Happy Independents Day
Consumers err in thinking ownership structure has anything to do with the quality of beer a brewery can produce. An independently-owned brewery is no more likely to make a tasty pint than a multinational conglomerate. And yet there are differences. Big companies play in the shallow waters of the mass market, where oddity must be kept in check. The independents, who can afford to select their (niche) audiences, are keepers of the weird and wonderful. Big breweries can certainly make fine beer, but if it's interesting beer you want, you're going to find it in the hands of an independent.
On this Fourth, let us celebrate interesting, independent breweries.