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4.45/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
12-11-2005 02:22:17 | More by erica
4.63/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
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.
11-02-2005 20:28:03 | More by PuckLSHS
4.58/5 rDev +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.
10-30-2005 18:07:30 | More by Boilermaker88
3.59/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
10-04-2005 05:28:14 | More by lou91
4.78/5 rDev +9.6%
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 Hollingsheads 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; Hollingsheads 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 BeerFlys but I think it was superb. If you are in a rush dont 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 Gandhis 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 wont hurt the wallet too much. Bottles have two prices; take-out and drink-in; the latter can be a little steep. I really didnt mind the prices, after all, if youre 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 youre 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 HDs 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, Ill BM yer next time I head out here!
Gotta love BA and BeerFly.
Last Visit: Saturday 16th July, 2005
07-17-2005 17:38:43 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.85/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
06-30-2005 19:19:05 | More by Dukeofearl
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
03-04-2005 11:25:33 | More by paulyrimz
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
02-02-2005 23:04:24 | More by rowew
4.25/5 rDev -2.5%
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!!!
01-27-2005 19:15:14 | More by OCbrewfish
3.83/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
05-27-2004 04:15:06 | More by joeysuds
Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
96 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.