Check out this story in Crain’s about how bad graft is embedded in Chicago’s beer industry. It explains why New Glarus won’t bring its beers to Illinois and how pervasive pay to play is in this industry.
Everyone has heard a story about this. Personally, I heard of one northwest suburban bar and restaurant with a large nightlife crowd was paid nearly $500,000 to be a Budweiser exclusive bar. You can’t buy a Miller Lite anywhere in the house despite it being more popular in Chicago than Bud.
Check out the story here.