Drinks

Trillium Hints About the Roslindale Substation

In a since-deleted social media post.

Roslindale substation

Roslindale substation. / Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Trillium Brewing Company teased something potentially exciting in its Instagram Story last night. It was simply a geo-tagged view of the facade of the Roslindale substation, but it begs the question: Why was Trillium, which has locations in Canton, Fort Point, and until very recently, the Greenway, at the mostly vacant landmark?

Beer shopping at the nearly-year-old Craft Beer Cellar, maybe. But the highly rated brewery’s fervent fans wanted to know for sure, and many people screen-captured the shot to ask them about it online. Craft Beer Cellar, which opened in part of the historic building earlier this year, shared a screencap of Trillium’s Instagram story in a since-deleted Facebook post. (Trillium’s original Instagram story is also now either deleted, or expired after 24 hours; it’s a bit unclear.)

The Roslindale bottle and can shop’s post is preserved on Reddit. “We just stumbled across some Instagram news…” the post reads. “We are getting a neighbors [sic] upstairs very soon, and it’s kind of a big deal…”

Craft Beer Cellar owner Bryan Reeves notes the post has been deleted, and says he has no insight into any plans of Trillium.

The defunct former streetcar substation in Roslindale Square was decommissioned in 1971, and was totally vacant until January 2017, when Craft Beer Cellar opened in part of it. There were plans floated for a new restaurant by Chris Douglass, chef/owner of Ashmont Grill and Tavolo in Dorchester, but those fell through in September 2017, Eater Boston reported.

Trillium has been growing rapidly since it debuted in March 2013, with a giant secondary production facility, taproom, and barrel storage space in Canton. It also may one day open a farm brewery in the wilds of Connecticut. During the holidays last year, the company announced it was beginning the process of opening a brewpub (with a roofdeck!) in its home neighborhood of Fort Point. The 16,000-square foot space (with a 10-barrel brew house) at 47 Farnsworth St. could open by the end of 2018. Trillium also operated the city of Boston’s first-ever open-air beer garden on the Greenway from June until the end of October.

There’s ample speculation about the Roslindale space on Reddit. Boston reached out to Trillium cofounders Ester and JC Tetreault and will share an update when we have one.


Jacqueline Cain Associate Food Editor at Boston Magazine jcain@bostonmagazine.com