The new place at 1030 Woodward Avenue is the perfect spot to wait out rush hour before hopping on the interstate, owner Kurt Hogan said. “You’d rather sit in a beer garden for an hour than deal with traffic.” It is down a side street next to Camp North End, just north of Fourth Ward, near AvidXchange Music Factory and a few miles from NoDa.
For the past year, the Heist crew has been using the space for brewing. It has undertaken quite a makeover from the 22,000-square-foot building’s former life, once used for heavy machinery. Until Heist moved in, it hadn’t been a business in at least 20 years, Hogan said.
Yet, if you show up assuming it’s just Heist Brewing Part II, you’ll find some key differences.
The entire project will be rolled out in phases, which will eventually boast two kitchens, an outdoor beer garden and two upstairs event spaces — one of which will serve as a future taproom-within-a-taproom for its Barrel Arts. Barrel Arts beers are aged in oak, wine, whiskey or bourbon barrels.
The new bakery will have two brick ovens, used to make Montreal-style bagels, which have a crunchier crust.
Is starting your morning at a brewery a good idea? When bagels are involved, always. “Everyone can stop here on their commute, grab a breakfast sandwich and coffee then head into work,” Hogan said.
Expect a market-style feel at this location. Instead of servers, you’ll order at the counter. “You can go to the bakery, the taproom, the beer garden. It’s go big or go home,” Hogan said.
Murals are everywhere, including a huge Clint Eastwood portrait by Alex DeLarge of Southern Tiger Collective. DeLarge, along with other Southern Tigers Mike Wirth, Arko and JEKS adorned the garage doors outside with their art.
Once the beer garden is complete, expect fire pits, seating and a pavilion with a fireplace separating shaded areas from open sky. Expect lots of trees and lush greenery.
Food trucks will be on site beginning next week.
Camp North End: Welcome to the neighborhood
Hogan actually purchased his new building before ATCO Properties & Management began redeveloping Camp North End. He said he knew the former Rite Aid building had been sold and that something was in the works, but he didn’t quite know to what scale: He had hit the jackpot of neighbors, being near a project that will offer 1.3 million square feet of mixed-use, including curated artists’ spaces, dining, retail and entertainment.
Camp North End will focus heavily on walkability throughout its 75-acre campus, and having Heist nearby will simply add to that.
“The arrival of Heist Brewery is a key example of the increasing set of retail, entertainment, and food options in the North End, which will soon be one of the hottest dining destinations in Charlotte,” said Damon Hemmerdinger, co-president of ATCO. “We are confident that they will be well-received and awarded by local residents and visitors alike, and we look forward to welcoming them as part of the Camp North End family.”