Esther and JC Tetreault can’t seem to slow down.
In 2013, the husband-and-wife team opened Trillium Brewing Co. as a tiny storefront tucked into a Fort Point alley.
“There’s no forklift back there or anything,” JC joked at the time, describing the confines of the 2,300-square-foot brewing and retail space.
The Tetreaults eventually needed that forklift, opening a second brewery (and tap room) in Canton in December 2015. The 16,000-square-foot brewery rapidly increased production but failed to fully satiate customers, who consistently line up at both venues for juicy pale ales, barrel-aged sours, and more brews Instagrammers are constantly posting “ISO” for.
There will soon be another tap room — and even more beer. In a post on the brewery’s website last week, Esther announced that Trillium is once again expanding, with a new brewery set to replace its current Fort Point location sometime next year.
In an interview, Esther noted that having a larger Boston footprint has always been part of the plan.
“Since the day we opened, we’ve been looking for a space to operate more freely,” she says. When asked why now, she says, “We’ve been married for 7½ years, have had two kids, opened two breweries, and are now planning another. This is us.”
The new Fort Point space will occupy 15,000 square feet and feature a pilot brewery, direct sales to consumers, and a restaurant component. The Tetreaults are waiting until the lease is finalized to announce the location but say it’s close to the current spot at 369 Congress St.
Trillium’s new Fort Point location will allow consumers to do something they can’t currently: drink beer on the premises. On its Twitter account last week, Trillium boasted seven sour ales simultaneously on tap in its Canton tap room, including some from its Permutation and Lineage series, which typically sell out in bottles within hours.
Even when the new Boston brewery is up and running, the Tetreaults say, they won’t be done building. From the start, they envisioned Trillium as a real-life farmhouse brewery, located in Connecticut, something Esther says is still in the works. The couple has already drawn up the architectural plans.
“This is what we want to do for the rest of our lives,” says Esther. “Doing all of this now is going to allow us all to enjoy it for the long term.”