Trillium Beer Garden Becoming Downtown’s Seasonal Summer Hot Spot

Posted July 26, 2017 by Kayla Baker in Eat & Drink
Trillium Beer Garden

The Rose Kennedy Greenway, which stretches along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Boston, is known for its lush landscape and rotating art exhibits. In the summer, the space opens up to numerous farmers markets, food trucks, and local artist fairs. This year the Greenway decided to try something new; a seasonal summer beer garden open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They invited Trillium Brewery, from neighboring Fort Point, to occupy the space on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and High Street. From there, the Trillium Beer Garden was born.

This open-air beer garden is an immediately inviting space. Rustic fences outline the garden, and the space inside is dotted by farmhouse barrels on which poles of soft glowing fairy lights are strung. Patrons chat away happily on picnic benches set underneath the shade of the Greenway’s trees while their dogs enjoy the fresh ocean air coming off the harbor. In the center of it all is the beer truck, which has a dozen taps on each side, all serving a variety of Trillium’s local micro brews and wines from their partner at Westport Rivers Winery.

Miles Away Sour Beer

Trillium’s Miles Away Sour Beer

As I sidled up to the bar, I got to talking with the bartender about how the Trillium Beer Garden came to be. The brewery itself opened in 2013 when husband and wife team JC and Esther Tetreault decided to bring single hop variety beer to Boston. Their “street series” beers, all named for the streets surrounding their Seaport location, are brewed with a singular type of hops rather than a blend. Trillium’s beers quickly gained popularity among the bars in Downtown Boston, so when the Rose Kennedy Greenway decided to test out the idea of a summer beer garden, they asked the Tetreaults to bring their local brews downtown.

The Trillium Beer Garden serves up a rotating menu of a dozen drink choices daily. I chose four drinks to sample; a popular IPA, a seasonal sour, a new stout offering, and a rosé from their partner at Westport Rivers Winery. The Citra Cutting Tiles Double IPA is a spinoff from their most popular street series IPAs, incorporating bright citrus flavors with the dry hops that Trillium is known for. It’s the perfect beer for relaxing in the sunshine. Next was the Miles Away Sour Ale with Passionfruit and Guava; this mouth-puckering beer takes sour ales to a whole new level. Lovers of sweet or hoppy flavors may not like the Miles Away, but anyone who enjoys tongue twisting sour flavors will love this unique beer. The PM Dawn American Stout with Cold Brewed Coffee was a nice mild stout and it was hard to tell where the coffee ended and the beer began. And the Dark Rosé, named so for its almost-red color, was much more full bodied than a traditional rosé, and is a great refreshing beverage for any red wine drinker in search of summer flair.

On a Sunday night, the garden was still buzzing with people late into the evening. Couples lingered on their dates and groups of friends played board games as they sipped their brews. Friday evenings and Saturdays are the busiest times at Trillium Beer Garden, often filling to capacity right after opening and resulting in a wait of 15 to 20 minutes to get in. The garden is open from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Wednesdays through Fridays, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Anyone looking for a fun, local al fresco experience should head to the Trillium Beer Garden before this Downtown gem closes for the season.