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S.F. Now Has a True Beer Master; Restaurant Chains Look to Canada

Social Kitchen & Brewery’s Rich Higgins is now one of three Master Cicerones (beer sommeliers) in the world. [Tablehopper]

• Maybe this guy’s never been to San Francisco? The Atlantic’s “beverage expert” Derek Brown names his Top 5 Cocktail Experiences in the country, and none of them took place here. [The Atlantic]

• In re: the chicken liver mousseline and the wine blending bar at Dcantr. [SFoodie, 7x7]

• A Japanese salmon species thought extinct is, actually, not. [AP/Examiner]

• If you can’t hack it at home, go abroad. A new report by consulting group Technomic shows that U.S. restaurant chains ought to think about crossing the border to Canada. [NRN]

• Have yourself a bloody little Christmas with this traditional Estonian holiday sausage. [NYT]

• As in many regions of the country, it’s freezing in Florida, and one solution for saving crops is to have helicopters hover over them to push warm air down. [NPR]

• Fresh meat: Now that A&P; is bankrupt, Safeway, Food Lion, and Stop & Shop are likely to swoop in with bids. [NJ.com]

• Peace, love, and kale! The utopian-minded founder of Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture wants to create a local-food hub that would serve D.C.-area schools, restaurants, and consumers. [WP]

• If you think we hate McDonald’s, listen to this: A nonprofit medical group in Detroit is petitioning the mayor to place a moratorium on new fast-food restaurants. [Detroit News]

S.F. Now Has a True Beer Master; Restaurant Chains Look to Canada