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Hollingshead's Delicatessen

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Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen
BA SCORE
97
world-class

119 Ratings
Ratings: 119
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.38
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 ReDave
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

GREAT brews on tap, great bottles, and great German-style food as well. When you order a food item, they assign your number as a beer, so they'll call you as "St. Pauli Girl" or "Anchor Anniversary" when your food is ready. They have great deviled eggs and their ham salad sandwich on wheat is to die for. Come for the beer, stay for the food.

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of bump8628
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I'll start by saying this is my all-time favorite beer drinking establishment in the United States.

It's a strange combination of deli/kick-ass beer bar/kick-ass beer store/creepy Green Bay Packer temple. The clientele is a strange mix of doctors and nurses from the nearby hospital, beer geeks, Southern Cal lay-abouts, and other hard-to-peg folks. The owners/employees are as unusual and as friendly as the customers. The people-watching at this fine establishment is more entertaining than whatever ESPN show is flickering across the single high-definition television.

The deli menu features a large selection excellent and amusing deli selections, plus some good ole' drunken munching items (I'm lookin' at you kettle chips and Jelly Belly's).

Belly up to the 1978-styled laminated, faux wood bar for some great beer in 1/2 liter increments. They specialize in awesome German and American microbrews. I generally go for the American stuff, particularly the hoppy stuff that scrubs the enamel off my teeth and the uber-sour Russian River stuff that gives me throw-up burps and the walkin-farts (mmm yummm!). Most of the stuff is high ABV so it's good to arrange for somebody to pick up your stumbling, drunken ass.

One of the fine members of the family that owns this joint is usually pouring the beers and is likely to give you a free shot of beer if you hang out long enough, so I recommend you do. They may not have 100 taps, but they fill out the twenty-or-so with great beers and they are good about rotating new things in and out.

Oh, and did I mention you can buy bottles here too. Hard-to-find stuff from the US, Belgium, Germany, and England are easy to find and if you fancy a drink on the spot take your bottle up to the bar and you can drink it right there. They literally have beer overflowing from the shelves and coolers. Looking for Alpine, Alesmith, Russian River, The Bruery and other California specialties? Hollingshead's is your place.

Check out the website for an up-to-date tap list.

Photo of PatronWizard
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I met up here with fellow BA OlieIPA for lunch and got to meet BA Mauerhan in person.

I stand by my previous assertion that store owners who sell mainly craft beer are the shit!

Took my whole famdamly here actually. We all had sandwiches. I had Hop Wallop on tap!! Could've had Blind Pig, but since I was leaving with close to a case, I passed!!

It's very crowded. One popular place for lunch. Huge beer selection. You can't scratch your ass without bumping cases and shelves and coolers full of beer. Don't come if you're claustrophobic because the beer WILL close in on you.

The only knock: closed on Saturday and Sunday. Are you kidding me? What the hell? I guess they're so crowded on the weekdays, they can take the weekends off, and God bless'em for it, but damn! I could get there more often than never if they were open Saturdays. And I guarantee that I would spend a hundred bucks if I would spend a dollar.

Overall: Good food, good beer, lively atmosphere, good place

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4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of BingCrosby7
4.86/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is a wonderful place. What you can't get on tap, you can certainly find in a bottle. The food is fantastic, though I feel it is overpriced. These guys also carry some pretty special beers, so some of the taps are understandably pricey.

Kenny Hollingshead is a wonderful man and he runs a wonderful delicatessen. I try to go here at least once a week to stop by and have a drink and a cheese/meat platter.

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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.

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4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I read many great tales of this place but WOW this place is beer heaven. Great deli with a large selection of tasty sandwiches.In the middle of the store is small tables and chairs to enjoy your tasty draft beer. The staff was on there game and the vibe of the place is really chill. The selection is top notch!! Only the best enters this store doors. The prices are not the best but with this kind of service and selection who cares. All the hype is TRUE. If you call yourself a beer geek and don't visit this place you have lost your mind.

Photo of MiScusi
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Was here for an early lunch, around 11am. The place was empty when I arrived so I had a chance to take a good look at the taps and all the beer in the fridges and on shelves. About 15 taps, all filled with great stuff. Russian River, Victory, Alaskan, Avery, Sierra Nevada and others. I had a Russian River IPA which was served very nicely.

All taps are around $5-6.50 a pour, usually half liter pours.. There are shelves and shelves of beer to take home, plus a good amount is kept cool if you want to buy it and have it with your food. The staff was exceptionally friendly.

The sandwiches looked very good and mine was not bad- a bbq ham sandwich. The sauce was really interesting... it was a sweet and sour type bbq sauce I think... and very messy, but good. My favorite sandwich there would have to be the Smoked Gouda and Turkey Sandwich. They sell a lot chips, nuts, and baked goods to snack on as well.

Photo of breyton490
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Great place tucked away in a small strip mall. A little hard to find, but not difficult. Located next to a Staples and across the street from a Medical center.

Great selection of west coast beers and the only place in the greater Anaheim area that I found had a supply of Pliny and Blind Pig in stock.

Small place, so the beers are packed in tight and some that should be refrigerated might not be. Had close to a dozen beers on tap and a good atmosphere to hang and have a beer or two.

I didn't have the food, so I cant comment on whether it was any good.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Arrived here on a Friday evening a little after 5:00. Basically a deli/beer store with about 8 tables and a bar with 10-12 stools. I got the last seat at the bar.
What a selection! Had to have several hundred different beers in the cooler and more on shelves all divided by region of origin. All beers are available to drink at tables or take home.
Had 12 or so taps all pouring fresh beer with a variety of styles. Bartender was fast, friendly, and knowledgable. Suggested different beers and willingly supplied tasters. I had a Racer 5 IPA, Stone Belgium IPA, and a fresh bottle of Pliny the Elder. The best part is that you can enjoy drinking your beer as you wander the store to make selections to take home or drink there.
Food was average, nothing wrong with it, but compared to delis on the East Coast left something to be desired. However, remember we are there for the beer.
Service was quick and efficient and had the
"arrogant cokiness" which seems to be prevalent in most great beer bars. Everyone was complaining about the $5000.00 that Direct TV was going to charge to install at bar. When you order food they give you a coaster with a brewery on it and they call the brewery when your order is ready. Not a bad system if they would explain it to you when you order. Three generations of a family work here, the ladies at the deli and the men behind the bar.
Overall this was my second favorite place of the ten or so I visited during my week in California and I will definitely make the effort to return everytime I am in the area.

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4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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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.

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