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. 


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.


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










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



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.


Factory Lager*

15 IBU, 4 SRM, 5% ABV

Imagine yourself living the beer life in the mid 1800s in Bavaria Germany, happily drinking dark, smoky beers. Then the Czech Pilsner hits the scene and your taste buds like whoa, and you never look back. Pilsners took the world by storm boasting a lighter, paler body and flavor and German brewers responded to the threat by brewing their own sublimely refined pale, bright beers but with less hop assertiveness and more malty, bready flavors. This is our take on this traditional, yet relatively young, beer style that has stood the test of time.


Winter Wheat Red*

14 IBU, 14SRM, 5.6% ABV

A Dunkelweizen is a dark German wheat beer brewed with wheat. Our interpretation uses 3 varieties of including winter red wheat. This beer 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. 


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.


Full of Soul Golden Rye Ale*

16 IBU, 5 SRM, 5.4% ABV

Brewed with loads of Rye malt (30% of the malt bill) to showcase the unique flavor profile rye lends to beer – complex and assertive earthiness, accompanied by bread and spice with a noticeable dry finish. Late kettle additions of Idaho 7 and a heavy-handed dry hop with El Dorado bring a fruit-forward hop profile


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.


Know Good IPA*

32 IBU, 4 SRM, 7.4% ABV

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


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.


Twang’d DIPA* 

50 IBU, 8 SRM, 8.7%, ABV

Named for our Thursday music series, this full bodied, fruit forward double IPA is brewed with Golden Promise malt, flaked oats and flaked barley. Generously hopped with Mosaic and Galaxy late in the boil to keep the bitterness low. Bites of citrus, tropical fruit and berry pop throughout.


Saison d'Hiver*

15 IBU, 35 SRM, 7.8% ABV

Is Winter over yet? Not before we drink one of our last offerings to beat the winter blues. Saison d'Hiver is brewed with Maris Otter and a blend of 8 specialty malts and fermented with a classic french Saison yeast. Dark and robust with notes of pepper, biscuit, caramel and chocolate with a very slight smokiness. This beer is hopped with 100% CT Grown hops.  Contains wheat.


* Also available in 4 packs of 16 oz. cans. Only available in our taproom!



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:

Saturday 2/17: Brasato Italian Street Cuisine

Thursday 2/22: Twang Thursday! Live music in the taproom every Thursday featuring Americana roots rock. Join us when The Wolff Sisters come to play 7-9pm. No cover! Craftbird Food Truck onsite 5-9pm!

Friday 2/23: Firehouse Smoker BBQ

Saturday 2/24: Chief Brody's Banh Mi

Sunday 2/25: Sculpt & Sip with Hartford Sweat! Join us for an hour of sweat-inducing yoga with weights in the taproom 11am-12pm. Class registration includes a complimentary drink from the bar. Sign up today! Plus, stick around for music from Auburn Mode, 3-6pm and Curbside Chef's 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 and the Northeast

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the national reserve

Thursday, February 1

The National Reserve is a labor of love from singer and guitarist Sean Walsh. In each song you can hear the years of driving long hours to play gigs for barely enough money to cover gas, all because there is nothing better than being on stage playing rock n' roll music. The band's music echoes back to another era, an analog age when just a guitar, an amp, and cord were enough. This authenticity gives The National Reserve a refreshingly modern sound, one that fits right in line with today’s take on the Americana lineage. 

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tuesday saints

Thursday, February 8

Tuesday Saints is an Americana rock band with a fantastic male-female vocal dynamic. The music has drawn comparisons to Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, and the Jayhawks. The band has performed at Café Nine, the Outer Space, and Mocha Maya’s.. Chip McCabe describes their first record Hard Luck Town as “Down home and soulful,” and “the perfect compliment to an album collection that includes acts like Son Volt and Wilco.” Band members include songwriter Jeff Burnham on guitars & vocals, Nanette Addesso, who plays acoustic guitar & fiddle, Bassist Dennis Cartier, and drummer Seth Adam. 

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the podunk throwbacks

Thursday, February 15

The Podunk Throwbacks are a "throwback" to a time when songwriters believed in their songs enough to allow them to stand on their own - no covers required! Real-life lyrics combined with a diverse & energetic sampling of different musical styles, provide a little something for everyone. 

Recent performances include the Durham Fair, Hebron Fair, Goshen Stampede, Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival, Elm City Folk Festival & the Podunk Bluegrass Festival, as well as this year's Daffodil Festival! They recently released their first cd, "Emotional Hemophilia." 

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the wolff sisters

Thursday, February 22

Hailing from the cobble stone streets of Boston, The Wolff Sisters blend rock, blues, and roots music into their own unique sound. Their gritty songs draw from adventures all over New England that shaped their lives. The three sisters, Rebecca, Rachael, and Kat, create haunting harmonies that only siblings can manage to do. Drawing inspiration from bands like The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne, TheWolff Sisters bring a refreshing sound and soul to the music scene. They have since released two EP's and currently tour all over New England and the east coast as The Wolff Sisters & The Last Cavalry.


If you are an Americana/Roots Rock/Folk artist and are interested in playing at our Twang Thursdays series, please contact us at music@hogriverbrewing.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 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!

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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



1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106


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

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