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Downeast Cider “Back Porch” to Open on the Greenway at Dewey Square

East Boston’s Downeast Cider House will run a pop-up seasonal drinkery, “Downeast Back Porch on The Greenway” across from South Station at Dewey Square this summer.

The Back Porch is expected to operate from late May through October on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday evenings, plus Saturdays and Sundays.

The Back Porch will be setting up on a portion of the plaza at Dewey Square Park each day to create a relaxed, dynamic, and family-friendly space. A rotating mix of food trucks will be paired with the Back Porch for fun, varied food options.

“We’re excited to bring The Downeast Back Porch on the Greenway to life. This will be an easily-accessible location to enjoy lawn games, live music, and other events, all while showcasing our unfiltered craft cider, as well as the work of many great craft brewers based here in New England.” – Ross Brockman, Co-Founder of Downeast Cider House

Downeast, which was founded in Maine in 2011 and is now headquartered locally just across the Harbor in East Boston, is known for pioneering the unfiltered craft cider category. This year they were named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Fast 50,” as one of the fastest growing companies in Massachusetts for the second consecutive year.

At the Downeast Back Porch on The Greenway, five ciders will be on tap, including a Greenway-only release, Mint Lemonade. In addition to the cider offering, a rotating selection of New England craft brewers will be featured, with a new brewery showcased each week, as well as wine from Half Bottle Cans.

“The Downeast Back Porch on The Greenway, with the backdrop of the signature contemporary art mural on The Greenway Wall, will be a terrific place for commuters and visitors,” – Greenway Conservancy Executive Director Jesse Brackenbury

The Back Porch builds on the Conservancy’s history of innovative uses of public space. Last year, the Trillium Garden on The Greenway was a huge success as Boston’s first open-air beer garden in a public park; an announcement about this space (four blocks north near Rowes Wharf Plaza) will be coming shortly. The Greenway had Boston’s first gourmet food truck and first large public Wi-Fi network and broke new ground with our organic garden care and our contemporary public art.

The Greenway Conservancy has significantly grown earned income to over $1.1M annually by adding park visitor amenities that also benefit the organization’s bottom-line. The Downeast Back Porch on The Greenway will be a new park amenity that complements the 400 free events, seven water features, all-organic horticulture program, community-oriented Play program, and award-winning contemporary public art exhibits.