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.”
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.
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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.