An outdoor beer garden is coming to the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
The Greenway Conservancy has tapped Massachusetts brewery Trillium to operate the open-air space, slated to open this summer. The beer garden will occupy the geographic center of the 1.5-mile park, giving drinkers views of Boston Harbor through the Rowes Wharf arch.
The Conservancy solicited bids for the project from brewers, food truck operators, and restaurant groups before selecting Trillium, which has breweries in both Canton and nearby Fort Point. The nonprofit agency is slated to lose 40 percent of its budget when its contract with the state expires on June 30. Greenway officials hope profits from the beer garden will help offset the $2 million annual shortfall.
Michael Nichols, chief of staff for the conservancy, says the beer garden will be modeled after similar spaces in other cities, of a kind lacking in Boston.
“It’s a contemporary park in a city that has a lot of historic parks,” Nichols says of the eight-year-old Greenway. “We’re trying to be a little different.”
Trillium cofounders Esther and JC Tetreault expect to offer six to eight Trillium beers on tap to Greenway patrons at any given time, rotating in fresh, hoppy beers like Fort Point Pale Ale, as well as barrel-aged sours, as the brewery releases them. Trillium’s beers are known for their soft, juicy qualities and have earned the outfit acclaim. In January, the website RateBeer ranked Trillium the third-best brewery in the world. In addition to the brews, the beer garden will also feature wines from Westport Rivers Winery. Visitors can sit and sip in the grass or at communal picnic tables.
Organizers hope to get the beer garden up and running in late June, once permits are sorted out with the city. They expect the space to be open three to five days a week (hours to be announced soon), and for it to stay open into October.