Hanging Hills Brewing closes Hartford tasting room permanently amid coronavirus outbreak

Hanging Hills Brewing business partners Joe Ploof, a former teacher, and Brian Cox, a West Virginian who was working in a steel mill, met online in 2012 when they both took a web course offered by the Middlebury, Vt.-based American Brewers Guild. Later that year they met in person at their finals week in Sacramento, Calif. and bonded over a love of beermaking and a desire to change professions, according to a 2016 profile in The Courant. The two partnered with Scott Stauffer, a West Hartford businessman who helped them raise private equity funds and became chief operating officer.

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