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Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale Welcomes A New Neighbor – Trillium

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An outside view of the Roslindale Substation building, which was idle for 45 years until Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale opened for business in January.

The Boston beer scene got a jolt of big news recently when Trillium Brewing Company announced it would house an indoor beer garden this winter at the historic Roslindale Substation. This comes on the heels of a very successful summer beer garden in downtown Boston.

But did you know that will be the second place to get amazing beer in that building? The first, which opened last year, is our very own Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale.

Owner Bryan Reeves, a Certified Cicerone® and passionate homebrewer, opened the doors to the store to much fanfare on January 14. The Substation building had stood empty for 45 years previously, and Bryan says his store’s opening in the building’s lower level was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

“As Boston continues to grow – and become more expensive – young professionals and growing families have found Roslindale to possess the right mix of affordability, local small businesses, and a deep sense of community,” he says.

“As a local resident and small business owner, the community and customers have been exceedingly supportive in getting our business up and running.”

Roslindale is one of the lesser traveled areas of Boston, but Trillium’s arrival will no doubt bring plenty of people from surrounding neighborhoods and towns.

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Bryan Reeves, owner of Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale.

“Trillium will help cement Roslindale as the place to be in Boston,” Bryan says. “The beer garden will attract craft beer lovers and encourage them to explore the surrounding area and discover its unique charms.”

It looks like Trillium’s beer garden will open very soon. To help celebrate its new neighbor, CBC Roslindale will be offering a free glass (while supplies last) to anyone, with a receipt from Trillium’s beer garden, who makes an in-store purchase of $10 or more.

One of the main driving forces of Trillium’s coming to Roslindale is the work of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS). The organization’s mission is “to promote Roslindale Village as an appealing destination and the dynamic center of our community.”

Bryan credits RVMS, along with Peregrine Group and Historic Boston, as the catalysts for change in Roslindale and “bringing life back to the beloved and iconic Roslindale Substation.”

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An original copper-clad door from the Roslindale Substation sits atop barrels from Jack’s Abby and serves as the tasting table at CBC Roslindale.

Trillium’s announcement is just the latest development in the growing craft beer scene in this area. CBC Roslindale carries beer from Turtle Swamp Brewing in neighboring Jamaica Plain. Percival Brewing just opened their tap room in nearby Norwood, and a small brewery and brewpub is scheduled to open in Roslindale Square this April.

While CBC Roslindale is gearing up for a busy holiday season, the store is also getting ready for its 1st Anniversary celebration on Saturday, Jan. 13. CBC Roslindale’s anniversary event will feature multiple tastings, schwag bags, special release beers, cake, and a performance by local legend Keytar Bear, who also performed at the grand opening.

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