Heist Brewery

Heist BreweryHeist Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2901 N Davidson St
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28205-1078
United States

(704) 375-8260 | map

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Added by CBlack85 on 09-17-2012

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Photo of Fantific
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Heist makes the best NE style IPAs outside of New England, and I personally prefer them over Trillium and Treehouse. The food is very good, try the wings and flatbread. Although the service can be a bit slow at times, it's only because they are such a popular spot to visit. The bartenders are all great and do a good job keeping us. Overall it's the best brewery in Charlotte, no contest.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3.75

review updated on 2/21/17...

I have given up on getting anything to go from this brewery due to their weird ass whimsical policies, release planning, etc... I'm not a native NC'er, so maybe my tolerance for hyped beer is just too low and/or my perspective is off. Dunno.

My first experience was okay, not bad. Tried a few beers, food was decent, got a growler (yes, glass) to go. Was told they couldn't fill outside growlers and so had to buy one of theirs. This is a pet peeve of mine, but not uncommon necessarily. So overall, pretty normal experience. Really dug the beers I had. So when I saw they did can releases, naturally, I wanted in. Twice I went for cans (in the middle of a work day?) and had to leave empty-handed due to the fact that they were already so packed I couldn't stay and miss more time at work. But whatever...I get it...hype. Could they maybe limit allocations a bit more so maybe I'd have a shot at a single 4 pack after work? I bet they could. But that's their business decision to grab the cash instead of evenly distributing among the masses. Again, a pet peeve, but ultimately I'm fine with this...not uncommon. I wrote off these experiences mostly, because I just frankly don't care enough. Gave up trading a while back. So figured I'd just head over on a day they weren't having a release and grab some stuff in my Heist growler that I bought specifically because I was told back during first visit that I had no choice.

Fast forward to this last Friday - I stop in with my Heist growler that I bought specifically because I was told back during first visit that I had no choice. I'm informed they no longer fill growlers. Hmmm. Cool, I now have another useless growler to add to my collection of roughly 3 million. So okay, can I get a couple crowlers of your hoppy stuff? Answer: Nope. Why? Answer: We don't fill crowlers of our hoppy stuff. WTF is going on here? How many times am I going to leave your brewery empty handed?

So in conclusion, having three kids and a busy work schedule, no matter how hard I try, it seems as though I cannot, literally, support this brewery. It's a fucking oddity of bizarre proportions to me. Four combined experiences over the course of 6+ months have led me to this conclusion. It was not an isolated incident. No brewery is so good that they are beyond reproach, and at the very least, they seem to be guilty of not thinking through their logistics. Yes, Heist makes good beer. If they ever distributed locally, I'd probably still buy their hoppy shit...but until then, I will be going up the road to Legion instead to fill unlimited growlers of whatever the fuck I want, namely Juicy Jay. I just can't be bothered with this nonsense.


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Photo of scottdills
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Older reviews of this place are usually pretty poor because their beer wasn't very good. They've recently had some changes with the brewing staff and things have gotten much better. At this point they are definitely one of the top breweries in Charlotte and in North Carolina. The inside of the space is very cool and the staff are all very friendly.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Building is a renovated warehouse and has a nice touch to it. I got a couple pints while my girlfriend got a flight so we tried plenty of stuff. All the beers were well done and unique.. although two of the more interesting small batch beers that we had gone to try were kicked, so that was slightly disappointing and limited selection. The bartender was friendly and knowledgable. The food sounded amazing, and we have heard good things, but we just snacked on some ancho chili edamame, which was outstanding.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Visited on a busy Sunday afternoon when they have an excellent buffet Sunday brunch. Tried most of the beers; all were good or better. Only 7 beers on tap but this is a innovative brewery with a rotating tap list and a good variety of brews on tap at any one time.Exellent, attentive service. A true gastro brewpub with as much emphasis on food as on the beer.

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Photo of ha-sheem
4.5/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Heist has always had great food but with the hiring of the new head brewer (Eric) and assistant brewer (Scott), the beer is just as delicious. This is a must stop when in the Queen City.

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Photo of Rammed96
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I didn't really love any of the beers. And the growler caps had paper in them,. Rather than rubber. So the beer was flat by the time I got back from vacation.

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Photo of evan35
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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!

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Photo of outoffocus
4.06/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Drbeerme
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice remodeled mill in the heart of the NODA district. An eclectic feel from the crowd. They usually have a band playing on the weekends and often during weekdays on their patio. Food is good, beers are great.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of Fred_M_29412
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

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Photo of DaPan
4.36/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.


Edit: 4/12/16 New brewer. Started offering unflitered IPAs and some other tasty brews. The beer has gone upward. Blurred is the Word is awesome.

Had the fish tacos...crappy. So, the beer is great and the food is starting to suck. Oh well, rather have good beer.

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Photo of bcp5296d
2.24/5  rDev -39.3%
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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Photo of Mantooth
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of SportsandJorts
2.4/5  rDev -35%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere: cool wood and open design. A bit too roomy to be a comfy cozy place though. Nothing else really makes it stand out from another bar.

Quality: the beer just was not up to snuff for what i look for in a brewery. Some beers were undrinkable. It's bad when a brewery is pushing its cocktails over the beer

Service: not slow but seemed a bit inattentive. I could have used a refill a few times when my waitress was no where to be seen

Selection: decent variety but they were out of a few I may have tried

Food: probably the only thing I would go back for. But even then not amazing

Overall: a brewery with bad beers. Not much else to say.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Great feel when you walk in. Built in an old animal hospital, the building is all brick outside, and a lot of unfinished wood throughout. High ceilings throughout. There is a main bar, L-shaped, when you first walk in, and a second bar in the back, which I'm guessing they open on busier nights/weekends. There is also an upstairs seating area for overflow. Handful of televisions throughout with plenty of sports on all of them. The food was really good, and the menu was pretty diverse. Some standard gastropub food, but also some more unique and southern inspired fare, too. Prices were a little pricey, overall. The beer was decent, with 10 taps running. There is beer to go, but nothing stood out as remarkable to take. No descriptions of the beer on the menu, and the list is relegated to the back of the menu, almost like an afterthought. The only real hiccup was the service, and it may just have been this once, so I will definitely give it another go when we are in the area again, but our waiter came over right away when we first sat down, and after that we literally had to flag him down every time we needed anything, and those visits were very few and very far between. Also, he had charges on our bill that weren't ours, and then disappeared, forcing us to track someone else down to correct the charges. So, other than the service, I really enjoyed this place.

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Photo of francus
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.75

Excellent atmosphere. This place has a lot of potential. Sadly it is wasted somewhat. The restaurant is the primary business, the brewery was an afterthought it seems. You can tell they basically cleared out a few tables and put in a glass wall for the brewery. The brewery is small and German and made to look very very nice. But as for volume production, no way. They have three small fermenters and it does not appear they serve off site. I guess they wanted a brewpub moniker and so they put in a pretty system for ambience.

The service was fair, but for the price and the atmosphere you would expect a lot better. We ate at the bar and were the only ones at the bar and had a hard time getting any service. Even with the bar tender less than three feet away.

The staff is clueless about beer. No idea of the brewery volume, the process, if any tours are available. Nothing. They have some text about ABV and four or five other beer terms in the menu, but that's it. For dropping what looks like six figures on a copper clad, probably custom brewery you'd think they'd talk it up more in the menu. Or at least make the bartender have a clue about what a brewery is and how one functions.

The food is a bit pricey, but the atmosphere is great. The place is very well decorated and who ever did their interior design was a genius. The place looks superb. The food is very good.

The beers leave much to be desired. They are to style, but not distinctive enough to stand out. Again, you drop major dough for a pretty boy brewery and you think they'd try and make the beer comparable. Then again, the clientele are probably there for the food/atmosphere and the brewery is a prop mostly.

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Photo of biermark
1.38/5  rDev -62.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Went on a slow sat afternoon. Thought we'd try it waiting for Noda or Birdsong to open. Got seated but never served - left after people that just walked in next to us got served. They want to serve pretentious food, not beer. Choices are very limited and no signature beer on the menu. Don't waste your time on this hipster joint.

Stay away - go to birdsong or Noda.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

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...

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