Where to Taste Big Chicken IPA in Sonoma County and Beyond

Henhouse BIG Chicken IPA Release TODAY. (Photo courtesy of HenHouse Brewing Facebook page)
Henhouse Big Chicken IPA Release today. (Photo courtesy of HenHouse Brewing Facebook page)

A Petaluma chicken is on the run. We’re not talking the feathery poultry kind of chick but a big hoppy one, and now is your chance to catch it. Today marks the fifth annual release of HenHouse Brewing Co.’s limited edition Big Chicken double IPA and, as we speak, Bay Area beer lovers are getting ready to seek out this rare bird.

Only available to taste two days per year, Big Chicken is a big deal in the beer world. It is made with Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops, and each barrel contains 11 pounds of hops (most IPAs contain only three pounds). The high hop content makes the beer intense, but also fragile and it perishes fast. Because of this reason, HenHouse kegs and delivers Big Chicken on the very same day, and ask that bars and brewpubs taps it on that day in order to ensure peak freshness. The beer usually runs out within two days (and with SFBeer Week in full swing, the beer is likely to go even faster), which leaves only a small window between now and Sunday to get a taste.

“Big Chicken is the extreme of our focus on freshness,” said HenHouse Brewing Co. president Scott Goyne,”Beer is a far more perishable product than most folks realize, in particular hop flavor and aroma degrade fast, so it’s important to drink hoppy beer in it’s short window of freshness.”

In Sonoma County, Big Chicken will be available at HenHouse’s taproom and at the following locations:

Petaluma:
Roaring Donkey
McNear’s Saloon
Taps
Sauced BBQ & Spirits
Petaluma Market
Charley’s
Wilibee’s Wine & Spirits
Speakeasy
Mario and John’s
Twin Oaks Roadhouse

Rohnert Park:
Beer Craft

Cotati:
Flagship Taproom

Santa Rosa:
Brew
Local Barrel
Sprengers
Belly Left Coast Kitchen
Wilibie’s
Steele and Hops
Westside Grill
Rincon Valley Tap Room & Bottle Shop

Windsor:
Oliver’s Market

Healdsburg:
Healdsburg Emporium

Sebastopol:
Hopmonk
K&L Bistro
Community Market
Whiskey Tip

Occidental:
Barley and Hops

Sonoma:
Hopmonk

Big Chicken will also be available at these Bay Area locations:

North Bay:

Hopmonk (Novato)

Beer Craft (Novato)

Pig in a Pickle (Corte Madera) 

Napa Palisades

San Francisco:

Hopwater Distribution

Brewcade

Alamo Drafthouse

Crafty Fox

Mikkeller Bar

Long Bridge Pizza

Garaje

G Spot

Gestalt

Hamlet

Sea Star

WesBurger ‘N’ More

Mission Bowling Club

Richmond Republic

Babu Ji

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

City Beer Store

Liquid Gold

Churchill

East Bay:

Tap 25

Bottles

Prizefighter

Golden Squirrel

Elevation 66

Ben and Nick’s

Albany Taproom

Pacific Standard

Vine and Grain

Lost and Found

Hop Grenade

Ol Beercafe

Hog’s Apothecary

Half Orange

The Growler

Brotzeit lokal

Good Hop

Commonwealth

Cato’s

The Cooler

Sunol Ridge

Portal

Final Gravity

Modesto Market

South Bay:

Devil’s Slide Taproom

Winters Tavern

Jack’s

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