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Holiday Market

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Holiday MarketHoliday Market

42 Reviews
Reviews: 42
Visits: 64
Avg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
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1203 S Main St
Royal Oak, Michigan, 48067-3244
United States
phone: (248) 541-1414

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Monday - Saturday: 8am - 9pm
Sunday: 8am - 8pm
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Reviews: 42 | Visits: 64
Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Major Edits on 7/24/11. The original review is nearly worthless given my rookie status in 2009.

Holiday Market has by far the largest beer selection I have seen in one single store. It is absolutely massive. That being said there are some negatives. Their selection of singles compared to how many beers they have overall is highly disappointing and the singles they do have seemed to be marked up a little more than I'm used to.

Edit: The selection at Holiday Market remains one of the best in Oakland County. Docked this half a point because I have seen better at this point but not by much. The singles selection has vastly improved in the past 2 years otherwise I would have put selection at 4.

Proper storage is also not their top priority for example there was a slew of Oktoberfest beers sitting out on the shelves probably beginning to collect dust. Speaking of dust there were beers here and there with a layer on them. I understand there are a lot of beers here, but what's the point if you aren't going to take care of them?

Edit: Once you've been around the block a few times you realize it's damn near impossible to carry a selection like Holiday Market and maintain perfect rotation. Once in awhile seasonal stuff is going to stick around on the shelf, especially in a singles section. That being said they've also stepped their game up and the amount of old stock has definitely diminished. Part of this is probably due to the upswing in craft popularity. Bumped quality up 2 points.

I didn't ask for any help but I will say there seemed to be one guy working the alcoholic beverage department and he seemed to be more concerned with the people in the next aisle looking to purchase some expensive liquor and wine. Overall that's the whole vibe I got from the place. That despite having an extensive collection of beers it's not really their top priority.

Edit: This was the one category that I absolutely had to change. My rating was criminally low. Of course at the time I hadn't met the beer manager Ashley. It's always a pleasure chatting with him about beer and he always knows about the new releases and is happy to show me what just came in. If you need to special order a keg or a case he will get it done. I would have upped this to a 5.0 if he was there every hour they're open.

If I had to choose I would definitely drive a mile down the street to Cloverleaf where they seem to truly care about their beer and also from my experience seem to be much more knowledgeable. Not to mention everything is in singles and their prices are better. You really can't lose at Cloverleaf. Holiday does have some things they don't, but honestly I'd be worried about how long some of those low abv brews have been sitting around on shelves. That really irked me.

Edit: Wrong. Holiday is the superior store. Cloverleaf has raised their prices since 2009 while Holiday's have remained about the same. Cloverleaf has one plus over Holiday and that is their storage conditions. The treat each style of beer exactly how it should be treated but the selection is quite a bit smaller, the beer knowledge isn't there and they don't have the pull to get any decent amount of special releases. Don't get me wrong it's worth stopping by once and awhile because they have some oddball stuff that Holiday doesn't carry but aside from that I don't bother.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of moshea
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best spot in town. Service and selection can't be beat

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Photo of Fahrn13
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ZachDow7
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If there is any beer from outside MI that you are trying to find HM is the place to go! Amazing selection, great staff, plus the food selection at HM is great!

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.72/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of FyreStorm
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Wow! A grocery store that totally rocks the beer scene...we were in town last week for a concert from Ontario...hit about 9 craft beer stores, unfortunately we went here first and we're not looking to overshop early...promptly greeted by several staff, selection was deep including a Michigan only section. Def one of the top spots we hit...this would be be one of one or 3 stops when we come back.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gemini6
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Having moved to Michigan over a year ago, we have finally settled into the local beer scene, and Holiday Market is a big part of what makes us feel at home.

The beer section of the store is located towards the back of what is otherwise a well-kept, modern grocery store. It is not your standard chain, and tends to offer higher quality product, of both the packaged and prepared varieties. Regardless, we are here to talk about the beer, right?! So you walk to the back of the store and you arrive at the beer aisle. All of the beer can be found within this one aisle. The left side is an open cooler that runs about halfway up the aisle, and contains your typical “racks” of BMC. Opposite that is stacked wire shelving housing the craft. There are additional displays flanking and in front of this that typically advertise any new seasonal or special releases. Otherwise the majority of the beer is arranged and categorized by brewery and by region. You have all of your Stone, Bruery, and west coast swill together, while the Michigan locals hang out together, and so on. At the far end of the aisle are two singles racks, with a mirrored selection of bottles and cans, of what is available in packs of four and up. They also provide empty six pack boxes, should you need them. It is always tidy, and the bottles and cans remain dust free.

The selection and quality of beer are both excellent, and really second to none that we’ve been able to find in the area, including when you compare on price. You can find beers from coast to coast, and from numerous other countries around the world, with obvious predilection to the heavy hitting nations like Germany and Belgium. Even amongst local Michigan beer they seem to have a much larger and fresher selection than any other local stores. If there is a release you are anticipating then you can usually find it here. For the special, insanely limited releases they have a system of scheduling the release at a certain time on a certain day, and they often try to make it as fair as possible, taking people’s work schedules and such into consideration.

The real prize of this store is the staff, as many have echoed down below. The manager is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and pleasant to chat with. He is always on top of special releases, and continually tries to expand the selection and see what new breweries can be pulled into the local market. They keep their facebook page updated to the minute, and are great about keeping us beer geeks informed.

Overall, Holiday has become our home base, go-to store when it comes to beer. We are continually surprised with the level of commitment and passion that goes into how they run and maintain their beer selection. We have never been displeased with a purchase, and have really never had a negative exchange or experience while visiting. We highly recommend this store if you’re just passing through looking for a nice cross section of Michigan craft, or if call southeast Michigan your home, and want to keep up with all that is coming and going locally.

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Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI
96 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.