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 July 17, 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.

Columbia Cream Ale (with Orange)

17 IBU, 5 SRM, 5.5% ABV       

We’ve resurrected a classic style and applied a modern twist. Brewed with American 2-row malt, flaked maize and Idaho 7 hops. This beer has fresh juice from over 100 lbs. of hand-squeezed navel oranges. But juicy it’s not. We tweaked and applied restraint to end up with the perfect balance of malt, hop and citrus. You’ll notice a citrus fragrance, full mouth feel and just a mild bitterness to cut the sweetness of the fruit.

Summer Dusk Hefeweizen

7 IBU, 7 SRM, 5.7% ABV

This German wheat beer showcases a flavorful balance of banana and clove that is unique to the yeast this beer is fermented by. We brewed this beer with 60% wheat, so expect a slightly tart, full - bodied beer. Higher carbonation brings pleasant aromas to your nose while your palate is overtaken by malt sweetness and a little acidity to make an easy drinking beer. 

All the Hops Sour IPA

20 IBU, 5 SRM, 6.5% ABV

This beautiful, slightly tart sour IPA is brewed with Golden Promise and white wheat then fermented with Lactobacillus Brevis. This offering is extremely balanced and full of citrus flavors and aromas added by huge amounts of El Dorado, Vic Secret and Citra hops.

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.

Friend Zone IPA

20 IBU, 4 SRM, 4.5% ABV

This new, one-off IPA is brewed with blend of 2-row, carahell and munich malts and generously dry hopped with Citra. This is the ideal summer crusher for those hot summer days that require more than one beer to keep you cool. Flavors and aromas of citrus and tropical fruit.

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.

Piknick Basket IPA        

13 IBU, 8 SRM, 6.5% ABV

Henry, one of our beloved bartenders, came up with this name. Henry can't spell all that well. Piknick Basket IPA is brewed for those easy days that call for a tasty brew and a nice spread. Brewed with Golden Promise and Wheat. Hopped aggressively with Mosaic and then dry hopped with Mosaic lupulin powder for that fruity kiss on ya lips.



AVAILABLE IN CANS:

Golden Messenger Kölsch

Summer Dusk Hefeweizen

Columbia Cream Ale ( With Orange)

All the Hops Sour IPA

Piknick Basket IPA

Book our taproom!

Whether it’s a birthday party, wedding pre-party, fundraiser or casual get together we have a rental package that fits any situation or budget. We offer semi-private rentals during our business hours as well as private rentals on days we are closed. We’d love to help you find an option that suits your needs. Click below to get started!

Food Truck & Events Schedule

Check out who's joining us this month!

Wednesday 7/17: BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)

Thursday 7/18: Twang Thursday Live Music by The Meadows Brothers! 7-9pm, and no cover. Taproom open 3-10pm. Crepe Hut Food Truck Food Truck will be there too!

Friday 7/19: Baba Ghanoush Food Truck

Saturday 7/20: Fuego Picante Food Truck

Sunday 7/21: Sunday Sessions Live Music by Goza! 2-5pm, and no cover. Taproom open 12-6pm. Craftbird 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

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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.

Full list of dates*:

June 28
July 5
July 12
July 26
August 2
August 9
August 16
August 23
August 30
September 6
September 20

Plus! Special Oktoberfest event Saturday, September 28

*No beer garden on July 19 & Sept 13

 

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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Lexi weege & the wondertwins

Thursday, July 18th

Weege & The Wondertwins combine elements of past and present to create a sound that is both nostalgic and fresh. With powerhouse vocalist, Lexi Weege fronting this hot jazz circus rock outfit, one is guaranteed an experience like no other when attending a show. Identical twins Aj and Tom Del Negro provide lush harmonies and unique compositions all backed by drummer Erek Browns refreshingly dynamic style. Their debut album “Marigold” arrived in spring of 2017 and national tours and wild adventures followed soon afterward. Their sophomore album "Do I Seem Weird Lately?" is out now and features newest wonderboy Nick Ferrara on twangy telecaster.

 
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Melanie Brulée

Thursday, July 25th

What most might call Americana, folk-rock or country music, Toronto-based Melanie Brulée colours her own, bringing a vintage respect to a modern sound by intertwining surf-style guitar tones and catchy melody hooks - all with the vibe of a speakeasy cabaret. Her music has been on regular rotation on CBC and Sirius XM and her third album Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind, exploring themes of family, loss and addiction, was released in October 2018.




 
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Sonya Rae Taylor

Thursday, August 1st

Boston native, Sonya Rae is a rising star with a blend of gifts rarely found on the blues-rock and soul scene. Her dazzling musical ability is immediately evident through her soaring vocals, scorching guitar work and savvy song-craft. Always backed by a masterful group of musicians including Ryan Taylor on guitar, she is quickly becoming one of the most sought after acts on the scene today.

 
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among the Acres

Thursday, August 15th

Merging elements of Folk, Rock, Pop, and Americana, Among the Acres delivers an eclectic yet singular sound, marked by cascading four-part vocal harmonies, dynamic grooves, and a keen sense for lyricism. Cutting their teeth by playing everywhere from breweries and small clubs to festivals and showcases throughout the Northeast, the “Acres” have been honing their powerhouse of a live set non-stop since the band’s inception in 2017.

 
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Wise Old Moon

Thursday, August 22nd

The original creators and long time hosts of Wise Old Moon's Twang Thursdays return to Hog River Brewing Co. for a free show in the taproom. Defined by the road-worn vocals and authentic lyrics of singer/songwriter Connor Zane Millican, Wise Old Moon embodied the sound of folk & Americana with their debut album ‘The Patterns’. As the band evolved and incorporated a variety of players while touring around the Northeast, the group's focus shifted to exploring the edge of American roots music and indie rock while honing in on their live performances. Wise Old Moon has since released 2 full length albums and toured all over the US. The band’s recent EP ‘Factory Town’ is inspired by an industrial neighborhood in Hartford where Wise Old Moon is based from.









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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