As homebrewers we can be all about the beer.If I made a living selling something and I had a chance to sell it all, why wouldn't I? Its not like there's more honor in selling pints than kegs, or kegs vs the whole brewery. As far as it ruining craft beer, there's plenty of small breweries already doing that at the pint level.That's not the point. The point is people doing it for themselves, their way. Not allowing a big conglomerate to buy them out, contributing to the corporate "reich".
People get into making beer and selling it because it's something they love doing. Selling out is compromising those ideals. This is like Bob Dylan doing commercials. He has stated before he plays music for the money and ONLY FOR THE MONEY. He may write good music, but that is selling out. Period.
Once you open a brewery you had better be focused on making a profit. If you don't, the doors will get padlocked, all assets auctioned off, and you are a Homebrewer once again.
Very true. If you aren't in business to make money, you shouldn't be in business. Ideals don't put food on the (your) table. And if your product is crappy, the market will let you know.