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. 


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.


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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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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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.


Currently on tap

WEEK OF JULY 10, 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

9 IBU, 4.3%, ABV, 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.


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 summer beer. 


Full of Soul Golden Rye Ale (benefits Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation)

16 IBU, 5 SRM, 5.4% ABV

Brewed with loads of Rye malt (30% of the malt bill) to showcase the unique flavor profile rye lends to beer – complex and assertive earthiness, accompanied by bread and spice with a noticeable dry finish. Late kettle additions of Idaho 7 and a heavy-handed dry hop with El Dorado bring out a fruit-forward hop profile.   


Local 35 IPA

72.5 IBU, 8.5 SRM, 6.8% ABV

Brewed with copious amounts of oat and late hop additions of Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo for a lip-smacking fruitiness. Mild bitterness with an elegant, soft mouthfeel.


Methodology IPA

53 IBU, 13 SRM, 6.6% ABV

A hop-forward unfiltered, copper colored IPA brewed with Pale, Cologne and Cara Munich malts. Generous addition of flaked barley for body and mouth feel. Hopped with Simcoe, Chinook and Citra for a blend of pine and citrus on the nose and on your pallet. 


8th Ward Brown Ale

21.6 IBU, 21.5 SRM, 6.0% ABV

Riff on a classic British style, with more body and higher ABV. Dark brown and a slight roast with flavors of caramel and notes of bread.




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:


Fri 7/7: The Family Brick-Oven Pizza Truck

Sat 7/8: Brasatos Italian Street Cuisine

Thurs 7/13: KNOW GOOD Market - an evening street fair featuring tons of local food trucks and more. Right outside our door!

Fri 7/14: Bear's BBQ

Sat 7/15: Chief Brody's Banh Mi




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




1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106

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We're Hiring!

Hog River Brewing Co. – Taproom Manager

Hog River Brewing Co. is a family-owned, independent craft beer brewery and taproom located in the historic Parkville neighborhood of Hartford, CT. We are looking for an experienced Taproom Manager who exudes energy, drive and positivity to join our growing team.

Delivering an unparalleled craft beer experience to each of our customers is our number one passion. While creating innovative and consistently great craft beer is part of the equation, our small staff is instrumental in developing a welcoming and comfortable environment backed by industry knowledge to compliment the overall experience that is ‘Hartford’s Living Room.’

The Taproom Manager should be an energetic, customer-service oriented, organized, self-starter who shares our excitement and passion for craft beer. They will be responsible for overseeing all bar operations in the taproom, developing and maintaining procedures, managing taproom events and helping with bar shifts.

We are looking for a team player, and one who is excited about the challenge of helping to build a successful business.


Job Description & Duties:

  • Maintain a welcoming, educational, exciting and inviting experience
  • Manage tap room guest satisfaction and overall brewery visitor experience
  • Be an ambassador for Hog River Brewing Co. and the craft beer industry
  • Maintain taproom cleanliness, appearance, merchandising, and inventory
  • Ensure quality and service standards are being met
  • Manage Tap Room co-worker schedule and staffing needs
  • Bartending
  • Cash handling and taproom sales reporting
  • Manage onsite logistics of private events in the taproom
  • Train and mentor bartenders
  • Inventory reporting and ordering


Skills & Qualifications:

  • 3 years minimum bar/restaurant, brewery/winery, retail management
  • Excellent customer service, interpersonal and proven leadership skills
  • Strong communication and team building skills
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about craft beer
  • Able to share this passion and knowledge with customers and staff alike
  • Knowledge and experience with retail POS system
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Availability on evenings and weekends are a must
  • TIPS certification is preferred and will be required within 2 months of hire
  • Cicerone training is a bonus and will be encouraged

Interested applicants should send their qualifications/resume to info@hogriverbrewing.com