Get Fresh

HENHOUSE BREWING COMPANY

“So,” you might ask, “what’s up with the fresh beer?” And if you stop into their laidback Santa Rosa Brewery Tasting Room on Bellevue Avenue the fellas behind Henhouse would be more than happy to tell you that beer, especially today’s super-hoppy pales and IPA’s, are way more perishable than you might think.
And it’s those hazy, hoppy weekly-released freshies that have skyrocketed Henhouse to elite status in the SR beer scene. Putting their process where their commitment to freshness is, Henhouse goes to great lengths to make sure the beer you find in stores, bars and eateries is still in its prime.

Now, if you’re not just a hop-aholic, Henhouse has a few other unique varietals readily-available. Unique, meaning like appropriately out there but surprisingly approachable. Their Oyster Stout is a big seller. In Saisons they have one that’s brewed with black pepper and coriander, a Black Saison and, you heard it right, Red Rye Saison. Like Gose? Henhouse makes one called Juiced! with boysenberry. If you’re around in early February, see if you can get your hands on a Big Chicken. It’s an annual release double IPA that, like Russian River’s Pliny the Younger, really get the beer geek crowd clucking.

You can try them all at the taproom, and may we recommend you take the flight of six – a guided tasting experience with six 4 oz. pours. Which, by the way, we have to call out the friendly staff and tap wranglers at Henhouse. Despite the big buzz around these beers, the people here are about as nice as you’ll find anywhere. The vibe is super chill, warehousy but with a friendly warmth, dog-friendly with plenty of room inside and out. Rotating food trucks roll in every day but Monday. We’d be tempted to hang out all day, but it’s time to fly this coop and move on.

The Brewery Tasting Room in Santa Rosa is open Monday > Friday 2 PM to 9 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays they open at 11. 

Be there at 322 Bellevue Avenue or at henhousebrewing.com