New restaurant, brewery hosts Grand Opening this month in NoDa
Over the past four years, the craft beer scene in Charlotte has exploded with numerous breweries opening across the Queen City. Nowhere has this trend been more noticeable than in the NoDa neighborhood, which officially welcomes a brewery unlike any other in the QC this month.
Heist Brewery will host a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of its Grand Opening next Wednesday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m. All local businesses, Chamber of Commerce members and Charlotte beer enthusiasts are invited to attend the ceremony. The brewery is located at 2909 North Davidson Street, Suite 200, in the historic Highland Mill Lofts in the popular arts district just north of Charlottes bustling center city.
The celebration will continue with the Heist Grand Opening Party on Friday, October 19, featuring $3 Light Lager pints and specialty shooters all day, as well as food specials, outdoor games and live music outside on the patio from 710 p.m. and inside from 10 p.m.1 a.m.
Heist is the first locally-owned brewery in the region to feature a full kitchen serving what Executive Chef Rob Masone called Twisted American Cuisine. Menu highlights include Himalayan Shrimp Stix: Asian-spiced shrimp wrapped with lemon-wasabi cotton candy, Kurobuta Pork Belly Corn Dogs: milk and honey braised pork belly served with root beer bbq sauce and HB Squiggle Nutz: a chocolate & bacon-studded waffle cone stuffed with candied pecans.
Being a full service brewpub, Heist is also open for lunch starting everyday at 11:30am. With several spacious rooms and full parking lot access, they are able to accommodate any large group including corporate lunches and company meetings. Chef Masone has created several unique dishes to keep Charlottians coming back for more, such as the Smoked Turkey Baguette with roasted maters, baby greens, shaved pork belly and southwestern aioli along with mouth-watering Parmesan-Rosemary Tater Tots.
Chef Masone has demonstrated his cutting edge culinary chops behind the scenes across the country, including major hotels in Las Vegas and New York City. In 2011 Masone had the distinct honor of being the first American Chef to compete on the Iron Chef inspired show 59 Minutes filmed in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Queen City can look forward to many one-of-a-kind dishes from this established Chef.
In addition to quality fine dining, Heist Brewery will pour 12 handcrafted beers at a time under the watchful eye of Brewmaster Zach Hart, an award-winning brewer whose resume includes silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Championships, as well as numerous gold medals at the Carolinas Championships of Beer.
Beer lovers can expect a Light Lager, i2PA, Red, Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, rotating Belgian tap, plus seasonal specials. Heist beers will be available by the pint, mugs, growlers and flights.
The centerpiece of Heists kitchen is a hand-built brick oven that burns daily at 800 degrees. Masone and Baker Adam Spears will use the oven to prepare signature items such as Six Cheese Pimento and Sherried Crab Dip with Parmesan Flatbread, as well artisan breads baked fresh daily that will be used in Heist dishes and available for sale by-the-loaf at the brewery.
Heist occupies a 6,700-square-foot space originally built in 1903. Honoring the history and integrity of the 109-year-old structure during renovation was a top priority of Heist owner Kurt Hogan.
There is so much history, so many stories, we just want to breathe new life into the building while writing our own chapter to its story with Heist, said Hogan. Beyond the building, were anxious to add something new and innovative to the Charlotte craft beer and dining scene. It is extremely important to us to offer high-quality handcrafted beer paired with creative cuisine in a welcoming environment.
Promising to rattle the status quo, Heist Brewery is continuing to rewrite the rulebook on craft beer and cuisine in Charlotte. In addition to award-winning handcrafted beers and made from scratch sodas, Heist offers an array of artisan breads baked fresh daily, shared plates and wood-fired specialties served up in a renovated, century-old former mill. At Heist, bold and unexpected culinary combinations are the norm, creating an innovative and appetizing dining experience for guests.
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