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
(entrance on Bartholomew Ave.)
Hartford, CT 06106

We are located on the first floor of the 5-story white building on the corner of Park St. and Bartholomew Ave. Enter building from Bartholomew Ave. main entrance. Parking is available in lot on opposite side of the street.

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Mon & Tues - Closed
Wed-Fri - 3-8pm
Sat. - 12-8pm
Sun. - 12-6pm

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



11.8 IBU, 11.8 SRM, 5.8% ABV

A classic Märzen beer, traditionally drunk at Oktoberfest each year. Malty, bready and boasting a caramel color. Just what autumn calls for. 


Local 35 IPA

77 IBU, 8 SRM, 6.8% ABV

Volume 2 of our rotating IPA is brewed with a blend of pale, munich and wheat malts, providing a full body with a deep gold color. Then heavily hopped with citrus-forward hops - Columbus, Centennial, Chinook & Casade – for some grapefruity goodness.


River Run Red Rye IPA

85.5 IBU, 14.5 SRM, 6.8% ABV

Sweet malt flavors from an array of German malts and a slight hand of Amarillo and Palisade hops to balance out. 


Pope Smoked Porter

23.2 IBU, 25.5 SRM, 7% ABV

Based on a classic London Porter, which was traditionally brewed with malts kilned over an open fire. To replicate the toasty and roasty characteristics we brewed with roasted and smoked malts. Dark, smooth, rich and complex.


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:

Thurs 10/20:

- Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways offsite beer sampling

- Thread City Hopfest, Willimantic Brewing Co. offsite beer sampling

Fri 10/21: 

Meat the Press food truck

Sat 10/22: 

- The Girls From Ruby Falls Album Release at the taproom

Cheek's Chicken & Waffles food truck

Fri 10/28:

Mercado Spanish Cuisine food truck

Sat 10/29:

Yardbird & Co. food truck

Fri 11/4:

Iron & Grain Co. food truck

Sat 11/5: 

Brasato Italian Street Cuisine food truck

Tues 11/8:

Beer Dinner with Yardbird & Co. at the taproom. 4 courses, 4 beers. For tickets, call 860 245 9337.

Fri 11/11:

Yardbird & Co. food truck

Sat 11/19:

Chief Brody's Banh Mi food truck


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. 


1429 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106

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