Basically, the entire beer industry is a Russian nesting doll. "I think it's something we're going to continue to see," says Mike Sweeney, writer of STLHops.com. "Watching mid-sized breweries be bought by larger breweries and large breweries get bought by mega-breweries."
Some craft beer fans are being a tad hypocritical
Craft beer nerds' mostly non-reaction to Cigar City's purchase exposed a strange double standard. "It’s interesting to see the reaction of craft beer lovers to these buy-outs," says Ben Brausen of Craft Beer Time. "When it’s a big brewer, the response has been that buy-outs are bad and wrong. Yet, when it’s been a craft brewer doing the same, the reaction has been that it’s cool and will mean better things. Funny to see the double standard."
Sweeney sees this, as well, and hints that a brewery being snapped up by another brewer could potentially even be better: "I guess I'd rather sell to someone that at least brews beer than a bunch of dudes trying to make a quick buck."