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Heist Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 22.5%
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 69
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
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

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(Place added by: CBlack85 on 09-17-2012)
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Reviews by CBlack85:
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3.44/5  rDev +7.5%

Went on a mini brewery crawl this weekend stopping at Triple C, Heist, Birdsong, and finishing with dinner at Growlers Pourhouse. Started with Triple C, now for the next stop in our evening out... Charlotte's newest brewpub; Heist Brewery.

Situated in the cultural hub of NoDa, Heist occupies the old Highland Mill building. The place is beautiful... just the right mix of new and old. You get some very nice woodwork and stonework adorning the walls, while at the same time preserving the history of the space. When you walk in there is an open space with several tables and a bar, as you pass through into the next area you pass a kitchen area with a custom wood burning pizza oven that is open to the rest of the space so that the aroma of pizza baking fills the whole building. Once you stop gawking at the pizza oven you will notice a wall full of windows showcasing the brewhouse, and another bar area. Really, in addition to being eye catching and well laid out the place is huge, there is upstairs seating and yet a third bar type area with seats and tap handles. I could hang out here all day

The service is decent, the waiter we had was attentive and polite. He tried to be helpful, and knew a fair amount about the menu, but very little about the beer.

Now, on to the menu... I feel like this place has fallen victim to "celebrity chef syndrome". To many dishes that try to be just a bit too clever. Too little food for too high a price. Lobster Bisque Test Tubes, BBQ Braised Pork Belly Corn Dogs, Asian Shrimp with Lemon Wahhabi Cotton Candy?, Chicken and Waffles... C'mon man!! The burgers, and flat breads don't look too bad, but lets stop trying so hard to be the next food network star.

Now on to the main attraction... The beer. Unfortunately I am underwhelmed by the beer. Eleven house made beers on tap and all of them mediocre at best. How about we cut the beer menu down to a manageable four or five offerings and make them shine!! I don't need ten or eleven beers from a new start up brewery, I need two or three beers that blow my hair back (back when I had hair). We ordered two samplers so that we could try all of the beers, I thought the oatmeal stout was the best beer of the bunch. I would go on to describe the rest of them but I forgot about them even as I was drinking them. Now, don't get me wrong. None of the beers were deeply flawed, just uninspired. While none of them knocked my socks off, none of them were offensive or had bad off flavors either, just boring. I'm not looking for crazy, extreme beers, just good beers done well.

I really wanted to like this place. I was pulling for them to be the next great Charlotte area brewery... and they still could be, but there is work to be done.

All in all I am ready for the next place, on to Birdsong...

CBlack85, Sep 19, 2012
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4.36/5  rDev +36.3%

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.

DaPan, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of dvmin98
3.91/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

Recommended...

dvmin98, Jul 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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2.24/5  rDev -30%

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.

bcp5296d, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +25%

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Heist Brewery in Charlotte, NC
79 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.