Everybody loves an underdog. And something that I really like about beer is that, relative to a lot of other businesses anyway, the playing field is relatively level. Sure, the bigger breweries enjoy advantages that smaller breweries don't. On the other hand, they probably also deal with more logistical complexities. At the end of the day, though, it's all about the water, malt, hops and yeast—and what you do with them. So I ask you, BA brothers and sisters: do you, either intentionally or subconsciously, rate a beer higher/lower if it came from a tiny startup brewery than if the exact same beer came from one of the larger breweries? Are your expectations higher or lower knowing that your beer was made in small batches, hand-bottled, and distributed maybe to just a few local establishments (or brewery only), or that it was made in huge tanks, sent through an expensive bottling/canning line, and distributed relatively fresh across the country and maybe even beyond? Which, to you, is more impressive? Open a tasty brew and discuss. Cheers!