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Holiday Market

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BA SCORE
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58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.47
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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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Jay43613
3.98/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I like to come to Holiday Market, the staff is incredibly knowledgeable. Like other places though, the stock of what I hoped to find by traveling there was alos out of stock. I came looking for a number of beers that I hoped to find (Linenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout, Dogfish Head 120 Min IPA, and Stone-Chipotle Porter), and they were out of stock on each one. What I did find was acceptable. I would continue to go here to find rare beers.

Photo of Steimie
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Atmosphere--the beer area of an upscale grocery store. Space is a little cramped and I'm sure they'd love to have more room. They do a nice job with the space they have.

Quality--you'll occasionally find a past its prime IPA on the shelf, but they generally do a good job of rotating stock.

Service--depending on when you go, the staff can be really busy putting away stock and/or helping others. You may have to track down Ashley, the beer guy, but more often than not he's around and is willing to help you out. Staff seem to really enjoy their job and take pride in what they do.

Selection--probably the best selection in the Detroit area. They get larger allotments of limited releases than just about anywhere else. As others have said, most folks know this, so stuff can go pretty fast (10 cases of BCBS in 10 minutes, with a limit of one 4pk per person). Watch Facebook for postings regarding limited releases. Ashley always handles these fairly and professionally. Also a very good singles section.

Value--very competitive prices.

Overall--if you're looking for something specific this should be your first stop. Best bottle shop in the area.

Photo of J0E
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I go to Holiday Market for most of my beer purchases.

It is a specialty grocery store with a wide variety of all products they sell, and beer is no exception.

They have a good stock of all year-rounds, and they seem to get more of all the seasonals and limited releases than any other store around. However, anyone who likes craft beer in southern oakland county knows this, and so some stuff flys off the shelf just as quick as stores with limited stock. Also they have a good selection of imports (belgian, german, and UK).

The staff that I have encountered always offer help, and are knowledgeable of what beers they should be receiving soon.

Their prices are very competitive. Not quite as low as Champagnes, in Warren, but everything is well within the range I'm willing to pay, and a bit closer to me.

Photo of TheMonk41
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've lived in the metro-Detroit area all of my life and have never gone to the Holiday Market. During this past Friday's hunt for BCBS I found myself pulling in their parking lot for the first time.

I was told to go in and seek out Ashley, "he is a cool dude!".

After getting lost in isle upon isle of groceries, I found my way to the beer selections. All I could say was wow.

Ashley made the experience too easy. As I looked through all of the beers, I found myself grabbing a 4 of DFH 90 Minute,I'd been wanting to try this for some time. Ashley approached me and said "Are you finding everything okay?", my reply, "I'm sure I'm looking for what everyone else is, you know BCBS." Ashley quickly said "give me one moment" and returned with a beautiful little black labeled bottle of BCBS. He noticed I had ben holding the 90 Minute and asked if I had tried the 120 Minute, I chuckled and said "Nah I haven't seen it anywhere. Unsolicited he walked away again and returned with a bottle of it.

Bottom line ... great customer service and no games. They just want to fairly sell everything they get.

Photo of BeRanger
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Holiday Market has been a great place to get your everyday craft brews as well as the hard to find releases. As a result of doing so much volume, Holiday often finds themselves getting in the most amount of cases for limited releases.

The nice part about Holiday is the beer guy, Ashley, doesn't play favorites. He doesn't hold beers, he simply posts on Facebook what they have each shipment and then lets you know when its out.

As far as pricing, the pricing of the beers have been one of the best I've seen. No large mark-ups on rare items like some of the smaller party stores. Overall it's an outstanding place.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Holiday Market is located on the south end of Royal Oak on South Main. There is a large parking lot for customers.

The beer section is located in the rear of the store and is cleanly displayed in a couple aisles. The beer is segmented geographically, including by "East Coast", "West Coast" and imports.

As for the beer selection, it numbers in the hundreds with lots of domestic craft breweries like Great Lakes, Keweenaw, Shorts, Dark Horse, New Holland and Saugatuck. Many bombers too from Avery, Goose Island, and Bear Republic too. Many imports to choose from Belgium, the UK, Germany and Canada too. Mixed singles are available as well.

Service is above what you expect from a grocery store. The people working in the beer area were very friendly and courteous and clearly take pride in the display and care of the stock.

Overall this place is my kind of store, reminiscent of favorites like West Point Market in Akron or Hills Market in Columbus. Definitely worth a stop for any beer fan or someone who likes a quality grocer.

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a fantastic place. I just wish I got down to Royal Oak more often. All of the beer and wine is located in one large area. Beer is in one aisle on both sides. There is one full shelf of bombers and six packs on one rack. Wide array of local and domestic brews from all over represented. There is a short open cooler behind this rack that is filled with a wide variety of six packs. A ton of local stuff, beers that are better kept cold etc. There are a couple more racks next to the domestic shelf and these are loaded with an unprecedented selection of imported beers with stuff like Hanssens and Beer Here represented. On the wall at the end of the aisle there is a whole rack of singles with a wide variety of offerings represented. An especially large amount of local offerings are on that shelf as well. As for quality, it is pretty good. I have checked bottle dates and a lot of stuff is fresh, especially the beer that sits in the cooler. They have a damn good turnover at this store so freshness is pretty much a non-issue IMO.

I don't know much about the service because I usually don't need any, but there is always 1 or 2 guys in the beer/wine area and they are actively answering questions all the time. I have also seen them in the beer section answering style questions and making recommendations to other customers in the store.

Overall this is an outstanding establishment, and I will definitely be back here in the future. Especially if I am looking for some good imported Belgian brews and the like.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is one of the better places in the Detroit area for craft beer. I stop here pretty frequently to look for new arrivals from Short's and Founders.

It is an upscale grocery store with a nice beer selection. There are around two aisles in the back corner with lots of local Michigan stuff, lots of the typical US distribution (DFH, Stone, Rogue, etc) imports (mostly German, Belgian, and British), a shelf of singles, and a cooler section. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful. Prices are very typical and reasonable.

Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%

On my Royal Oak beer hunt stopped by here after Cloverleaf, awesome these are so close together. This place has two really long rows of beer, mostly Michigan staples with other American craft, didn't see or ignored what international stuff that was there. The selection is pretty good, focused on Michigan but has some of the harder to find ones, a couple rare Jolly Pumpkin, fix Short's, several Dark Horses etc. Some singles but most are 6 packs, so not as accessible as Cloverleaf. Service was decent, seemed busy and more interested in helping regulars than anyone else.

A good store but I wouldn't come here with Cloverleaf so close unless I was getting groceries as well.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
5/5  rDev +11.9%

After getting this as a suggestion from some Michigan BA's, I stopped in while I was in town last week. It turned out to be an incredible recommendation.

This is set up as a specialty grocery store, with a vast selection of wine and beer as well. Coming from Chicago, I was looking to try out the selections from Short's and other locals, but their overall selection is just incredible. They have a good selection of nationally distributed craft beers, but I was most impressed by the selection of singles. There are no places that really break up six packs into singles around where I live, so I was able to grab a huge selection of beer without committing to a whole pack.

Having a singles selection like this absolutely made the trip worth it for me, but the positives don't stop there. I noticed the prices on some bombers and six packs were cheaper than they would cost at home. The beer is stored far away from light, so I never have to worry about it being lightstruck. Also, they get enough traffic and do enough volume that everything they have in stock seems fresh.

Ashley, their resident beer expert, is just a great guy. He had responded to my thread about places to go with very detailed information, and it was a pleasure to talk beer with him in person at the store. He is very knowledgeable, friendly, and has great recommendations.

Holiday just became my regular bottle shop whenever I am in town seeing my cousin, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Overall, just a great experience. Good prices, great beer, great service. I guess you could call me a fan.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%

A specialty grocery store with a damn impressive beer selection.

Walking in, I immediately surveyed the produce section only to find the beer section is located to the extreme left, along the front of the store.

Two rather cramped aisles, 1/4th of which is in the cooler, but damn, what a selection. A wide array of locals, ranging deep and far. 4-5 different Short's, 6-7 different Dark Horse, along with the vast array of Bell's and Founders. Arcadia was also well represented.

I walked in only looking for Short's. I have Founder's, Bell's and Arcadia locally, so Short's was the only thing on my mind. I picked up a sixpack of Huma Lupa and a single each of Uber Goober and Cup a Joe. It took a tremendous amount of self-restraint to only purchase these. It was a Saturday when I was here, and I was picking up enough for tailgating at the Lions game and a couple for afterward.

Overall, I would recommend this place to anyone. We were staying not too far away and the town of Royal Oak proved to be a place we kept coming back to.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Told Ashley I'd re-review.

I stop in Holiday quite a bit due to the fact that it's less than 5 minutes from my house. Gotta love convenience.

The beer department at Holiday has come a long ways. I can't even remember the last time I've stopped down the street at Cloverleaf or even thought about it.

Prices are average, which is cheaper than Merchant's now. Currently they even have Bell's Oracle in stock for cheaper than Champanes. Nice selection with a good amount singles and the staff is very friendly.

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev -6%

This place looked like it would be a great place to shop for food, wine and beer. Large selection of all and a quality selection of food and brews, didn't check out the wine much.
Warm and cold selections, singles and sixers.
Organized mostly by brewer. Local, Michigan, Midwest, National and International all well represented. Shorts is always the thing out of towners are looking for, they had a bunch. I found Harpoon Leviation Baltic Porter, which I found interesting that I have never found this in North Carolina where Harpoon is readily available.
I preferred this place to the Clover Leaf, though that place is rated higher. They had more ambiance, but this place has the selection, at least of things not viewed more champaigne like- sours, Belgians.
I would just stop here in the future since they have more space to keep more things year round.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.2/5  rDev -6%

Made a quick stop while in Detroit on business looking for Bells batch 9,000. They had it in the cooler and I picked up two six pack. I think they were $15.99 each plus bottle deposit.

This place is a wonderful grocery mart first with a world-class beer selection. You'll find plenty of the great Michigan breweries here including Shorts and the off brands from Jolly Pumpkin (the Hawaii-named line which escapes me).

Well-organized selection including singles (which I picked up a Short's Soft Parade). Nobody was working the beer section as this was around 8:30 on a Wednesday night.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%

Stopped in here after Cloverleaf's as its just down the street. Lots of selection here. Tons of Michigan beer as well as California, Colorado and others. Almost any kind of beer style you can think of, they have it. Lots of six packs and single bombers. I went with a 6 pk of Victory Yakami Twilight, two bombers of Stone Ruination IPA and one Southern Tier Mokah. Decent prices here and very knowledge able service when were here. They even brought a 4 pk from the back of Founders Backwoods Bastard for my friend. I sure wish we had this selection back home.

Photo of crossovert
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%

THis is a great grocery store and beer store as well. There is a Whole Foods just down the road near Birmingham and this one kicks the crap out of it, especially in beer selection.

The beer aisle is in the liquor section to the parking lot end of the store. There is an aisle side of warm beer, and one of cold, plus an end area with a few cheap pieces of branded glassware and winter seasonals. There was a pretty immense selection, but not enough singles.

The worker that helped me out was incredibly knowledgeable about many of the domestic beers and especially the Michigan only brews. They had full lines of Short's, Brooklyn, Jolly Pumpkin, ect.. plus other stuff like Dragonmead. The selection of imports was also pretty good though not the largest I have seen.

Overall this is top class beer store and def worth a stop for people in the Detroit metro area. It is also very close to a number of brewpubs.

Photo of steebo777
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%

I can't believe I never reviewed Holiday before as I have been going here for quite some years. I'll start with the beer/wine section. There is quite a large wine selection with a great layout to find what you need. The two wine guys (Brian and another guy I forgot) are always helpful if not slightly pompous. However, the beer section is where it is at. Ashley runs the beer section and is always there to help and a good conversation about beer. Ionly rated service a little lower because the guys other than Ashley can be a little snobby sometimes. Quality is top notch and product is constantly coming in and fresh. Price is always a little higher than I'd like, but it is Royal Oak and expected. Definitely the best beer store in the area.

Now for the food sections as they are the best in the area, bar none. Amazing cheese, meat, bread, bakery and pretty much anything else you can think of. When they devote an entire huge cooler section as well as people for a wide variety of cheese form around the globe, you are in for a treat. For all meat, I head here as well for the best choices in the area.

Photo of gotweid
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Overall, the most impressive selection of beers that I have seen accumulated in one place. A wonderful choice of both chilled as well as shelved. Singles, mix and match, 4 and 6 packs and styles are abundant. Felt like a kid in a candy store. A bit pricey, but you can't beat the selection. Available also are many brands of wine along with the hard stuff. A family market, the also sell many groceries and have a fine selection of meats, fish, veggies and fruits. Fresh breads are also abundant. A well lit, heavily stocked place to shop.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Basically a gourmet grocery store with a considerable liquor section - beer, wine, hard liquor. Prices are OK, but there are cheaper places in town. Lots of employees milling around, some of which know more stuff than others.

The number of beers available is enormous, but mostly multi packs and bombrs. Only a limited selection of 12 oz singles. Apparently the employees are allowed to break out sixers and place them in the singles rack if it's too empty, but there's only a small rack. Worth going to for the selection, but not so much for sampling different brews. There are better places in town for that.

Photo of tallmidget
3.2/5  rDev -28.4%

Large selection and cooler; about a third of it is macros. It's an upscale grocery store with a very nice liquor selection too, you can get stuff that you won't typically find in most liquor stores like Luksusowa vodka, nice scotchs, etc. It's easy to get lost in the huge amount of beers in the store but the selection really looks bigger than it actually is, A lot of the beers can be found in different parts of the store; in two different isles or in the cooler and on the shelf. Some old stuff that will never sell at all and has gone bad will be put "on sale" for a dollar off.

People that worked there are helpful but not entirely helpful. I was told that the main beer guy was on break when I asked if they had a particular beer coming in. The only problem with the staff is that they hoard beer as stated in the other review.

The main problem with this store is the layout (Again, too many of the same beers can be found in different spots) and the prices. A lot of the stuff found here can be had at better prices just a few blocks away at Cloverleaf Fine Wine & Spirits or at Champanes in Warren, you'll save money even with the amount of gas you're using. They now break select six-packs into singles on a rack but they markup the singles immensely unlike Cloverleaf and singles that are lower in ABV at Cloverleaf are in the cooler, at Holiday they are just sitting out in the open.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev -6%

Stopped by on my recent trip to Michigan to visit family.

This is a great place to shop for beer as well as the family meals. The beer selection is tucked away in it's own section along with a good assortment of wines. The beer I looked at was all clean and up to date.

No service was asked for nor was any offered.

The selection of beer was quite impressive. My favorite Michigan offerings were present such as Founders, Bell's, Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin, and New Holland. They also had Avery, Great Lakes, Stone, DFH, and Flying Dog.

Prices were as expected and fair.

Holiday Market will always be a must-stop on my Detroit visits.

Photo of SaucyA
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%

I've driven past here a billion times but never stopped in... for whatever reason. I decided I'd make a trek there after hearing about their stock of KBS.

They have an ample beer/wine selection. Most good brands represented. Southern Tier, Stone, Founders, Great Lakes, Bells, Victory, La Chouffe, Ayinger, Boulder, Dark Horse, Arcadia, Avery. Quite a few goodies and rarities. They keep their bottles in good shape but the stock is misleading. Lots of the same beers in different spots. On top of that, their turnover isn't all that great. Lots of shit sits on the shelf that probably shouldn't.

Nice cold selection, nice service, decent quality. A definite go-to place for good brew, especially when coupled with Cloverleaf just down the road.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%

This is a quality establishment, and right in my own backyard. They have a fine selection of brews, and seem to rotate some in and out to keep things interesting. Lots of singles, and plenty of 6 packs.

Everything was organized very well. Prices seem fine.

Bonus points for also having a great selection of wine and liquor. They also have a wide variety of foods. Lots of cheeses, several different counters serving everything from salads to sandwiches. Great place.

No complaints with the service. I will frequently come back.

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Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI
98 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.