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Joining the Conversation

JC & Dr. J

In a time where negativity and hate seemingly fuel each other, capturing the public’s attention with more vigor than kindness and positivity, we were optimistic when we saw the #iamcraftbeer movement begin this past Autumn. Fueled by a racist email sent to beer blogger Chalonda White of Afro Beer Chick, Brewers Association Diversity Ambassador Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham wasted no time in sending out a call-to-action, asking Twitter to “Create a huge enduring reminder of the incredible diversity in our community.” Using the hashtag #iamcraftbeer, craft beer fans and industry members were rallied to share a selfie that coincided with a short biography.

The campaign had an undeniably uplifting impact. Thousands of tweets rolled in from people of diverse backgrounds, races, religions, gender, and sexual orientation. The movement was picked up by news outlets across the country and #iamcraftbeer local meetups continue to pop up nationwide. Inspired by what we were witnessing, but unsure what we, as a brewery with a self-admitted lack of diversity, could do to join the conversation, we reached out to Dr. J directly.

Immediately receptive and eager for us to engage, Jackson-Beckham accepted our invitation to visit us at Trillium for a collaborative brew day. Wanting this project to have an immediate, positive influence locally, we reached out to our friends at the Urban Farming Institute, whose values of education, community, and local agriculture align very closely with our own. Founded in 2011, UFI fosters partnerships between urban residents and farmers, with the goal of building a healthier and more locally-based food system. On Monday, January 13th, Dr. J and UFI joined us in Canton to brew Wonderful Complex Individual, a stout with sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

Wonderful Complex Individual will be released on draft and in 16oz cans at all three Trillium locations on Friday, February 7th. $1.00 from every draft pour and $2.00 from every 4-pack sold will be donated directly to the Urban Farming Institute. Dr. J will be spending the day with our staff, engaging our team in discussions about her work and the importance of diversity and inclusion in craft beer. On Friday evening, we’ll come back together with UFI at Trillium Fort Point for an open public conversation about their individual missions and the programs they are currently working on. We encourage you to join us in this conversation.

We recognize that brewing a beer is not the solution. This project is simply a step on the path to becoming a more diverse company and help influence change across our industry and community. We must continue to address this issue, moving past the surface level, and creating actual, measurable change. There is a place for everyone in our industry. There is no room for racism, bigotry, or any other prejudice or bias. If you have comments or suggestions on this project, or would like to learn more about our internal diversity and inclusion efforts, please reach out to us at: info@trilliumbrewing.com.

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Reflecting on 2019

The beginning of each year always acts as a time of reflection, but as we enter a new decade, this one feels a bit more significant. 2019 was a banner year for all of us at Trillium. We reveled in our first full calendar year in our Fort Point brewery and restaurant, laid roots in the Fenway with our new greenhouse-inspired taproom and brewery, secured our future in Canton with our ‘forever home’, and celebrated our sixth year in business. It’s difficult to wrap our heads around all of the experiences we’ve shared with you throughout the past 12 months.

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A Traditional Oktoberfest

In preparation for our first annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, 9/21, we sat down with Burke Dignam, our resident Lab Manager, to dive into the traditional recipe we chose for this year’s inaugural event beer. Tell us a little about your German background.

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