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4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
Update 12/23/09: Still a great place, but the prices are out of control. Bottles are on the pricey side, and the draft prices have become ridiculous. $10.95 plus tax for a 12 ounce pour of Delirium Noel? I had the same beer on draft at PJ's Abbey (also in Orange) the week before at $8. The draft selection still remains very good, however some of the taps are frequent repeaters. Because of that, visits have become rarer, but I wish they weren't.
(The following was written on 9/12/08)
Hollingshead's has become a favorite of mine among places to crash at for good beer in my area. Located near the St. Jospeh's Hospital complex sits this hidden gem, where the moment you walk in you know something good is going to happen. From the cheerfullness and friendliness of the family staff, the intimacy of the bar, the frequent customers who love to chat, the German mugs most of the beer is served in, and the superb selection of brews, something about this place will make you smile.
At the bar sits 16 rotating taps, where you can expect to find a very good mix of beer on a given day. There's usually a few German beers interweaved with California beers and a few other imports. Beers I've had on-tap here include names like Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, AleSmtih IPA, Ommegang Rouge, Hop 15, Racer X, Orchard White, Black Marlin Porter, Innstadt, and Bischofshof. And how about those 17 ounce mugs? Supercool! The bottle selection is great, and you can buy bottles to go or to drink there.
I've eaten here once, but was dissapointed with my BBQ Beef Sandwich. I haven't revisted the sandwiches since my first visit in June 2007. Another disadvantage of Hollingshead's are the operating hours. They're closed on weekends and only open until 8-9pm (it's a family run deli).
The only thing left to say is if you happen to be in Orange County, you must put this on your list. And if you're lucky, you might catch me at the bar ;-)
06-28-2007 01:26:54 | More by DoubleJ
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
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
03-11-2004 20:34:28 | More by Dogbrick
3.44/5 rDev -21.1%
I was able to make it here finally since I had a weekday off. Walking in you will find that the place is a bottle shop, bar, and deli all crammed together in no real particular fashion. Tables and chairs are set up in the middle of the place with shelves of beer on either side, so good luck really searching for stuff if people are sitting at the tables. There are a couple of refrigerators with beer in them and a couple more rows of beer that are not blocked by tables but the aisle is so narrow you can hardly pass by people. The bar area has some stools and whatnot for seating and eating as well. The bottles for sale seemed to be haphazardly placed on shelves and in coolers. Lots of bottles collecting dust and out of date. With that being said, the selection is good if you don't mind taking chances on how old some of the harder to find stuff is. There was a decent selection of beer on tap but the prices were ridiculous. For example, they were charging something like $16.95 for a 16 oz. pour of a beer you can get a bomber of for around $10. The food smelled good but again the prices were very high. The only reasonable prices seemed to be on their bottled beer. Service was average and the guy working was fairly brusque when I ordered a beer. Overall, I would hesitate to come back here again for anything but some bottled beers. Too disjointed, too expensive, and what is with the M-F only hours?
07-08-2012 22:53:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
The gut that owns this place is a real nice guy and he knows more about beer than anybody else except for Stan at Stuffed Sandwich that I have met
Had a pastrami sandwich here and it was good, but super small for the 6 dollars I paid for it
Took beers to go: Alaskan Winter Ale, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Anchor 2005 and 2006, Old Jubilation, Pyramid Snow Cap, Widmer Milk Stout, and Rocheforts
Good beers on tap as well: Full Sail Brewmaster's Reserve "Wreck the Halls," Racer X, Sierra Nevada Pale Bock
Got to get back there soon because they got Russian River Blind Pig IPA back in on tap
Been wanting to try that one for years
Prices are good for both tap beer and bottles to go, if you drink a bottle there, it will be about double the price because they have two different liquor licenses
Offer free tasters of all their beers
Do not have to by food to drink like SS
Downfall is that the place closes at 8 pm every night and that they rarely sell pitchers of their good beer
Missed trying Pliny the Younger here by 3 hours before it ran out and that really ruined my day
Probably the 2nd highest beer I want to try
Definitely go here if ever around Orange Country, interesting concept, and great place to enjoy a beer
09-08-2007 05:27:28 | More by Floydster
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
A little slice of Wisconsin in the OC.
Wear your Packer gear for better service. The place gets crazy busy, and unless you're a regular who is in the know and flow, you might be waiting awhile. A family run operation, but when the place is packed, there is only so much family go around.
Selection of beer, while not the widest, has some amazing choices. I came across some stuff I didn't even know existed (Bear Republic Barleywine).
Out of the way, somewhat inconspicuous location, but all worth it. Stay awhile. If you come out, plan on knocking back a few, and spending some money, an expensive deli, but no complaints about quality.
01-25-2010 17:40:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.36/5 rDev 0%
Stopped in here yesterday, my first time visiting this place after hearing about it for years. Atmosphere was good. People eating at most of the tables, including some of the ones right in front of the beers I was trying to look at. Service was great. I was asked if I needed help twice and the woman who checked me out could not have been nicer. Quality was great. Food looked top notch, even though I didn't partake this time, and the beers all were high quality offerings. Selection was great. They have a ton of beer packed into a small place. I was able to find two Almanac's I had been searching for so that was a welcome surprise. No food this time but it looked awesome from what I saw. Prices were more than reasonable on most of the bottles I was interested in. Overall a really nice bottle shop that I would definitely return to in the future.
02-12-2014 05:40:53 | More by orangesol
4.4/5 rDev +0.9%
First, I am aghast!!! that I haven't reviewed this place before.
Hollinghead's Deli is a must-do in OC. I practically lived here in the days prior to the mortgage meltdown.
Atmosphere is decent but nothing special with a deli counter and stools at the bar in the back. Owned by three generations of Hollingshead folks, the beer is the highlight!!!
Always killer selection and I wont even begin to try to give it the rundown. I have grabbed some super rare bottles here like Drakes 7 oz bottles of their barley wine for $8 a piece and worth every penny.
Service is a riot. They will ignore the HELL out of you sometimes to the point that people get pizzed! And it's funny. That is half the fun. Kinda like the soup not-see.
Great story about Hollingshead: One day I wore my Don Beebe jersey and Mr. Ken says that he will hang it if I want to give it up. I was 99% ready to hand it over when a thought crossed my mind. Contact the packers and have Don Beebe autograph it. Well, 10 days, 20 emails and $30 dollars later it was done. So now Ken has my Don Beebe jersey with his business card framed (courtesy of Intriken) and that my BA friends is history.
05-10-2008 17:44:28 | More by blitheringidiot
4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
My last stop on a week long trip to CA.
Atmosphere is good. Tons of Green Bay memorabilia with a sandwich counter on the left side and the bar directly in front. Coolers line the right side with additional shelves in between.
Quality is good. As stated above much of the beer is in coolers and all of it is away from sunlight. I saw a few older beers but none that shouldn't be there (IPA's et al).
Service was good. Everyone was friendly and it was evident that everyone enjoyed working there.
Selection was very good. The tap list was good but not great, however the bottle selection was the second best I saw while I was out there. Singles are also available for many.
Unforunately I didn't get to try the food as they stop selling around 5:00 or so.
Value was good. It costs a bit more if you're drinking the beer there than it would if you get it to go but all prices seemed fair enough.
Overall this is definitely worth a stop if you're in the area, especially if you're out to visit the Bruery.
09-07-2009 01:15:31 | More by glid02
Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
96 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.