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

Notes: Heist opened its doors in 2012, as Charlotte’s only Craft Brewpub.
Originally brewing on a 10HL German brewhouse, we expanded in 2017, adding 30 barrel production facility.

Our original focus was on small batch beer in the traditional Belgian and German style brews. In 2016, we found our stride, creating the original hazy IPA in North Carolina, CitraQuench'l. Since then, we have worked tirelessly to expand our portfolio, now ranging from hazy IPAs and pilsners to fruited sours and adjuncted stouts. We still make the occasional small batches, which are typically kept in house for pours at both our locations.


We are more than beer. So much more.

Our food menu has seen many iterations throughout the years. One thing has remained a constant, and always will be. Showcasing wood-fired specialties, our flatbreads and dips have been our pride and joy. Sandwiches and wraps have become a staple, and our burgers use a hand-selected combination of meats that have become a proprietary blend. You wont find it anywhere else!

With an effort to raise the bar of pub fare to the next level, our chefs seek out produce and meats from local farms and purveyors, and utilize ingredients from the brewing process.

Our cocktail program is also forever evolving. From simple and refreshing, to more complex and thought provoking, we strive to make sure you will find something to enjoy, no matter what the occasion may be.

Above all, Heist is an experience. Enjoy!
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Ratings by bostonbeans:
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Rated by bostonbeans from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Aug 15, 2015
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Visited the brewpub 4-30-22 while trekking back from the NC Zoo.

Arrived after 1:30 but tables were left uncleared after the peak lunch times, so we had to eschew a 20-minute dining room wait and concede to self-service at a table near the outer bar. Overall vibe was cool, large space with outer bar, main dining room, outside seating, and an upstairs area that i did not explore.

Quality of the beers of the day was solid. I have had outstanding carry out from my local but cannot say the same with the two i had on tap.

Service by the outer bar dude and young lady was very good despite the initial insanity when we first arrived. Very impressed by the poise, knowledge, and patience!

Selection of beers was solid as i want to say around 20 or so on tap.

Food that we had was very good. We enjoyed our Brussels Sprouts and Buffalo Chicken wraps. Food came out quickly and service was very solid from the kitchen.

Overall a good experience. Would enjoy a repeat visit but will need to make sure it is more in the working week as it was very crazy busy on a beautiful spring day!
May 01, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 02, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 4.95 by Wiffler27 from South Carolina

Dec 17, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by jheimbigner from Washington

Nov 10, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jul 02, 2020
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Reviewed by padan7 from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
Although only 1 visit...
Really enjoyed being there hated to leave,
I can see why BA rankscitraquench the number 1 beer made in NC.
Just wonderful.
Citraquench on tap was delicious, citrus notes and back end hop bite made it a top tier beer.
There is something magical about a fresh, highest-quality , delicious ipa.
We also brought home canned beer that was made 2 days ago. Yep hit the lottery.
I had a burger that was delicious and the jalapeño fries were excellent as well.
My wife enjoyed the steak and taters too.
Everything was high end at Heist. Good value. Great product. Friendly service,
Would love to go back and hang.
Highly recommended for beer & food.
Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 3.95 by Jessandaaron2019 from North Carolina

Jul 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Lonestar9 from South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.
Jul 01, 2019
Rated: 4.36 by KB13 from North Carolina

Apr 23, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by DaveCash from New York

Mar 05, 2019
Rated: 4.51 by eddie704 from North Carolina

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 4.74 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by ManBearPat from Colorado

Nov 21, 2018
Rated: 4.55 by mecmd from Tennessee

Nov 18, 2018
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Reviewed by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -1%
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.
Oct 30, 2018
Rated: 4.78 by Daysky from North Carolina

Oct 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.
Oct 02, 2018
Rated: 5 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Sep 18, 2018
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Reviewed by croush from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.
Sep 04, 2018
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Reviewed by CollinaTiger from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.
Aug 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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
Aug 02, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

Jun 14, 2018
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Reviewed by OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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.
Apr 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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.
Mar 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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.
Mar 29, 2018
Rated: 4.71 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Mar 10, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by ConnorOG from Florida

Mar 08, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 4.55 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Dec 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by Deets from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by BrewsNRecords from North Carolina

Oct 22, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by thatche2 from Georgia

Oct 19, 2017
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Reviewed by deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.65/5  rDev +16%
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.
Sep 19, 2017
Rated: 4.9 by CLTbeerGirl from North Carolina

Jul 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by jbarry3000 from North Carolina

Jul 10, 2017
Rated: 3.63 by qcghost from North Carolina

May 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Onenote81 from North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
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.
May 06, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by FIN from North Carolina

Apr 12, 2017
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