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Craft brewer Trillium announces plans to expand to Canton

Trillium Brewing Company. Photo courtesy Trillium Brewing CompanyPhoto courtesy Trillium Brewing Company

Craft beer fans in Canton have a new reason to raise a glass: Boston-based brewer Trillium Brewing Co. said on Monday that it signed a lease for a new brewery in town that will likely open toward the end of this year.

In a blog post on Trillium's website, co-owner Esther Tetreault said the company won't abandon its high-profile spot in Fort Point, its initial home when Tetreault and her husband JC started Trillium nearly four years ago.

"We'll just finally be able to loosen the reins on production volume and operate more like a pilot brewery (in Fort Point), continuing to offer new styles that are available until they run out," Esther Tetreault wrote in the blog post. "We love seeing regulars come in week after week, arms full of growlers, looking up at the board to see what's new."


Trillium is leasing 16,000 square feet, making the Canton brewery nearly eight times the size of its home base on Congress Street in South Boston's Fort Point section. Beer will be sold directly to consumers via growlers and bottles in Canton, and Trillium is working with town officials on a plan for on-premises consumption.

The extra production capacity should help Trillium expand its reach into restaurants and bars. Tetreault wrote that Trillium has kept a "little list over the last 2 years" of prospective customers, and she can't wait to finally make calls to them to start business relationships. Between the two locations, she said, Trillium will now have the capacity to brew about 10,000 barrels a year.

Trillium will become Canton's second craft brewery. Blue Hills Brewery opened on Route 138 six years ago.

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