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Feb 21, 2011 01:35 PM

Hollingshead's Deli, for Pliny the Younger and Other russian river

Did anyone go today? What are your thoughts?

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  1. I didn't go to Hollingshead, but I've had Pliny the Younger on other occasions. I didn't find it to be the religious experience that many report. On the other hand, "plain old" Pliny the Elder is one of my favorite beers ever. Younger and Elder have very different characters -- I'm surprised Russian River gave them similar names. Elder is firmly in the hoppy IPA style pioneered by Anchor and Sierra Nevada. Younger tastes like hoppy Duvel.

    I think Father's Office has Pliny the Elder on tap all the time now. I've also had it at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach and Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, but their supply is intermittent. Russian River is very selective about who they sell their beers to.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Peripatetic

      There are usually Russian River guest beers at Tustin Brewing Company on Newport and Old Irvine Blvds. I'm avoiding the hype machine around Pliny the Younger, so I can't say if they have or will get any.

      Tustin Brewing Company
      13011 Newport Ave Ste 100, Tustin, CA 92780

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        You guys like the midwestern style sandwiches on squaw bread at hollingsheads? or do you think it's way overpriced for what your getting and the quality of the meats is just not that great (think hormel for the turkey, although the pastrami and or corned beef is vienna beef).

        1. re: kevin

          I like it every now and then. I like the liverwurst sandwich, but my coworkers don't. And I have a soft spot for those deviled eggs.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            the also have the weirdest tasting coleslaw i have ever tried. along with good pickled eggs.

            i guess a double turkey sandwich here with avocado, runs about 11 bucks, and the pickles deli near the staples at the other end of the mini-mall serves the same thing for like 4.69. although you don't get that atmopshere that hollingsheads has.

    2. Haven't had the "younger" but have had the "elder" just about every time I go to Hollingshead! Love to put back a few cold ones and enjoy one of their delicious sandwiches .The fact that I live "walking distance" from there doesn't hurt either.

      1. Place Link for Hollingshead's Deli

        Hollingshead's Delicatessen
        368 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868

        1. FYI, Tustin Brewery has Russian River beers quite often.

          1. Tried the beer last night, wasn't blown away (or even really that impressed, I actually prefer the elder) If they bottled it, I don't think I'd pick it up too often. Some people love it, obviously.

            I felt like it was too extreme a beer, the bitterness and the extreme sweetness fight each other and while they do balance out about as well as you can imagine, they're still big extreme tastes. Not a beer with much subtlety. I was glad to try it though