I got to thinking about this the other day when I saw a post in a recent thread that dismissed a beer by saying "well, what do you expect from a contract brewer?" or something like that. While I can understand the thinking that contract brewers are going to bring less passion and quality control to the end product, I'm wondering if that's always the case. For instance, do the contract breweries always manage the entire process? How much can the brewer him/herself oversee or directly participate in the brewing of his/her beer? It seems to me that contract brewing offers brewers with limited capital the opportunity to establish a footprint in the marketplace and build up the resources they need to establish their own brewing operation. But, there seems to be a definite risk that their product could be corrupted by a contract brewer whose primary driver is going to be cost efficiency as opposed to the quality of the final product. Anyone know more about this topic than I do (believe me, that's a VERY low bar to clear)? Also, can anyone out there point to contract-brewed beers that are truly exceptional?