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Taste of the West: Brewery Hopping in Billings

Billings, “Montana’s Trailhead,” has its own trail — one dotted with craft beer.

Taste of the West: Washington Cider

Cider shares the craft beverage limelight in the Pacific Northwest.

Western Winter Beers

With summer nearing, light and refreshing might be what you thirst for during American Craft Beer Week, but we’ll tip our hat to winter beers, too.

Son Volt’s Blue Note

Jay Farrar talks about how new tunings, new instruments, and old music inspire Notes of Blue, which may be his legendary Americana band’s last album.

Reading Roundup: The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth

Skip Hollandsworth’s “The Midnight Assassin” delves into a bloody chapter of Texas history with a fascinating account of a fiendish killer who terrorized Austin in 1885.

Robert Earl Keen Returns for Another Helping of “Dinner”

Two decades after the release of his “No. 2 Live Dinner,” beloved songwriter Robert Earl Keen follows up with a sequel of sorts.