"It's fascinating to watch large global brewers evolve and change with the success they've seen from craft breweries," Julia Herz, craft beer program director at the Brewers Association and publisher of CraftBeer.com, told Thrillist.
Herz expressed concern over clear demarcation on smaller brand labels and packaging that designate ownership by larger conglomerates, as well as the issue of smaller brands not associated with the two largest brewers in the world (Anheuser-Busch InBev, and SABMiller) having space on restaurant menus and store shelves.
"It's a great time to be a beer lover, but diversity and transparency are things to continue to fight for," she added.
With recent rumbles of a potential mega-deal between Am-B/Inbev and SabMiller, things are starting to look more like an Avengers movie in a beverage business, with the best of the best teaming up and taking everyone that "matters" with them. In the end, most beer enthusiasts -- craft and otherwise -- can probably agree on one thing: as long as the beer we know and love continues to be appear alongside fresh and interesting local takes, everybody wins.