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Editor of the Missoula Independent. Bananas about sports (MT & DC), politics and movies. And local food. And local music. You get the idea.

Happiest Hour: Montana Brewery Passport — click to enlarge What it is: A way to track your travels to the state's nearly 50 breweries, and have fun while doing it. The passport works like, well, a passport. Visit a brewery, order a beer and get your passport marked with an official Montana Brewery Passport stamp.

Happiest Hour: Wildwood’s Krumholz Ale — What it is: A new Bavarian-style dark wheat beer from Stevensville's Wildwood Brewing. The first batch of this seasonal selection was tapped in early June and then canned a few weeks later. Wait, Wildwood already brews a wheat beer: Why, yes, it does.

This time, it's personal — Before James Lee Burke even sits down for an interview, the stories begin. He's talking about school shootings and Joyce Brothers and suicide and generational nostalgia and Benny Goodman. Over the course of an hour, once the interview starts in earnest, the conversation ranges from Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson's change-up to rapper Snoop Dogg.

Perfect mess | Books | Missoula Independent — Fourth of July Creek marks Smith Henderson's debut novel, but millions of Americans are already familiar with the former Missoula resident's work. In 2012, Henderson shared writing credit for the Chrysler commercial starring Clint Eastwood, titled "Halftime in America," that appeared during the Super Bowl.

Happiest Hour: The Caipirinha — What you're drinking: A Brazilian cocktail currently receiving a ton of attention as that country hosts the World Cup. We've seen it featured on Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown," ESPN's soccer pre-game show and a zillion other places leading up to the tournament. What it is: Super easy to make.

We are your friends — A poignant look at MisCon, Missoula's sci-fi convention: "The firefighters had certainly seen worse, but nothing quite like this. As they marched up the stairs at Ruby's Inn and Convention Center to investigate a fire alarm, the two men in yellow turnout gear and giant yellow helmets passed a crowd that made them look plain.

Tester, Walsh join effort to change racist NFL team name — Democratic Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh signed a letter to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell urging Washington to change the name of its football team. The letter, first obtained by The New York Times, references the National Basketball Association's quick response to racist remarks made by one of its owners and states bluntly that Goodell must follow suit.

Happiest Hour: Tamarack’s 1806 Pale Stout — What you're drinking: A light-colored and sweet pale stout, which shouldn't be confused with a typical dark-brown stout, like Guinness. Here, the word "stout" harkens back to its original British meaning of "strong." And Tamarack's 1806 certainly is strong, checking in at 8 percent alcohol by volume.

The Whizpops! | Music | Missoula Independent — A parent's strategy for listening to music with their children usually falls into two categories: finding the right time to introduce them to stuff you like (Is it too early for Beggars Banquet?) and finding any way to avoid the gratingly repetitive crap they tend to pick up from pop culture (Exhibit A: the Frozen soundtrack).

Happiest Hour: Guy on a Buffalo coffee stout — What you're drinking: The first of Great Northern Brewing Company's 2014 Weathervane Series. This aromatic, dark-as-your-soul coffee stout was released back in January and is packaged in 22-ounce bomber bottles. What it tastes like: Well, um, coffee. And beer. But more like coffee. It's like a strong iced coffee with a sudsy aftertaste.
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Oct 25, 2014

RT @cfellis: Please feel fee to give her the nipples that the record label told me I could not.

Oct 24, 2014

@starkcomposer @mdb_jlb Certainly can't go wrong with Missoula beer. And some of it's almost as strong as whiskey.

Oct 24, 2014

@danielwinlander You're right. There's some discussion of that in the comments section. You'd be in the 30s, I think.

Oct 22, 2014

If you're not watching @Epic_Montana on YouTube, you're missing out. Latest from the B'root is pretty damn funny.…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @hankstuever: One of Style's best feature writers ever, Martha Sherrill, writes the piece I most wanted to read on Ben Bradlee:…

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