NORTH STONINGTON — Boston-based Trillium Brewing Co. owners Esther and Jean Claude “JC” Tetreault are pursuing their dream of opening a New England farm brewery, and the couple has picked a farm in rural North Stonington as the perfect spot.
Trillium’s owners closed Aug. 16 on the purchase of three parcels off East Clarks Falls Road where they plan to open Trillium Farm & Brewery. Previously owned by Ashaway Farm LLC, the parcels of farmland and a farmhouse on 125 acres at 66 E. Clarks Falls Road sold for $2.09 million to Fated Farmer, LLC.
“We always dreamt of building our future and a New England farmhouse brewery not far from the venue where we were married in a pastoral region of Connecticut,” the couple said in a Sept. 10 announcement about the sale.
They’re so excited about the new location that Trillium’s three Bay State locations closed for a day on the date of the announcement so that the owners and staff could take their annual “team adventure” to visit the site.
There’s no firm timetable on when the new location will open, but the owners pledged to keep fans and patrons in the know using their social media accounts.
The move marks Trillium’s first foray outside of Massachusetts, where it has two locations in Boston and a third in Canton.
The North Stonington property is less than a two-hour drive from the Boston locations, and taps into a growing market for breweries in Eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island.
"We are very excited and honored Trillium Brewery has chosen North Stonington for this important and momentous step for their business,” First Selectman Mike Urgo said. “Trillium is renowned nationally and celebrated locally as a great brewer and wonderful community partner. We are looking forward to having them add to our strong agriculturally based economy here in town."
Talks with North Stonington officials about Trillium coming to town have been ongoing since late 2016, and gained steam early this year.
“To actually establish roots for Trillium, we opened in our tiny downtown Boston home in Fort Point,” the couple said. “But we stayed true to the vision: sourcing from our neighbors whenever possible, brewing with the seasons, and representing styles that speak to our region’s agricultural heritage. Trillium is a reflection of the rich landscape and history of New England.”
In addition to opening a new destination for regional events and planned gatherings, the couple’s plan is to brew locally-sourced “estate-grown” beer at the farm brewery and start an agriculture program to feed their restaurant and the Massachusetts breweries. Trillium, established in 2013, uses only local ingredients when possible. As part of its long-term plan, Trillium is seeking agricultural land to grow wheat, rye and fruit trees.
Its flagship location is in the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston. In December 2015, a larger production facility and taproom opened in Canton, allowing the company to increase production. A new flagship brewery and restaurant is under construction in Fort Point with a planned opening this year.