Welcome to Hog River Brewing

Craft beer, community, friends and family. That's what we're all about here at Hartford's living room. We're local CT folks, born and raised, and what we wanted more than anything else was a laid-back place to have a pint and while away the afternoon with our friends. So after quitting the corporate gig and embarking on eight years of professional brewing around the state, it was go-time to bring our vision to life.

Our taproom draws inspiration from our domestic and international travels, where we've enjoyed beers at breweries that were nothing more than an open garage, a picnic table by a river or a viking and fire inspired beer room on the shore of a fjord (ok, that last one was pretty special). What we loved about all these places and others, is that they made us feel at home. And of course the beer was incredible too.

That's why at Hog River Brewing, we want you to feel at home here. There's always a friendly face and someone at the bar (hi Rich!) willing to talk to you about any and everything. Oh, and we're pretty proud of our beer too. 


We have seating at our bar, tables and beer rails for 75 and standing room for much more. Our taproom is a lightly fixed-up industrial space, with just enough warmth to make you want to spend a few hours. 

Besides our shiny brewhouse and tanks, we're most proud of the two turn-of-the-century, 20 ft. machine presses tucked (ha!) in the corner of our taproom. These towering monsters tell their own story of the history of Hartford and our Parkville neighborhood. Used to hammer parts for the first pneumatic tires manufactured for automobiles and bicycles in the country, they are the last remaining vestiges from when the building served as Hartford Rubber Works, and later Pope Manufacturing Company.


We offer 16oz. pints of any of our house beers, as well as 5 oz. samplers (individual or flights) - an easy and enjoyable way to get a taste of any of our beers. And if you need beer to-go, we sell 64oz. growlers and refill both 64oz. and 32oz. growlers.

We don't serve food, but we welcome you to bring your own and can point you in the right direction of local food. On weekends, we'll have some of CT's amazing local food trucks on hand. 

If you really want to make us your second home, consider becoming a Mug Club member. $100 annual membership includes 20oz. pours for the price of 16oz., 15% off merchandise and an annual Mug Club members-only party. Mug Club members can renew their memberships for $75 annually.


We hope you'll stop by for a taste of Hog River Brewing soon! We can't wait to welcome you in. When you're in our living room, you're family.

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1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106

TIP: Use 30 Bartholomew Ave. as your destination address for more accurate directions to our taproom. We are not located in this building, but we are right next to it in the 5-story white building on the corner of Park St. and Bartholomew Ave. Parking is available in lot on opposite side of the street.

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Mon & Tues - Closed
Wed - 3-8pm
Thurs - 3-9pm
Fri - 3-9pm
Sat. - 12-9pm*
Sun. - 2-7pm


We will open early on Saturday 12/9 at 11am for our Christmas Tree Farm event!







Our Beers

Our taproom beer menu features a constantly rotating selection of house beers, poured direct from tank to your pint. Our philosophy is simple - we brew what we love with the hope that you will love it too. We offer a range of styles from classic German beers, such as our house Kölsch-style ale, to our big and bold barrel-aged beers.


Currently on tap



Golden Messenger Kölsch-style Ale                                        

15 IBU, 8 SRM, 4.8% ABV

Our award-winning Kolsch-style ale based on the classic, cold-fermented German ale. Authentically brewed with Cologne and Pilsner malts imported from Germany. Lightly hopped with Hallertau Mittlefruh hops and conditioned for 3 weeks. 


KNOW GOOD American Pale Ale

32 IBU, 4 SRM (Hazy), 6% ABV

A hazy American Pale Ale brewed with Golden Promise malt, malted wheat and flaked barley. A heavy dose of Citra and Amarillo hops added at the end of the boil for a fragrant aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, apricot and peach. 


From the Ashes IPA

62 IBU, 6 SRM, 6.2% ABV

American IPA brewed double dry hopped with 100% CT-grown hops (Chinook and Cascade) from Smokedown Farm and Pioneer Hops of Connecticut. Soft, delicate and extremely drinkable beer showcasing our local farms! 


River Run Rye IPA

85.5 IBU, 14.5 SRM, 6 % ABV

This red rye IPA impacts the pallet with delicious flavors from an array of German malts including copious amounts of rye. The rye lends a spicy, earthy bite  and enhances the fruit=forward hop profile. A truly unique IPA experience.


Fall Harvest Altbier

30 IBU, 13 SRM, 5.8% ABV

Altbier is a historic German beer native to Dusseldorf. “Alt” refers to the “old” style of brewing. This is a well-balanced, bitter yet malty, clean and smooth deep amber German beer. Bitterness is balanced by malt richness. Brewed with 100% German malts and hops.


Pope Smoked Porter

23.2 IBU, 25.5 SRM, 7% ABV

Based on a classic London Porter, which was traditionally brewed with malts kilned over an open fire. To replicate the toasty and roasty characteristics we brewed with roasted and smoked malts. Dark, smooth, rich and complex. 


Belgian Barleywine (Collab with Willibrew)

100IBU, 13SRM, 10% ABV

Big, bold and assertive. Brewed in collaboration with Willimantic Brewing Company to showcase ingredients from around the globe. Belgian yeast, 100% Irish malt with American and New Zealand hops. Full bodied dessert-like beer with assertive bitterness balanced with a fruity, earthy, clove-like profile from Belgian yeast  and a healthy dose of hops.


Chocolate Milk Stout

18.2 IBU, 40 SRM, 6.5% ABV

This full-bodied milk stout is brewed with Irish stout malt, an array of dark malts and oats. We added cocoa powder to the mash, lactose to the kettle and 17 lbs, of cocoa nibs to the tank for a full-bodied, chocolaty holiday brew! Let this beer warm up to enjoy all the chocolaty goodness this beer has to offer.  


Flight of Crow Imperial Stout

28.5 IBU, 48 SRM, 8% ABV

Intense roasted malt flavors balanced by a silky smooth sweetness. Hopped with Hallertau German Northern Brewer to round it out.



Events & Food Trucks

There's always something going on at the brewery. We welcome folks to hold hangouts, happy hours, parties and more at the brewery. Whether you're looking for a casual get-together during open hours, or are looking to book the space for a private event, we can accommodate you. Email events@hogriverbrewing.com for more information.

Food Truck & Events Schedule

What is a craft beer taproom without a food truck? We can't get enough of the creativity and deliciousness pouring out of the CT food truck scene, and we love bringing it to the brewery to share with you. Check out who's joining us this month:

Friday 12/8: Firehouse Smoker BBQ

Saturday 12/9: Hog River's First Annual Christmas Tree Farm! Come grab a Christmas tree + Chocolate Milk Stout holiday bomber + Hog River ornament for just $55 (pre-register) or $60 at the door. Call the brewery at 860-206-2119 to pre-register. Plus, we'll have holiday vendors, food trucks and live music! Free to enter.  

Thursday 12/14: Twang Thursday! Live music in the taproom every Thursday featuring Americana roots rock. The Girls from Ruby Falls join us 7-9pm. Ted's World Famous Cheeseburgers food truck onsite. 

Friday 12/15: Banh Meee food truck

Saturday 12/16: Fuego Picante food truck








Twang Thursdays

presented by Hog River Brewing & Wise Old Moon


Experience live music in the taproom every Thursday

7-9 PM | No Cover | Food Truck onsite

Featuring Americana - Roots Rock - Folk artists from Hartford and the Northeast

NLN band photo - credit_ Karen Ponzio .jpg

no line north

Thursday, December 7

No Line North cultivates a uniquely unified sound that can be described as a blend of VU-influenced-Americana-folk-garage-indie-rock that combines laid-back vocals, guitars, violins, loop pedals and a driving rhythm section. Here's what's been said about their latest recording Dreams of Trees Part I:

"Folk forays bearing all fineness and fulfillment" - Mark Suppanz, The Big Takeover

“Line Drive,” the first track, is a lengthy Krautrock-Appalachia hybrid, an instrumental with a propulsive beat and minimal chord changes lasting a little over seven minutes. If it lasted for more than an hour, it’s fair to say, I’d keep listening.” – Michael Hamad, The Hartford Courant

"Confident, experimenting with slow rhythms, trance-like blues and propulsive beats" - Lucy Gellman, New Haven Independent


the girls from ruby falls

Thursday, December 14

Raised like wildflowers, left loose to drink rain or tears, to turn sunlight into nourishment for ourselves. In the mud of the Tennessee River, we grew to blossom and fight off threats with our thorns. Of course, one of us always had more thorns than blossoms.

We're Iris and Laurel Caulthorn, the Girls from Ruby Falls. We have a full score of stories to tell you; songs we sang to the moon and the ghosts in the woods. Some of them are about love, of course, both the kind you regret and the kind you mourn. Some of them are about our daddy and his whiskey; our mama and her weeping heart. Some of them are about blood.

We’d like to sing them to you, like we used to sing them to the ghosts...


Andrew Biagiarelli

Thursday, December 21

Andrew Biagiarelli spent his early 20s traveling the American West with just a backpack and a guitar.  Jamming around bonfires from Alaska to Colorado, he absorbed all the varied influences of his friends on the road.  With a sound ranging in style from folk and blues to jazz-infused, his music is as varied as the landscapes of the American West.  While living on a sailboat in the Caribbean, he assimilated reggae and calypso rhythms into his approach to songwriting.  A natural storyteller, he weaves a tapestry of songs and tales of his travels into his live performances.

He is currently working on his first studio album at Dirt Floor Recording Studios high above the Connecticut River in Haddam, CT.  This first album will be entitled Vagabond, and is slated for release in late autumn 2017.


The Carleans

Thursday, December 28

The CarLeans are a musical collaboration between award winning singer-songwriters Jim Carpenter (guitar, vocals) and Sarah MacLean (guitar, vocals). Along with Corina Malbaurn (vocals, bass) the CT-based trio blends their diverse musical backgrounds to create a captivating sound that had been drawing much attention.

Steeped in passion for story telling and navigating the human experience, their original songs are raw and powerful — paired with a delivery and live performance that's honest and marked by well-placed musicianship and vocal presence. Their vast and eclectic original repertoire is rooted in Americana/Folk music, but extends through Country/Pop/Blues/Cajun . . . to include humorous material and a driving acoustic sound that often inspires the audience to its feet to dance.


If you are an Americana/Roots Rock/Folk artist and are interested in playing at our Twang Thursdays series, please contact us at music@hogriverbrewing.com.


Our Story

We're Ben and Joy Braddock, crazy kids (now with a kid of our own!) that a long time ago fell in love with each other and fell in love with craft beer. Fast forward 15 years and we're almost one year into owning our beloved craft brewery & taproom in the heart of the Parkville neighborhood in Hartford, CT. 

We jumped the corporate ship, deciding life is too short to not pursue our dreams and spend our days doing what we love. Over 10 years ago, Ben quit his day job when his cubicle walls started closing in on him. It was a “now or never” kinda moment. He swallowed his pride and got his start in the industry cleaning kegs. As a brewer in both a production and brewpub setting, he learned the ins and outs and discovered his own brewing style. 

More recently, Joy quit her corporate gig to focus 100% on building a taproom experience that invites community, family and friends to not only enjoy our craft beer but also enjoy the space through other experiences like live music, pop-up maker fairs,  beer dinners and barre classes. She is excited to bring the community an ever-evolving lineup of unique events that bring people together.

Together, we invite you to come join us for a beer. You'll most likely find one of our faces behind the bar. Come say hello!

contact us

We would love to hear from you! 


For general questions and comments, or for donation requests, please email us at: info@hogriverbrewing.com

To inquire about renting our taproom space for any type of party or event, email us at: events@hogriverbrewing.com




1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106


*PLEASE NOTE: Our entrance is on Bartholomew Ave. (not on Park Street).

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