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 January 15th, 2019

 Golden Messenger Kolsch- Style Ale

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       **Friday Release**                 

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.

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.

Hartford Pale Ale (HPA)

30 IBU, 7 SRM, 5.9% 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.

Pineapple Fluff Sour IPA

20 IBU, 5 SRM, 6.4% ABV

A Sour IPA brewed with Golden Promise and winter wheat. Loaded with El Dorado and Hallertau Blanc hops for a fruit forward hop profile. More than 200 pounds of pineapple puree was added to the mix for a balanced profile of refreshing pineapple and tropical fruit.

Nerd Alert IPA

20 IBU, 4 SRM (Hazy) 6.2% ABV             

Brewed with Golden Promise and wheat malts. Full bodied, hazy and juicy from a an abundance of Amarillo hops and Simcoe Lupulin Powder then double dry hopped with the same. This NEIPA is sure to bring all the nerds to the yard. Cheers! 

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.  

River Run Rye IPA

 85.5 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.


Rumple Dumple Sour Ale Friday Release

10 IBU, Red SRM, 7.8% ABV

The next sour in our Roald Dahl sour series is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts. Well balanced and fermented with more than 200 pounds of raspberries and tart cherries. Pours deep red with a light pink head. Mild flavors of tart cherry give way to a big burst of raspberry. 

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.  

AVAILABLE IN CANS:

Golden Messenger Kolsch

Side Sleeper Lager

Snarky Saison

Hartford Pale Ale

Pineapple Fluff Sour IPA

Nerd Alert IPA

Local 35 IPA

River Run Rye IPA

Behind the Rocks Smoked Red Ale

Barrel Aged Barleywine

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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 1/16: Bring your own food

Thursday 1/17: Twang Thursday Live Music by Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, 7-9pm, No Cover. Tap room open 3-10pm. CraftBird Food Truck

Friday 1/18: Brasato Food Truck

Saturday 1/19: Fuego Picante Food Truck

Sunday 1/20: Taproom open 12-6pm, Live Music by Auburn Mode 2-5pm. CraftBird Food Truck

 

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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Ramblin’ dan stevens

Thursday, January 17th

"Ramblin" Dan Stevens performs an eclectic mix of traditional fingerstyle blues, popular songs and originals and has entertained audiences  throughout the US, Germany, UK, Canada and Virgin Islands.  Of special interest is his unique style of "bottleneck" slide playing popularized by early Mississippi delta bluesmen including his use of a homemade, three stringed "Cigar Box Guitar" and one stringed "Diddly Bow", both primitive blues instruments.

 
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Goldenoak

Thursday, January 24th

GoldenOak is an emerging sound in New England folk music. A Portland, Maine based, Indie-Soul-Folk, sibling duo, Zak and Lena Kendall were born and raised in the Sandy River Valley of Western Maine. The two started making music together as kids and the bond of brother and sister is evident in their carefully crafted songs, poetic lyrics, and flowing harmonies. Influenced early by legends like Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Band, and by the like of Fleet Foxes, First Aid Kit, and Ray LaMontagne.

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Gentle Temper

Thursday, January 31st

Gentle Temper is Ryan Meier and Marion Earley, an ocean-folk duo with a blues tide from the bayous of Boston, MA. Marion and Ryan met while attending college in Boston and began writing and playing together in their final year. Their live sound builds on a sturdy foundation of lyrical storytelling & animated harmonies. The two recently won first place in Cambridge's Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge Main Event. In September, they won 1st place in the Katrina’s Singer-Songwriter Challenge and appeared on the Gloucester television series “Local Music Seen” shortly after.

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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Hog River Brewing Homebrew Competition

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first homebrew competition! The competition will be hosted Sunday, Feb 17th at Hog River Brewing. Registration will occur Dec 18th- Jan 22nd, entries will need to be delivered at the brewery by Friday, Feb 15th. All are welcome to come and see the award ceremony, but if you would like to enter please read through the competition details and complete the registration form below.

Name *
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What Competition group will you be competing in?
What style of beer will you be brewing in the category selected above?