About Us

Laughing Dog Brewing is a craft beer brewery based in Sandpoint, Idaho.

You can drop in to see us at the following address or reach us by the following phone number:

Laughing Dog Brewing
805 Schweitzer Plaza Drive
Ponderay, ID 83852

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Brewing Great Beer Since 2005

At Laughing Dog Brewing, what began with a dream for brews 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 Brewing 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”!

Owned by a Canine… sort of.

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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.

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Focused on Quality and Purity

One thing we take very seriously at Laughing Dog Brewing is the quality, consistency and purity of our beers. 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.


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