Well folks, it looks like beloved Fort Point craft brewery, Trillium, has closed – but we aren’t sure yet whether the closure is permanent or temporary. According to the brewery’s Facebook page, Trillium had to close “unexpectedly” during Thanksgiving week and hasn’t been open since.
Update: Eater Boston reports that JC and Esther Tetreault, owners of Trillium Brewing Co., issued a statement last night on the BeerAdvocate thread, citing license renewal issues as the cause for the temporary closure:
Our 2014 license renewal application was never processed. Nobody was aware of this fact until recently, the timing of which was unfortunate given the holiday. We’ve provided all documentation and complied with every request. We had a hearing today to approve or disapprove our 2014 license. We haven’t received a decision yet. The reason we haven’t responded to rumors until now is because we honestly didn’t have all the information up front, and didn’t want to fuel any fires. While the issue is pretty simple, it’s also quite serious. Everything is when dealing with the government. We didn’t feel that the situation could benefit from social media and, to be honest, it’s painful enough to live through not to mention continue talking about it every day we’re closed. While we’re incredibly appreciative of your desire to help, please don’t contact the ABCC or the City of Boston. We are hopeful and confident that the ABCC will respond fairly and we’ll have a positive outcome as soon as possible. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the support, and we’ll desperately need it WHEN we reopen, but right now we don’t want anything to jeopardize our business, our lives, and the future of Trillium for us and our 10 employees who’ve been out of work for 2 weeks. We both hope to see you and thank you for your support as soon as we’re able to open our doors. You’ll know the second we do! (Oh, and our website went down because of a massive flow of traffic! Thanks for all of you concerned enough to check in.) Cheers, Esther & JC
And trust us – the effect has been felt by a plethora of fans who have taken to social media to express their disappointment over the Trillium loss. Scott Kirsner, columnist for the Boston Globe, even tweeted out a link earlier today to a Reddit discussion devoted to Trillium Brewery’s closure.
— Scott Kirsner (@ScottKirsner) December 9, 2014
The thread topic states, “Anyone know what’s going on at Trillium in Boston?”
Per the puzzled respondents, we’d gather to say that no one really knows for sure what’s going on at the moment. But plenty of Reddit fans have ideas and are quite distraught over the whole thing. One Redditor claims they’ve “been watching their brewery thread like a hawk waiting for a resolution.” While others complain that Trillium’s tap lines are already disappearing from local spots.
@msnyd8 sure as hell hope so…
— Trillium Brewing (@trilliumbrewing) December 5, 2014
Other Bostonians have tweeted at the local brewery complaining that they’ve already run out of bottled Trillium beer. But alas, the brewery doesn’t seem to offer much hope (if any) for the situation.
We can tell you that (per Beer Advocate’s thread discussion on the matter), there was a hearing held today at 10:30 a.m. by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. The hearing is described on the calendar as a “hearing to determine whether your application under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 138 should be approved or disapproved.”
We’ve sent out inquiries to numerous sources about the issue and will update the piece as soon as we have more information
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