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


Wed 11/22 - 12-9pm
Thurs 11/23 - CLOSED
Fri 11/24 - 12-10pm
Sat 11/25 - 12-10pm






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. 


KNOW GOOD American Pale Ale

32 IBU, 4 SRM (Hazy), 6% ABV

A hazy American Pale Ale brewed with Golden Promise malt, malted wheat 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. 


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.


Muddy Water NEIPA

51 IBU, 6 SRM, 7.8% ABV

Brewed with Oats, and 2-row malt. Heavily hopped with Vic Secret and Azacca to bring strong pithy citrus flavor and aroma to this hazy, full bodied New England IPA.


Parkville Punch NEIPA

55 IBU, 5 SRM, 6% ABV

A soft, aromatic, quaffable NEIPA brewed with Azacca and Hallertau Blanc hops. This new addition to our tap list is double dry hopped to showcase the new era of German hops making their way to American IPAs.


Fall Harvest Altbier

30 IBU, 13 SRM, 5.8% ABV

Altbier is a historic German beer native to Dusseldorf. “Alt” refers to the “old” style of brewing. This is a well-balanced, bitter yet malty, clean and smooth deep amber German beer. Bitterness is balanced by malt richness. Brewed with 100% German malts and hops.


Pope Smoked Porter

23.2 IBU, 25.5 SRM, 7% ABV

Based on a classic London Porter, which was traditionally brewed with malts kilned over an open fire. To replicate the toasty and roasty characteristics we brewed with roasted and smoked malts. Dark, smooth, rich and complex. 


Belgian Barleywine (Collab with Willibrew)

100IBU, 13SRM, 10% ABV

Big, bold and assertive. Brewed in collaboration with Willimantic Brewing Company to showcase ingredients from around the globe. Belgian yeast, 100% Irish malt with American and New Zealand hops. Full bodied dessert-like beer with assertive bitterness balanced with a fruity, earthy, clove-like profile from Belgian yeast  and a healthy dose of hops.


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:

Thursday 11/16: The Hartford Symphony Orchestra performs their Dark Wood concert in our taproom, featuring contemporary and classical pieces. A night unlike any other! Tickets just $25!

Friday 11/17: Fuego Picante food truck

Saturday 11/18: Mercado food truck

Wednesday 11/22: Longer holiday hours, 12-10pm! Brasato Italian Street Cuisine food truck. 

Thursday 11/23: CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Friday 11/24: Longer holiday hours, 12-10pm! Do Black Friday right and join us for our Shop Small Maker Pop-Up in the taproom, 12-5pm. The Family Brick-Oven Pizza food truck. 

Saturday 11/25:  Brasato Italian Street Cuisine food truck. 








Twang Thursdays

presented by Hog River Brewing & Wise Old Moon


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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JEFF przech

Thursday, November 2

The most important aspect of Przech's songwriting, and of Przech himself, is the authenticity. There is a distinct lack of pretense in everything he does and his intentions are as true as some of the stories he tells. Przech is humble and unassuming with a dry sense of humor, evidenced by the title of his first record - Przech actually does rhyme with 'fresh.' The songs have not gone unnoticed, receiving excellent reviews and airplay on WPLR and WAPJ in Connecticut as well as internet radio stations and podcasts throughout the country.

“In a world where so many artists are employing marketing gimmicks and studio tricks, vying for the next big spotlight in the music scene, Jeff Przech makes it abundantly clear that's he's here to do one thing, and that's make great music.”


the meadows brothers

Thursday, November 30

"Singing guitarists Dustin and Ian Meadows prove that roots music is an unending resource, turning early influences gleaned from the Band and Gillian Welch into an engagingly twangy sibling sound all their own."  BOSTON GLOB

"Ian and Dustin Meadows are jack-of-all-trades instrumentalists who have come together to create a truly amazing musical experience. Their sound is a throwback to all of the great folk/country/bluegrass/blues that was kicking around both prior to and shortly after World War II, as well as the great folk revival of the 60’s."  - CHIP MCCABE, LONESOME NOIS


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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