Roslindale Substation Update: Turtle Swamp Winter Bierhalle Opens November 30th

Turtle Swamp Winter Bierhalle Coming to Roslindale Village

November 21, 2018 – Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) is thrilled to announce that Turtle Swamp Brewing will operate an indoor winter beer hall in the historic Roslindale Substation Building this year.

The Turtle Swamp Winter Bierhalle is slated to open on November 30th, will run through the holidays and end in mid-January. The Bierhalle, located in the heart of Roslindale Village, will be open Friday through Sunday and for holiday events and will serve a variety of fresh draft beers, brewed at Turtle Swamp’s brewery in Jamaica Plain.

The location will include open seating and occasional pop-up food options from local restaurants and caterers. Turtle Swamp also hopes to host artists and crafters to sell their wares. The Bierhalle will also be open during the RVMS Holiday Market on Thursday, December 6th.

“We are a locally owned Jamaica Plain brewery with deep community roots,” said John Lincecum, Co-Founder of Turtle Swamp “it’s a natural fit for us to come to Roslindale, a neighborhood known for its active and committed community, and especially to the Substation, a building that has developed its own brand as a destination for people who like craft beer.”

 The Roslindale Substation, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1911 to convert alternating current (A/C) electricity from the Boston Elevated Railway’s South Boston power plant to direct current (D/C) power for use by the trolley system in the Roslindale area. Service was discontinued in 1971 and in 2016 underwent a $2.5 million renovation conceived and undertaken by Historic Boston, Inc., Roslindale Village Main Street, and Peregrine Group, LLC of Rumford, RI. The lower level of the Substation is the current home of the Craft Beer Cellar, which opened in January 2017, ending 46 years of vacancy. Last winter, Trillium Brewing hosted the Trillium Garden at the Substation, an inspiration that sparked interest in making the Substation a home for subsequent beer halls.

“Last year, we learned that a beer hall in the winter brings out the whole neighborhood,” said Alia Hamada Forrest, Executive Director of RVMS, “The family-style picnic tables, good drink and good food, brought the spirit of the RVMS Farmers Market to the Substation in the dead of winter. With Turtle Swamp, we’ll revive this warm community ambiance again.”

More information about the history of the Substation and its redevelopment is available on the RVMS website and the HBI website.    

About Roslindale Village Main Street:

The mission of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) is to promote Roslindale Village as an appealing destination and the dynamic center of our community. As an independent non-profit organization, we bring together local volunteers, businesses, and public agencies to strengthen the Village’s economic vitality, physical appearance and unique local character.

Web: https://roslindale.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ roslindalevillagemainstreet
Twitter: @rosmainstreet
Instagram: @rosmainstreet

About Turtle Swamp Brewing:

At the start of the 20th century, 24 of Boston’s 31 breweries were in JP or Roxbury, pulling in pure, clear water from the Stony Brook. By 1964 they were all gone. Turtle Swamp Brewing founders John Lincecum and Nicholas Walther were aware of the area’s brewing history but weren’t opening their new business out of nostalgia.

“Nostalgia isn’t quite the right word,” says Walther. “We both love Jamaica Plain, and the fact we own a brewery right in our own neighborhood means we can add to the history. But we chose to work and live here because of what JP is now — a diverse, exciting, livable community.

Turtle Swamp Brewing, with a vibrant taproom and growing production brewery , is proud to bring a long tradition of great beer back home to Jamaica Plain.

Web: https://turtleswampbrewing.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TurtleSwampBrewing/
Twitter: @TurtleSwampBrew
Instagram: @turtleswampbrewing

Thank you & Farewell to Ellie Greenler

Thank you and farewell to Ellie Greenler

Not only are we saying goodbye to the warm and colorful seasons of the RVMS Farmers Market,  but we will also be saying thank you and farewell to our Farmers Market Manager, Ellie Greenler. Ellie was promoted at her other part-time job at the Boston Public Health Commission as a full-time Case Management Coordinator in the Homelessness Services Department. We are so proud of her — and we will miss her in the office and in Adams Park dearly! Ellie brought both compassion and energy to all of 2018 — she managed both this year’s Winter and Summer Farmers Markets with pure joy and a go-getter attitude. When you visit the last market of the 2018 season on November 17th (THIS Saturday), be sure to give Ellie a hug or high-five and wish her lots of luck in her new endeavors. We love you, Ellie!

This also means we’re hiring — and if you’re interested, you would be trained by this amazing woman. 

New Business Profile: Studio Luz Architects

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Studio Luz Architects

Architects Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini relocated their Fort Point practice, Studio Luz Architects, to Roslindale Village (67 Poplar Street, next door to the Treasure Chest) just a few weeks ago. Studio Luz is “an agile, forward thinking practice that strives to link social responsibility, sustainable construction practices with built material expression.”

Both Hansy and Anthony are familiar with how warm and welcoming the Rozzie community is because they also live here! When asked why they moved their practice from Downtown, they both explained, “More design, less commute.” They walk to work now and “shop a lot more at Village Market for groceries, PS Gourmet for coffee, Romano’s for tacos, ice cream at Jimmies Cafe with their kids, and they buy gift cards for their clients at Sophia’s Grotto.”

You may recognize the work of Studio Luz (as well as their nonprofit BR+A+CE) when you remember the Big Hammock that made its home at the RVMS Farmers Market three and a half years ago. Other work includes large residential projects in the South End and Bay Village, their energy-efficient home in Roslindale, and the Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall, to name a few.

Studio Luz is also part of the City of Boston’s Office of Economic Development’s ReStore Program, led by Steve Rumpler, where the focus is on preserving and improving Boston’s storefronts and helping local businesses thrive. Hansy and Anthony enjoy being a cultural community resource and have actually both served as volunteers on RVMS’s Design Committee in 2010, supporting the beautification efforts of our business district.

We are excited to welcome back Studio Luz in this new way – and happy that this community-minded architecture firm found Roslindale as its perfect home. Keep an eye out for pop-up exhibitions in their windows soon – they hope to highlight the work of Latinx leaders and people of color.

Studio Luz Architects
67 Poplar Street
Roslindale, MA 02131
617-434-3724
studio@studioluz.net