Trillium to Launch Winter Beer Garden in Boston

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Following rumors that recently circulated on social media, popular Boston-based beer maker Trillium Brewing Company has confirmed it will open a seasonal indoor beer garden in December.

Located in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, the so-called Trillium Garden at the Substation will be open five days a week and will serve a variety of rotating draft options, according to the company.

“Our goal has always been to build a strong community and share what we do,” says Esther Tetreault, Trillium co-founder, in a press statement. “The Substation is such a unique and iconic space, in a welcoming neighborhood, making Roslindale a perfect winter home for the Trillium Garden.”

This is the company’s second seasonal beer garden, as Trillium launched a similar concept in downtown Boston on the Greenway earlier this summer. There, Trillium tells GBH it sold about 30 barrels per week over the course of its five-month residency. Now, for winter, the company is headed to a different neighborhood.

Reached by GBH, Tetreault wouldn’t say, however, whether the company plans to keep up with the model and continue popping up in new neighborhoods as the seasons change. Rather, she says, “we’ll see what comes next.”

“We’re always open to evaluating new projects and the beer garden concept is one we really love,” Tetreault adds. “We have to be pretty controlled about our commitments, but occasionally a great opportunity presents itself.”

Rumors that the company would be doing something at the Substation—a 106-year-old power plant that had been unused for years prior to renovations in 2014—began circulating last week after Trillium shared an Instagram story highlighting the building with a cryptic message suggesting plans ahead. It wasn’t until today, however, that the company confirmed it has partnered with Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS), a local nonprofit, to launch the winter beer garden.

Says Alia Hamada Forrest, executive director of RVMS, “Where Trillium goes, its fans follow.”

That’s because, though wildly popular in the region, the company’s beers aren’t so widely available. That said, the company has of late been spreading its wings. Originally founded in a tiny space in downtown Boston, the company opened a sizable space in nearby Canton a few years ago. Since, it has launched the Greenway project, announced plans to build out another sizable brewery in Boston proper near to its original home, and is now launching the Roslindale garden (not to mention rumors of a farmhouse brewery project in Connecticut that the company has not yet committed to but has spoken about before).

The company says it plans to announce an exact opening date for the winter beer garden in the coming days.

—Dave Eisenberg