I never quite understand these debates about the big brewers, probably because they tend (not always) conflate two different issues which beer drinkers (especially beer geeks) have with them. (1, Commodity) That Big Brewers are commodity-brewers who rely mostly on marketing (sometimes misleading the consumer into thinking they are drinking craft, like Blue Moon) and have a tendency to be hostile to local and smaller brewers. If you're the type of person who is into buying local either for environmental ("think local, act global") or economic (helping out your community, which brewers are a valuable part of) then this is the real problem with big brewers. (2, Taste) That Big Brewers make poor quality, low taste products with adjuncts that tend to lower the standard of beer drinking and reduce popular expectations as to what beer might be. If you're into drinking good beer and writing tasting notes, then this is likely going to be your problem with Big Brewers. So, Goose Island, for example, being bought out by Big Brewers isn't bad, in this case, as long as standards don't suffer. They are clearly inter-twined somewhat, as commodification and homogenization can damage the taste, but really, we need to be clear on why -exactly- we don't like big brewers, that is, if you don't like them. I'm concerned with local jobs and the brewery being a part of the community and taste, but, honestly, the community engagement is really important to me. If a big brewery seems really committed to that then I'm less concerned about their product, even if it is only ok. Though, again, I like good quality beer too, so it's hard to find a balance. Anyway, here is a little list of the "Big Brewers" to the best of my knowledge! It might be useful! World's Largest Brewers by Revenue (1) AB InBev (Keiths, Labatt Blue, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Bud Light, Beck's, Budweiser, Stella Artois) 2010 Revenue $36 billion USD. (2) Heineken International (Newcastle, Cruzcampo, Tiger Beer, Żywiec, Murphy’s, Heineken) 2010 Revenue $21 billion USD. (3) SABMiller (Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquel) 2011 Revenue $19 billion USD. (4) Carlsberg Group (Carlsberg, Tuborg, Kronenbourg) 2010 Revenue $10 billion USD. (5) Molson-Coors (Coors, Blue Moon, Carling, Caffrey's, Dos Equis, Molson, Creemore, Granville Island, Rickards) 2011 Revenue $5.2 billion USD. (Bonus #1) Diageo (Guinness, Tusker, Smithwick's, Red Stripe, Harp Lager, Kilkenny). Because they do other liquors/wines the comparison is not fair, but 2011 Revenue $13 billion USD. (Bonus #2) Sapporo Brewery (Unibroue, Sleeman, Sapporo) 2011 Revenue something like 5.5 Billion USD, but I cannot find the source I used for this one.