I respond to this the same as I respond to every issue like this: I'm going to wait until I can get my hands on a bottle of rebel, and what I think about it. I don't want to lay into either side over production volume, business practices, marketing, sales reps, overall hostility, or the inevitable facts of a competitive business. I just care about drinking quality beer, and using my experiences to help others do the same. I've also very recently had Lag's ipa, and I have to say, its quite good. I've also had a lot of BB stuff currently, and the trend I'm noticing, is that they do tend to make a good hop forward beer. Their hopology series have all been excellent, and the only ones I've had lately that really sucked where the brews that tried to use spices and other odds and ends to work out. While I cant say who's is going to be better, I am open to the possibility that I might find the taste of Rebel to be better to me, and doing a direct comparison to each of them might be a good future exercise when I can find rebel (and also be a cool blog post as well). Odds are Ill just find them to both be good beers and enjoy them both from time to time. I think that most people will fall into that category.