel
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Brawley's is the best in Charlotte, because their focus is on quality not quantity (though this is also due to a lack of space). Mike is awesome, he's very keen on quality and expiration dates in consideration to beer style. I spent about an hour browsing, talking with him about beer. He had great recommendations and obviously knew his brews, but never showed any sort of arrogance in his character. His wife was also very nice, and the two were very welcoming. So what if there are unopened cases? They contain the same beers that are on the shelves anyhow. It didn't appear messy or careless as far the beer goes, but the left portion of the building is in pre-construction mode to expand for a small bar with running taps + a small patio outside that he'd hoped would be ready before winter. Be sure to check out the walk in fridge in the back for other goodies. This place is definitely worth the visit. Thanks Mike.

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