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, and kombucha. 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. We are proud to be in such a historic neighborhood and grateful to be one of the many amazing Connecticut breweries. 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 specializing in classic German beers, New England IPAs, Sour Ales, and Barrel-aged beers. In addition to our rotating tap list, we have many of our beers available to-go in 4-packs and growlers. You can also find us on tap at several local restaurants & bars, on shelves of many Connecticut package stores, and on draft at Dunkin’ Donuts Stadium for the Hartford Yard Goats games!

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Currently on tap

UPDATED October 17th, 2019

Golden Messenger Kölsch-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 Mittelfruh hops and conditioned for 3 weeks. A clean, crisp and refreshing lighter-style craft beer.

OAKtoberfest

11.8 IBU, 5 SRM, 5.8% ABV

There's no better way to savor the changing season than with a classic Märzen Lager. This recipe is the same as our traditional Oktoberfest but aged on French Oak for 2 months. French oak gives this unique beer a silky smooth mouthfeel with hints of oak, vanilla, cream soda and coconut. As this beer warms up it will present more of these flavors. Expect lower carbonation to enhance the mouthfeel and flavors presented from the French oak.

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 Mittelfruh for a clean noble hop profile.

Barleywine (2018 Collab w/ Willibrew)  

75 IBU, 13 SRM, 12% 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 desert-like beer with notes of brown sugar, sherry, honey, pear and prune. 

Hartford Pale Ale (HPA)

30 IBU, 7 SRM, 6% ABV                

One malt, white wheat and hopped with an abundance of Mosaic and Wakatu. Hazy and full bodied with a dynamic floral and tropical fruit profile.

Local 35 IPA    

32 IBU, 4 SRM, 6.2% ABV       

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

Plushnugget Sour Ale

20 IBU, 5 SRM, 5.5% ABV

Plushnugget is back after a long hiatus with a few changes! We went heavy on the fruit, brewing with over 300 lbs of blood orange and 80 lbs. of passionfruit to create a citrus BOMB! Sweet, delectable tropical fruit tangles with citrus tang for a juicy, balanced sour.

Super Secret Sour Ale

20 IBU, 5 SRM, 5.5% ABV

Sour ale with a special blend of citrus, tropical fruit plus a secret ingredient. Can you guess what it is? 



AVAILABLE IN CANS:

Golden Messenger Kölsch

Behind the Rocks Smoked Red Ale

Hartford Pale Ale

Local 35 IPA

Plushnugget Sour Ale with Blood Orange & Passionfruit

Book our taproom!

We offer semi-private rentals in our taproom and fully private rentals in our new event space The Stave Room! Click below to send us details about your event and we’ll get you all the information you need to have a great get together!

Food Truck & Events Schedule

Check out who's joining us this month!

Wednesday 10/16: Craftbird Food Truck

Thursday 10/17: Twang Thursday live music by These Wild Plains, 7-9pm and no cover! Plus Skyscraper Sandwiches Truck

Friday 10/18: Baba Ghanoush Food Truck

Saturday 10/19: Fuego Picante Food Truck

Sunday 10/20: Sunday Sessions Live Music by The Auburn Mode, 2-5pm and no cover. Plus Spice Venue Food Truck


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Friday Oct. 25th, 6-10 pm is Goblinfunk fest!

Too old to trick or treat but still looking to go out and celebrate Halloween? Come join us on the 25th and treat yourself to our festive activities! We will be releasing Goblinfunk sour, a spooky tangerine sour that is a huge citrus explosion in every sip. In addition we will have pumpkin carving and classic Halloween movies! For only $20, you get a personal pumpkin, carving tools, and a free pint! (Taproom will still be free to enter and open to the public.) For those who are not so artfully inclined we will have stencils here for you. Prize for ‘Best in Show’ pumpkin carving! Seating is limited for pumpkin carving so call us at 860-206-2119. Costumes highly encouraged, candy eating definitely supported.


Looking for a fun activity? Try axe throwing!

Next time you are in the Hartford/West Hartford area check out Pine and Iron Axe Throwing! They are a stone’s throw (an axe throw?) away from our taproom, just down the hall in the same building. The best part is they are BYOB. So you can grab a growler of beer from us, bring it down the hall and Pine & Iron will even waive your uncorking fee, just for buying from us!

 

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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On the Trail

Thursday, October 24th

Featuring four musicians from four very different backgrounds, On The Trail is a modern acoustic quartet that explores everything from bluegrass to contemporary pop, from stunning instrumentals to beautiful traditional songs. The band bonded from their love of bluegrass and the band Punch Brothers, and has already gained recognition and praise for their exploration and strong execution of the challenging music, as well as for their new original music. On The Trail also features Austin Scelzo-fiddle and vocals, Tom Polizzi-mandolin and vocals, Charlie Widmer-guitar and vocals, and Chet Duke on the Banjo.

 
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Wise old moon

Thursday, October 31st

Defined by the road-worn vocals and authentic lyrics of singer/songwriter Connor Zane Millican, Wise Old Moon embodied the sound of indie folk & Americana with their debut album ‘The Patterns’, while later albums incorporated electric and roots/rock elements that widened their fan base.

This will be Twang Thursday Halloween Party with a special goblinfunk beer release, Fuego Picante Food Truck, and costume party!

 
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The Coffee grinders - acoustic blues

Thursday, November 7th

From the Mississippi Delta, to the banks of the Connecticut River, The Coffee Grinders embody the SOUL AND SPIRIT of The Delta Blues with the music they play. Our members include Frank Breen on Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, and Jim Choquette on Vocals, Harmonica. We play Acoustic Country Delta Blues in the style of Robert Johnson, Charlie Patten, Muddy Waters and others. We do something a little different then most musical groups.

 

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.

 2nd Annual Homebrew Competition

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Homebrew Competition! The competition will be held on February 16th, 2020, the sunday before Presidents Day. All styles are welcome to enter, allowing a maximum of 4 entries per person at a cost of $8 per entry.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out at mike@hogriverbrewing.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 16 years and we're almost three years 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

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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