I've got nothing against either company or the merger. I think it's time though that the BA's "Independent Craft Brewer" seal starts to differentiate "small" and "large" Independent brewers. There's no way that 6 million barrels is "small" Yea, Yea, it's "only" ~3% of US sales. I'd still like to go through the local bottle shop and see see who's the little fish in the pond. When traveling, finding some brewery that produces 10k or fewer feels like an adventure.
it's like restaurants. you have mom-and-pops, then there's independent small chains, where the owner may have half a dozen locations, and there's the nation-wide chains. I love Outback, but when work sends me out of town for a week I don't want to eat at a joint that's available at home.