For anyone who hasn’t heard, Trillium Brewing Co. is set to be the first brewery to open in Boston since Harpoon opened it’s doors in 1986. Helmed by Jean-Claude and Esther Tetreault, the Fort Point brewery still has no definitive opening date, though we’re told it will be soon. Yankee Brew News also reported in their latest issue that their beer lineup will include: Trillium (6.4%), a French farmhouse-style ale; Adam, an American Pale wheat; Fort Point Pale Ale (6.6%), a hoppy, floral American pale; Wakerobin (7.4%), a red rye ale; Pot & Kettle, (7.4%), an oatmeal porter; and Wild Saison (6.4%), a wild, funky ale.
The couple, from Acushnet, Mass and Norwich, Connecticut respectively have both lived in the Boston area for more than 10 years and currently reside in Brookline. They were kind enough to answer a few of our questions.
What inspired you to become brewers?
JC has always been into craft beer, and thought he would enjoy making his own, but it wasn.t until Esther.s mom bought him a home winemaking kit for his birthday a bunch of years ago before he gave it a go. JC made a couple batches of cider before he attempted an oatmeal stout. It was pretty incredible and he fell in love with the hands on process of brewing and learning about ingredients/fermentation, so then he was hooked. Owning our own brewery was that little daydream that was always there in the back of his head. We figured .if not now, when?.
Many people remember trying a beer that turned them onto the world of craft brews. Do you remember what yours was?
JC was that guy in college who brought his own four-pack of Guinness to parties!
Will you be open to the public and/or have tours/sell to the public?
We will have a retail room, open to the public, so people can come in to buy growlers and bottles directly.
What are your five favorite beers right now?
Esther can.t get enough hops so she dies for The Alchemist.s Heady Topper (who doesn.t?!), Port Brewing.s Mongo, and Ithaca.s Flower Power. JC loves the funk so a couple of his faves are Jolly Pumpkin.sGrand Reserve La Roja and Allagash.s Coolship Resurgam.
What is your distribution plan? New England only?
It.s important to us to stay in consistent and reliable supply for our supporters and customers, so we.ll start local with a couple accounts and broaden our distribution as we increase capacity.
We actually had more than five questions for these two, but these peeps are busy, and we respect that. For more details on what Trillium is all about, check out this article. And tell us what you think. Are you excited to have another brewery in Boston proper?