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. 

Taproom

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.

Offerings

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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Location

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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Hours

Mon & Tues - Closed
Wed - 3-8pm
Thurs - 3-8pm
Fri - 3-9pm
Sat. - 12-9pm
Sun. - 2-7pm

 

 

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.

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Currently on tap

WEEK OF MAY 22, 2017

 

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. 

 

Dad Bod Gose

4.3%, 9 IBU, 3 SRM
Traditionally brewed Gose (Gose-uh) native to Goslar, Germany. Brewed with loads of wheat and a touch of Pilsner malt. A balance of tartness and salinity with slight notes of coriander.

 

Hartford Pale Ale (HPA)                                                            

30 IBU, 7 SRM, 5.9% ABV

A fan favorite, we brought HPA back for a 3rd time! One malt, a taste 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.

 

Local 35 IPA DIPA (Vol. 4)                                                                                         

60 IBU, 8.5 SRM, 8.5% ABV

For volume 4 of our rotating IPA series, we turned fan favorite, Volume 3 into a DIPA. This beer is brewed with a blend of 2-row, Pale and Munich Malts with a healthy dose of oats. Heavy late kettle additions of Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo hops then double dry hopped with a blend of the same hops including Idaho 7. Full-bodied, deep golden color, mild bitterness, smooth and lip-smacking fruitiness.

 

Behind the Rocks Smoked Red Ale

16 IBU, 14.5 SRM, 6.3% ABV

Based on a traditional German Rauchbier but the smoke is dialed way back. Red in color, hints of caramel, biscuit, bread and a slight smokiness from the addition of beechwood smoked malt. Hopped with Hallertau Mittlefruh for a clean noble hop profile. 

 

Black Earth Schwarzbier                                                               

22 IBU, 40 SRM, 5.7% ABV

This brew is an 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 chocolate-toasty note. 

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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:

 

Sun 5/21: Brasato's Italian Street Cuisine

Thurs 5/25: Yardbird & Co.

Sat 5/27: Brasato's Italian Street Cuisine & Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes

Wed 5/31: Family & Friends Roadside Cart (hot dogs)

Thurs 6/1: Wheels of Soul Tapping Party, 5-8pm! We're joining 40 breweries across the country to support the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Craft for Causes to put music first in schools. Proceeds from sales of our Golden Rye Ale will benefit Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which promotes and preserves music education in schools across the country. Come join us for the tapping party! We'll be giving away tickets to the Tedeschi Trucks tour stop July 9th at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center. We'll have Comfort Zone Pretzels on hand with eats and 102.9 The Whale radio station is joining us for the fun! 

Fri 6/2: Toasted food truck

Sat 6/3: Bear's BBQ at 4pm

Sun 6/4: Barre at the Brewery! Our friends from Hartford Sweat return with their bad-ass booty grinding workout. Grab a complimentary drink after the class. Let's Start from Scratch will have some nourishing treats for sale too! Sign up here!

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Our Story

I’m Ben Braddock the founder and owner of Hog River Brewing Co. I'm can’t-sleep-at-night obsessed with this little (well, huge) dream of mine. Hog River is the culmination of years of hard work and an unending passion for brewing and craft beer. I started this journey back in 2008 when my cubicle walls started closing in on me. It was a “now or never” kinda moment. I quit my corporate gig, swallowed my pride and started cleaning kegs. That was seven years ago and I haven’t looked back. Since then, I’ve been brewing and developing some of the best beers in CT, most recently at Willimantic Brewing Company. 

The Plan

I’m a local guy, born and raised in CT, and I love this community. That’s why I’m setting up shop here. Hog River will bring a craft beer experience to the Hartford area that’s original, authentic and community-oriented. A place where - sing it with me now - everybody knows your name. When we open the doors, expect a rotating tap list of house-brewed beers and guest beers with some carry-out bottles. 

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

To inquire about renting our taproom space for any type of party or event, email us at: events@hogriverbrewing.com

 

 

Location

1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106

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