September 27, 2012 | 9:30am
Ken Hollingshead Sr., a pioneer in Orange County's craft beer scene, died in his sleep on Tuesday night.
He was the founder of Hollingshead's Delicatessen, the eclectic deli and bar in Orange known for its Cheers-like atmosphere and unparalleled tap list. The Hollingshead family--Ken, along with his son Kenny and grandson Michael Kenneth--has run the neighborhood treasure since 1963.
Many in OC's craft beer scene saw Ken as a mentor and "grandpa." Haven Gastropub posted on its Facebook page, "Our entry into the world of craft beer in Orange County was inspired by the healthy appreciation that was fostered through the years by the Hollingshead family."
Ed Heethuis, who previously worked in Tustin as a beer wholesaler, wrote on his Facebook page, "I will always remember Ken Sr. as a mentor and a friend . . . his genuine smile, gracious laugh and zest for life will always be remembered with extreme fondness."
We'll post more information and tributes as we receive them. Our thoughts are with the Hollingshead family.