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Hollingshead's Delicatessen

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Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen

125 Ratings
Ratings: 125
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 500
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

368 S Main St
Orange, California, 92868-3834
United States
phone: (714) 978-9467

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited Hollingshead's Deli on a Friday evening. The place is like a cross between a liquor store and a deli; it's located in a strip mall and is pretty non-descript from the outside. They have seriously good beers on tap and a truly unbelievable selection of bottled beers for sale. I had Pliny the Elder; not many places you will find that on tap in Orange County. There are a half dozen or so tables set up inside the store and a few outside, plus a little bar that seats about 8. It was a full house with 20 to 30 people. I will have to go back to try the food next time.

Photo of nige4958
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Hollingshead is a deli/beer bar that caters to beer people. There are many quality beers on draft and in bottles to choose from. I would stay with draft only, as a bottle will cost $$. Their bottles are color coded, representing how much a particular bottle will cost to drink on the premises. Place needs a proper staff, with hours set in the real world. They're currently closed on Saturdays, do to family commitments. Basically Ma and Pa run the place on Saturdays and current health issues prohibit them from working. Makes sense, just close the place on Saturday and forget about your Saturday fan base. Place is so poorly run, I don't think I'll ever go back.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is a cool small place. Varying taps from what I understand. Today they had some cool stuff on tap. The owner is a nice guy and really into beer and helping people understand beer. It's very warm and welcoming. The beer there seems to get sold pretty fast, although I saw some old stuff from certain breweries that would introduce people to craft beer like sam adams. So much stuff for such a small store. I will definetly go back Again. I really love this place.

The only thing that bothered me is that sometimes when the owner is busy, it is hard to get other people's attention. But the fact that they hand you a sample of everything before you buy and know the beers they are serving makes up for it. You don't have to go into a beer blindly at the bar here.

I forgot to say, this place will sell you the whole six pack or you can pick out bottles individually and buy them. It's cool to be able to just try one 12 oz bottle.

Photo of OStrungT
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I finally got the chance to stop in while on my way to Disney Land. It was smaller than I expected. There were a few plastic tables and chairs out side. Like 3 tables I think. Inside was a menu of sandwiches on the left. Straight ahead was a bar with about 7 taps. To the right is some more tables, and some coolers. The coolers are stuffed full of beer.

The owners were probably some of the friendliest people I have ever met. They were talkative, and joking, and knowlegable in both beer in general, and the southern California beer scene. It was a pleasure talking to them.

They had many good looking sandwiches. I had the smoked turkey with smoked gouda cheese. It tasted great. Everyone else I was with had great things to say about their sandwiches.

The beer selection was great in bottles. They has American, Belgain, German, and a few other choices. They had stuff that is quite hard to find. I got a bottle of Hopsickle. You can but a bottle of beer to drink there, or to go, so it doubles as a liquor store. The tap selection was a lottle small, but what they lack in tap beer, they make up in bottled stuff.

I think they were just a tad expensive. My sandwich was good, but I spent $8 on it, and it was small. I have been to other sandwich beer bars and had sandwiches that left me full, but this one left me still a little hungry. Also, the tap beer was a little pricey. I bought a Pliney the Younger. I know this is a slightly rare beer, but I have had it many times for like $5 a pint, but here I spent $7 for a pint.

All in all, I really liked this place. I think that the next time I am in the area I will probably stop by.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Since I'm based in Santa Barbara currently but have parents that live in Long Beach, I decided to take the opportunity to swing by the Orange, CA deli I've heard so much about here on BA. I wasn't dissapointed.

I stopped in on a clear, cool Thursday evening about an hour and a half before closing. The atmosphere, in a state whose people and, at times, establishments tend to lack character (I admit this despite being a CA native), is wonderful. Wisconsonian(?) at its best. Very friendly staff, and a crowd of lively, friendly, and ecclectic regulars. Some drank their favorite bottled brews there in the store from the large cooler to your right as you walk in, some from the 10 or so taps Hollingshead offers. No, this is not a place for decorum, but again, it has character. Picnic tables and old-fashioned bar stools, impromptu beer tap handles and sandwich menu signs, etc.

I didn't get a chance to try the food, although I apparently could have. Instead, I, of course, went for the beer. Their cooler contains some nice offerings - Yule Smith, a variety of Belgian beers, Stone, Marin, Moylans, and other West Coast offerings, and a sizeable German selection as well. However, compared to, say Hi-Times or some other comparable OC or LA area beer store, it isn't particularly special (although I did spot a large bottle of Jolly Pumpkin beer behind the bar counter, but I assumed that was for Ken & co's personal imbibment), just comparable. The specialness of the place is in the taps. 10 were offered when I came in there. Recently I saw they had switched out Pliny the Elder from Russian River for Perdition, which I was a little disappointed at, so I was happy to see, while I would have liked to try Perdition, that Elder had returned for me to try for the first time. The rest of the taps were as follows: Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Drake's #1500 Imperial IPA, Drake's "Hoppy Brown" (don't know what this is exactly, had a Drake's tap handle with a hand written sign), ReaperAle Deathly Pale Ale, (Wettenburger) Kloster Winter-Traum, Spaten Pils, N'Ice Chouffe, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Aktien Brauerei Hell Bock, Alaskan Winter Ale, Stone 9th Anniversary Ale, and Lagunitas Cappucino Stout. All great offerings. However, when I was in there, I ordered an Oaked Bastard only to find that, while it came out of the Oaked AB tap, it was defintiively a German lager that I was drinking. Maybe Ken accidentally crossed the taps?

Overall a great experience. Ken Jr. mentioned his father is still on the mend, and that his mother just broke a hip as well, so Saturday closings are probably indefinite at this point. This fact also made it difficult for Ken to estimate when his next tasting will be, but he did spat off some brewers he wants to highlight: Tomme Arthur from Port, the Ballast Point fellows, and a few others.

Photo of SacoDeToro
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Hollingshead's is a very interesting little place for sure. From the front it looks like any other strip-mall deli you've ever seen.

Once inside you notice the layout's remarkably different. The center of the establishment is comprised of tables and chairs with west, north, and east sides being the deli, beer bar, and beer fridge, respectively. They've done a nice job of keeping their beer bar stocked with top notch stuff like Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, and RR Pliny the Elder (and Younger) to name a few. You can also grab a beer from their fridge and either drink it there or take it home.

They used to fill growlers, but some asshole decided to report them to the ABC and that went away overnight.

The deli itself is overrated and the sandwiches are relatively average.

One thing that seems rather juxtaposed at Hollingshead's is the projection of prudishness and orthodoxy from much of the staff. It seems odd to me that a place that makes its business selling alcohol would claim to be "family oriented." When I sit down with a beer at the end of the week amongst adults and want to talk to my friends about what an f'ing asshole Bill O'Reilly is, I don't want to feel sequestered.

So while I would recommend Hollingshead's for the occasional brew, it doesn't offer the kind of free setting I'm looking for. Naja's Place in Redondo Beach is more my speed.

Photo of Rumrunner
4.74/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Tucked away in a strip mall is the Hollingshead's Delicatessen. Get the address correct because a person can drive right passed it.

The deli is a large square. To the left upon entering is the deli and the counter to order food. Directly across from the entrance is the bar area with about ten seats. To the right is the coolers of beer to be consumed on the premisis or for take out. In the middle, between the racks of snacks and the shelves of beer is the small seating area. The lighting is bright and the vibe of the place is friendly and cheerful. Since the owners are from Wisconsin there is a lot of Green Bay Packer memerobelia on the walls alongside some beer swag. The overall atmosphere is plain but not without its charm. I include the family who run HD as complimenting the good feelings of cheer that HD gives to the thirsty and hungry patrons.

The service is great if not somewhat ecclectic. The famly run business takes on its own set of rules. There is plenty of banter back and forth by all of the family members and I for one find this refreshing and it makes for a more lively and friendly atmosphere. My orders have been spot on. I have always been attended to promply and the friendly family has always made me feel like a welcome guest in their establishment.

The beer selection is excellent. About fifteen taps with no filler beers. I would list the taps, but they are in constant rotation. The taps usually consist of a few imports, a few American craft beers and then a special beer or two. A beer that is out of season or is hard to come by in general or in southern California. One can find Drake's on tap here. Sierra Nevada beers that are not at your local and sometimes some Russian River specialty beers. The coolers are loaded to the brim with American, German, English, Belgian, Scottish, Japanese, Polish, Czech beers and I am sure a few more countries are represented. A great selection for the beer hunter especially when looking for German or English beers.

Every time I have been here the visit has turned in to more fun than just a casual afternoon drinking a couple of pints, or mugs of beer. Be it the family's back and forth, the BAs I've drank a beer with, the people I've met, or just finding a beer in the cooler that I have always wanted to try. Hands down, this is just a great place to visit. Cheers and beers!

Photo of ReDave
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What a gem! This place is GREAT! A family run beer geek heaven. I am going to try to plan as many trips as i can to this part of SoCal. Kinda hard to find, fortunately i had my GPS, if i hadn't turned right at the light would have passed it by. Overwhelmed as we first went in. Wasn't sure if it was going to be like the Soup guy on Seinfeld. [unsure of the process of food and counter taps] Nice Deli on the left, HUGE beer selection every where else. Long angled refrigerator section PACKED full of beers. Stuff I've never seen before. Ordered a sandwich [which was wonderful -Italian demon ? i think] sat at the counter, not really a bar. Then was blown away by the selection of taps 12 15? different rare and different beers. Stoudts from PA! Alesmith! Russian River! Man i wish i was spending the day there!
I tell you these guys are doing things right!
Ken, the grand-dad, gave us our first round. Later Kenny, the dad, found out where we were from and talked with us for awhile. When he found out what our weekend plans were, he gave us a list of excellent places to visit, and the names of the brewers or establishment owners, man i felt like i was royalty!
Only cation, weird hours, like as in no nights or Sundays.
But after i left, it is not a bar, and no need to have the late night crowd to deal with.

Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This place is very special. I met Dr. Bill here for a beer, before going to his place for a tasting. They had 12 beers on draught and hundreds, upon hundreds in the bottle, including a vast array of German beers, which is obviously their specialty. A very nice slection overall. The best thing about this place though is the owners. What a friendly bunch of people who made me feel right at home. This place should be a destination. They also have a nice array of American beers for purchase as well as good sandwiches, although I didn't try them because the kitchen was closed.

Photo of weizendoc
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Indeed it would've been very difficult to find had I not known to look deep into the strip mall. Super nice people own/run this place! I felt like a guest at a party in their home. They have a tremendous selection of German bier in bottles (one's that you can't find at BevMO), and their prices are pretty much the same. Some interesting taps that I will try on a subsequent visit too.
I ate a veal brat that was pretty nice.

Overall, a nice find. If I lived in their part of the county, I'd probably go there 1x month at least.

Photo of chelovek
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went for my second time and thought that I might as well write a review. It's in a mini mall and one can easily drive past it if one doesn't know where it is at. I know this because I drove past it the first time. The place looks like a tribute to the state of Wisconsin and the Packers, which in its own right is pretty cool. The owner is a really nice fellow that has a taste for the Russian River brews. He had Pliny the Younger on tap and it was delicious. The only place I know of in So Cal that has any Russian River beers was a huge perk for me. It was a lunch time excursion so I only had one but I did pick up some beers to go. The place has about 10 taps ranging from local micros to some German selection. The bottle selection that runs the full length of the right side of the deli has many tastey offerings. Mostly German along with some Belgian and micro selections as well. I will have to start becoming a regular here even though I live a half hour away. Hats off to Hollingshead.

Photo of joecast
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

so, my first, but not last, visit to HH's. a fantastic place no matter how you look at it. and a great place to meet some BA's during the holiday gathering earlier this evening.

arrived at roughly 6pm on monday night to watch the packers play, meet some fellow beer lovers, and enjoy some fantastic brews. i was driving so it was limited to two :(

the bar runs along the left side as you enter for food orders and then along the back wall for beer.
the bottled beer is organised by country with some in the cooler on the right side of the room with some uncooled german at the end of the cooler, and some belgians in basically the middle of the room separating the tables from the food bar.
fairly well organised really for the amount of beer they stock and to have as much bar space as they do. maybe a dozen seats at the bar at the back of the room.
restrooms are pretty much behnd the bar with the womens to the right and mens on the left. very basicall appointed, but i like the beer decorations on the wall.

being a monday night with the packers playing, the crowd was very football oriented. i think the fact that "the pack" had been having a crap year and the game was a blowout also had an affect.
that aside though, it was still fairly good. go with a good group (as i was lucky enough to do), and you will have a good time. very laid back and relaxing. things are pretty beer focused i thought, so you dont get many people wasting space in there asking for bmc stuff. once you see the taplist you focus and appreciate what is on hand.

no table service. ask for your food, and wait for your name to be called. go up to the bar, contemplate your first beer, and take it back to your seat. i must say the service was very polite. they dont come to you, so what. you ask for something, and they tell you if they have it. its all very honest and laid back. they dont pretend to be something they are not. they dont have lots of uneducated obnoxious staff to worry about. i think its a good thing. of course the best would be lots of educated poilite staff, but they cost money. deal with it.

im not going to be too specific about selection. if i was, it would be gone by the time i go back later this week.
about ten taps. not all incredible or really rare, but they rotate often. and some are incredible or really rare.
bottles. too many to count. not everything from the US, or the UK, or germany, or belgium, but a hell of a lot from all over. as i said, bottles are organised by country and i went through a few sections and felt i could spend up big in each one. separately. and i probably will.

had a bratwurst which was ok. comparing it to what i can get in hobart, 3.5 is fair. it was good, but nothing too fancy. might try a sandwich and see how it goes.

quality of the beer was great. had a celebration and anchor 05. both were really tasty. establishment was clean, and beer seemed looked after well enough. only knock is the variety of food (which i include as part of quality).

im happy paying $5 a pint as i hardly ever get this sort of beer, but if it was my local, that could get a bit pricey. it wouldnt keep me coming back though.

Photo of erica
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first beer stop on my recent December getaway to Sunny California. I rode in the passenger sige of BA Davo's silver Sebring Convertible rental car, top down (yes, and the heat on, it got a bit chilly..hehe). Yeah, we were California-cool, so cool in our car that we drove right past Hollingshead, and I think we past it again driving back. Cool. Finally we spotted it tucked away in the corner of a strip mall type thing and parked the car and headed in. They have a few tables and chairs outside, and inside it's a weird experience. To the left is a counter and deli case to order sandwiches- the "menu" is papers with sandwich names and descriptions hanging from the ceiling. Straight ahead you can walk to the bar, which is a wood-looking kitchen countertop like thing, with maybe 10 or so barstools, adn 10-15 taps I believe. There were quite a few Drake's beers on, a Stoudt's, Alesmith IPA, Sierra Nevada Celebration and a few others that are escaping my memory. A nice selection. To the right is the 'beer store' part, a double sided shelf full of beer separating the deli area from some more tables, and a refrigerated area running the length of the wall of beer, kind of reminded me of like the dairy case in a grocery store, but full of beer bottles instead.

So Mr., Davo and I sat down at the bar, and I figured I better get something in my tummy before starting a day of beer, so I went and ordered a cheese sandwich (the only non-meat thing besides PB&J), with I think 3? cheeses, lettuce, tomato and spicy mustard on a dark honey-wheat sort of bread. The people working behinf the deli were really nice with a sense of humor. While many places will take your name or give you a number that they'll call out when your order is ready, this place gives you a big laminated beer label. I got Peroni. So I had to listen for them to call out Peroni, then I got my sandwich, which didn't take long at all, and they were relatively busy with the business lunch crowd. Great sandwich by the way, awesome bread. I then paid for the sandwich (about $4-5 or so) and our 2 beers (about $4 each), and the man (the owner? I forget now. the old man's middle-aged son) at the register told me he hoped that nice young gentleman (Davo. hehe) appreaciated me buying his beer! I said it was ok, he's driving me around. Thanks for driving, dude!

So, the bar. There was an OLD man working behind the bar, I mean OLD. Owner? Owner's dad? I really didn't remember what we figured it out to be. Took us a bit of time to get served, as he was slow moving, but it wasn't too bad. You could tell he was aware of everyone and was just getting through the orders. I ordered an Alesmith IPA. Yum. I think Davo had a Drake's Harvest. Also yum. Good and fresh and hoppy. We brought 2 growlers to get filled, and the 'son' took them, rinsed them out and chilled them until we were ready. Nice. When asked if they were washed out, and we said yes, the old man said "Good, we're not running a growler-warshing business here!" At times it was actually hard to tell if the old man was being funny or really annoyed with us/other customers. I think it was all humor though.

So when we were ready to leave, the not-so-old man filled our growlers and checked us out. I also bought a 2005 OSA glass, and he told me not to use the dishwasher with the gold rim, to which I said, no worries, I AM the dishwasher. OK then. As an added bonus I bought 3 red licorice sticks for 25 cents, and of course picked out a real short one from the big jar thing, so he let me have another. Yes! A free half pirce of licorice!

Overall it was a great place to start the day, and the week in CA. The atmosphere was really casual and friendly, the beer was good and fresh, and there was lots of it, my sandwich was really fresh and tasty and big, the staff seemed to know their stuff and were all really pleasant, prices were very reasonable. It was a great place to visit and probably would be a regular stop for me if I didn't live thousand of miles away. A real family deli/bar. Can't beat it.

Photo of PuckLSHS
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hollingshead is a gem. It is a family run establishment with great deli selection and some pretty fantastic brews on tap. The owner and family are great people and if you happen to be German and know anything about the Green Bay Packers, you will LOVE this place.

Every monday that the pack is playing, Hollingshead stays open for the game and their is always a sign-a-long during halftime. This is the place I call "The Unofficial Packer Headquarters" in Southern California. Good people and good times all around.

The selection of beer is one of the best in the area. What you can't find at Hi-Times or BevMo, you can probably find here. It matches Hi-Times fairly well in the selection.

It's a deli, so don't expect anything grand in the way of food. Their sandwiches are out of control though. It is a stop for a lot of people who work in the area.

Their website is http://www.hollingshead4beer.com/ . They just put it up, so it is still in the construction stage, but they keep the tap list updated fairly well.

I love Hollingshead and they know me down there, so I have to say that I really appreciate the people and the service. It is definitely like family when you go in.

Update 5/2/2006

Hollingshead has done a lot in the last year to up their craft brew selection on tap and get some more on the bottle also. Their food is just growing on me, so I bumped that one up too. I also bumped up service due to the fact that Kenny just does a great job there. I love the guy because he is so kind and knows what it is to treat your customers with a lot of respect and care.

They deserve a better rating because they are doing much better themselves.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Finally, I got to stop in here long enough to put together a review. Hollingshead's Deli can be a bit challenging to find as you drive along Main St in Orange. It's tucked away in the southwest corner of a strip mall and faces south so you won't see it if you're driving southbound.
Once inside, I noticed the place is liberally decorated with Green Bay Packer pictures, news clippings, and memorabilia. A true cheesehead's dream pub. The deli part of the place is on the left side while the rear and left side is where all the beer action is. In the center are a few tables and chairs so you can sit, enjoy a beer and sandwich and watch a couple TV's located above the bar.
The bar takes up the back of the place and sports fifteen taps of excellent craft beers. There was Russian River's Pliny The Elder, Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale and their 2005 Celebration Ale, and Left Coast's Hop Juice to name a few. The taplist rotates frequently. The range of bottled beers covers the right side, two thirds of which are on refridgerated shelves. German beers dominate the un-cooled section, with Allgauer, Will-brau, Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, Aktien-Brauerei, and Tucher to name a few. The Belgian and British selection are less varied but still decent. The domestic scene is well-covered with Stone, Alesmith, Russian River, Marin, Moylan's, and Bear Republic representing Cali. Other notable breweries to be found were Victory, Stoudts, Rogue, Avery, and Canada's Unibroue. All in all, a lot of time can be spent perusing the selection trying to decide what needs to go home.
A great thing about HD's is the growler fill policy. Bring in a growler, any growler, and they'll fill it with whatever's on tap. I used a Minneapolis Towne Hall growler and got some SN Harvest Ale. I also picked up a 750ml Piraat, a bottle of RR Supplication, Aktien's Frundsberg Dunkel and Steingadener dunkelweisse and a bottle of Will-brau Maibock. The prices are a bit on the steep side but the growler fill makes it worth it.
Service was great; very friendly and helpful. My growler was sanitized and chilled prior to being filled and I was given a gratis pour of SNHA while I picked out my bottled brews and waited for my growler. We shot the bull about football (USC was killin' WA State) and I was made to feel very welcome, like a regular.
Hollingshead is a bit of a drive for me to reach but it is definitely worth the trip. If you're taking in an Angels or Ducks game or visiting Disneyland, take the time to make a short detour to HD's and enjoy. Highly worth your time.

Photo of lou91
3.59/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

I must admit I was disappointed by this place. The taps were not very impressive. I had the Russian River IPA which was damn good and I was anxious to try the only other beer that was worth trying the Stoudt pale ale. But there was only a nice witty older man behind the bar trying to pour beer, sell beer and tend two registers. We waited and waited as did the other patrons and he didn't return to fill pints for a good 20 minutes.

The selection was good but not exceptional with the exception of the german/european selection. The belgian was good-not great. Lots of Stone and Alesmith, including the Decadence which I would have bought but I did not want to wait 20 minutes to pay.

I can see why people like the place but just don't go there thirsty or in a hurry.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Saturday was slow, so I popped onto BA BeerFly & decided to have a run out to a new Beer Store for fun. A quick search & up popped Hollingshead’s Delicatessen, & it was only about 20 miles away. So off I went. Straight down the 22 from Long Beach. It is very easy to find the location but even easier to drive past here the first time around – heading east on the 22, take the Bristol Street exit & bear right onto W. La Veta then hook a left onto S.Main St. It is not visible from Main, so if you are coming from the 22, you need to turn left into a small shopping mall area just before Staples.

Once I parked the beer mobile in the mall parking lot, it was easily spotted; Hollingshead’s Deli is tucked back from the road in the far right corner. The frontage has a Teutonic theme, lots of flags & banners from German Breweries are draped in the windows together with other Breweriana which is scattered around.

Inside it is a surprise at first, comprised of one large room, a quick scan revealed a Deli counter to my immediate left by the door, a long wooden bar sits against just about all of the back wall whilst beer coolers run down the back two-thirds of the right hand side wall, this finishes with shelves up to the windows which are stacked to the brim with a lot of German offerings. Two more separate aisles sit one to your left & right forming walkways down each side of the room; the middle of these is filled with a variety of tables & chairs for the punters to enjoy their sandwich & beer.

The bar seats about 8 people & has 15 taps, I counted them, most of the taps are in pairs & they are spread along the entire length of the bar. Excellent draft selection – no macros – just a solid range to great micro brews, many of which are rarely seen. I noted Sierra Nevada IPA & Pale Bock (they get the rarer SN releases it seems) & Reaper Dark Ale amongst several German offerings including Allgäuer & other Cali brews, they just sold out of Yulesmith allegedly. Russian River often makes appearances here too, but they are short lived, as usual.

Bottles are all over the place, a really good selection fills the Coolers, lots of Domestic, British, German, Spanish, French, Lithuanian, Polish et al offerings. An entire section of the shelving on the right hand wall is filled to capacity with a great range of Germanic brews. Middle aisles are filled with a selection of British, Belgium & Canadian specialties, including gift packs, glasses & the latest Thomas Hardy 4-Packs I noted. I loved being able to walk around the beer shelves & coolers with my Pint of SN Pale Bock in hand….what a treat that is.

Service is superb, yep I read the other BeerFly’s but I think it was superb. If you are in a rush don’t bother coming here, wait until you have time. There is nothing wrong with the service here, it is how it is & you have to get to used to it, relax, take your time, join in the banter and they will look after you. Being English I love obscure humor and sarcasm and it comes in big doses here, I *loved* it, I got served by three generations; Kenny the owner was a great laugh, his Dad had a sense of humor drier than Gandhi’s Sandals and his Son kept the shelves stocked and offered to take my 14 bottle beer swag to my car for me. I would hesitate to say that the Service is very un-American, but I truly mean that in a good way, no sycophantic false service and cheesy smiles here. Honest, Down-to-Earth, Laid-Back, Very Funny & thoroughly Enjoyable. Superb!!!!

I never tried the food. I came here for the Beer. But if I stay a little longer next time I may dabble with some.

It is a little pricey that is true, but if you are like me & shop around for beer, you will probably already have a cheap source for your regular beers so you will pick up just the rarer obscure offerings, if so, a trip here once in a while won’t hurt the wallet too much. Bottles have two prices; ‘take-out’ and ‘drink-in’; the latter can be a little steep. I really didn’t mind the prices, after all, if you’re a tight wad stay at home and drink alone. Speaking of which, whilst I was perusing the Samuel Smiths offerings a voice from one of the Tables asked if “I was from BA, and you’re TheLongBeachBum right??”. It was fellow local BA OCbrewfish. We shared a few brews here and then he offered to show me around Fullerton and have a few more beers – what a star, that is what BA is all about.

Quite unique I have to say, reminiscent of the Stuffed Sandwich in style (i.e. a Deli that serves beer with your sandwich rather than the other way around) but HD’s has much more character in my opinion. I could have easily stayed here much longer. A cool place that I will surely return to in the very near future and on a frequent basis for sure.

Thanks to OCbrewfish for the sterling company, laughs and the ride out to the Town & Country, Heroes and the Old Ship in Fullerton. Cheers Mate, I’ll BM yer next time I head out here!

Gotta love BA and BeerFly.

Last Visit: Saturday 16th July, 2005

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4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Second Review 1/14/06:
Nothing different to say about the review below except that I have to give it better scores and I am really jealous that this place isn't closer to my home. Aboout 25 miles as the crow flies (not bad), but a good 45 minute to 1 1/2 hour drive. I want this place to be my "Cheers". But it's too far to enjoy several pints and get home safely. That is really depressing. The service is incredible. The beer is incredible. The selection is incredible. The food (limited to sandwiches and dogs/brats) is pretty good. Oh how I wish this place was closer.

Original Review: 6/30/05:

As mentioned by other reviewers, this is a little, out of the way, very pleasant surprise that the locals probably have known about for a while, but is a great pleasure to be able to stop in now and again.

This place is not a bar. It is not a beer store. It is a deli. A deli that happens to want to offer you a beer with your sandwich. One of 14 beers on draft (all good ones, no macros here), or one of a couple hundred beers in the cooler. Or you can buy some for takeout. Is that cool or what? But because of it, expectations of what this place is and how it operates should be different than for a typical bar.

I've heard some people talk in various threads where they complain about the service, and I'll admit it was hit and miss- the family that runs the shop would disappear from the bar or be busy with other things, so that refills weren't fast. But the personalities of Ken the owner (he's a crack-up) and the others there more than make up for it. And I've seen much slower service in Belgium.

OK, this is an odd spot- as I said, it's not a bar, it's a deli/sandwich shop. It stops selling sandwiches at 6:00PM so they can clean up. They continue selling beer and chips, etc. until 8:00 while they finish cleaning up. Then it's lights out- literally. Something that sounded like last call at 7:40. This is not a late night spot. Disappointing for me since I got there at 6:30 hungry, and was just getting started when they started turning lights off.

The other thing that is missing from the other reviews is that this is Green Bay Packer HQ for the area- all kinds of memorabilia, and they show the Green Bay Monday Night games until they are over (at what, 9:00???)! They are my #2 team, but I have several friends who are huge fans, so this is a good alternative to staying home!

Also, they are closed Sundays.

When I went it, it was pretty busy, and included several people I had met at the Carlsbad Real Ale Festival a few weeks before- this place is known by beer lovers. Well worth a pilgramage.

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4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

I'd have to say, I overall enjoyed my experience at Hollingshead's. Great selection of off-beat beers whether it be Spaten, rare Stone brews, or Anchor beers, they have many beers on tap or in bottle to please the palate. The one major drawback of this place is their prices. Maybe being Orange county, it is hard to bring these exotic beers into town, but beyond that, it was still too expensive. Small glasses of beer ran at least $6 a piece. There is also a beer market inside, as I picked up a Samuel Smith Taddy Porter that was marked $3.50. They ended up charging me $2 more dollars for drinking it inside their establishment. A little over-pricing on the beers, I was willing to take, but when it came to the food, I thought they went overboard. I was pretty hungry so I ordered the italian, it comes as a double and a single. Thinking the double would be twice as big in size of bread and sandwich, it was merely more meat. At double the price of a regular sandwich, I didn't notice that much more meat than what was on my buddy's sandwich who got the regular. Maybe I'm being a little nit-picky on Hollingshead, but the truth is I enjoyed it for the most part. Great beer selection, probably the best you will find in Orange county in a laid back setting (Goat Hill and Yardhouse have many beers, but are more night spots). Sandwiches were also very good quality. I just felt that everything in the store was just a bit pricey. Some of the beers sold at their market can be found at Beverages and More for way cheaper. But this place is still well worth the visit, just come with plenty of cash.

Photo of rowew
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch .. ended up staying for a couple drinks and taking a few home with me. Medium sized shop with a deli counter when you enter the door, a good sized bar in the back, and beer coolers on the opposite wall. The center is occupied by a few tables and some shelves of beer. Sandwiches are good deli quality, not too cheap though. Ingredients seemed to be top notch. The bar has about 15 taps, and many many more in the coolers to either enjoy there or take home with you. All the taps are regional specialties or imported gems - definitely no crap on tap here. What really makes the place is the service. Both the owner and his wife were there working, and willing to answer any questions I had on the beer. Very friendly, and quick to make sure I had everything I needed. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.. I know I'll be back.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Since this review is for BA, I based my review towards the beer aspect of this fine establishment. Personally, I feel that this establishment offers the best beer, on tap, in "The OC". On any given day you'll find a plethora of quality micros being poured. Additionally, if your a rookie to beer, just ask Kenney and he'll steer you in the right direction.

The service is top notch. Kenney is always greeting his customers with friendly "hello" and his dad is always willing to joke with the customers. He even asked me: "Whats your problem?" I said "Why?" He answered: "Because your glass is empty?" Once in a while they'll get a rush, and you might think they forgot about you but they didn't. Well, if they did just holler and somebody will be right with you.

The food here is a bit pricey for a sandwhich but they say they use top notch ingredients. I guess that would explain it. But I don't come here for the food. It's all beer for this drinker.

By the way, he offers a nice bottled selection too! Excellent domestic micros as well as the European suds too. Whats most impressive are his German offerings. He has one wall dedicated to German beers. I forgot to mention, if you don't like whats on tap, you could get a bottle off the shelves and enjoy your beer that way too.

Overall, if your looking for some quality beer with good people then make Hollingshead one of your stops for a pint. Cheers!!!

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3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I had heard about this deli for quite a while. Most said I'd be missing out if I didn't peek in. A few others said that it was "not bad". Eventually I fell into the later of the two groups. It is a great little place to grab a beer. Not open later than 7pm it took me some time to make it in. Their selection of bottled beer was excellent. They had the largest selection of bottled german brews I've seen in Orange County. It took me honestly 20 min to find a beer to sit with. The food honestly could have been better. I ordered a "double" sandwich ,which is the same as the single but with more meat and cheese. The bread was of the "Wonder " sort, small and square. Nothing to call home about. The staff was great. Helpful and knowlegable. Over all it is a sweeter spot in Orange County to shop and drink all in one.

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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Took a $30 cab ride from my hotel in Anaheim to visit the Hollingshead Deli, and it was well worth the price, as I came back to the hotel with a box full of beer. The deli is located in a strip mall right off Main St. with plentiful parking.

The locale is a nice hybrid deli/beer store. They have a small bar seating area, a deli and on the right side of the store is where they keep all the beer. They have many 6-packs and singles in the cooler, and more in the shelves toward the center of the store. Lots of CA beers are available here, including Stone Anniversary, Anchor OSA, Moylan's, North Coast, Mendocino, Lagunitas etc. They also have a nice selection of glassware and tap handles to look at.

The service here was good, and I like the fact that you can grab a bottle off the shelf to drink with your food.

Speaking of the food I did not have a chance to partake unfortunately.

All in all this place is a must-stop if you are anywhere in the Anaheim/Orange area of California.

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4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is one of Orange County's little secrets, a gem... this place rocks. Imagine a deli with the freshest of meats, then for drinks you can chose one of the approximately 12 draughts which are all craft/mircos. When i went last Monday, the night the Packers trounced the Raiders, on tap they had some Arrogant Bastard, Allgauer, Ale Smith IPA, Anchor Steam Celebration, Sierra Nevada Nut Brown Ale, a Samuel Smiths and i thinks some Chimay, from what i can remember (they're getting Old Rasputin in a few weeks). Well, as i was saying, if you dont like what's on tap, you can just go to the store side and pick out a bottle of "put your favorite beer here" and have poured in your mug. I picked a bottle of Stone Vertical Epic which I purchased more of along with a Unibroue 10 that i found... I was tempted to drink a bottle of Rochefort but i'll save that for xmas day. There is a long bar to sit at and about 8 small tables but the atmosphere is defintely deli which works really well here... defintely a place where beer drinkers come to drink. The owners are very kind down to earth people and know their beer. Prost.

The only thing i dont care about is the service. The folks are nice, but service is very lacking. Only certain people of the family can pour, but they cant pour when they're ringing up someone or making a sandwich. Very inefficient.

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4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Hollingshead is a rarity in Southern California: the corner pub/deli. Family-run, Kenny & his clan are friendly & knowledgeable. Usually they have 12 or 15 micros on draught. They have a huge selection of bottles too, both for drink in, or carry out. It's a great place to go on Sat to watch a game & have a brew. During the week, they have deli sandwiches etc. Saturdays are hot dog day, w/ several kinds to choose from.

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