HenHouse Brewing | Chemtrails IPA
You know when you find a beer or brewery that just tugs at all your little beer heartstrings? That was HenHouse Brewing for me when I first visited the Bay Area in July. Being a beer girl from Seattle, I have a natural tendency to scope out all the breweries in any area I visit.
HenHouse has been pumping out awesome beer since 2011 and just 30 barrels at a time. The passion they put into their craft is beyond apparent across every style they brew; whether it’s their oyster stout brewed with actual oysters or their rotating ipas—you’ll find a beer to fall for. Their current taproom in Santa Rosa has a really awesome industrial vibe with a cool outdoor space. I mean—it’s California after all. Rumor has it they will also be opening up a space focusing on barrel-aged goodness in Petaluma close to Lagunitas Brewing Company off McDowell Boulevard; in 2012 HenHouse actually started brewing and distributing their beer out of Petaluma, so I guess you can say they’re going back to their roots.
With the entire haze craze going around from the east to west coasts, HenHouse seems to be doing all that haziness with a twist; they are keeping that little bitter backbone and leaving the overly sweet beers for the other guys, and their hazy Chemtrails IPA is no exception.
This beer poured a beautiful deep orange with a nice white head. It hit me in the nose with a bunch of orange, grapefruit and a nice level of malt also with a pinch of pine from the C-hop collab that’s going on in this can; brewed with Centennial, Chinook and Cascade hops, you can definitely pick up on the individual hop characteristics of each strain.
HenHouse never seems to fail when it comes to the dankness that is their IPAs! This IPA had a nice sweetness to it that balanced out with a bite of bitterness that left me wanting to drink more and more. The medium body and carbonation added to the drinkability of the Chemtrails IPA and is pretty standard with HenHouse beers.
This beer is canned multiple times a year; so if you missed out don’t worry! It will probably be back and with a slightly different variation- Henhouse likes to do that with their brews. Also check out their Instagram where you’ll find their releases because they go pretty quickly! While you can sometimes find them at various bottle shops around the Bay, going straight to the source is the best. Plus you get to check out their full tap list, grab a flight and grub on some food from their rotating food trucks! Can releases happen every Tuesday (unless otherwise posted on their Instagram) so, as far as I’m concerned, you finally have something to look forward to on Monday’s!