Heist Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.82/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(704) 375-8260 | map
heistbrewery.com

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Added by CBlack85 on 09-17-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
74
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
276
PLACE STATS
Score:
84
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
50
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
22.84%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by CBlack85:
Photo of CBlack85
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Macsimus
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

The tap list on the internet site versus what was actually available at the brewery was way different - big let down!!!!

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Photo of calderondo
4.71/5  rDev +31.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.54/5  rDev +26.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of scottdills
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
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 abb610
4.78/5  rDev +33.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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 Jason_cs
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jak
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 bmf5581
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of ha-sheem
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bcraft11
4.59/5  rDev +27.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.89/5  rDev +36.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of bluestyle18
4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of David63Olson
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Rammed96
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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 +19.2%
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 +13.1%
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 +28.1%
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 +11.4%

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 GrayWolf1766
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Yetiman420
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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 cptbenjamin
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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