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. 

Taproom

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.

Offerings

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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Location

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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Hours

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

*Closing early on Wed 8/16 at 6pm to the public. But join us for our special event "Tell Me Another: Stories of Mistakes" at 7pm. See Events section for more information.

 

 

 

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

WEEK OF AUGUST 14, 2017

 

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. 

 

Columbia Cream Ale (with Clementine)

17 IBU, 5 SRM, 5.5% ABV

We’ve resurrected a classic style and applied a modern twist. Brewed with American 2-row malt, flaked maize and Idaho 7 hops. This beer passes over 30 lbs. of clementine on the way to your glass along with fresh juice from over 100 lbs. of hand-squeezed navel oranges. But juicy it’s not. We tweaked and applied restraint to end up with the perfect balance of malt, hop and citrus. You’ll notice a citrus fragrance, full mouth feel and a mild bitterness to cut the sweetness of the fruit.

 

Know Good APA (American Pale Ale)

32 IBU, 4 SRM (Hazy), 5.9% ABV

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

 

Cherry Amour Saison

12 IBU, 10SRM, 6.2% ABV

A rustic Belgian Saison brewed to style and aged for 3 weeks on 200 pounds of hand-stemmed and pitted tart cherries from Belltown Orchards in South Glastonbury, CT. One sip of this beer takes your pallet on a flavorful journey alternating between earthy yeast tones, mild tartness, sweet essence from the fruit of the cherries and tannins pulled form the cherry skins.

 

River Run Rye IPA

85.5 IBU, 14.5 SRM, 6.8% 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.

 

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.

 

 

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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:

Fri 8/18: Mercado food truck

Sat 8/19: Closing early at 5pm for a private event. No food truck. Our apologies for any inconvenience!

Sun 8/20: Butcher & Red brings breakfast all day to the taproom!

Wed 8/23: Friends & Family Hot Dog Cart

Fri 8/25: Iguanas Ranas Taqueria food truck (Mexican)

Sat 8/26: TBD

Fri 9/1: Ted's World Famous Steamed Cheeseburgers

Sat 9/2: Iguanas Ranas Taqueria food truck (Mexican)

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

Location

1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106

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

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