Sensitive to the long lines that accumulate for growler fills at their booming Fort Point brewery, Jean-Claude and Esther Tetreault have already added days and hours to their fledgling labor of love. Besides the demands of a thirsty public and a waitlist of restaurants and bars clamoring for product, Jean-Claude has the needs of an infant, a toddler, and a desk job in Lexington. “When we’re not eating or sleeping, and sometimes even then, we’re working on the brewery.”
Building off the success of their flagship saison, Trillium is now churning out a series of exceptional beers like their Little Rooster, an American pale ale with citrusy pine and a welcome rusticity and their Wakerobin, a farmhouse red brewed with rye and earthy nuggest hops. The Tetreaults obsession with everything Trappist is soon to yield wild yeast sours and barrel-aged elixirs to their growing reputation as Belgo-American wunderkinds.
A bottling line is currently in the works to fill 750 ml bottles for retail and the Tetreaults are even searching for new real estate for what they’ve deemed “Phase 2” of their craft existence: a spacious second location to alleviate their production woes. Jean-Claude credits the “sobering” advice of Pretty Things’s Dann Paquette with launching the object of his “hopes, dreams, and aspirations.” Now Trillium is well on its way to building their own status as fellow icons of the Massachusetts beer scene.