Heist Brewery

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(704) 375-8260 | map
heistbrewery.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.28
Beers:
144
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
1,264
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.97
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
93
pDev:
17.38%
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 93
Photo of Lonestar9
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

You can always find a good or great beer, or 2 here. They are not afraid to experiment, and yet they have several beers that make the menu quite often. They do different size pours, can get a growler of most on tap, and they have various 4 packs on sale. Don't be afraid to try several beers, there's a favorite waiting to be discovered. Their IPA game is beyond average, with tasty NEIPA's and sometimes West Coast style as well.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.97/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Cool place. Bartender was very knowledgeable and explained the beers perfectly. He also provided some solid recommendations for our next stop on our out-of-state brewery crawl. Very solid place, and some really awesome beers.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Heist has a pretty nice vibe going on. Kind of old looking but also kind of new. The service was solid there and the selection was pretty good too. I had heard great things about the food but didn't order any. The beers were good, no real flaws come to mind here, I'd probably go back if in the area.

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Photo of croush
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Went in here on a Tuesday night, so pretty tame crowd. Most of the place was empty, but there were a handful of people outside since it was so nice. I took a spot at the bar and tried a couple different beers and a flight, but did not order any food. I had a few different IPAs, all of which were good. I also had a BA Barleywine that was tasty, and a pastry stout that was OK. I love Citraquench'l, so took home a couple 4-packs, and also got a crowler of Strange Clouds. This was probably my favorite brewery during my time in Charlotte.

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Photo of CollinaTiger
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

In the popular NODA district of Charlotte. Good service. Nice vibe inside, with good beers and a full food menu; also a deck outside. Alot of other restaurants and bars within walking distance. Absolutely loved the Citraquench'l which was on tap. Also, cans to go. Would definitely go back.

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Photo of Billolick
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Just a few minutes down the highway from anywhere in Charlotte.

Cool, down home and casual spot with multiple rooms and multiple bars. I liked everything about this spot, chill service, outdoor seating, eclectic food options and on point beer to be had...fine place to check out and have a good time at in Charlotte, NC

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Heist Brewpub is a fairly large, seemingly well-established place. Located in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood, Heist has become well-known for the quality of their beer; Heist is also known for their massive whiskey selection and their kitchen, which turns out a nice selection of shared plate offerings, woodfired flatbreads, sandwiches and Charcuterie boards (note that the brunch, lunch and dinner menus are different). When I visited about 2 PM on a holiday weekend Saturday, it was predictably busy but not over-crowded.

The exterior is a clean, classy blend of brick, dark anodized aluminum and glass. The interior is brick and heavy wood, with hanging ventilation ductwork and exposed beams and girders lending a bit of an industrial feel. Tables are wood slab atop minimalist black hardware that matches the chairs, while the coloration of the flooring pairs with the table tops themselves, resulting in a unified, consistent feel. The larger dining area provides an excellent view of the brewing equipment.

Heist has three bars: the main bar is up front as you come in, at the back of a smaller dining area, and there's a smaller bar (seats about 10) at the back of the larger dining area; the third bar is in the Canteen Taproom, a self-contained second taproom in the back that is often used for special events and live music. Given that we had stopped in just for flights, we chose to sit in the Canteen Taproom as it was less crowded than the dining areas.

The Canteen Taproom has sixteen taps, fourteen of which were in service when we were there. Three of them were guest taps, which is kind of unusual at a brewery, but since Heist's beer offerings are so IPA-heavy (ten of the eleven Heist taps were IPAs or IIPAs), having a few guest taps makes sense. Flights of five generous pours were served in four-ounce rocks glasses, which is a not-uncommon choice for flight pours. All other pours were in style-appropriate glassware; many beers were available in two pour sizes.

I don't see that much Heist beer in Wilmington, so I stuck to their beers for my flight, and I'm glad I did. Four of them were fantastic- Room For Activities, Mo-J, Überquench'l, and All Is Ripe- and the fifth, Lupulin For Lupus, was a solid IPA, just not on the level of the others. I would rank them loosely in the order listed, with Room For Activities being my favorite of the bunch and the next three being so close in quality that the ranking is frankly tenuous. This was certainly an enjoyable flight.

I didn't get any food, and I wasn't seated in a dining area, so I can't speak to the food. Beer-to-go was available in crowlers and cans. Staff was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.

I will definitely be back to Heist.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is an unexpectedly large place, with a small room and bar up front that leads into a very large, very open restaurant-ized section. And at the end of that is the final boss, or more accurately, a room that serves more as a live music venue, and is pretty cool to boot.

So, you want some NE IPAs? I didn't even know that's what they did here but it was on the way home so we stopped in. Order after order, another opaque orange juice bomb came out. If you're looking for something else, the selection gets its variety by offering guest drafts. All the beers we had were great, and I was also happy to order one that benefits those combating Lupus, so soon after my buddy's mom died from complications of the disease.

Service is a little slow in this back room, even when most people are enjoying the music and not coming up to the bar, but it wasn't bad.

Food is trendy and hipster, and all the better for it. How about chicken and waffles, where the waffle is used as a taco shell and all the goodies are folded inside? Oh yeah the flatbread was bitchin' too, loaded with all the flavor.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great place to grab a beer and the food is amazing. The carne asada flat bread is money. Excellent beers great service this is a must stop in Charlotte.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

While visiting Charlotte, and after reading a few recommendations on the forum, my wife and I stopped in on a Sunday evening to check it out. There is a very sizable patio area (I believe I saw a couple of dogs outside, none inside), and then the brewpub has 3 sections.. the bar area, the restaurant area (with a windowed view of the brewery), and the live music area (with another bar).

The place was hopping upon arrival. The hostess asked us if we wanted to check out the rest of the brewpub, and choose where we wanted to sit. The restaurant table area was closed (it was a Sunday night), and the live music was about to start, so my wife and I settled in the bar. We were quickly tended to, the food (wings) was very good.. but the real reason for being there was the brew. We started with a flight, then moved on to our own selections. All of the beers were very good, but Ripe With It (Pale) stole the show for the both of us.

The service was excellent, prices in-line for a brewpub, the staff VERY friendly, and there is no reason for us not to beeline back to HB the next time we visit!

We bought a couple glasses, shirts and growlers before Ubering back.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Went here a couple times when in town for business. Blown away by this place. There's actually 3 different bars in the place and 2 separate kitchens. First night sat in the far back bar. All same beer options however food option scaled down to appetizers and a few sandwiches. Definitely scaled down in decor as well. Fewer patrons in the back for sure, however service was top notch. Second night sat in main area and vibe was way better. Full menu options available. Got the spicy pork flatbread and it was fantastic. Loved this place. Hidden gem in this beer-friendly city/state.

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Photo of Fantific
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
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 -23.2%
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.

/rant

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Photo of scottdills
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +4%
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 +1.5%
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 +13.4%
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 -19.4%
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 +7.8%
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 +2.3%
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 +15.9%
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 +0.8%

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 +0.8%

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 -18.1%

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 +9.8%
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.

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Heist Brewery in Charlotte, NC
Brewery rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 1264 ratings