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1203 S Main St
phone: (248) 541-1414
Monday - Saturday: 8am - 9pm
Sunday: 8am - 8pm
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
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.
11-04-2009 18:24:57 |
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More by JohnnieNepal
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.
01-07-2013 17:57:23 |
More by Jay43613
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.
12-29-2012 14:44:56 |
More by Steimie
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.
01-09-2012 01:15:44 |
More by J0E
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.
01-08-2012 15:37:04 |
More by TheMonk41
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Holiday Market has been a great place to get your everyday craft brews as well as the hard to find releases. As a result of doing so much volume, Holiday often finds themselves getting in the most amount of cases for limited releases.
The nice part about Holiday is the beer guy, Ashley, doesn't play favorites. He doesn't hold beers, he simply posts on Facebook what they have each shipment and then lets you know when its out.
As far as pricing, the pricing of the beers have been one of the best I've seen. No large mark-ups on rare items like some of the smaller party stores. Overall it's an outstanding place.
01-08-2012 04:50:23 |
More by BeRanger
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-02-2012 04:03:19 |
More by Dogbrick
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.
11-27-2011 03:18:15 |
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