We’re a mom & pop craft brewery and taproom, hidden in the vibrant neighborhood of Parkville, Hartford. Our tap list features a constantly rotating list of craft beers brewed onsite, from our flagship Kölsch- style ale to bold, barrel-aged offerings and everything in between. We also feature guest taps of hard ciders, wines, cold-brew coffee and teas. We offer cans and growlers to go.

Housed in the former Hartford Rubber Works building, which manufactured the country's first pneumatic tires for automobiles and bikes, the taproom pays tribute to its industrial roots. Massive machinery from the turn-of-the-century sit among the barstools and picnic tables, and pieces of Hartford history grace the walls. You'll usually find a food truck outside, games inside, live music, pop-up events and more. Welcome to 'Hartford's Living Room!’


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

UPDATED March 19th, 2019

Warehouse Pilsner

27 IBU, 4 SRM, 5.0% ABV

There is nothing quite as refreshing as a classic pilsner. But we wanted to take what can sometimes be a one-dimensional beer and coax out subtle malt flavors and pleasant bitterness to add depth to the classic clean profile. Brewed with floor malted pilsner and hopped with Hallertau Mittlefruh and Czech Saaz for a familiar hop profile.

Parkville Lager

25 IBU, SRM 3, 5.2% ABV

Dortmunder Export Lager is the Cadillac of pale lagers. This European-Style Export has the malt-forward flavor and sweetness of a German-style Helles, but the bitter base of a German-style Pilsner. This lager is all about balance, with medium hop character and firm but low malt sweetness. Light, clean and crisp with bread malt flavor and floral hop profile. 

Hartford Pale Ale

30 IBU, 7 SRM, 6% ABV

One malt, red wheat and hopped with an abundance of Mosaic and Wakatu. Hazy and full bodied with a dynamic floral and tropical fruit profile.

Local 35 IPA

61 IBU, 8.5 SRM, 6.2% ABV

A hazy IPA brewed with Golden Promise malt and red wheat. A heavy dose of Citra and Amarillo hops added at the end of the boil and dry hop for a fragrant aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, apricot and peach.

Evenfall IPA

45 IBU, 5 SRM, 7% ABV
This new haze bomb NEIPA is brewed with pilsner malt, loads of flaked oats and red wheat then double dry hopped to accentuate all the beautiful flavors and aromas that come from Citra and Mosaic hops. Full bodied and silky smooth with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, berry and pine. 

Full of Soul Golden Ale ( Barrel Aged)

16 IBU, 5 SRM, 10% ABV

Brewed with our favorite ingredient, Rye malt. This fruit forward golden rye boasts 30% rye along with Vienna Malt to showcase the unique flavor profile rye lends to beer. Aged for 6 months in Knob Creek barrels to bring out balanced flavors of oak, vanilla, and bourbon then aged another 6 months in stainless to round it out.

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 Mittelfruh for a clean noble hop profile.

2018 Flight of Crow Imperial Stout                      

 28.5 IBU, 48 SRM, 8% ABV

This aged keg of 2018 Flight of Crow Imperial Stout is here 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.


Golden Messenger Kölsch

Warehouse Pilsner

Parkville Lager

Local 35 IPA

EvenFall IPA

Behind the Rocks Smoked Red Ale

Book our taproom!

Whether it’s a birthday party, wedding pre-party, fundraiser or casual get together we have a rental package that fits any situation or budget. We offer semi-private rentals during our business hours as well as private rentals on days we are closed. We’d love to help you find an option that suits your needs. Click below to get started!

Food Truck & Events Schedule

Check out who's joining us this month!

Wednesday 3/20: BYOF (Bring your own food!)

Thursday 3/21: Twang Thursday Live Music by Erin Harpe, 7-9pm and no cover. Taproom open 3-10pm. Brasato Food Truck will be here too!

Friday 3/22: Fuego Picante Food Truck will be here!

Saturday 3/23: Skyscraper Sandwich Truck will be here!

Sunday 3/24: Sunday Sessions live music by Andrew Victor, 2-6 pm and no cover! Taproom open 12-6pm. Craftbird Food Truck will be here!

Hartford Sweat brings you Sculpt and Sip at the brewery 10:30-11:30am. Includes the work out class and a drink for $25! To Register for the class click here!

Special Events:

Party on Pratt! This Thursday-Saturday we will be part of Party on Pratt. To celebrate the NCAA Tournament coming to Hartford Pratt Street will be closed down for a pop up brew pub and live music! Free to the public and of course 21+ to drink but everyone is welcome to come. We will join City Steam Brewery, Hanging Hills Brewing Co, Thomas Hooker Brewing, and Hartford Flavor to pour at the party! Click here for more info!


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, the Northeast and across the country

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Erin Harpe

Thursday, March 21st

Erin loves to play the down home acoustic blues and has played with Phil Wiggins (of Cephas and Wiggins), James Montgomery, Warner Williams & Jay Summerour, Eleanor Ellis, and many more and opened for some of the blues greats including ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, Honeyboy Edwards, Roy Bookbinder and James Cotton. She's played at the House of Blues, Caffe Lena, Passim, the International Blues Challenge, South by Southwest, the New York State Blues Festival and many other festivals and venues around the US. She has toured the UK and Spain with her acoustic duo (joined by Jim Countryman on ukelele bass).

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Rusty Williams

Thursday, March 28th

Rusty is a pseudonym for local Hartford musician Ryan Loftus, playing a take on the ever-evolving sound of Americana music. The origins of the name relate back to a narcoleptic dachshund and stuck ever since, the way nicknames tend to. Under this guise, the debut album Ambit was released in December 2017. After years of writing and performing with local rock group Old Royals, Rusty has crafted a sound driven by both upbeat, good vibe rock n’ roll and more singer/songwriter influences. He is also a member of NYC-based indie band Evening Darling.

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Jason Ingriselli & The Miles North

Thursday, April 4th

New England native Jason Ingriselli has been making music over the last decade in basements, bars and music halls throughout the Northeast. He has showcased his authentic Americana voice with a wide variety of local & national recording artists from stages to bar room floors. His unique and powerful voice sit right at home in an ever-growing landscape of Americana/Roots music throughout the region.

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Wise Old Moon

Thursday, April 18th

Defined by the road-worn vocals and authentic lyrics of singer/songwriter Connor Zane Millican, Wise Old Moon embodied the sound of indie folk & Americana with their debut album ‘The Patterns’, while later albums incorporated electric and roots/rock elements that widened their fan base. Wise Old Moon has released 2 full length albums and toured all over the US.  The band’s recent release ‘Factory Town’ is inspired by an industrial neighborhood in Hartford where Millican lives.


Grain Thief

Thursday, April 25th

Grain Thief is a 5-piece americana string band from Boston, MA. The group comprises Patrick Mulroy (guitar, vocals), Zach Meyer (mandolin, vocals), Michael Harmon (bass, vocals), Tom Farrell (lead guitar), and Alex Barstow (fiddle). Their debut EP Animal was recorded and released in November 2015. The record showcases the band's roots in folk, bluegrass, and old time music. In 2017, the band began a residency at the Burren pub in Somerville and continues to entertain the Wednesday crowds to this day. From their perch in Massachusetts, the band has toured heavily in New England and made forays in the West, South, and East Coast.

If you are an Americana/Roots Rock/Folk artist and are interested in playing at our Twang Thursdays series, please send your bio and links to music/performances to Connor Millican at wiseoldmoon@gmail.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 16 years and we're almost three years 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


Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 3-8pm
Thursday: 3-10pm
Friday: 3-10pm
Saturday: 12-10pm
Sunday 12-6pm 


1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106


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

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