Where to Find HenHouse’s Big Chicken IPA in Sonoma County

A Petaluma chicken is on the run. We’re not talking about the feathery poultry kind of chick but a big hoppy one, and now is your chance to catch it. This Wednesday, February 6, marks the seventh annual release of HenHouse Brewing Company’s Big Chicken double IPA and, as we speak, Bay Area beer lovers are getting ready to seek out the rare bird.

[Want to taste another coveted Sonoma County brew? Check out our guide to the 2019 Pliny the Younger release.]

Like Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Younger, Big Chicken is a limited- and controlled-release beer. Unlike Younger, which is available during a two-week period each February, Big Chicken is only available one to two days per year. The beer’s unusually high hop content (twelve pounds per barrel) makes it a fragile brew that perishes fast – this is the reason it is brewed, kegged and tapped in a single day.

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

The HenHouse brew usually runs out within two days, which leaves only a small window to get a taste. Its limited availability only adds to its allure, as is the case with Younger, a publicity stunt both Russian River and HenHouse have leveraged to their advantage.

This year, Big Chicken will be available at HenHouse’s Santa Rosa brewery and tasting room and Palace of Barrels in Petaluma. It will also be available at the following locations, beginning Wednesday, February 6:

Petaluma

Roaring Donkey
McNear’s Saloon
Taps
Petaluma Market
Wilibee’s Wine & Spirits
Twin Oaks Roadhouse
Brewsters Beer Garden

Rohnert Park

Beer Craft

Cotati

Flagship Taproom

Santa Rosa

Brew
Local Barrel
Belly Left Coast Kitchen
Wilibie’s
Steele and Hops
Westside Grill
Rincon Valley Tap Room & Bottle Shop
Juncture Taproom

Windsor
Oliver’s Market

Sebastopol

Hopmonk
K&L Bistro
Whiskey Tip
Sebastopol Community Market

Occidental

Barley and Hops
Negri’s Italian Dinners and Joe’s Bar

Sonoma

Hopmonk

Healdsburg

The Elephant in the Room

Big Chicken will also be available at these Bay Area locations (some of them, starting Friday, February 8):

North Bay

Hopmonk (Novato)
Beer Craft (Novato)
Pig in a Pickle (Corte Madera)

San Francisco

Hopwater Distribution
Brewcade
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission
Crafty Fox
Mikkeller Bar
Long Bridge Pizza
Garaje
Gestalt
Sea Star
Mission Bowling Club
Richmond Republic
Rosamunde Sausage Grill
City Beer Store
Liquid Gold
Churchill

East Bay

Tap 25
Bottles
Prizefighter
Golden Squirrel
Ben and Nick’s Grill
Vine and Grain
Lost and Found
Hop Grenade
Ol Beercafe
Hog’s Apothecary
The Growler
Good Hop
Commonwealth
Cato’s Ale House
The Cooler
Portal
Final Gravity
Modesto Market

South Bay

Devil’s Slide Taproom
Winters Tavern

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