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Heist Brewery

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47 Beers
118 Ratings
Place Score: 80
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2901 N Davidson St
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28205-1078
United States
phone: (704) 375-8260

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @heistbrewery

Place added by: CBlack85 on 09-17-2012

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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 15
Photo of evan35
4.28/5  rDev +27.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great vibe, especially when you are trying to elevate the night rather than dress it down. Also this is a great spot for brunch and big groups, as they have a fully stocked bar and utterly impressive food. Their beer is great quality and I definitely look forward to stopping in more frequently!

Photo of outoffocus
4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped for dinner while in Charlotte. It's a huge place, but it was early and uncrowded. I was pleasantly surprised with the couple beers I tried, and the food was good - not standard bar/brewery fare.

Photo of Drbeerme
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +19%

I really like the vibe of this place, a nice open feel in reclaimed warehouse space with a pleasant decor. The place was pretty large inside and split up into a couple of different rooms along with some outdoor seating as well (and it appears that will be expanding as they were working on it when I visited).

Beers were well poured with a proper amount of head and a proper temperature.

Service was friendly and helpful, giving us the amount of attention that we wanted and I got the chance to have a conversation with the Executive Chef whom was really nice, pleasant, and informative. All of the staff I interacted with was very knowledgeable about the beers offered (and it seemed like beers in general).

As it is the taproom for the brewery, it only carried their beers but they did have a variety of styles though with a heavier dosage of Belgian influenced beers. Everything from an APA to a RIS to a couple of saisons.

The food was excellent, you can tell that one of the owners is a chef. There were several things that I really wanted to try on the menu and I'm hoping I will get the chance to go back and sample some of the others. I have a barbecue burger made with three different cuts of meat and lots of very tasty toppings - also really liked the homemade tater tots.

Price was inline with what I would expect based on other breweries in the area and the state. Food prices were a touch higher than some of the other places but the quality and attention to the menu warranted it.

Photo of GrayWolf1766
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Yetiman420
4/5  rDev +19%

Stop # 443 on my world brewery tour.

Late lunch ~1:00 on a Wednesday. Huge space in reclaimed industrial warehouse-esque space. Sat at a table in the smaller upfront bar area. Had 1.5 flights so got to try all the beers. Managed to loose my tasting notes but can say they Belgian-inspired line up was well done. Did not get any food but it looked to be a place that takes food very seriously.

Photo of cptbenjamin
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Fred_M_29412
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

As stated previously, great food, ok beer. The chef/owner is brother to a friend of mine from college, i know he is a world class chef. The beer was good, will have a real homerun if they can get the right brewmaster in there.

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of JdoubleA
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Bolivian22
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of DaPan
4.36/5  rDev +29.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

While on a beercation stop in Charlotte, we decided on a whim to visit, since it was a Monday and everything else closed early. Had low expectations based on previous reviews.

Food was first class. I had the Mac and Lobster and was blown away. All six of us had exceptional food.

The beer was good. Not spectacular, but I enjoyed my flight of various takes of saison and an IPA. All very good, in my opinion. They also had a fresh, just tapped double IPA, which was excellent. If Tropical Thunder is on, it is a must-have.

Would definitely return again and recommend you visit.

Photo of dvmin98
3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

So Heist has been around for a fair amount of time and up until yesterday, I've only had one of their beers at the Bobcats' game and wasn't all that impressed. I always heard the food there was great, but the beers left a lot to be desired.

Headed over to the brewery with a buddy. Ordered a Belgian PA and it was really good. He got a saison that was decent as well. From what I understand, Heist has been trying to pick up the quality of their beers, and it showed yesterday. Big pours, decent selection, tasty brews.

The food was awesome. I got a Cuban sandwich and my buddy grabbed an eggplant parmesan sandwich. Both were fantastic. Prices weren't bad...maybe a little bit on the high end, but the quality of the food is worth it.

The atmosphere is great. Seating outside, two bars where they have liquor, as well. Lots of seating. The place was pretty full, watching the World Cup.

Friendly and attentive service.

Will have to bring the wife and kid back next time for a nice weekend lunch.


Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bcp5296d
2.24/5  rDev -33.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 1 | food: 4.75

Theres one thing that can sum this place up, good food, bad beer. The pretzels and cheese dip were great, my meals have been really good, the brewry is just not producing good beer. I heard they hired a new brewmaster. If he wants to earn the respect of charlotte beer nerdz, he needs to brew a good ipa, a good stout, and a good sour. I'm looking forward to see how this develops.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Mantooth
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Neat spot with two separate bars - nice draft choices and good folks behind the bar. We enjoyed some flights and found the food to be quite good. I've been told they have a great brunch on weekends - need to swing by and check that out.

If you're in the area - stop by this place in NODA - you can also hit NODA Brewing, Birdsong Brewing, Growler's Pourhouse & Salud bottle shop. Great food in the area too - Cabo Fish Taco is a must. Almost forgot Revolution - great pizza and very nice draft selection.

Photo of bcgeiman
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CaptainRaisin
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of bigkingken
3.26/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Up to this point so far, I haven’t been too impressed by the breweries in North Carolina. Sure, I’ve been spoiled by a lot of time in the Pacific Northwest, the Bay Area and Michigan – some of the finest areas for beer in the country – but a lot of the places I’ve been just seem lazy and uninspired. The same ingredients are available to them as the other great places I’ve been, right? On a recent brief visit to Charlotte, I was hoping the city could change my mind.

I was only in town for one evening, and this greatly limited my options. It seems that Charlotte has had a ton of new brewpubs open up within the past five years. The only issue to me, however, was that nearly none of them were open past 9:00 pm on a Tuesday night. So I headed to Heist Brewery, pretty much the only one in town that is.

I found the space to be quite lovely. Despite a nondescript exterior in an industrial part of town, the interior had been done-up quite nicely with great light fixtures, beautiful bars, a ton of space and a pretty high-class feel. The only issue I had was with the floor in the main seating area, which wasn’t leveled during finishing causing the high-top tables and chairs to wobble on a consistent basis.

While I found the place to be nicely classy, I found the food to be overly so, to the point of being pretentious. I do not need any of my food to be served in test tubes (the bisque) or on top of a flat rock (torched diablos). What’s more, the small plates are exorbitantly priced, typically costing about a dollar per bite.

Take, for example, the tater tots. Even if they are the best tater tots in the world (they’re not), I still think a side order of them should come with more than four morsels of food.

On the other hand, the burger I shared with my fiance was fairly priced at $9 and quite delicious. A blend of smoked brisket and porterhouse tail is an awesome idea, and putting bacon and caramelized onions on top is always a good idea. So I have mixed feelings about the menu. While some options are pleasantly priced and inventive, much of it goes overboard.

I wish they’d take some of that culinary inventiveness and apply it to their brewing. Every option I tried was tired and boring. Some of them were very bland, while a couple of them were quaffable. Perhaps the brewery just has some growing up to do, or needs a bit more practice. But whatever the reason, I was not impressed by the beer in the least.

On a final note, the service was a bit much at times. While attention is nice, dropping by the table every five minutes becomes annoying at some point, as does terrible jokes and lame descriptions of the beer. While I give an A for effort, again, the execution just isn’t quite there.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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Heist Brewery in Charlotte, NC
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