Starting Thursday, you can sip beers from a critically acclaimed Massachusetts brewery while sitting on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Trillium Brewing Company announced that the Trillium Garden on The Greenway, a partnership between Trillium and the nonprofit Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, will officially open for business on Thursday at 4 p.m.
The beer garden is located on a brick patio adjacent to the Rowe’s Wharf Arch and bordered by Atlantic Avenue, High Street, and Purchase Street. Along with six to eight rotating beers, the garden will serve three wines from Westport Rivers Vineyard. It’s expected to accommodate approximately 250 people.
The planning and execution of the Garden on the Greenway was a rapid process. According to Trillium cofounder Esther Tetreault, the company received a request for a quotation from the Greenway Conservancy in March, leaving less than three months to plan and design everything, including layout, materials, schedule, staffing, and all other logistics. Tetreault said that employees were still working on the construction and assembly of the “draft trailer” (the food truck-esque trailer from which Trillium will serve drinks) until an hour before a scheduled soft opening for family and friends on Wednesday. As they made last-minute adjustments and started up service, they attracted quite a bit of attention.
“Obviously we were outside in the middle of downtown Boston, so hundreds of people were walking by all day asking what we were doing and when we were going to open,” Tetreault said. “There were quite a few people hanging around the entrance just waiting for us to let them in when they suspected we might start pouring.”
Originally announced in April, the beer garden partnership should be beneficial for both parties. Trillium will have a chance to sell their beer beyond their Canton and nearby Fort Point breweries, while the nonprofit Greenway Conservancy will have another income source to help support their annual budget. The state of Massachusetts currently gives the Greenway $2 million annually, but that contract is set to expire on June 30.
“The Trillium Garden on The Greenway is a perfect fit for us,” said Greenway Conservancy executive director Jesse Brackenbury in a statement. “It provides an amenity in the park, a partnership with a world-class operator, and a meaningful earned revenue stream to further support the mission of the nonprofit Greenway Conservancy.”
The Garden on The Greenway will be open for business through October on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.