Delawareans out of luck in trying to buy Perdue’s grill-friendly Beer Can Chicken ale


Perdue has announced the upcoming online launch of Perdue Beer Can Chicken Beer, an ale brewed with grilled chicken seasonings like rosemary, thyme, and pink peppercorn.

Those planning to buy the poultry-friendly beer online in Delaware are out of luck. A Perdue spokesperson said Delaware is one of eight states where the beer can’t be shipped. If you have friends in Maryland or Pennsylvania, the brew can be sent to addresses in the two states. Multiple efforts to change the Delaware shipping law have fallen victim to lobbying efforts by a union and some liquor store owners.

The grill brew is not slated to be sold in stores this year.

Created in partnership with New York City-based  Torch & Crown Brewing Company, the beer is described as a “double-citrus summer ale brewed with classic grilled chicken seasonings like rosemary, thyme, and pink peppercorn to help backyard grillers make the perfect beer can chicken.”

“Beer can chicken has long been one of the most popular methods of grilling poultry, but we noticed a lack of consensus on what type of beer is best,” said Julie Lehman, Perdue marketing VP. “As the fresh chicken experts, we worked with our friends at Torch & Crown Brewing Company to settle the debate for once and all and make a beer that is expertly crafted to help backyard cooking enthusiasts prepare the ultimate beer can chicken – always with a fresh, whole Perdue chicken – with maximum flavor each and every time.”


Those making the chicken pour the beer into a roasting stand, stand the bird upright and cook it using a grill or smoker.

As summer approaches, online searches for beer can chicken increase, Perdue noted in a release. The cooking method is said to keep the chicken moist and tender during the cooking process.

Starting May 22, six packs of Perdue Beer Can Chicken Beer will be available for purchase at – while supplies last. The six packs will be available for $14.99 plus shipping and handling. 

Family-owned Perdue, which employs 3,000 in Delaware, has been building its online business well beyond chicken. The company also offers beef and pork products from companies that have been acquired in a continuing expansion. It recently announced a cooking seasoning.