A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, I TOOK MY CAMERA and went on a little tour through the Laughing Dog Brewery located here in Ponderay, Idaho. I thought I had written about this brewery before, or at least made mention of it but a search indicated that I have not even so much as mentioned beer in this blog since its inception. (Yeah, I thought to myself, “Wow” too!) So let me tell you about Laughing Dog Brewery.
Laughing Dog is a relatively new brewery having opened its doors in 2005. Since that time though, the product has gone viral; at least in the United States. It’s no wonder either. Having sampled most, if not all of the brews, it comes as no surprise to me. It truly is “fetchingly good beer“. Laughing Dog Brewery is owned by Fred Colby and Michelle Douglas who have been friends now for a very long time. We were all neighbors at one point and I can remember drinking Fred’s concoctions at all of the neighborhood potlucks as well as every year when he and Michelle would hook up Ben and Ruger to a sleigh at Christmas time and deliver his newest beers to all in the neighborhood. Ben is the golden lab which the brewery derives its name from and Ruger is his son.
Attached to the brewery is the Tap Room in which customers can sit down, gather and feel comfortable while sampling any or all of Laughing Dog’s brews. One of the best characteristics, at least for me, is that the “bar mix” is served in dog bowls. Speaking of characteristics; Laughing Dog is a “dog friendly” bar.
There were a lot of things I enjoyed about shooting the brewery. The people there were great and were not shy about being photographed or explaining to me what they were doing. The customers were jovial and having a great time. (Wonder why? NOT!) But what I really enjoyed about shooting Laughing Dog Brewery most the most is the way the afternoon light hits, bounces and reflects of everything it touches in indescribable ways.