1. Naming beer after bears.
With brews with names like Golden Grizzly Ale, Bear Bottom Blond, and Bear Dance Black IPA, it’s pretty clear where Montana’s 40-some breweries get a lot of their inspiration. Montana has the second highest brewery-per-capita ratio in the country for a reason.
Obviously, huckleberries make delicious pies. But in Montana, no one stops at pie. Life itself can revolve around these little purple nuggets of deliciousness. If you’re serious about starting a huckle-obsession, the Two Sisters Café in St. Mary will get you hooked on huckleberry pie. The huckleberry bear claws at the Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery (‘the Merc,’ to locals) make anyone drool, and the huckleberry BBQ sauce at Montana City Grill & Saloon in Montana City can make a reasonable person think they should lather BBQ sauce on salad. Whitefish has a Huckleberry Days Arts Festival and a huckleberry dessert bake-off, and the local brewery, the Great Northern Draught House, makes Wild Huckleberry wheat beer. Every gas station, café, and grocery store, is bound to have at least some combination of huckleberry jams, syrups, jellies, hard candies, ice cream, and whatever else the locals have thought up. Basically, this place is huckle-nuts.