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 DECEMBER 04, 2018

 

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.

Snarky Saison

30 IBU, 8 SRM, 6.8% ABV

A classic example of the style originated along the French and Belgian border region of Wallonia. A beer historically brewed to refresh farmhands, this Saison boasts flavors and aromas of pepper, plum, and citrus. Medium bodied, with a generous carbonation and a pleasing dry, lightly bitter finish.

Gobble Gobble Funk Imperial Sour Ale (w/ Boysenberry)

5 IBU, Purple SRM, 8% ABV

Gobble Funk has grown up! Introducing, Gobble Gobble Funk. This tart, fruit forward Imperial Sour Ale is brewed with loads of wheat and 240 pounds of Boysenberry. Full bodied and tart with intense fruit flavors of raspberry, blackberry, dewberry and loganberry.

Hartford Pale Ale (HPA)

30 IBU, 7 SRM, 5.9% ABV

One malt, a bit of flaked barley and hopped with Mosaic and Wakatu. Pale yellow, lighter body and dynamic floral and tropical fruit profile from these two diverse hops.

Local 35 IPA

61 IBU, 8.5 SRM, 6.9% ABV

Our most popular IPA, Local 35 is brewed with a blend of 2-row barley and flaked oats. Heavy late kettle hop additions of Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo then dry hopped with a blend of the same hops.

The Illusionist IPA (Peach and Mango)

20 IBU, 8 SRM, 6.5% ABV

Brewed with Golden Promise malt and Golden Naked Oats. Milk sugar is added to the boil for a soft and sweet mouth feel. Hopped with El Dorado, Idaho 7 and Hallertau Blanc. Double Dry Hopped with El Dorado then fruited with 240 pounds of peach and mango.

Brain Snacks IPA

20 IBU, 5 SRM (Hazy), 6.4% ABV

A hazy IPA brewed with Golden Promise, winter wheat and a dash of crystal malt. Hopped with Galaxy and Ekuanot hops for pungent citrus, passionfruit, melon, berry and orange flavors.

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

8th Ward Brown Ale

21.6 IBU, 21.5 SRM, 6.0% ABV

A robust brown ale perfect for drinking all year around. Dark brown with flavors of bread, biscuit and coffee from an array of classic malt varieties. Hopped with noble German hops, which provide an earthy hop flavor to round out this delicious offering.

Little Merry Chocolate Milk Stout ( Tap release Saturday 12/8)

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 10 lbs, of cocoa nibs to the fermenter for a full-bodied, chocolaty holiday brew! Let this beer warm up to enjoy all the chocolaty goodness this beer has to offer.   

Cold Drip Coffee Stout

32 IBU, 40 SRM, 6.8% ABV

Brewed in collaboration with Story and Soil Coffee of Hartford, this robust, silky smooth American-style stout is brewed with 7 malts, oats and hopped delicately with German Northern Brewer. We added 8 gallons of cold brewed coffee, Evin Gomez coffee beans and Ecuadorian coca nibs to bring this beer to life. Full bodied, roast forward beer with notes of tropical fruit, dark chocolate and tangerine.   

Flight of Crow Imperial Stout

28.5 IBU, 48 SRM, 8% ABV

Intense roast flavors and aromas from roasted barley, chocolate and de-bittered dark malts. This full bodied, jet black and robust beer is balanced by a silky smooth sweetness and hopped with Hallertau German Northern Brewer to round it out.

AVAILABLE IN CANS:

Golden Messenger Kölsch

Snarky Saison

Hartford Pale Ale( can release 12/5)

Local 35 IPA ( can release 12/5)

Illusionist IPA

Cold Drip Coffee Stout

Little Merry Chocolate Milk Stout (can and bottle release 12/8)

Flight of Crow Imperial Stout

Barrel Aged Barelywine

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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 12/5: Bring your own food!

Thursday 12/6: Live Music by Orb Mellon 7-9pm, No cover charge. Tap room is open 3-10pm. Craft Bird Food Truck

Friday 12/7: Crepe Hut Food Truck

Saturday 12/8: 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Farm 11-10pm! Plus Faddys Donuts. Craftbird Food Truck

Sunday 12/9: Fuego Picante Food Truck

Coming Soon! 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Farm

Saturday, December 8th 11am-10pm

Christmas trees, beer and bacon! Join us at the brewery on Saturday, December 8th starting at 11am for one of the most festive holiday traditions in Hartford! We'll have Christmas trees for sale and the release of our annual Chocolate Milk Stout holiday bomber. Holiday vendors will be set up inside the brewery for all your local holiday shopping needs. Craftbird Food truck will be onsite as well as Faddy's Donuts! Plus, the KNOW GOOD Holiday Bazaar will be going on as well, so you'll find holiday vendors up and down Bartholomew Avenue at Hands on Hartford, Dirt Salon, etc. 

Pre-register today to get our special holiday package:

Christmas tree + Chocolate Milk Stout holiday bomber + package of chocolate-covered bacon for $55 (or $60 at the door). Call us at the brewery at 860-206-2119.

 

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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Orb Mellon

Thursday, December 6th

Orb Mellon is the blues moniker of Mike Malone, founder and guitarist of the seminal 1990s indie rock band and Sony/Epic recording artists Dirt Merchants. Orb Mellon mines the raw energy of 20th Century American roots music, particularly whiskey fueled house party delta blues. He has released 3 full length albums and 3 EPs and his work has been featured in numerous shows and movies such as the HBO drama “True Blood,” and the Spielberg produced sci-fi drama “Extant.”

 
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Eavesdrop Trio

Thursday, December 13th

Originating as a trio, friends Kara Rose Wolf, Kerrie T. Bowden and Laura Marie Picchi maintain their vocal roots and continue to shape their sound through writing and collaborative instrumentation. Eavesdrop’s debut EP, The Afterglow, showcased the trio’s vocally charged acoustic, folk, soul roots. With their latest release, TIDES, the band has expanded into a six piece ensemble. Co-produced by Alan Evans and Ross Bellenoit, TIDES is the band’s first full length album. It brings the listener on a ride alongside the three songbirds, taking a deeper look into the life events that fostered their creativity.

 
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The RiverGods

Thursday, December 20th

The Rivergods are a fun, original, working band based in southeastern CT that has played its own heartfelt harmony-rich folky/rootsy/rockish music since 1997. The Rivergods are fronted by husband/wife songwriters, Ben and Nancy Parent, and the band includes some of the finest, most talented players in the region, and has had some pretty great ones in the past. The Rivergods make real music, our music… how and when we like and as often as we can. We’re fairly rooted in southern New England, with well-rounded lives, but we definitely get out for the occasional road trip. 

 
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Charlie Marie

Thursday, December 27th

Charlie Marie may have cut her song-writing teeth in Nashville, but, it wasn’t until Charlie moved back home to Rhode Island and away from the neon glow of Music Row, that she truly found her unique and defining sound.  The sound that can both ignite the honky-tonk flame and silence the rowdiest of professional drinking crowds. Charlie Marie writes songs that evoke feelings of hope and positivity through the trenches of the toughest heartaches, evoking the true sense of country and western music.

 

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: 2-10pm
Saturday: 12-10pm
Sunday 2-7pm 

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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