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5/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
06-29-2006 03:02:05 | More by ReDave
4.94/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
10-03-2010 20:46:00 | More by bump8628
4.9/5 rDev +12.4%
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
11-14-2008 21:05:43 | More by PatronWizard
4.9/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
05-19-2003 10:28:14 | More by jcalabre
4.86/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
03-19-2014 05:27:45 | More by BingCrosby7
4.86/5 rDev +11.5%
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
Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
96 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.