Where you’re at: The best thing 406 Brewing Company has going for it is its location. The brewery is right in the heart of the Cannery District, one of Bozeman’s trendiest and most hopping areas. Located about 1.5 miles from downtown off E. Oak St., The Cannery reutilizes the location of the former Bozeman Canning Company, a factory built in the 1910s that was mostly used to can peas grown around the area (Fun fact: per cannerydisctict.com, in 1912 the Gallatin Valley produced 75% of America’s pea crop). You won’t find any peas today, but you will find a bustling array of shops and restaurants, many of them repurposing old factory buildings, rimmed by some excellent landscaping and a peerless view of the Bridgers. Like much of the Cannery, 406 Brewing has a reclaimed industrial feel. Local photographs and art line the walls, and almost all the furniture is partially finished wood and dark wrought iron. The stools are made of upholstery sat atop wheel rims. It’s a mingling of Montana’s past and present, with a building traditionally used for resource extraction and agriculture now housing a hip brewery.

What you’re drinking: 406 Brewing boasts a sizable lineup of beers, but I went with the delightfully named Oh Honey Ale. It was in the mid-40s and raining outside, so call it a last ditch attempt to capture a little more summer before the arrival of the cold. 

How it tastes: The most immediately noticeable thing about 406’s Oh Honey Ale is the glass it comes in. Oblong and funky looking, it appease to be a sort of a cross between a traditional imperial pint and a stout glass.  As for what’s in the glass, it’s good. The menu proclaims that Oh Honey is brewed with “gallons” of Cook’s Honey (out of Belgrade). That disclaimer, coupled with the remarkable low IBU of 4 led me to expect something very sweet. But the sugar is offset with a healthy amount of hops, creating a balanced beer that is neither too light nor too heavy. Honey ales naturally start to taste bad once the temperature drops (I don’t think there’s any actual science backing that up) but Oh Honey stands out enough to be a late summer highlight.