Where have all the independent beers gone? Crain's Chicago Business investigates the city's beer war in which beer distributors with deep pockets are pushing out independent brewers, creating a pay-to-play environment. "'Brewers call Chicago a whores' market,' says Deb Carey, co-owner of New Glarus Brewing Co., of New Glarus, Wis., which sold draft beer in Chicago for two years in the mid-1990s. New Glarus pulled out, Ms. Carey says, because it didn't want to participate in illegal business practices such as giving away beer to get bars to carry its products."
There's not much pay-to-play when it come to Beaujolais Nouveau. The rules for the wine have been in place for a long time, including not selling a single drop before midnight on the third Thursday in November. Slashfood takes a look at this year's young and fruity French release.
There are no rules pertaining to what foods Canada can claim as their own. So look for a chain of Canadian burrito joints to start competing in the States with Chipotle. Eater.com reports that Ontario-based Mucho Burrito opened their first American store in Washington State this week. They're planning a global invasion with over 200 stores around the world in the next five years.