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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

Happiest Hour: Teddy Roosevelt American Badass | Indy Blog — click to enlarge What you're drinking: An imperial wheat IPA, aged in oak. It's brewed by Meadowlark Brewing, based on the eastern edge of the state, in Sidney. Why you're drinking it: I mean, do we really have to answer this? Look at that label. Just ... look at it.

Happiest Hour: Soiled Dove Gin | Indy Blog | Missoula Independent — click to enlarge What it is: A brand new spirit from The Montana Distillery. How new? The release party was held Sept. 9 and the distillery's Woody Street tasting room is still developing its gin-specific cocktail menu. What it tastes like: Much like the distillery's award-winning vodka, Soiled Dove is a smooth, easy-to-drink gin heavy on the juniper notes.

Wild at heart | Books | Missoula Independent — This year, National Geographic marked the centennial of the National Park Service by running several parks-related stories, culminating in an all-Yellowstone issue in May. Bozeman's David Quammen, a contributing writer to the magazine and author of the award-winning book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, was involved in early discussions on how to approach the issue.

Shark attack | Music | Missoula Independent — Live albums often just feel like you're getting served up lesser versions of the studio songs you already know and love. There are great live albums out there, of course. Motorhead's No Sleep Til Hammersmith rules because those versions of the songs are so ramped up and fluid.

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.
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Oct 23, 2016

So many interesting, educational conversations with the kids while visiting Madison Buffalo Jump State Park. (That's them, lower left)

Oct 22, 2016

RT @keithlaw: I believe this now means the Expos/Nationals have the longest pennant (and thus World Series appearance) drought at 47 seasons.

Oct 20, 2016

Zinke and/or GOP polling tonight on whether last two weeks of campaign, Trump/Hillary have changed opinion on U.S. House race in MT. #mtpol

Oct 20, 2016

Survived two-hour pool party with 15 6-year-olds. Birthday girl hugs me at end with ultimate compliment: "Dad, you're the best pool toy."

Oct 19, 2016

@kettlemt Um, no. But I'm learning for this kid/parent concert. Let me tell you, my "Hot Cross Buns" and Mississippi-stop-stop are on point.

Oct 19, 2016

Been practicing viola for a bigly parent/student concert, hoping to break my curse of playing wrong notes. What'd I miss? #Cubs #debatenight

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