If you’re looking for a restaurant/brewery with local and southern comfort food, that’s easily accessible and great for a Friday night hangout? Take a trip to NoDa (obviously), but more specifically to Heist Brewery, located at 2909 N. Davidson St. This local brewery is full of what you’d expect (craft beer) and everything you wouldn’t (an aesthetically-pleasing atmosphere, exceptional food, and splendid service). This past weekend, I attended the brewery for birthday celebrations with my significant other, which is one of his favorite places to eat and drink. This was only my second time attending, but every aspect was better than I remembered from the first time. The first time I went was over a year ago, so it was hard to remember what is was like until I got there. And boy, the great memories came back.
We were worried at first that we wouldn’t get a table because it was 7 p.m. on a Friday night. NoDa around that time gets busy with bar/brewery crawlers and people just trying to grab a bite to eat. However, we were seated as soon as we arrived. The place was busy, but buzzing with positive and warm vibes. In their main seating area, one of the walls is completely made of glass so you can see the steel vessels and kettles the craft drafts are made in. It adds to the industrial feel, while wood walls, tables and bar stations add to its warm aesthetic.
When we were seated, we took a few minutes to look at the menu. Our waiter greeted himself and asked us to start with an appetizer, specifically the beer cheese with pretzels, which we had already planned on getting when we decided to go there four days prior. That easy transition started our night off right. My boyfriend ordered one of their beers, the “Hive” Fives. His love for blonde, hoppy ales was satisfied when it arrived. When our beer cheese came out in a hot, square skillet seaming, we dived in with no caution.
We may have burnt out tongues, but it was so good we didn’t care. We looked at the menu and made casual conversation, and later decided that we had to try the Chicken and Waffle Tacos. The taco shells were a square waffle, stuffed with sriracha chicken and hot sauce butter, which a side of warm maple syrup for drizzling. Let me tell you; they were gone in less than five minutes. The waffle’s soft texture and the crispy chicken were a perfect combo. One of my favorite dishes is chicken and waffles, and this one took the top slot as my favorite dish.
We sat for about an hour and a half, talking, watching the Winter Olympics on the big television screen and enjoying my water and his beer. Heist also has a few other local beers from other breweries, which he ordered the Pluff Mud Porter from Holy City Brewing in North Charleston, SC. After a while we decided to head out to a few other places, we paid and left. Now beware, the food is a little pricey. This is not an every weekend sort or budget but is perfect for the once or twice a month weekend activity. An average night out there will be 50-70 dollars, but the money spent is worth it.
Overall, Heist Brewery is perfect for any occasion you will have on any weekend out. The food, ambiance, drinks, and people make this place one in a million. If you haven’t yet, take the time to make a trip out to NoDa to the brewery that will fill your stomach with good food, and fill your heart with good times.