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Laughing Dog Brewery, Ponderay

#7 of 15 in Breweries & Distilleries in Idaho
Brewery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
At Laughing Dog Brewing, what began with a dream for brews (2005) with more hops has turned into an insatiable desire to craft beers of all flavors, with a focus on quality, purity, and fun. Today, Laughing Dog brews has brewed over 15 distinct beers, including seasonals like our Huckleberry Ale and Winter Ale, and our award-winning IPA’s and Stouts. But despite our success and growth, our motto remains the same as the day we started, to create… “Fetchingly Good Beer”!

The laughing Yellow Lab that appears on all of our brews, our logo, and other items is Ben our family dog. His loyal and relaxed attitude, appetite for quality food, and constant desire for walks to complete his healthy lifestyle has served as the perfect inspiration for all our brews at Laughing Dog Brewing.

But of course, Ben can’t write or run the business of a brewery or due to health and safety regulations even be in the clean areas of the brewery, so his “owners” Fred and Michelle Colby are really the ones behind the curtain making it all happen. The three often discuss their new ideas for brews and flavors, and Ben gives his OK by one bark, or a NO by two barks.

At some point, Ben plans to retire from brewing, and he will pass the torch onto his son Ruger to make the day-to-day barks of approval. But be warned, Ruger is already the inspiration for Devil Dog, a fiesty brew with a full bite, so there may be a few more “exotic” brews in the future at Laughing Dog Brewing.

Laughing Dog Brewing Owners Ben (the dog), Michelle and Fred Colby hope that you enjoy drinking our beers as much as we enjoy making them.

One thing we take very seriously at Laughing Dog Brewing is the quality, consistency and purity of our brewing. We try to make your experience the same from concept to tap or bottle, in any state that we distribute.

We brew our Beer on a fifteen barrel brew-house using local clean and pure water, which is ideal for brewing smooth clean ales. With few exceptions we use only Water, Barley, Hops and Yeast in our beer. This simple and focused approach has allowed us to make beers that are fresh, smooth, rich, and full of flavors.

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon

General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during

pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of

alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate

machinery, and may cause health problems.
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  • Pup-friendly brewery (which I should think is evident based on the name) with good service and great beer. Nice selection on tap, and plenty in the fridge to buy for later. The Blue Balls cider was...  more »
  • Laid out exactly as you would if you had a clean slate for a taproom. Had a taster set, and thought all of the beers were quality. Opted for their Oktoberfest after the flight - it was spot on for...  more »

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