Heist Brewery

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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 OldManMetal
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -9%
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 a chicken and waffles, where the waffle might as well be 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 +8.7%
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 JamieDuncan
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of ConnorOG
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerMe8
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Deets
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of BrewsNRecords
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of thatche2
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of spelingchampeon
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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 CLTbeerGirl
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of jbarry3000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of qcghost
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Onenote81
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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 FIN
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of Driver8rws
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

VERY good quality on ALL beers. Absolutely NO "off" tastes at all.
The "hive fives" is an amazing beer that I have to brew...
Very good place.

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Photo of kell50
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Fantific
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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 tommy5
3.51/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Photo of beer_guy_nc
5/5  rDev +28.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of SoxFan
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of kbuzz
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
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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