Trillium Brewing Company

Trillium Brewing CompanyTrillium Brewing Company
Trillium Brewing CompanyTrillium Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

50 Thomson Pl.
Boston, Massachusetts, 02210
United States

(857) 449-0078 | map

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Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great selection, food, beer and service. This place sets a very high standard for what a brewery/restaurant should be. Everything is done well. It is very popular and often crowded, so bring your patience.

Sep 20, 2021
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.67/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Made a visit in October of 2019. Fort Point location.

Regarding the vibe: The building has an ultra-modern vibe, with lots of steel. Inside, it's actually quite small, and conducive to getting very crowded. I sat down at the bar to peruse the tap menu, and had a few questions about the beer. I will say, as far as draught pours, the beer is very expensive. Close to $10 for a pint of one of their double IPAs. I was offered a small taste (about 3 tablespoons), and was glad I didn't spring for the full pour. Went with a bottle pour instead, which was good.

Regarding service: This was my main issue. When it came time to order, despite sitting right at the bar just feet away from the staff, it took me nearly 10 minutes to be served, despite only maybe 5 people being seated at the bar. I finally got someone to come over to me, as was offered that sample after asking a question about the beer. When it came time to order the bottle pour, I could not for the life of me get someone to come over and help. The first woman that came over took my "order" and never came back. Had to wait for another guy to come, which just involved him reaching down to grab the bottle. That was a bit upsetting. Decided not to order a second beer, because I just wasn't really being helped.

Regarding cans: After my iffy pour experience, I went around to the backend to get some cans. There was no real line, so I was helped within minutes. The selection was shockingly poor, but maybe it was an off day. I was surprised to see that they sold single cans, which is always a plus. Prices were between high average and pricey. The employee who put my beer together was friendly and helpful.

Regarding the quality: Quality can be subjective. So I didn't care for the IPA I tasted on draught, and the sour was very acidic (but still really good). The cans and bottles I took home were awesomesauce though. Reqlly great. I've had a couple of pther Trillium offerings as well, and those have all been pretty great, a couple being absolutely amazing. I have no complaints about the quality of their beer.

Food: I did not order food during my visit, as it was quite pricey.

Overall: It's a small brewpub, and it's prone to large crowds. Perhaps my experience was an isolated incident, but was not pleased with the service, and was in there far too long for a pour. The to-go setup was great, and I have no complaints about that. The atmosphere isn't super welcoming, but it gets the job done. In the future, I'll likely skip the tap pours and just stick with to-go beer. At the end of the day, the beer itself is good, and that counts for something.

Apr 08, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

It's a big "L" shaped area that's pet friendly and surrounded by glass. There is some outdoor seating as well as a food truck parked outside. I've only been there a few times but the beer list has always been amazing with amazing quality. There is a bottle/can shop towards the back along with Trillium swag available for sale. I've been here a few times and look forward to visiting again on the next trip to the Boston area.

Feb 05, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I enjoy the taproom in the seaport at Fort Point. Normally overwhelmed with people on a Thursday or Friday night, can be tough to find seating. The restaurant upstairs on the 2nd floor only offers a full menu with no option to have bar food. The rooftop can be a solid option. The general Vibe of the place is ok, just very cold at times. They never seem to have enough wait staff to get around to all of the tables, so I normally order 2 beers at a time so I don't have to wait 20-30 minutes for a 2nd.

Feb 04, 2020
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ouchiemomo from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I typically stop in to pick up some beers for the weekend on a Friday night when I’m driving home. Every time I do, the joint is packed and there’s a let’s get the effing weekend started vibe.

A few months ago the wife and I had a night out and went for dinner. Not a great gluten free selection for the wife, but I don’t have that issue and my dinner was spot on.

Am looking forward to going back...

Nov 28, 2019
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zachattack12 from Kentucky

2.78/5  rDev -38.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I know I'm in the minority here, but I did not enjoy my visit to Trillium.

Vibe: Crowded, loud. But I actually had a really nice talk with the guy sitting next to me, so that gives the place some extra points.

Quality: Lots of people swear by Trillium, but it didn't seem that good to me. I love peach sours... this one tasted weird.

Service: Bartender was awful! Very condescending. She also threw my food away while I was in the bathroom. Ugh. One of the other guys working the bar seemed nicer, so that is why I gave 1.5 instead of 1.

Selection: A big selection, but expensive. Probably the most expensive beer I've ever seen. Average beer was about 9 bucks a pint.

Food: The only reason I didn't make a scene when my food got thrown away? It wasn't that good. Ordered a chicken sandwich and fries. Chicken sandwich was very spicy, which it didn't mention on the menu. Fries were fresh cut, but seemed overcooked. Not worth $17.00.

Oct 29, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

pretty large place, they have a to-go area, then a large bar and restaurant area on two levels. modern, stylish interior leaning towards industrial vibe. on a saturday afternoon there was a line to get in. beer selection was mostly IPAs and stouts, and prices on the high side. service was decent for being so packed.

Aug 03, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Impressive space in the middle of a trendy neighborhood, the place was hopping on a Saturday night. We ended up buying from the retail space, and the service was friendly and knowledgeable. The beer range is extensive, and what they sell is often quite amazing.

Jun 09, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

I love the vibe at the Fort Point location. A new, clean, and sophisticated facility. Big, exposed steel and wooden tanks visible behind the behind. A bit industrial as well with very high ceilings on the ground floor. The roof top space is great during nice weather.

The quality of the food and beer was excellent. Fresh and well crafted on both fronts.

Excellent and attentive service.

Jun 05, 2019
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jykleo from New York

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Visited Friday 6:15PM. Packed all of the place but service was very quick and almost no wait. This is great.
Get out 6:50PM and there was waiting line (outside) and about 20 people was waiting under 32F temp. !

Jan 26, 2019
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SSS from Canada (QC)

5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Fantastic spot with a great selection of supreme quality beers. Extremely helpful staff who really do try to find what you enjoy. We did not eat but will return soon to try the food as it looked delicious!

Jan 02, 2019
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is very extravagant. You can tell that they spent a pretty penny building and designing this place. A very industrial and fancy setup. There are two floors with many tables as well as a bar on each floor and outside seating. I went here with my family and we got plenty of beers on the menu such as sours, a peanut butter stout, and many IPA' and every single beer I tried was absolutely world class quality. I was a bit disappointed with not being able to construct a flight because i wanted to try everything on the menu without getting plastered however, we were able to get samples of beers which were probably two ounce pours which was better than nothing. We went there around noon so it wasn't that busy but, as we were finishing our beer and our meal it was getting very busy very quickly. Our server Haley was excellent; very kind, attentive knowledgeable. The food was superb I had osco busco which was so yummy. The reason I did not rate the food "5" is because the prices of their food was outrageous. A bacon cheeseburger was $17.00 alone. Other than the pricey food this was an amazing experience with world class beer and now is definitely in my top 5 favorite brewing companies.

Dec 15, 2018
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mjk3psu from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Friday night so that impacts everything. Staff was excellent- but IPA’s were limited and what we were most interested in. I need to look more at sours!

Dec 15, 2018
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Amazing new spot in a great location. Obviously draft beer is top quality. Plenty of beer for carry-out. Drafts are a bit pricey but it’s the Seaport soooo. Didn’t try the food but I’m sure it’s stellar. Upstairs is a bit quieter for those who want a more upscale dining experience while downstairs is rowdier with the bar right there. Also some great patio seating.

Dec 14, 2018
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Naughead from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

The new Fort Point site is fantastic. Plenty of room for the Retail "to go" items, and plenty of room to lounge for food and drink. Quality and selection are the best I've ever experienced, and a level to which all other craft brewers should aspire. They always have at least 5 "to go" varieties I feel like I have to try. They are always experimenting, adding flavor nuances to their amazing IPAs, as well as offering an excellent selection of stouts. To me, Trillium is the standard.

Dec 04, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Congress Street is, oddly, kind of hard to locate - then again, I'm not a local, and I'm definitely not used to looking for breweries down small alleys. I met a fellow trader to exchange some hops in front of Congress street in July, and I had to actually ask where I needed to go to get beers. I was honestly thinking I needed to go to Fort Point Market and pick up beer there. I mean, I did that anyway. But, yeah.

Once I finally stumbled in to Congress Street, I was a little startled by how small it is. Not being much of a people person, it's not my favorite way to pick up or try beer. It's definitely an intimate little place - you order your beer and swag at the counter... and then, I guess you just take off. Selection was fine (for a holiday week), and the variety of shirts and glassware was actually pretty fantastic - I came home with a bunch of very cool stuff.

This is definitely about as no-frills as it gets though - there's no tasting area, no tap room, no place to meet friends and hang out, no sharing onsite, etc. I like it, for what it is, but it's definitely a bit of a hassle if you have to find parking and stuff just to pick up beer here. Parking downtown, as any visitor or local can attest, is egregiously expensive... so it's not ideal for picking up beer. I believe I paid $20 just to park in a nearby lot and grab beer at the Market and at Congress Street. Definitely not a fan of that.

But hey, the brewery and the beer itself are second to none. It could certainly use some help in other regards though.

Aug 03, 2018
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benjerminw from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Out of the 8 beers tried, they all were high quality. Uppercase is a total home-run imo. Wish they sold it in cans at the time. The permutation 57 was surprisingly good too. Would recommend to anyone who likes stouts.

Jul 31, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Been to this location twice. Not much to assess as its just a small bar area to fill growlers or get cans or bottles. Location is nice; right near some parking garages, restaurants, and the Boston Children's Museum. The staff both times I have been there are exceptionally friendly and helpful. Very relaxed vibe too for such high demand products. In fact, even when I see people with a ton of cans with them, I never had an issue getting what I wanted at this location. If you don't mind driving and parking in Boston, this is a great place to get all your Trillium needs.

Jul 25, 2018
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MFMB from Idaho

4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

There over Boston Marathon weekend. Five days in Boston, three trips to Trillium! :) helped that it was a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Was able to get in on the Macaroon release so that was cool. Enjoyed the vibe, the staff and selection. Hit up Row 34 right up the street for lunch as well. Random I know but good food to top off a great beer run.

Jun 24, 2018
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Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

There is not much to the OG Trillium location, really just a bar that has growler fills by the door and cans on the opposite end. No question they have tremendous beer, if you are in for a weekend consider stopping by on Sunday since they have cellar Sunday each week and offer some bombers for sale that you usually cannot get. You can buy single cans too which is cool. Not too easy to see from the street, sign faces south so if your coming across the bridge from the north (by the childrens museum) its easy to miss.

May 18, 2018
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Granted... pretty much filling a box with great beers to take home. Fun; great people. More than worth the stop. The selection of great beers is amazing. Cool stuff to buy as well.

Mar 24, 2018
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DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

No tap room, no tastings, only cans, bottles and growlers to go. But, it’s the best of thes best. The staff is super helpful and they always have something new and exciting. Oh, and did I mention it’s the best of the best. Seriously, in a city of great beer, it’s the best of the best.

Mar 21, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Basing this review on the Canton location. Vibe was good, like the industrial feel and open space. For a place as popular as Trillium, that’s crucial. Service was okay, nothing fabulous or worth writing home about. Quality was fantastic and the selection was great, with top quality beers and a bunch of different styles. Checked a big brewery off my list, cheers!

Mar 10, 2018
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Guillaumeprovost from Canada (QC)

4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

People are awesome the really help you gettin stuff you want and like. They know very well their products and you see they’re very passionate about all stuff touching microbrewery and that beautifull world. When you pay you have the option to add tips and they are so helpy and kind that they really deserve one!!!!!! Cheers

Mar 03, 2018
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

After having gone to the downtown location and the Canton location I’m basing my review off of the Canton location based on the fact that I just feel that it’s the better of the two. Downtown’s parking situation is basically nonexistent, so if you’re planning to get a lot of the delicious Trillz they have to offer odds are you’re gonna be walking quite a ways to get them back to your car. There is barely enough room to stand once you’re inside and you can’t have pours there either.

So with all that being said the Canton location has a better parking situation but still isn’t enough to make up for the hype they get here. There is a tasting room here which is stocked nicely with some very good selections. The can/bottle line moves pretty quick despite the fact that it can be very long at times.

Overall I enjoy hitting the Canton location when I’m in the Boston area. There is always something enjoyable on.

Feb 02, 2018
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