Fresh from an uber-successful summer run at Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, which wrapped things up in October, Trillium Brewing announced last week that they’ll be taking their pop-up beer garden concept six miles south to the village of Roslindale…and opening a winter beer garden in an iconic substation structure.
Built in 1911, the Roslindale Substation functioned as part of the Boston Elevated Railway Company’s then revolutionary alternating electric current power system, one of six nearly identical converter substations built in and around Boston at that time.
Trillium’s announcement caps a 16-year effort sponsored by Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) a non-profit dedicated to the revitalization of Roslindale’s city center and the Roslindale Substation in particular.
The substation, which was built in 1911, recently underwent a $4.8 million renovation. It’s an incredible space for Trillium’s Winter Beer Garden, which starting in early December will be open five days a week and offer a mind-blowing rotating draft list in the spectacular setting.
Founded in 2013 by husband and wife team JC and Esther Tetreault, Trillium’s story is a good one.
First launched in the vibrant Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston and grounded in the concept of a New England farmhouse brewery, Trillium took off almost immediately.
In December 2015, Trillium opened a larger production facility and taproom in Canton, Massachusetts, allowing them to significantly increase their production.
Trillium is also now in the process of building a new flagship brewery and restaurant just a short ways away from their original Fort Point location, that’s planned to open sometime in 2018.
“We had a killer time with the Garden on the Greenway this summer so we jumped at the chance to bring Trillium to another Boston neighborhood,” Trillium co-owner Esther Tetreault said in a statement. “The substation is such a unique and iconic space, in a welcoming neighborhood, making Roslindale a perfect winter home for the Trillium Garden.”
“Beer aficionados will have the unique opportunity to drink Trillium’s award-winning beer in the Substation’s awe-inspiring space, with its 34 foot ceilings, 18-foot copper clad doors, 250-ton capacity gantry crane, and six two-story windows,” said Alia Hamada Forrest, RVMS’s Executive Director. “Where Trillium goes, its fans follow.”