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Deciduous 2018: American Strong Ale with Fig, Cacao Nibs and Vanilla

Here in New England we have the joy of welcoming a fall season unlike anywhere else in the world. Each year as the leaves change, we bring forth a new batch of Deciduous. This beer is a celebration of seasonality and our dynamic climate - with a recipe that evolves year-to-year.

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Deciduous 2018 is an American strong ale brewed with fig, cacao nibs and Madagascar vanilla. With this year’s release coming later in the fall, our recipe leans a little more towards comfort and decadence. We believe this is the perfect beer to break out after a meal and share with the table, or to toast around the warmth of a late fall campfire. The 750ml bottle is meant for elegance and communal enjoyment.

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This recipe is highlighted by our local partner, Goodnow Farms Chocolate from Sudbury, MA. Nestled in the quiet woods of the Boston suburbs, Goodnow creates beautiful, single-origin chocolate using cacao sourced from Mexico and Central America. They have won Academy of Chocolate Awards, Northwest Chocolate Festival Awards and Good Food Awards for their creations.

 Monica Rogan, co-owner of Goodnow Farms, inspects cacao beans at the source

Monica Rogan, co-owner of Goodnow Farms, inspects cacao beans at the source

 Monica and Tom Rogan, co-owners of Goodnow Farms, outside of their barn in Sudbury, MA

Monica and Tom Rogan, co-owners of Goodnow Farms, outside of their barn in Sudbury, MA

By using cacao processed at Goodnow Farms we were able to further tie Deciduous 2018 to the sense of place that this beer evokes. Their work creating sustainable, delicious chocolate here in our home state inspires us in both spirit and flavor. Expect warming, roasty dark cocoa notes in this year’s Deciduous thanks to the nibs we sourced from Sudbury.

 Cacao beans are processed and converted to a finished product in Sudbury

Cacao beans are processed and converted to a finished product in Sudbury

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To further accentuate the Deciduous 2018 recipe, we utilized fig and Madagascar vanilla. Along with the cacao from Goodnow Farms, these ingredients bring layers of savory complexity and earthy sweetness to our yearly release. The final special ingredient was raw Piloncillo - a form of unrefined brown sugar cone with a flavor similar to molasses that is often used in Mexican cooking.

 A raw Piloncillo sugar cone about to be added to Deciduous

A raw Piloncillo sugar cone about to be added to Deciduous

 The production team prepares the fig

The production team prepares the fig

Bottles of Deciduous 2018 will hit both Trillium Canton and Trillium Fort Point today. Can’t wait to share this once-a-year recipe with you, while celebrating the season that only us New Englanders truly get to experience. Cheers!

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