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!


Currently on tap

UPDATED September 13, 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.

Oktoberfest Märzen-Style Lager

11.8 IBU, 5 SRM, 5.8% ABV

There's no better way to savor the changing season than with a classic Märzen Lager. Traditionally drunk at Oktoberfest in Germany each year, this malt-forward lager brings warm notes of bread and slightly sweet biscuit, balanced by a gentle hop character. Just right for brisk fall nights!

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.

 Garden Party IPA

20 IBU, 5 SRM, 5.3%  ABV

Brewed in collaboration with our friends and neighbors, Hanging Hills Brewing Company for our joint venture, Bushnell Beer Garden in Bushnell Park every Friday 4:00-8:00 though September. This light and crisp IPA is brewed with 3 malts and heavily hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Ekuanot then dry hopped with Amarillo and Ekuanot. We only have a limited amount for the taproom so enjoy this one-off while it's still around.

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.

Scribble DIPA

32 IBU, 5 SRM, 8% ABV

A love letter to our beloved 8-month old brewery pup Scribble! This hazy DIPA is hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Nelson for a fruit forward nose. Bursting with tropical and stone fruit - think mango, passionfruit and peach, mixed with sweet tangerine sherbet notes. This beer has almost as much personality as its namesake!

Rumple Dumple Sour Ale

10 IBU, Red SRM, 7.8% ABV

This beer 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 Dark Lager

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. 


Golden Messenger Kolsch

Oktoberfest Märzen-style Lager

Local 35 IPA

Scribble DIPA

Black Earth Dark Lager

Rumple Dumple Sour Ale

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 9/18: BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)

Thursday 9/19: Twang Thursday Live Music by The Meadows Brothers! 7-9pm and no cover! Fuego Picante Food Truck will be here too!

Friday 9/20: Disco Forno Pizza Truck

Saturday 9/21: Muncher’s Jamaican Food Truck

Sunday 9/22: Sunday Sessions Live Music presents Cazz! 2-5pm and no cover! Baba Ghanoush Food Truck will be here too!

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!


Bushnell Beer Garden

at the pump house Gallery at bushnell park, hartford


Join us this summer for craft beer, food, live music and games at the Bushnell Beer Garden Fridays 4-8pm, June 28 - Sept 20! We’re hosting this urban beer garden with our friends Hanging Hills Brewing and Harry’s Pizzeria & Tavern at the courtyard outside the historic Pump House located in Bushnell Park in Hartford. We’ll be pouring beer from both breweries and serving up pizza and other small bites. There will be live music from local bands and DJs each week. Plus fun with corn hole and giant Jenga games! Tokens for beer and food ($8) purchased at the door. Family-friendly and dog-friendly. Any minors under 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Remaining dates:
Friday, September 20
Saturday, September 28th - Oktoberfest Celebration!


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


The meadows Brothers

Thursday, September 19th

The Meadows Brothers music exists in the spaces between a rock&roll band that writes folk songs and a folk band that writes rock&roll songs; with a heavy helping of harmony, a taste of groove, a bit of the blues and a dash of twang for good measure. They sing songs of hope, songs of love, songs of despair, and songs of good times. Drawing from a varied list of influences; their sound and songs have taken shape over countless late night jams and writing sessions in their childhood bedroom, and hundreds of shows all over the country.


Charlie Marie

Thursday, September 26th

Charlie Marie, like so many great songwriters, was first introduced to music by her grandmother. At ten years old, she was already hooked on Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Her admiration for their craft and delivery had only multiplied since and shines through in her collection of songs. It is evident, in Charlie Marie’s sultry and dynamic vocal range, that she takes just as much from the greats as she does contemporary modern troubadours.

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The nite Caps

Thursday, October 3rd

This 5-piece country combo is comprised of 5 musicians who've been around the roots music block more than a few times, all of 'em having played in various ensembles from country to rockabilly to rhythm & blues, and from the Cajun & Creole swamps to bluegrass!


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.


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


Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 3-8pm
Thursday: 3-10pm
Friday: 3-10pm
Saturday: 12-10pm
Sunday 12-6pm 


1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106


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

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