Knightville brewpub raises the bar in South Portland

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Patrons can choose from six types of beer at the new Foulmouthed Brewing and Soap Bar restaurant – the first brewpub in the city.

Foulmouthed, founded by Portland residents Julia and Craig Dilger, sits at the corner of A and Ocean streets in Knightville, a block from Thomas Knight Park.

The two-part operation offers tours of the brewing facility and a tasting room on one side of the building, and a full bar with a food-and-drink menu on the other. Taps pipe chilled beer straight to the bar from the large, out-of-sight brewing tanks on the other side of a wall.

It is the second brewery in South Portland, following the opening in January of Fore River Brewing Co. on Huntress Avenue near Cash Corner.

The name is a play on words that dates back to the 17th century, when the coastal, greater Portland area was known as Falmouth, and is a reference to “the city’s seafaring history and the many salty conversations between sailors on the waterfront,” according to the Dilgers.

The flexibility of a brewpub is greater than a brewery, which Craig Dilger said was part of the attraction.

“The ability to do something different routinely is a big part of the appeal of a brewpub, rather than a production-style facility,” Dilger said. “A pub gives us the ability to make a beer just once,” and to have revolving taps.

On tap now are a pale ale, a mild-mannered German session ale, a Belgian-style saison, a double India pale ale, a spiced amber ale infused with ginger, and a black ale, called Knightvillain.

The food menu, developed by chef Dan Lindberg, formerly of Nosh and Hugo’s in Portland, will also adapt to the seasons and the beer menu.

It currently includes three appetizers – poutine, hand-cut French fries and pulled pork nachos – plus two salads, and four sandwiches: Asian-inspired crispy fish, grilled cheddar with mushroom duxelle, house-smoked pulled pork, and a spicy BLT.

Brunch and lunch options will soon be added, Julia Dilger said.

The Dilgers unveiled their plans for the brewpub in October, and have been working since the winter to renovate the building, which was previously a garage.

Julia said they are “very excited” to be a part of the neighborhood, and the reception from residents has been overwhelmingly positive.

They couple also plan to begin bottling their beer later this summer for purchase. Patrons now can take beer home in 32- or 64-ounce growlers.

The space seats nearly 50 and is open every day: 3-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon-11 p.m. weekends.

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA.

Owners Julia and Craig Dilger in front of Foulmouthed Brewing at 15 Ocean St. in the Knightville neighborhood of South Portland.

Craig Dilger, head brewer and co-owner of Foulmouthed Brewing, pours a glass of Brat, a Germanic session ale. The new brewpub in South Portland offers patrons a choice of six beers made in house, plus cocktails and what the owners call “modern comfort food.”

South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.