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 June 25, 2019

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.

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.

Muddy Water IPA    

10 IBU, 6 SRM, 6.4% ABV       

Brewed with wheat and Golden Promise. Heavily hopped with Vic Secret and Azacca to bring strong pithy citrus flavor and aroma to this hazy, full bodied NEIPA.


Local 35 IPA

 32 IBU, 4 SRM(Hazy), 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.

Ask Your Mother DIPA

54.5 IBU: 5 SRM:, 8.4% ABV

Ask your mother...said every dad ever. Our newest DIPA was brewed in honor of all dads who love craft beer! Even our cans pay tribute. Our then 3 year-old-daughter Iyla drew a rather spot-on portrait of dad, which made us laugh every time we looked at it. Now you can get a smirk from it too when you grab a 4-pack. Brewed with flaked oats, flaked barley and wheat this beer is unfiltered, smooth and fruity. Hopped and dry-hopped with Mosaic, Vic Secret, Azacca and Citra which showcases a unique and dynamic fruity character. 

Phizz Whizzer Peach Melba Sour

10  IBU,  SRM (Pink), 5.8% ABV

Born out of our love for that old school dessert, Peach Melba, which features warm peaches and raspberries melting over vanilla ice cream. Brewed with pilsner, wheat and milk sugar, fermented with Lactobacilis Brevis and conditioned on fresh vanilla beans and more than 200 lbs. of peach and raspberry puree for a bright, tart berry punch.  

Gobblefunk Boysenberry Sour

10 IBU, SRM ? (Purple),5.5% ABV

Named for Roald Dahl's made up language, this dynamic sour ale strikes a balance of tradition and innovation. Gobblefunk is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and fermented with Lactobacilis Brevis. The final product boasts 252 pounds of Boysenberry puree for a fruity finish and a Wonka-ish purple color. 


Summer Dusk Hefeweizen

Columbia Cream Ale ( With Orange)

Hartford Pale Ale

Local 35 IPA

Muddy Water IPA

Parkville Punch IPA

Ask Your Mother DIPA

Gobblefunk Boysenberry Sour

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 6/26: BYOF (Bring your own food!)

Thursday 6/27: Twang Thursday Live Music by Nico Rivers and The Black Grass! 7-9pm and no cover. Taproom open 3-10pm. Fuego Picante Food Truck will be here too!

Friday 6/28: The Family Pizza Truck

Bushnell Beer Garden Opening Day! 4-8pm. Brought to you by Hog River Brewing, Hanging Hills Brewing and Harry's Pizza. Join us Fridays outside at the Pumphouse Gallery in Bushnell Park.

Saturday 6/29: BYOF (Bring your own food!)

Sunday 6/30: Sunday Sessions Live Music by CoPilot! 2-5pm and no cover, taproom open 12-6pm. Crepe Hut 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 ($7) 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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Nico Rivers and the Black Grass

Thursday, June 27th

One of the only known constants in the universe is transformation. All that is was and will some day again be something else. Nico Rivers is a Boston-based singer/songwriter with a knack for transformation. Since hitting the road in 2011, Rivers has released 3 EP and toured throughout the US & Europe including stops at many festivals and events including SXSW, SS Cape May, Club Passim’s Campfire. Festival and many more. Nico is currently based out of Boston, MA and can be found throughout the Northeast performing solo or backed by a revolving cast of musicians known as The Black Grass.


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.


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.

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 second homebrew competition this year! Registration will begin on 7/1/2019 and will be available here on the website. 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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