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Skylar Browning

Missoula, Montana
Executive Editor, The Missoula Independent

Editor of the Missoula Independent, co-author of Montana Baseball History (Arcadia/The History Press). Bananas about local politics, arts, sports (MT & DC), etc

Test of time | Books | Missoula Independent — Somewhere along the way James Lee Burke changed. That's a funny thing to say about someone who's been as consistent as Burke's been over the course of 35 novels, two collections of short stories and nearly three decades on The New York Times' bestseller list.

Happiest Hour: Great Burn's Flathead Cherry Belgian Strong — click to enlarge What you're drinking: The latest seasonal from Great Burn Brewing. This traditional Belgian ale is brewed with 20 pounds of pitted and crushed Flathead cherries and local honey, but, rest assured, it's not at all a fruity-tasting or too-sweet beer. What it does taste like: A traditional Belgian ale with a subtle cherry finish.

Happiest Hour: La Paloma — click to enlarge What it is: The sort of refreshing cocktail you're reaching for during the dog days of summer. Also, Mexico's most beloved cocktail-even more popular than a margarita. How to make it: Combine two ounces of reposado tequila (that means "aged;" we recommend Herradura), a half-ounce of fresh lime juice, a splash of club soda and grapefruit juice over ice in a highball glass.

What's Good Here — For two months, Katie Barnes ate the type of dessert that would leave most people salivating: deep-fried bunyols (also known as buñuelos) with dark chocolate filling, accompanied by a rhubarb caramel sauce, fresh strawberries and pistachio-butter ice cream topped with caramel brittle. But there was a catch. Or a few catches, actually.

Happiest Hour: The Montana Distillery wins gold — What you're drinking: A Grizzly Berry, made with The Montana Distillery's signature Woody St. Premium Vodka, puree from local huckleberries and organic lemonade, topped with soda and a lemon wedge. It's one of the cocktails available at the distillery's downtown tasting room, located on (you guessed it) Woody Street, around the corner from the Silver Dollar Bar.

How an Indy movie review led to a belated New York Times obituary — click to enlarge Donald W. Duncan, a former Green Beret master sergeant and high-profile voice against the Vietnam War, died seven years ago. The New York Times published his obituary earlier this month. Without a movie review from the Missoula Independent, the Times may not have published the obituary at all.

Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" airs some familiar Montana people, places on Sunday — Anthony Bourdain's award-winning CNN travel show, "Parts Unknown," traveled to Butte, Livingston and some surrounding areas late last year. That episode, which also features some of the last footage of author and poet Jim Harrison, premieres Sunday night. Bourdain has long been a fan of Harrison - and, by extension, Montana.

Happiest Hour: Philipsburg Brewing's big weekend — It's Philipsburg Brewing's world, and we're all just living-and drinking?-in it. The small-town brewery capped off a memorable weekend by sweeping the major awards at the May 7 Garden City BrewFest at Caras Park.

The definitive ranking of Kevin Costner's best movies — click to enlarge Today marks the release of Criminal, a film starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones and Ryan Reynolds (who is curiously not listed on the movie poster). Initial reviews say it is awful. Laughably awful. Cringe-worthy awful. "It's like the movie was written in crayon, in the margins of a comic book."

How to do Record Store Day in Missoula — John Fleming at Ear Candy Music sounds out of breath on the phone-and for good reason. Saturday is national Record Store Day, and it marks the busiest day of the year at Ear Candy as customers line up early for special deals, promotional giveaways and the chance to grab limited edition releases specially made for vinyl's grand holiday.
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Aug 30, 2016

@8DaysMissoula Yes, but more importantly they also must've skipped season 4, which is inarguably the best.

Aug 30, 2016

Fans of @JamesLeeBurke who can't make tonight's Fact & Fiction reading -- there's a Facebook Live feed on his official page starting at 7.

Aug 30, 2016

Started my day in kindergarten orientation. My Zoo Phonics is on point.

Aug 29, 2016

Had to check out the Hastings vinyl section with everything 40-50% off. So ... much ... Incubus ...

Aug 29, 2016

RT @OldHossRadbourn: I know three things: 1) God loves the curve ball 2) a bunt triple is the best hit 3) "Drake" can be bullied into giving you his lunch money.

Aug 28, 2016

RT @Missoula_Indy: Mailer daemon: Gianforte's anti-refugee message smells of desperation One of the fun things about Montana politics… 

Aug 28, 2016

RT @Missoula_Indy: Star on the water: Nashville icon Rodney Crowell talks commercial country, the Opry and the allure of Montana… 

Aug 28, 2016

RT @Missoula_Indy: The Answers Issue: Everything you've always wondered about Missoula but never dared to ask We learn early that… 

Aug 26, 2016

"Somewhere along the way James Lee Burke changed." My review of the bestselling author's latest, The Jealous Kind. 

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