The state of Montana might be vast, but it’s filling quickly … with breweries, that is. The Last Best Place has made quite a name for itself in the beer industry, and it’s now home to at least 60 breweries. These are a few of the best spots for craft beer drinking and socializing:
406 Brewing Company, Bozeman
You can see the brewing equipment behind glass when you sit in the tasting room, which is a rustic space decorated with local art. In addition to its rotating lineup of beer, 406 has a kitchen that’s open until 8 p.m. and live music on the weekends.
The space here might be modern and trendy, but the beer is classic, cold and just plain good. During their happy hour, which is daily from 4 to 6 p.m., you can get a pint for only $3. They also have some of the best burgers in town as well as some healthier options on the menu.
Neptune’s Brewery, Livingston
Is that a beachside bar, you might ask? No, it’s one of Montana’s finest microbreweries, Neptune’s. The beer here is quite good, and the atmosphere is even better. The Dirty Bird Pale Ale is a perfect pick for a summer day.
Flathead Lake Brewing Company, Big Fork, Woods Bay and Missoula
The story behind this place is great. The year was 2004, and Greg Johnston had two goals: to make the best beer ever and to have fun doing it. Each of the three locations has its own unique charms, but they have excellent beer in common.
Busted Knuckle Brewery, Glasgow
Western Montana is much more abundant in breweries, but Eastern Montana can hold its own. Busted Knuckle Brewery is locally owned and operated, and the beer is incredible. The Black Nail Stout is a must for anyone who likes a dark brew. You can also have Eugene’s Pizza delivered if you want to stick around for a while.