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 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 TheLongBeachBum
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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 Hollingshead’s 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; Hollingshead’s 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 BeerFly’s but I think it was superb. If you are in a rush don’t 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 Gandhi’s 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 won’t hurt the wallet too much. Bottles have two prices; ‘take-out’ and ‘drink-in’; the latter can be a little steep. I really didn’t mind the prices, after all, if you’re 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 you’re 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 HD’s 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, I’ll BM yer next time I head out here!

Gotta love BA and BeerFly.

Last Visit: Saturday 16th July, 2005

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I went to Hollingshead's during this year's Younger release in February. When an employee handing out tickets came by, he said, "it'll probably be 2 to 3 hours until we get in." As I never tried Younger before I decided to stay. The people around us who we got to know were really cool. Now to the bad, it wasn't a 2 to 3 hour wait. We finally got into the deli after waiting 6 hours and 13 minutes. Once you wait two hours in line, and the line slows down to a crawl, you already invested so much time, that you don't want to leave.

Fast forward 6 hours and 13 minutes... we got in. It was a nice, family style deli with a nice stock of craft beers in coolers and others stored on shelves. They had maybe 10 or so taps in addition to PtY - RR sours and other beers. I thought the PtY was on the pricey side which included a take home mug. I forget how much the sours were exactly, but they were pricey too compared to other bars I've been to.

I did end up trying PtY which was nice.

If I lived closer, I'd probably return and try their sandwiches. They looked pretty good. I know it wasn't entirely their fault for giving us inaccurate wait time estimates, but that kinda soured the experience as a whole. I'll re-review once I try their food and check out their regular tap line-up and prices.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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?

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Photo of aoampm
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Been here many times and the beers on tap never disappoint. I've had everything from a goose island tap takover (which had 3 of the bourbon county beers), to special and limited Lagunitas releases such as the waldo beer. Also they reguraly have pliny and blind pig on tap which is always a nice surprise. I used to go there for the sandwiches also but the sandwiches are fairy expensive, about 7-10 dollars for a single and 14-20 bucks for a double (which is ridiculous) and that accompanied with a 6-12 dollar beer really adds up quick.

Overall its a great spot if you want awesome beer and pretty good sandwiches, just be ready to pay about 20 dollars for one single sandwich and one beer. Service is sub par but for me the beer they have make up for it. Would recommend.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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 Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Quite an impressive place: deli, sports bar (although only one large flat screen, I was glad to see a Ducks - Rockies game rather than NCAA BB), beer bar (14 well selected taps) and beer store all in one. Clientele is mostly (grey) bearded men, but if you're just out to drink some good beer with a few buds, not sure you can beat this place (maybe just a knotch below the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach).

On tap: Aecht Schlenkerla Fitche (dopplebock), Bear Republic Red Rocket & Ryevalry, Bellegems Bruin, Harp, O'hara's, Firestone Double Jack (17 oz pour for $1495 - an amazing beer but, ouch!), Deschutes Inversion IPA, Pliny the Elder, Little Sumpin Wild, Sierra Nevada Glissade, 2010 Old Guardian, Ballast Point barrel aged stout, Aprihop, Spaten Optimator and Innstadt.

Last call is at 7:10 on this Wednesday night - but then again, this is a deli.

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Photo of glid02
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jdense
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in the back corner of a strip mall, Hollingshead's isn't the easy place to find, though the effort well worth it for traveling hopheads. The owner, Kenny, is a virtual compendium of information on all things beer, and features a bottle selection heavy on Belgians, Germans and west coast craft offerings. The real prize is located at the bar in back where 10+ rotating taps offer up exotic delights. Venturing in during the Christmas holidays one found holiday brews from Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam and St. Bernardus (!) on tap. Previous visits found other worldly delights from Avery, Doghead Fish and other cutting edge Breweries. The sandwiches are quite tasty and Kenny is always happy to suggest a beer pairing. I can honestly say that every patron of this place is friendly, wiling to strike up a conversation about brews with a stranger from Beervana. While the prices are a bit high, heh, this is Orange County after all. Highly recommended.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been hearing about this place for so long and I finally made the trip down to Orange to check it out.

The place (as I'm sure many have said) looks pretty unassuming from the outside (as far as what you would expect a fantastic beer depot to look like).

The inside, however, is pretty much all beer. Yeah, there's some snacks and the deli counter, but about 80% of the store is dedicated to beer. Tons of German beers, good selection of Belgians, and a very extensive wall of American Craft. I ended up walking out with a Maui CoConut Porter, Ballast Point Dorado, and Anchor Christmas 2007 and 2008, but I could have also walked with hundred of dollars worth of beer. They had plenty of Russian River brews (Blind Pig, Pliny, Consecration, Damnation, and Temptation).

The service was exceptional. I was greeted immediately upon entry and asked if I needed help at a couple points, but not in a pushy way at all. Everyone was just very friendly in general.

I didn't have a sandwich as I wasn't hungry, but I have heard good things about them.

The bottles/cans were very reasonably priced, but it seems the draft beers are a bit pricey (tended to be $8 for a 500ml pour) but they had such awful beers like Maharaja and Stone 13, so I can kind of see the justification for the price.

A great store and I will definitely make return trips whenever I get the chance.

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Photo of AlexM
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is CLASSIC and a must see if you are in the area. Hollingshead’s has been around forever … 3 generations … and there is a reason why – because it’s AWESOME.

Great selection of beer … arguably one of the best selections in Orange County. The get Pliny The Elder on a very regular basis … also notables like Alpine, Stone collaboration beers, Bootleggers, Kern, etc … if you are looking for some rare gems, this place is a must!

Besides their bottle collection, their draft offerings are epic! They get Pliny The YOUNGER (granted you’ll have to wait 3 to 4 hours, but they have it) and offer special pours … Stone IPA, DFH, etc. Two sizes are available 17 ounce or 12 ounce pours.

The food selection and quality is excellent! It’s basically a high-end deli … so sandwiches galore, paired with your favorite draft. Prices are on the high side for the sandwiches … so I don’t make eating here a habit, more like a once a month treat … but I’m always stopping by to see their latest craft beer selection.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Stopped in for lunch .. ended up staying for a couple drinks and taking a few home with me. Medium sized shop with a deli counter when you enter the door, a good sized bar in the back, and beer coolers on the opposite wall. The center is occupied by a few tables and some shelves of beer. Sandwiches are good deli quality, not too cheap though. Ingredients seemed to be top notch. The bar has about 15 taps, and many many more in the coolers to either enjoy there or take home with you. All the taps are regional specialties or imported gems - definitely no crap on tap here. What really makes the place is the service. Both the owner and his wife were there working, and willing to answer any questions I had on the beer. Very friendly, and quick to make sure I had everything I needed. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.. I know I'll be back.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Second Review 1/14/06:
Nothing different to say about the review below except that I have to give it better scores and I am really jealous that this place isn't closer to my home. Aboout 25 miles as the crow flies (not bad), but a good 45 minute to 1 1/2 hour drive. I want this place to be my "Cheers". But it's too far to enjoy several pints and get home safely. That is really depressing. The service is incredible. The beer is incredible. The selection is incredible. The food (limited to sandwiches and dogs/brats) is pretty good. Oh how I wish this place was closer.

Original Review: 6/30/05:

As mentioned by other reviewers, this is a little, out of the way, very pleasant surprise that the locals probably have known about for a while, but is a great pleasure to be able to stop in now and again.

This place is not a bar. It is not a beer store. It is a deli. A deli that happens to want to offer you a beer with your sandwich. One of 14 beers on draft (all good ones, no macros here), or one of a couple hundred beers in the cooler. Or you can buy some for takeout. Is that cool or what? But because of it, expectations of what this place is and how it operates should be different than for a typical bar.

I've heard some people talk in various threads where they complain about the service, and I'll admit it was hit and miss- the family that runs the shop would disappear from the bar or be busy with other things, so that refills weren't fast. But the personalities of Ken the owner (he's a crack-up) and the others there more than make up for it. And I've seen much slower service in Belgium.

OK, this is an odd spot- as I said, it's not a bar, it's a deli/sandwich shop. It stops selling sandwiches at 6:00PM so they can clean up. They continue selling beer and chips, etc. until 8:00 while they finish cleaning up. Then it's lights out- literally. Something that sounded like last call at 7:40. This is not a late night spot. Disappointing for me since I got there at 6:30 hungry, and was just getting started when they started turning lights off.

The other thing that is missing from the other reviews is that this is Green Bay Packer HQ for the area- all kinds of memorabilia, and they show the Green Bay Monday Night games until they are over (at what, 9:00???)! They are my #2 team, but I have several friends who are huge fans, so this is a good alternative to staying home!

Also, they are closed Sundays.

When I went it, it was pretty busy, and included several people I had met at the Carlsbad Real Ale Festival a few weeks before- this place is known by beer lovers. Well worth a pilgramage.

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Photo of charlzm
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited just before noon on Monday, 04/21/08.

This is more or less a well-stocked craft beer shop with a deli counter, some imported and gourmet snacks for sale, a simple dining area and a small bar.

Great beers on tap, good (if expensive) deli sandwiches and a great selection of bottled beers makes this place a worthwhile stop.

As it was lunchtime on a weekday, there wasn't a whole lot of beer drinking going on, but I had a Reaper Sleighbor and my friend had an Oaked Arrogant Bastard. There were plenty of other good selections, but the number of taps is small compared to better bars.

Again, this is mainly a deli sandwich shop (and shrine to all things Green Bay Packers). It's a cool little joint and I liked it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat and drink there again. And as a beer store, they have a good selection of English, Belgian and German beers and a pretty decent selection of the good stuff that's distributed in SoCal. But having said that< i didn't find anything rare enough to blow me out of my socks.

Don't go expecting beer nirvana and you'll have a good time.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Take a beer store and combine it with a deli. Divide the two with a small seating area then add a small but good number of tap beers behind a short bar along the back wall. Finish by filling every empty space with Green Bay Packers' memorabilia and you've got yourself Hollingshead.

This place is part sports/beer bar, part deli, and part awesome beer store. I was amazed when I walked in! My girlfriend's uncle drove us down the road from his place to let us be the drinkers. He, being from Wisconsin also, actually wanted to see this place prior to knowing I wanted to go here. He was by the store and saw all the GB stuff inside through the glass when it was closed.

Once inside I made an immediate b-line to the right where the beer was, looking to see what they had available for California stuff. Upon uncle Jimbo's request I picked out a few beers I thought that he'd like (being a Miller Lite guy). I went with the Franziskaner, Erdinger, and Ayinger weissbiers.

From there my eyes couldn't get enough. I already had my arms full from pulling from the open-faced cooler and shelves along the right-hand-side wall. I set my stuff down for a beer break. We looked through their tap selection and passed on the expensive Russian River stuff for the Stone collab, Saison du Buff. The funny and kind server poured Maaskrugs (without asking which size tap pour we wanted) filled with the spicy beer and after sitting for a bit I went looking again.

Let me tell you, there is absolutely nothing that can touch the feeling I had while I was drinking a good beer while shopping for good beer.

Finally I had an opportunity to talk to the owner regarding all the Packer stuff and, very long story short, found out he grew up in Gary, Indiana listening to all the Packer gales on the radio. He sure knew his stuff too! During the season they play the Monday night Packer games; no Sunday ones as they aren't open. I've mentioned it a few times already, but I was really surprised at the amount of memorabilia he had there. At first I thought, with the volume of it all, it was for sale. Then I realized it was all just decoration. He also said that during the season the entire ceiling is covered! Clippings taped up, hats hanging, you name it, it's there and most of it is given to him by customers!

The service and staff was totally awesome as were other patrons. I held a nice conversation with another guy drinking and shopping. I loved the place. It felt like a home away from home with an awesome selection of beer, cider, and even Sprecher soda and a few beers. It was also my second stop for purchases and once again, the final price was half of what I expected. I picked up things like Alpine's Nelson, Pure Hoppiness, Duet, HotD Blue Dot, a Stone collab, Port Old Viscosity, and a Ballast Point porter.

Unfortunately I was too wrapped up in the beer to actually care about the deli side of things but Jimbo got some liverwurst which he said was fantastic. Now that I know what it's like there, the next time I'm back I'll be absolutely sure to go back to this old nostalgic grandparent's basement-like shop.

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Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA
Place rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 135 ratings