Hollingshead's Delicatessen


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Hollingshead's DelicatessenHollingshead's Delicatessen

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

368 S Main St
Orange, California, 92868-3834
United States

(714) 978-9467 | map

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Photo of Rezzin
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If you've never been it's worth a visit for sure. No sandwiches on Saturday btw. It's just south of the Staples parking lot.

If you're a Packer fan, that's a plus. If you're a beer fan, you're in the right place. The owners are friendly people who love to chat up a conversation. The crowd there is filled with beer lovers. The atmosphere is laid back and friendly. It's a little small but it works. Good sandwiches.

Nice selection of beers. It's not the best selection around but you don't go for the selection - you go to grab a bite to eat, have a nice beer, and just simply enjoy yourself.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I finally got to stop by Hollingshead on my way to a Ducks hockey game. Coming from San Diego it is the perfect place to stop and get a bite and a few good beers down before the game. The deli is only a couple of miles from Honda Center, just go up Main St (Hollingshead is on the west side of Main) left on Kattela and you are at the game.

The proprietors are a father and son team, and really have the bartender thing down. They are super friendly, like to chat, and love the Green Bay Packers (as evidenced by all the Pack memorabilia). The banter between them and the customers is worth the trip alone. The draft list has a good mix of West Coast beer and European beers. The bar is cramped since there isn't a lot of seating area. There are a few tables in the middle of the store surrounded by cold cases stocked with bottles.

Keep an eye on the clock if you go, they are pretty firm about not taking sandwich orders after 6:00pm (weekdays) and the bar closes around 8pm.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.58/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went there a few months ago on a Monday afternoon.

A - Just casual people coming into an OC strip mall for a delicatessan. People are friendly here, cool.

Q - Sat down and there were 10 not so easy to find beers on taps. Went in October so they had a couple of Octoberfests, Racer X, Ballast Point, a great selection for a hophead.

Service - Exceptional. Kenny, the owner, wanted to sit and talk beer and give samples. Not every place is like that and we talked about people in the industry we both knew. Pretty cool for a little delicatessan.

Selection - Pretty good. see above comments in the quality section. Plus they had a huge fridge for what they didn't have on tap. Further, they had more stuff on the shelves. I ended up buying the Avery, Reverend.

Food - N/A

Value - Excellent for the few bucks I spent to drink and talk to Kenny and some of the other beer afficionados.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of cbrakel
4.1/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I recently found this hidden gem with some colleagues, on a recommendation. The owners were knowledgeable, quirky, and fun; the selection of beers (both on tap and for sale) is outstanding.

Despite its low profile, this place is one of the best places to consume or purchase beer in Orange County!!!

The sandwich selection is also quite good, offering everything from light, healthy selections to heavy Germanic (Liverwurst) type fare.

At the bar, free samples are offered to entice your curiosity, which usually results in the consumption of a great brew!

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Photo of koolchas
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by Hollingshead's Deli for the first time today and did not realize how close it is off the 22 (Garden Grove FWY).

This place is a hidden gem tucked away in a corner of small strip mall. Walking in the place itself is very interesting. Sandwiches on one side, a decent bar table in the back and a good sized cold section with bottles as well as shelves full of bottles and glassware. Also, some imported sweets. The middle of place is somewhat open space with tables but, very limited table space. The bar area may seat about 10 people. It is easy to see how this place can get packed very quickly depending on time of day.

What can I say, the owner is awesome. Very friendly and talkative. We walked straight to the bar, I said "ah, I missed Racer X uh?" Then, he pointed out the Pliny the Elder as a substitute. We talked beer a bit and he gave my wife and I few samples. Since we were there early (before noon), I knew I can only drink down one brew so I went with the Bear Republic Sammy's Strong Belgian Triple Ale and my wife had the Bear Republic Crystal Wit - both very tasty brews.

We decided to spit a "double" BBQ Club sandwich. I will say this - the sandwich was excellent! But, I was bit disappointed at the size of it; especially, for $12.99. Was also suprised by the cost vs. portion size given the amount of competition around them in regard to other sandwich places within walking distace of Hollingshead. I don't mind paying the price but, man, this sandwich should have been at least a foot long. My wife, who is very petitie, even was saying; "that was small .... small ... small..." So, unless you eat two or three don't plan on satisfying your hunger with one.

Overall, I this is still a solid place for beer. Tap selection is about quality not quantity and prices for brew here are very reasonable. Their bottle prices are right in align with other popular bottle shops in the OC/LA area listed here on BA. The only downside is the price of their sandwiches for the amount you get. But, as we saw during our visit, several people came in, drank a brew, and left. So, good news is you don't have to eat here in order to drink here. So, my value rating rating of $$ is for the brew only. If looking to eat, then you are looking at $$$ to $$$$ depending on what kind of sandwich you get.

Hollingshead's Deli is another solid So-Cal beer friendly location that warrants being added to my list of one touch "Favorites" in my GPS unit.


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Photo of Floydster
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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

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Photo of Talisker
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 31-Aug-2007.

Hollingshead's is a fascinating place that's hard to describe and even harder to rate. Is it a bar, a deli, a beer store? A little of each.

Tucked away randomly in a typically anonymous Orange County strip mall. Small place, seats maybe 25 people total including the bar and the plastic tables set up inside and out.

Stellar bottled beer selection. On my visit there were piles of AleSmith and Drake's, all kinds of Belgians, a respectable group of English beers, and a vast selection of German stuff. Everything available as a single with various volume discounts, so mix and match to your heart's content.

But there's no air conditioning inside, and I was there on a very muggy 90+ degree day. Very similar hot and humid feel inside. Given that there's still Sierra Nevada Celebration 2006 around in August 2007, and cases of YuleSmith piled up next to the deli case (in the path of the hot air compressor output), you have to worry more than a bit about the beer storage conditions. Prices are average.

Some bottles are in coolers, so you can take them up and drink them - just like at City Beer Store in San Francisco. You've got to love this.

Tap selection is remarkable and impeccable. Northern California beers you can't find in Northern California (like Drake's Blonde and Drake's Russian Imperial Stout), Victory HopDevil, Dorado DIPA...

Service is wonderfully friendly but inefficient, and quite quirky. Apparently women aren't allowed to handle cash, so only the elder Hollingshead and his son can actually check you out (while the mother and female employee *can* pour beers). But the failing health of the owners and increasingly restrictive hours lead me to think that Hollingshead's won't be around in this form for too much longer - be sure to visit while you can.

Ultimately, this is a must-visit, at least once, for any beer fan in the LA/OC area. You may not love it, but if you can't get to Hi-Times, you'll be able to stock up on great bottles just fine here.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Just off the 22 in Orange, this is a great place to buy a beer. Their draft selection is small, but full of great selections; while I was there, they had both Plinys, Russian River IPA, Paulaner Lager Beer, Hoegaarden, Piglet, and Green Flash West Coast I.P.A., among others. They also have a great bottle collection, with the best selection of German beer that I have ever seen for sale in a store. The people working there are very nice and really make you feel comfortable. In my opinion, this is a great deli, with a great atmosphere, and a great place to grab a nice draft beer if you are in the area.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

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 ;-)

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited Hollingshead's Deli on a Friday evening. The place is like a cross between a liquor store and a deli; it's located in a strip mall and is pretty non-descript from the outside. They have seriously good beers on tap and a truly unbelievable selection of bottled beers for sale. I had Pliny the Elder; not many places you will find that on tap in Orange County. There are a half dozen or so tables set up inside the store and a few outside, plus a little bar that seats about 8. It was a full house with 20 to 30 people. I will have to go back to try the food next time.

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Photo of nige4958
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Hollingshead is a deli/beer bar that caters to beer people. There are many quality beers on draft and in bottles to choose from. I would stay with draft only, as a bottle will cost $$. Their bottles are color coded, representing how much a particular bottle will cost to drink on the premises. Place needs a proper staff, with hours set in the real world. They're currently closed on Saturdays, do to family commitments. Basically Ma and Pa run the place on Saturdays and current health issues prohibit them from working. Makes sense, just close the place on Saturday and forget about your Saturday fan base. Place is so poorly run, I don't think I'll ever go back.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is a cool small place. Varying taps from what I understand. Today they had some cool stuff on tap. The owner is a nice guy and really into beer and helping people understand beer. It's very warm and welcoming. The beer there seems to get sold pretty fast, although I saw some old stuff from certain breweries that would introduce people to craft beer like sam adams. So much stuff for such a small store. I will definetly go back Again. I really love this place.

The only thing that bothered me is that sometimes when the owner is busy, it is hard to get other people's attention. But the fact that they hand you a sample of everything before you buy and know the beers they are serving makes up for it. You don't have to go into a beer blindly at the bar here.

I forgot to say, this place will sell you the whole six pack or you can pick out bottles individually and buy them. It's cool to be able to just try one 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I finally got the chance to stop in while on my way to Disney Land. It was smaller than I expected. There were a few plastic tables and chairs out side. Like 3 tables I think. Inside was a menu of sandwiches on the left. Straight ahead was a bar with about 7 taps. To the right is some more tables, and some coolers. The coolers are stuffed full of beer.

The owners were probably some of the friendliest people I have ever met. They were talkative, and joking, and knowlegable in both beer in general, and the southern California beer scene. It was a pleasure talking to them.

They had many good looking sandwiches. I had the smoked turkey with smoked gouda cheese. It tasted great. Everyone else I was with had great things to say about their sandwiches.

The beer selection was great in bottles. They has American, Belgain, German, and a few other choices. They had stuff that is quite hard to find. I got a bottle of Hopsickle. You can but a bottle of beer to drink there, or to go, so it doubles as a liquor store. The tap selection was a lottle small, but what they lack in tap beer, they make up in bottled stuff.

I think they were just a tad expensive. My sandwich was good, but I spent $8 on it, and it was small. I have been to other sandwich beer bars and had sandwiches that left me full, but this one left me still a little hungry. Also, the tap beer was a little pricey. I bought a Pliney the Younger. I know this is a slightly rare beer, but I have had it many times for like $5 a pint, but here I spent $7 for a pint.

All in all, I really liked this place. I think that the next time I am in the area I will probably stop by.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Since I'm based in Santa Barbara currently but have parents that live in Long Beach, I decided to take the opportunity to swing by the Orange, CA deli I've heard so much about here on BA. I wasn't dissapointed.

I stopped in on a clear, cool Thursday evening about an hour and a half before closing. The atmosphere, in a state whose people and, at times, establishments tend to lack character (I admit this despite being a CA native), is wonderful. Wisconsonian(?) at its best. Very friendly staff, and a crowd of lively, friendly, and ecclectic regulars. Some drank their favorite bottled brews there in the store from the large cooler to your right as you walk in, some from the 10 or so taps Hollingshead offers. No, this is not a place for decorum, but again, it has character. Picnic tables and old-fashioned bar stools, impromptu beer tap handles and sandwich menu signs, etc.

I didn't get a chance to try the food, although I apparently could have. Instead, I, of course, went for the beer. Their cooler contains some nice offerings - Yule Smith, a variety of Belgian beers, Stone, Marin, Moylans, and other West Coast offerings, and a sizeable German selection as well. However, compared to, say Hi-Times or some other comparable OC or LA area beer store, it isn't particularly special (although I did spot a large bottle of Jolly Pumpkin beer behind the bar counter, but I assumed that was for Ken & co's personal imbibment), just comparable. The specialness of the place is in the taps. 10 were offered when I came in there. Recently I saw they had switched out Pliny the Elder from Russian River for Perdition, which I was a little disappointed at, so I was happy to see, while I would have liked to try Perdition, that Elder had returned for me to try for the first time. The rest of the taps were as follows: Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Drake's #1500 Imperial IPA, Drake's "Hoppy Brown" (don't know what this is exactly, had a Drake's tap handle with a hand written sign), ReaperAle Deathly Pale Ale, (Wettenburger) Kloster Winter-Traum, Spaten Pils, N'Ice Chouffe, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Aktien Brauerei Hell Bock, Alaskan Winter Ale, Stone 9th Anniversary Ale, and Lagunitas Cappucino Stout. All great offerings. However, when I was in there, I ordered an Oaked Bastard only to find that, while it came out of the Oaked AB tap, it was defintiively a German lager that I was drinking. Maybe Ken accidentally crossed the taps?

Overall a great experience. Ken Jr. mentioned his father is still on the mend, and that his mother just broke a hip as well, so Saturday closings are probably indefinite at this point. This fact also made it difficult for Ken to estimate when his next tasting will be, but he did spat off some brewers he wants to highlight: Tomme Arthur from Port, the Ballast Point fellows, and a few others.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Hollingshead's is a very interesting little place for sure. From the front it looks like any other strip-mall deli you've ever seen.

Once inside you notice the layout's remarkably different. The center of the establishment is comprised of tables and chairs with west, north, and east sides being the deli, beer bar, and beer fridge, respectively. They've done a nice job of keeping their beer bar stocked with top notch stuff like Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, and RR Pliny the Elder (and Younger) to name a few. You can also grab a beer from their fridge and either drink it there or take it home.

They used to fill growlers, but some asshole decided to report them to the ABC and that went away overnight.

The deli itself is overrated and the sandwiches are relatively average.

One thing that seems rather juxtaposed at Hollingshead's is the projection of prudishness and orthodoxy from much of the staff. It seems odd to me that a place that makes its business selling alcohol would claim to be "family oriented." When I sit down with a beer at the end of the week amongst adults and want to talk to my friends about what an f'ing asshole Bill O'Reilly is, I don't want to feel sequestered.

So while I would recommend Hollingshead's for the occasional brew, it doesn't offer the kind of free setting I'm looking for. Naja's Place in Redondo Beach is more my speed.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of ReDave
5/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This place is very special. I met Dr. Bill here for a beer, before going to his place for a tasting. They had 12 beers on draught and hundreds, upon hundreds in the bottle, including a vast array of German beers, which is obviously their specialty. A very nice slection overall. The best thing about this place though is the owners. What a friendly bunch of people who made me feel right at home. This place should be a destination. They also have a nice array of American beers for purchase as well as good sandwiches, although I didn't try them because the kitchen was closed.

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Photo of weizendoc
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Indeed it would've been very difficult to find had I not known to look deep into the strip mall. Super nice people own/run this place! I felt like a guest at a party in their home. They have a tremendous selection of German bier in bottles (one's that you can't find at BevMO), and their prices are pretty much the same. Some interesting taps that I will try on a subsequent visit too.
I ate a veal brat that was pretty nice.

Overall, a nice find. If I lived in their part of the county, I'd probably go there 1x month at least.

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Photo of chelovek
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went for my second time and thought that I might as well write a review. It's in a mini mall and one can easily drive past it if one doesn't know where it is at. I know this because I drove past it the first time. The place looks like a tribute to the state of Wisconsin and the Packers, which in its own right is pretty cool. The owner is a really nice fellow that has a taste for the Russian River brews. He had Pliny the Younger on tap and it was delicious. The only place I know of in So Cal that has any Russian River beers was a huge perk for me. It was a lunch time excursion so I only had one but I did pick up some beers to go. The place has about 10 taps ranging from local micros to some German selection. The bottle selection that runs the full length of the right side of the deli has many tastey offerings. Mostly German along with some Belgian and micro selections as well. I will have to start becoming a regular here even though I live a half hour away. Hats off to Hollingshead.

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Photo of joecast
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

so, my first, but not last, visit to HH's. a fantastic place no matter how you look at it. and a great place to meet some BA's during the holiday gathering earlier this evening.

arrived at roughly 6pm on monday night to watch the packers play, meet some fellow beer lovers, and enjoy some fantastic brews. i was driving so it was limited to two :(

the bar runs along the left side as you enter for food orders and then along the back wall for beer.
the bottled beer is organised by country with some in the cooler on the right side of the room with some uncooled german at the end of the cooler, and some belgians in basically the middle of the room separating the tables from the food bar.
fairly well organised really for the amount of beer they stock and to have as much bar space as they do. maybe a dozen seats at the bar at the back of the room.
restrooms are pretty much behnd the bar with the womens to the right and mens on the left. very basicall appointed, but i like the beer decorations on the wall.

being a monday night with the packers playing, the crowd was very football oriented. i think the fact that "the pack" had been having a crap year and the game was a blowout also had an affect.
that aside though, it was still fairly good. go with a good group (as i was lucky enough to do), and you will have a good time. very laid back and relaxing. things are pretty beer focused i thought, so you dont get many people wasting space in there asking for bmc stuff. once you see the taplist you focus and appreciate what is on hand.

no table service. ask for your food, and wait for your name to be called. go up to the bar, contemplate your first beer, and take it back to your seat. i must say the service was very polite. they dont come to you, so what. you ask for something, and they tell you if they have it. its all very honest and laid back. they dont pretend to be something they are not. they dont have lots of uneducated obnoxious staff to worry about. i think its a good thing. of course the best would be lots of educated poilite staff, but they cost money. deal with it.

im not going to be too specific about selection. if i was, it would be gone by the time i go back later this week.
about ten taps. not all incredible or really rare, but they rotate often. and some are incredible or really rare.
bottles. too many to count. not everything from the US, or the UK, or germany, or belgium, but a hell of a lot from all over. as i said, bottles are organised by country and i went through a few sections and felt i could spend up big in each one. separately. and i probably will.

had a bratwurst which was ok. comparing it to what i can get in hobart, 3.5 is fair. it was good, but nothing too fancy. might try a sandwich and see how it goes.

quality of the beer was great. had a celebration and anchor 05. both were really tasty. establishment was clean, and beer seemed looked after well enough. only knock is the variety of food (which i include as part of quality).

im happy paying $5 a pint as i hardly ever get this sort of beer, but if it was my local, that could get a bit pricey. it wouldnt keep me coming back though.

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Photo of erica
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first beer stop on my recent December getaway to Sunny California. I rode in the passenger sige of BA Davo's silver Sebring Convertible rental car, top down (yes, and the heat on, it got a bit chilly..hehe). Yeah, we were California-cool, so cool in our car that we drove right past Hollingshead, and I think we past it again driving back. Cool. Finally we spotted it tucked away in the corner of a strip mall type thing and parked the car and headed in. They have a few tables and chairs outside, and inside it's a weird experience. To the left is a counter and deli case to order sandwiches- the "menu" is papers with sandwich names and descriptions hanging from the ceiling. Straight ahead you can walk to the bar, which is a wood-looking kitchen countertop like thing, with maybe 10 or so barstools, adn 10-15 taps I believe. There were quite a few Drake's beers on, a Stoudt's, Alesmith IPA, Sierra Nevada Celebration and a few others that are escaping my memory. A nice selection. To the right is the 'beer store' part, a double sided shelf full of beer separating the deli area from some more tables, and a refrigerated area running the length of the wall of beer, kind of reminded me of like the dairy case in a grocery store, but full of beer bottles instead.

So Mr., Davo and I sat down at the bar, and I figured I better get something in my tummy before starting a day of beer, so I went and ordered a cheese sandwich (the only non-meat thing besides PB&J), with I think 3? cheeses, lettuce, tomato and spicy mustard on a dark honey-wheat sort of bread. The people working behinf the deli were really nice with a sense of humor. While many places will take your name or give you a number that they'll call out when your order is ready, this place gives you a big laminated beer label. I got Peroni. So I had to listen for them to call out Peroni, then I got my sandwich, which didn't take long at all, and they were relatively busy with the business lunch crowd. Great sandwich by the way, awesome bread. I then paid for the sandwich (about $4-5 or so) and our 2 beers (about $4 each), and the man (the owner? I forget now. the old man's middle-aged son) at the register told me he hoped that nice young gentleman (Davo. hehe) appreaciated me buying his beer! I said it was ok, he's driving me around. Thanks for driving, dude!

So, the bar. There was an OLD man working behind the bar, I mean OLD. Owner? Owner's dad? I really didn't remember what we figured it out to be. Took us a bit of time to get served, as he was slow moving, but it wasn't too bad. You could tell he was aware of everyone and was just getting through the orders. I ordered an Alesmith IPA. Yum. I think Davo had a Drake's Harvest. Also yum. Good and fresh and hoppy. We brought 2 growlers to get filled, and the 'son' took them, rinsed them out and chilled them until we were ready. Nice. When asked if they were washed out, and we said yes, the old man said "Good, we're not running a growler-warshing business here!" At times it was actually hard to tell if the old man was being funny or really annoyed with us/other customers. I think it was all humor though.

So when we were ready to leave, the not-so-old man filled our growlers and checked us out. I also bought a 2005 OSA glass, and he told me not to use the dishwasher with the gold rim, to which I said, no worries, I AM the dishwasher. OK then. As an added bonus I bought 3 red licorice sticks for 25 cents, and of course picked out a real short one from the big jar thing, so he let me have another. Yes! A free half pirce of licorice!

Overall it was a great place to start the day, and the week in CA. The atmosphere was really casual and friendly, the beer was good and fresh, and there was lots of it, my sandwich was really fresh and tasty and big, the staff seemed to know their stuff and were all really pleasant, prices were very reasonable. It was a great place to visit and probably would be a regular stop for me if I didn't live thousand of miles away. A real family deli/bar. Can't beat it.

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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hollingshead is a gem. It is a family run establishment with great deli selection and some pretty fantastic brews on tap. The owner and family are great people and if you happen to be German and know anything about the Green Bay Packers, you will LOVE this place.

Every monday that the pack is playing, Hollingshead stays open for the game and their is always a sign-a-long during halftime. This is the place I call "The Unofficial Packer Headquarters" in Southern California. Good people and good times all around.

The selection of beer is one of the best in the area. What you can't find at Hi-Times or BevMo, you can probably find here. It matches Hi-Times fairly well in the selection.

It's a deli, so don't expect anything grand in the way of food. Their sandwiches are out of control though. It is a stop for a lot of people who work in the area.

Their website is http://www.hollingshead4beer.com/ . They just put it up, so it is still in the construction stage, but they keep the tap list updated fairly well.

I love Hollingshead and they know me down there, so I have to say that I really appreciate the people and the service. It is definitely like family when you go in.

Update 5/2/2006

Hollingshead has done a lot in the last year to up their craft brew selection on tap and get some more on the bottle also. Their food is just growing on me, so I bumped that one up too. I also bumped up service due to the fact that Kenny just does a great job there. I love the guy because he is so kind and knows what it is to treat your customers with a lot of respect and care.

They deserve a better rating because they are doing much better themselves.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.58/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Finally, I got to stop in here long enough to put together a review. Hollingshead's Deli can be a bit challenging to find as you drive along Main St in Orange. It's tucked away in the southwest corner of a strip mall and faces south so you won't see it if you're driving southbound.
Once inside, I noticed the place is liberally decorated with Green Bay Packer pictures, news clippings, and memorabilia. A true cheesehead's dream pub. The deli part of the place is on the left side while the rear and left side is where all the beer action is. In the center are a few tables and chairs so you can sit, enjoy a beer and sandwich and watch a couple TV's located above the bar.
The bar takes up the back of the place and sports fifteen taps of excellent craft beers. There was Russian River's Pliny The Elder, Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale and their 2005 Celebration Ale, and Left Coast's Hop Juice to name a few. The taplist rotates frequently. The range of bottled beers covers the right side, two thirds of which are on refridgerated shelves. German beers dominate the un-cooled section, with Allgauer, Will-brau, Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, Aktien-Brauerei, and Tucher to name a few. The Belgian and British selection are less varied but still decent. The domestic scene is well-covered with Stone, Alesmith, Russian River, Marin, Moylan's, and Bear Republic representing Cali. Other notable breweries to be found were Victory, Stoudts, Rogue, Avery, and Canada's Unibroue. All in all, a lot of time can be spent perusing the selection trying to decide what needs to go home.
A great thing about HD's is the growler fill policy. Bring in a growler, any growler, and they'll fill it with whatever's on tap. I used a Minneapolis Towne Hall growler and got some SN Harvest Ale. I also picked up a 750ml Piraat, a bottle of RR Supplication, Aktien's Frundsberg Dunkel and Steingadener dunkelweisse and a bottle of Will-brau Maibock. The prices are a bit on the steep side but the growler fill makes it worth it.
Service was great; very friendly and helpful. My growler was sanitized and chilled prior to being filled and I was given a gratis pour of SNHA while I picked out my bottled brews and waited for my growler. We shot the bull about football (USC was killin' WA State) and I was made to feel very welcome, like a regular.
Hollingshead is a bit of a drive for me to reach but it is definitely worth the trip. If you're taking in an Angels or Ducks game or visiting Disneyland, take the time to make a short detour to HD's and enjoy. Highly worth your time.

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Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
4.36 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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