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 a rotating selection of 16 oz. 4-packs, 64oz. and 32 oz. growlers (new and refills).

We don't serve food, but we welcome you to bring your own and we can point you in the right direction of local food. Thursday - Saturday, we 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










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

WEEK OF MARCH 12, 2018


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.


Barry Square American Red Ale*

25 IBU, 14 SRM, 6% ABV

Our take on a classic Irish Red Ale balances the innate sweetness of this traditional beer style with a slight bitterness from Cascade hops. Bready, biscuit flavors  delivered from a heavy malt bill warm the mouth. Caramel sweetness is set off by a heavy dry-hop from Cascade, delivering that classic grapefruit profile. An easy drinker just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Sláinte!


Full of Soul Hoppy Rye Ale

16 IBU, 5 SRM, 5.4% ABV

Brewed with loads of Rye malt (30% of the malt bill) to showcase the unique flavor profile rye lends to beer – complex and assertive earthiness, accompanied by bread and spice with a noticeable dry finish. Late kettle additions of Idaho 7 and a heavy-handed dry hop with El Dorado bring a fruit-forward hop profile.


Piknick Basket IPA*

13 IBU, 8 SRM, 6.5% ABV

Henry, one of our beloved bartenders, came up with this name. Henry can't spell all that well. Piknick Basket IPA is brewed for those easy days that call for a tasty brew and a nice spread. Brewed with 2-row, Oats, Rye and Wheat. Hopped aggressively with Mosaic and then dry hopped with Mosaic and Idaho 7 for that citrus kiss on ya lips,


Twang’d DIPA

50 IBU, 8 SRM, 8.7%, ABV

Named for our Thursday music series, this full bodied, fruit forward double IPA is brewed with Golden Promise malt, flaked oats and flaked barley. Generously hopped with Mosaic and Galaxy late in the boil to keep the bitterness low. Bites of citrus, tropical fruit and berry pop throughout.


Behind the Rocks Smoked Red Ale*

16 IBU, 14.5 SRM, 6.3% ABV

Based on a traditional German Rauchbier with the smoke dialed way back. Red in color, hints of caramel, biscuit and a slight smokiness from the addition of beechwood smoked malt. Hopped with Hallertau Mittlefruh for a clean noble hop profile


Black Earth Pilsner*

22 IBU, 40 SRM, 5.7% ABV

A classic German black Pilsner-style beer.  Schwarzbier (translation: black beer) is a nice alternative for when you’re looking for a lighter beer, but want the depth of flavor of a darker beer. A blend of Pilsner, Munich and Carafa malts lend a slight roast with chocolate undertones. 


Saison d'Hiver*

15 IBU, 35 SRM, 7.8% ABV

Is Winter over yet? Not before we drink one of our last offerings to beat the winter blues. Saison d'Hiver is brewed with Maris Otter and a blend of 8 specialty malts and fermented with a classic french Saison yeast. Dark and robust with notes of pepper, biscuit, caramel and chocolate with a very slight smokiness. This beer is hopped with 100% CT Grown hops.  Contains wheat.


Flight of Crow Imperial Stout - 2017 & 2018 Vintages (on draft starting 3/17)

28.5 IBU, 48 SRM, 8% ABV

Aged kegs of 2017 & 2018 Flight of Crow Imperial Stout are on draft this weekend to send “stout season” off in style.  Intense roast flavors and aromas from roasted barley, chocolate and de-bittered dark malts.  Full-bodied, robust and silky smooth sweetness.


Barrel-Aged Lord's Hill Russian Imperial Stout* (on draft starting 3/17)

56 IBU,  40 SRM, 10% ABV

This big, bold Russian Imperial Stout has been gracefully aging in Buffalo Trace Rye Whiskey barrels for the past six months. The result is a velvety-smooth mouthfeel, with overtones of dark chocolate, burnt vanilla and deep, sweet prune. Take this one home to while away the last days of winter with or let it age in your beer cave to enjoy down the road!


* Also available in 4 packs of 16 oz. cans. Only available in our taproom!



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:

Thursday 3/15: Twang Thursday! Live music in the taproom every Thursday featuring Americana roots rock. Join us when Gracie Day comes to play 7-9pm. No cover! Brasato onsite 5-9pm!

Friday 3/16: BYOF (bring your own food)

Saturday 3/17: Join us for our Big Beer Can Release featuring our Barrel-Aged Lord's Hill Russian Imperial Stout. 12-9pm. Plus Ted's Steamed Cheeseburgers will be here.

Thursday 3/22: Twang Thursday! Live music in the taproom every Thursday featuring Americana roots rock. Join us when Chris Ross & the North return to the taproom to play 7-9pm. No cover! Fuego Picante Mexican food truck onsite 5-9pm!

Friday 3/23: Skyscrapers Sandwich food truck

Saturday 3/24: Chief Brody's Banh Mi











Twang Thursdays


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

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brian dolzani trio

Thursday, March 1

Brian is a classic troubadour in the lineage of Dylan, Petty, Browne, and Young, and he has put his years of songwriting experience into his latest record. ‘I love pulling from multiple, stricter genres such as country, pop, blues, rock and roll,’ Brian explains, ‘then breaking out of those boundaries and just trying to write a great song that hopefully transcends those elements and becomes as big and wide as possible.’

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the penniless wild

Thursday, March 8

The Penniless Wild is an alternative rock band with subtle folk influences based out of Hartford, CT. Their debut EP Cardboard Sheets is out now.


gracie day

Thursday, March 15

Gracie Day is 2017’s “Best New Act” according to the New England Music Awards, an organization that acknowledges musical artists across all six states. Based in Hartford, and recently named “Best Folk Band” in CTNow’s Best of Hartford Reader’s Poll for 2017, Gracie Day is gaining a reputation for her authentic performances and heartfelt storytelling which is highlighted by melodic sensibility and dynamic sound. Though “Folk” is a large influence on Day’s lyric writing, her sound is a mixture of rock, soul and country.

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chris ross & the north

Thursday, March 22

Chris Ross & The North is a roots/rock & Americana band Hailing from the deep woods of Northern Maine.  This is their second time back in Hartford for Twang Thursday. “The world Ross describes in his songs is one that’s probably very familiar to the devoted fanbase he’s developed over the years; hard-drinking, hard-working, honest, wry, and, hidden behind a tough exterior, a well of intelligence and emotional depth.” - Bangor Daily News


wise old moon

Thursday March 29

Wise Old Moon is a touring Roots/Rock band from Hartford, CT led by singer-songwriter Connor Zane Millican as well as Ian Meadows (The Meadows Brothers) on electric guitar, drummer Stephen Cusano (Broca’s Area) and bass player Greg Lake (Johnny Pants).Wise Old Moon has been nominated for numerous CT Music Awards as well as a New England Music Award for Roots Act of the Year in 2016. The band has self-released two full length studio albums and has performed at some of the most well-known venues in and clubs in the Northeast.

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!

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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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