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Olmsted's Emerald Necklace

Today we’re proud to introduce a new series of beers that tell another story from Trillium’s earliest days. If you’ve visited Boston, you may have driven past or walked through a section of the Emerald Necklace: a 1,100 acre, seven-mile-long public park system that is a cherished green sanctuary in the heart of our city.

Map Courtesy Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Map Courtesy Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Frederick Law Olmsted is the prolific landscape architect responsible for some of the most significant preservation efforts and park projects in the U.S., including Yosemite National Park, Central Park, and the U.S. Capitol grounds. From 1878-1896, Olmsted worked on what he considered to be the most important project of his career: Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Beginning downtown at the Boston Common and Public Garden, extending out to Back Bay, and all the way to Dorchester, the six-park system encompasses an arboretum, a zoo, and countless picturesque views that Boston residents and visitors alike enjoy every day.

JC’s hop bines at plot M20 in the Fenway Victory Gardens

JC’s hop bines at plot M20 in the Fenway Victory Gardens

Trillium’s roots can be traced back to the Emerald Necklace, specifically The Back Bay Fens, where founder JC Tetreault cultivated his tiny oasis in the Fenway Victory Gardens, the oldest continuously operating victory gardens in the United States. In the seven years that he lovingly cared for his assigned 16’ by 24’ lot (a space slightly larger than our original Congress Street shop!), JC grew a variety of edible and decorative plants, as well as some young trees which have since been transplanted to his parents’ home. As an obsessive gardener, passionate home cook, and budding homebrewer (he grew hops as well), the numbered ‘M20’ plot allowed JC to keep his hands in the earth and on the path that would lead him to founding Trillium Brewing Company with Esther.

The Victory Gardens are a mere ten minute walk from the soon-to-open Trillium Fenway, our year round, greenhouse-inspired taproom and retail space. Trillium Fenway’s impending opening is the perfect time to launch the Emerald Necklace series and it’s only fitting that we kick things off with The Fens, brewed with the incredibly vibrant and aromatic duo of Mosaic and Galaxy hops.

Cans of The Fens will be available at open in both Fort Point and Canton on Tuesday, 9/17. We will donate $1 from every pint and $2 from every 4 pack sold of this release of The Fens to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which advocates for, maintains, restores, and programs the parks. Until then, stay tuned for updates on Trillium Fenway because Opening Day is just around the corner...


Team Trillium

Earlier Event: June 6
A Trip to Sid Wainer & Son
Later Event: September 19
A Traditional Oktoberfest