Taps: 22 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 94 | Display Reviews Only:
4.86/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Maybe it's because I live in puritanical Massachusetts, but I've never been to a place like this--so cool! You walk in and there's a bunch of people sitting at small tables in the middle of this small store that is half deli and half bottle shop, with a bar and taps at the back. The atmosphere is very local and the folks there seem to know each other for the most part. That said, Michael Kenneth (owner, 3rd gen) is super nice and happy to help behind the bar. He gladly served me a Bling Pig to sip while I was shopping despite the fact that they usually do last call at 7pm (it was about 7:20pm). And this was before I told him that I was there from Boston and had come because of great reviews on BA.
While enjoying the Pig I acquired two bottles of RR Consecration for $10.99 per. I don't have access to it here in MA so can't really comment on pricing, but I really didn't care at that point.
They stop serving food at 6pm so I didn't get to try it. I admit, I did hit In and Out after... couldn't resist.
01-11-2012 04:00:54 | More by jraras
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to HHs for almost 20 years and I appreciate it more every time I go.
The atmosphere is all Packers, and beer, and a down home feel of a deli.
The quality and selection of beers are great, though there are some dusty bottles. Their deli meats are top notch and everything they prepare is well done.
The service is great, I really like the attitude they have going on here. A real mid-western feel to it. The Hollingshead family is involved in all the aspects of the deli/bottleshop.
The selection is stellar, having just picked up 8 beers I have only read about, and actually found some freshly delivered PtE. There are dozens of sandwiches and snacks to choose from if you are hungry. They also have home made deviled eggs, brownies and lemonade. There are many taps also, which is the surprising point, as it has more of the deli/bottleshop feel.
For the sandwiches, my favorites are the Chris(deviled egg, avocado, and bacon on squaw bread), and the BBQ Beef Club(roast beef slathered in bbq sauce, smoky cheddar and bacon, all on a french roll)
Prices are pretty average, unless you get the double versions of their sandwiches. It's more on some things, less on others. Plus they have many Belgians to choose from, including the Rochefort and Westmalle.
01-10-2012 20:28:05 | More by Drinkerofales
4.15/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
This was quite a find. I'm glad I stumbled upon the draft list while online.
The atmosphere of the place is small-town deli. Packers stuff is all over and Ken, the elderly owner, will fight you if you say anything about it. Don't let it put you off, this place is awesome and the crowd as well as the bartenders really know beer.
The quality of beer is top notch. Whenever you have Delirium, Sierra Nevada and Stone as just a small slice of the selection you know it is going to be good.
Service is a bit lacking, but that's because they will leave you alone more often than not so you can enjoy your beer.
Selection is off the charts. 5/5.
Food is very good. Maybe a little pricey for what you get, but delicious.
Value ranges from $$ to $$$$ depending on what you get. Not disappointed in value, but just be wary.
12-18-2011 21:43:29 | More by Murrhey
4.6/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited at about 1:30 on Thursday afternoon - the lunch crowd was still out in full force. Unique little place - quite different than your average so-cal lunch spot! Yes - the Green Bay Packer stuff gives a unique feel...and the owners have their own vibe - very Wisconsin, even if they have been in LA most of their life (dad) or all (son). I was uncertain if I should visit based on a few reviews regarding service...boy, am I glad I went. They are great folks - they try their best to provide great service. The place was very busy, but both took time to help me pick the right sandwich and beer - and when I was buying beer to go, the dad dragged me back to the cooler wall to point out a few other choice beers I couldn't get in Chicago.
Draft list was great - Octoberfest from Bear Republic (excellent!) was fresh and big stien pour for $6. Blind Pig IPA and Pliney the Elder also on - plus other CA brews and a couple Belgians. Well done. The retail selection was great too given the size. I stayed with CA beers and was not disappointed - Ballast Point, Port, Alesmith, etc. Some nice Deschutes offerings too.
Sandwiches use good ingredients - agree that meat is bit on the light side - but price reflects that. I really enjoyed my turkey with avacado.
I love the atmosphere and the vibe of the place. This is a must visit if in the area - if you are not pretentious.
11-11-2011 07:25:47 | More by sweethome
4.55/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A deli hidden in a corner. Its not really where you would expect a great craft beer selection let alone taps but this place has em.
The atmosphere is that of a good deli. Except this deli has a bar. A bar that carries Russian River on tap and a large cooler filled with nothing but craft beer. The place also has a bit of a homage to the Packers.
The quality is good. The food is tasty, the beer is served in 17 oz. steins. A friendly staff and speedy service. What more do you want? However remember this is a deli, if you want something you need to get up an get it. No waiters.
The selection of beers is great. They have only craft beers and imports. Carrying everything from sierra nevada to jeobeims of Duval or Chimay.
Great place and it has a reputation for getting Pliney the Younger. I definate check if you are in Orange County.
08-31-2011 04:16:04 | More by Hershdawg
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Hollingshead, what the hell are you? Liquor store? Deli? Beer bar? If Kenny the owner had the ability to answer that question on this review, his answer would be 'Yes.'
Take one average on-every-corner liquor store - install a deli counter on the left side, build a long bar in the back, reach-in bottle cooler on the right, bump the middle aisles for patrons to sit down with their sandwiches and you have a birds-eye view of Hollingshead.
The sandwiches are reasonably priced at around $4.99 unless you go for double meat. 15-20 taps - not uncommon to see $8-9 prices, partly because these guys get the less common, high ABV stuff. I don't come here that often for lunch because you can't get out of here (2 beers and a sandwich) for less than 20 bucks. Not to mention that 'kid with nose pressed to candy store window' feeling I get when viewing all that tasty beer that compels me to buy multiple bottles.
So, it's got a tasty deli - how many places can you buy a liverwurst and onion sammich? Large selection of beer that includes a reach-in cooler, where for a bottle fee, you can grab and drink right there. Also, Hollingshead does so much beer business, the breweries tend to send them more product than the other beer stores/bars.
The three generational thing is also interesting - Gpa, Dad (Kenny) and son all work there. Their personalities can be...interesting. I don't know about you, but my family can be a little off-center, too.
08-15-2011 15:01:49 | More by Vanlingleipa
4.7/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place is CLASSIC and a must see if you are in the area. Hollingshead’s has been around forever … 3 generations … and there is a reason why – because it’s AWESOME.
Great selection of beer … arguably one of the best selections in Orange County. The get Pliny The Elder on a very regular basis … also notables like Alpine, Stone collaboration beers, Bootleggers, Kern, etc … if you are looking for some rare gems, this place is a must!
Besides their bottle collection, their draft offerings are epic! They get Pliny The YOUNGER (granted you’ll have to wait 3 to 4 hours, but they have it) and offer special pours … Stone IPA, DFH, etc. Two sizes are available 17 ounce or 12 ounce pours.
The food selection and quality is excellent! It’s basically a high-end deli … so sandwiches galore, paired with your favorite draft. Prices are on the high side for the sandwiches … so I don’t make eating here a habit, more like a once a month treat … but I’m always stopping by to see their latest craft beer selection.
07-13-2011 22:05:15 | More by AlexM
2.73/5 rDev -37.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
I stopped by this place twice while visiting for work, once for lunch and once for drinks.
This place is in a strip mall not too far from the center of Orange. The decor, as most people have said, is an average deli a few aisles of beer and a line of taps at the kind of bar you'd imagine would be in the average deli. I get what they're going after, I just don't particularly like it. However, I'd assume they wouldn't care as they seemed very unapologetic.
I got two different experiences with service. When I went for lunch, all I had was a sandwich. The people working were quite friendly and promptly got my sandwich for me. When I went for drinks, the bartender was rather rude, and was more interested in getting people to close their tabs than anything else. They seemed like they were in a hurry to close, but continued serving drinks for probably another 20 minutes. It seemed like he knew most of the people in there, and was kind of nonchalant about the whole thing. While regulars might not mind this, I did not find it very appealing. I would have given it a 1 if it weren't for the friendly workers at lunch. Multiple reviews say that this is just the way they are, or that it's the atmopshere, family run, etc. What is this, Ed Debevic's? That is not the kind of experience I want when drinking craft beer.
The selection was good. The tap selection had some very interesting beer, with Sculpin, PtE, FW XIV, Abacus, and Parabola on one night, though this was apparently for a special FW event. The bottle selection was not impressive, though, especially for a place that allows bottles to go.
The sandwich I got was not very good, but not terrible.
This place was extremely expensive. I got a 8oz pour of FW XIV for $11. I understand that this beer was fairly limited, but that price is completely unreasonable. If I had known what it was, I would have walked out. Other beers were similarly priced. I've had quite a few rare and fairly expensive beers on tap, but have never paid that much per ounce for a beer on tap - not even close.
I do not recommend this place whatsoever. It's expensive, the workers (at night anyways) were rude, the decor is not very nice, and the beer selection really is not that impressive for the most part. Some people might just say I didn't get it - either way, you won't find me here again.
06-28-2011 13:52:06 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Great place to get a sandwich, have a draught beer or two and buy a couple bottles to go. This versatility makes this place a winner in my book.
Deli style sandwiches, order at the counter, and combine it with your beer order when you pay. Pretty nice selection of taps. Every time I've been here, there have been 3-4 pretty unique beers that I've wanted to try. Prices are a bit on the high side, but not too bad. They serve most beers in 20 oz. mugs. Tap selection is impressive, I think they generally have ~15-20 beers on tap at all times, all worth trying.
Decor is totally and completely dominated by Green Bay Packers memorabilia. Pretty interesting if you are a football fan. Goes without saying that all three generations of employees are huge fans.
There is also a very large selection of beers in bottles that pretty much surround you wherever you are in the store. Great selection, I was impressed. The employees are pretty knowledgeable about their beer as well.
This place could function just fine as either a bottle shop, bar or deli, but it somehow manages to combine all three. Impressive. Their hours have a little to be desired as they're closed on weekends, but I can't really fault them for that. They are what they are and they do what they do. Check this place out if you are in the area.
06-17-2011 06:24:32 | More by colonelforbin
4.25/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This place is great. It's just a big room surrounded by beer. The back side has a bar with maybe 12 or more taps and stools to sit, and on the left when you walk in is the deli. Lots and lots of good beer to choose from. The bottles are all sold with 2 prices, one for drinking it there (more expensive) and one for taking it home. They had Russian River in bottles but not on tap on my visit. The sandwiches were simple and good. Nothing too fancy but on good bread (which can make a sandwich in my opinion) and decent amount of meat. Any sandwich has a single (normal) and then a double price, which is just double everything except the bread. It is a bit on the expensive side. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. We let them know it was our first time there and they were eager to offer suggestions and explain everything we had questions about. Very friendly family run place. They also take orders by beer names so it funny to hear them called out while you're eating. There's a few tables outside too which is nice, but you can't drink beer out there.
06-07-2011 18:28:13 | More by harsley
Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
97 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.