Brewpub in the works for Knightville

Brewpub in the works for Knightville

Contact: Kelsey Goldsmith

Brewpub in the works for Knightville
Julia Dilger confirms purchase of Ocean Street location

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (April 16, 2015) — Today, Julia Dilger confirmed the purchase of the former repair shop at 15 Ocean Street in the Knightville section of South Portland. She and husband Craig Dilger bought the abandoned building and plan to establish it as a neighborhood brewpub. The couple is currently working with city officials and a South Portland-based engineering firm to obtain the necessary permits to rehabilitate the space and adjacent parking area.

Ms. Dilger, who will serve as CEO of the company, said that Knightville’s emergence as a “quintessential New England village with a great community vibe” attracted them to the location.

The brewers, chef and front of house picks cannot be named due to existing commitments, but all come with prestigious resumes, and will collaborate to offer an unpretentious yet modern and comfortable aesthetic in terms of food, drink and experience.

Plans include family brunch on the weekends, “Pints and Purls” knit nights and bicycle racks for those coming from the nearby Eastern Trail. The brewpub will offer the only beer brewed commercially within the City of South Portland.

This is Ms. Dilger’s official entrance into the area’s restaurant scene. Formerly, she taught elementary school on Peaks Island and had a lengthy stint managing the business-side of a Broadway concessions operation in New York City. Mr. Dilger will serve as COO. The two have a one year old daughter and live in Portland.

When pressed for more details, including the projected opening date and name of the brewpub, Mr. Dilger smiled. “We’re in this for the long haul. This is as much as we can say for now.”

“Meeting our new neighbors is the most important order of business,” Ms. Dilger chimed in. “This is a great city and a great part of town.”


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