It's so easy these days to take a stand on something you truly believe in. The issue for me is that most of these so-called stands are based on opinion and not on fact.
I'm not sure why some folks inherently feel the necessity to support their decisions with negative commentary but it runs rampant through society not just the beer industry.
If you are a lover of local breweries and the variety of beers they produce, good. You are supporting the local economy, local entrepreneur and it's fun to have a favourite brewery. One of the great facts of beer is that is 100% fresher closer to home. Beer (unpasteurized) does not travel well and therefore needs to be consumed fresh.
However, this does not mean that other beers (produced by global brewers, foreign breweries) are crap. If we are measuring quality, it will be impossible to argue that a large brewery has poor quality beer. It can happen but it is extremely unlikely. Many of the beers produced by legacy or foreign breweries are lighter in flavour and aroma. Once again, this is not necessarily a bad thing - it's simply a recipe used to entice us to drink more. These thirst quenching beers appeal to a broad variety of consumers and their lack of body and flavour should never be confused with poor quality. Furthermore, pasteurization is a positive thing in brewing. If done correctly, there is absolutely no flavour change and it will protect the beer from degradation in poor storage and travel conditions.
The word 'craft' is so difficult to define these days as the acquisition of some micro breweries by larger brewers have blurred the lines. I think we should take a hard look at the use of the word and understand fully that 'craftsmanship' is an art that all brewers employ (small and large). Sometimes, recipe development and creativity are much more relevant and easier to do if you are a smaller brewer but it doesn't prevent any brewery from being innovative.
In an industry where beer sales and consumption is declining, we should celebrate great quality beer and consistency at the brewery. The line should be drawn between beer and other beverages, not between brewers.