Welcome!

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.

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Currently on tap

UPDATED February 20th, 2019

Golden Messenger Kölsch

15 IBU, 4.5 SRM, 4.3% ABV

Our Brewer’s favorite style, this classic, cold-fermented German ale is brewed with Cologne malt imported from Germany. Lightly hopped with Hallertau Mittlefruh hops and conditioned for 3 weeks. A clean, crisp and refreshing lighter-style craft beer.

Winter Wheat Red              

14 IBU, 14 SRM, 5.6% ABV

A Dunkelweizen is a dark German wheat beer. Our interpretation uses 3 varieties of wheat including winter red wheat. It has a beautiful red color with rustic wheat flavors balanced by Munich malts and a slight tartness. Fermented with a German wheat yeast providing flavors of banana and clove, similar to a Hefeweizen.

Gobblefunk Boysenberry Sour (on tap Fri 2/22)

10 IBU, SRM ? (Purple), 5.5% ABV

Named for Roald Dahl's made up language, this dynamic sour ale strikes a balance of tradition and innovation. Gobblefunk is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and fermented with Lactobacilis Brevis and Saison yeast. The final product boasts 252 pounds of Boysenberry puree for a fruity finish and a Wonka-ish purple color. 

Hartford Pale Ale (HPA)

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.

Local 35 Double IPA (on tap Fri 2/22)

40 IBU, 5 SRM, 9.0%  ABV

Local 35 IPA has a big brother! This 9% DIPA is a Citra hop lovers dream! Brewed with more Golden Promise, more red wheat and more hops including Citra lupulin powder and Amarillo. Huge citrus and tropical fruit profile.

Nebulous IPA

25.5 IBU, 5 SRM, 6.0% ABV

This unique and complex IPA is brewed with German pilsner malt and red wheat then heavily hopped with Cashmere hops. Cashmere is a special hop that throws off unique flavors and aromas of coconut, tangerine, melon and other tropical fruits alongside a smooth bitterness. Say goodbye to Citra and hello to the next big hop, Cashmere.

River Run Rye IPA

25.5 IBU, 14.5 SRM, 6.8% ABV

This RYE IPA has a hazy red-ish hue that impacts the pallet with complex flavors from an array of English and German malts including copious amounts of rye. Rye lends a spicy, earthy profile that blends perfectly with the citrus and fruit hop profile added from Amarillo and Palisade hops.

Black Earth Pilsner

22 IBU, 40 SRM, 5.9% 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.  

Maple Cranberry Stout

32 IBU, 40 SRM, 8% ABV

Brewed with an array of specialty malts and oats to create a robust stout for the cold winter months. We kicked this beer up a notch and added more than 200 pounds of cranberry and dark maple syrup from Lamothe's Sugar Shack in Burlington, CT. This beer boasts cranberry flavor throughout with silky maple undertones on the back end.  

AVAILABLE IN CANS:

Golden Messenger Kölsch

Side Sleeper Lager

Winter Wheat Red

Gobblefunk Boysenberry Sour (CAN RELEASE Fri 2/22)

Hartford Pale Ale

Local 35 IPA

River Run Rye IPA

Local 35 Double IPA (CAN RELEASE Fri 2/22)

Behind the Rocks Smoked Red Ale

Black Earth Pilsner

Maple Cranberry Stout

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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:

Wednesday 2/20: BYOF (Bring your own food)

Thursday 2/21: Twang Thursdays presents live music in the taproom every Thursday night! American roots, folks, rock, & twang. This week Jeff Burnham and the Insiders take the stage. And Fuego Picante Mexican food truck is onsite. Taproom open 3-10pm. Music starts at 7pm. Never a cover!

Friday 2/22: CAN RELEASE! Gobblefunk Boysenberry Sour and Local 35 Double IPA cans are being released at 3pm! Limit four 4-packs per person. Plus Full Circle Kitchen will be onsite!

Saturday 2/23: Fuego Picante Mexican food truck

Sunday 2/17: Live music with Auburn Mode! Plus Chief Brody’s Banh Mi will be onsite!

 

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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Jeff Burnham and the Insiders

Thursday, February 21st

Jeff Burnham is a singer-songwriter whose work builds on the Americana and folk-rock tradition. After several years writing for and performing with his band Tuesday Saints, Jeff has redefined his sound with a solo project called Jeff Burnham & the Insiders. The new band features Lindsey Clark (viola/fiddle/vocals), Seth Adam (drums/vocals), and Scott Chaurette (bass). Jeff performs regularly in Connecticut and throughout the region at breweries, bars, performance halls, arts & cultural venues, city sponsored music events, and music festivals in addition to his own barn where he curates an annual summer concert series.

 
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Muddy Ruckus

Thursday, February 28th

It's rare that a band releases a burner for their sophomore album, the kind you listen to the entire way through and then hit repeat. Yet Muddy Ruckus do just that with Pretty Bones. And while that record went on to win Album of the Year from Red Line Roots, nothing but their live shows could prepare listeners for the grit and intensity of Muddy Ruckus' third album Bellows To Mend. The punk blues power duo rips open their dirty blend of americana and delivers a full band sound infused with grungy blues rock and haunting folk frenzies. Ryan Flaherty and Erika Stahl are the powerhouse behind the Ruckus. 

 
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The Wolff Sisters & The Last Cavalry

Thursday, March 7th

Gritty and raw folk-rock outfit The Wolff Sisters & The Last Cavalry first broke into the Boston music scene as an acoustic trio. With haunting harmonies and songs reminiscent of washed up wanderers on New England’s salty coasts, Rebecca, Rachael, and Kat stole Boston’s heart as The Wolff Sisters (yes, they’re really sisters). In 2015, the trio amplified their performance with the addition of The Last Cavalry. With Joe Soldati on bass and Will Rodriguez on drums, the band seeks to bring that loose blues, roots, and rock n’ roll sound back into the forefront of the music scene.

 
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Pat Stone & the dirty Boots

Thursday, March 14th

The sound of Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots is one that is constantly evolving depending on the context of the performance. This quartet is capable of being a traditional all-acoustic band complete with glimmering mandolin, woody upright bass, tasteful percussion, and dynamic vocals complete with rich harmonies. On the flip side of the coin, the band is a rock n’ roll four piece featuring dual electric guitars, bold drum fills, aggressive, catchy vocal lines and a contagious energy.

 
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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).






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.

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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

Hours

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

Location

1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106

860-206-2119

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

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