Having size and scale tends to help in business. Economies of scale and the ability to leverage size in procurement and marketing are undeniable. Perhaps the biggest impact is in distribution, where the larger players have enormous influence. Hopefully, someday, we can find a better way and can level to playing field a bit so that the main driver in distribution is beer quality: let the consumers have access to as many beers as possible and let them pick the winners.
Related to the topic, I was surprised to read today about another dynamic in the craft beer industry that doesn’t seem quite right. When larger craft brewers are looking to open a new site, they often are awarded grants and bonds from cities trying to attract them. My initial reaction to that is “Fine. That makes sense.” But then you have to consider the fact that local tax payers are then taking on a risk on a private entity that could actually be harming an existing local brewery by bringing in (and subsidizing) competition. Take a read of this article on the topic and let me know what you think. There is something to be said on both sides.