Last night we kicked off visiting two breweries on the Inland Northwest Ale Trail. This summer I have been on a mission to find ways to keep John and our Park Ranger friend Patti entertained. Summer time is their busy season and their stress levels go up with the business.
This summer I am finding ways to get us out of the house and out exploring our local area. We have gone out for trivia at a local restaurant, tried a few new restaurants and then I found the Inland Northwest Ale Trail! There are over 25 breweries in our local area. This summer we are going to see just how many of them we can visit.
The first brewery we visited was Laughing Dog Brewery in Sandpoint, Idaho. This is one of our favorite local breweries but it is a bit of a drive from us. We try to make it there at least once a summer.
Laughing Dog Brewery offers great microbrews and snacks in a dog bowl. Yep in a dog bowl. Their bar snacks are amazing. John loves their Huckleberry Cream Ale. He is normally a total hop head but the huckleberry cream ale is so good he has that instead. Though for a hoppy kick you can do half huckleberry cream ale and half alpha dog ipa.
The beer sample comes on a dog bone shaped platter and includes 8 of their top beers.
Laughing Dog Brewery is dog friendly as long as they are on a leash. This is the perfect place to relax with a great beer.
After visiting Laughing Dog we were ready for some great food. We headed to Mick Duff’s brewery also in Sandpoint for dinner.
They offer a great menu! Make sure and order the mozzarella sticks! They are some of the best we have ever had and not what you would expect them to be. The Gorgonzola Cheese Fries are also great.
If you are in the Spokane/CDA area the Inland NW Ale Trail is a great way to check out a few local breweries. When you visit 12 breweries you earn a mini growler. I am hoping that we can visit the majority of local breweries this summer and see what they offer.
We are already planning a trip to a few of them in the next week or so. Let us know if you are in the area and have one you recommend.
Laughing Dog Brewing is located at 1109 Fontaine Dr. Ponderay, ID 83852 — (208)263-9222
MickDuff’s Brewing Company is located at 312 North First Avenue Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 :: (208)255-4351