Original Dogfish Head brewpub comes down

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Photo from Dogfish Head via Facebook.

After 22 years, the original Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats pub came down on Monday as an excavator tore into the structure.

Both theChesapeake & Maineseafood restaurant and the new Brewings & Eats were remained open.

The brewer noted that the demolition revealed that a seafood spot was a former occupant of the property.

The old pub got its startas the smallest commercial brewery in the United States. The company grew steadily and constructed a brewery to Milton. The original location remained the home of a small distillery for a number of years.

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Since the original site opened, Dogfish has grown into one of the 20 largest craft brewers in the nation.

In May a new Brewings & Eatsopened right next door after a difficult process of gaining approval for the project.

Dogfish faced claims from the city that the property was not grandfathered in regarding a restriction on maximum seating limits for restaurants and bars. Dogfish, riding a wave of support for theproject, gained approval.

The original pub will be torn down to make way for a new courtyard tentatively slated to open in Spring 2018.

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