I love that we have so many new breweries and I hate that many of them are mediocre at best. We have one where I live which sells everything they make out of their current location. They are planning a large off-site expansion to distribute and have hired some new staff. If their beers do not improve they will fail. Currently their business is making bank, but when you have a good location and are the neighborhood bar/hangout you can get by with a mediocre product. Once you distribute and are on draft in new locations it is a different ballgame.
This is happening all over. Up here in the Northeast there are several local mediocre brewpubs that are undergoing green field expansions for production only facilities. The thing is their beer is not that good, and when forced to compete on the larger scale to a larger audience, they will not do well. Or maybe they will. I wont be buying their stuff. In this time of hyper competition you gotta bring it if you want to stick around. It's easy to make one sale, it is not easy to build repeat customers.
On that note though, with any larger market you have breweries at all levels of skill and quality. However, this happens whenever competition grows and it is a good thing for business and for the consumer. We cant all be the best now can we?
On a side note, what drives me nuts (in a good way!) when buying beer is breweries and the wide variety of beers and beer styles. It is almost a double edged sword. Some breweries produce one or two good beers and a lot of less than good, while others produce great beer after great beer and occasionally something not so good. Furthermore, with all the options, half the time I am hesitant to buy anything that I am unsure about. There is just so much good beers out there, and also so much mediocre, and even some utter garbage, that I often spend a looong time debating what to buy at the beer store if I dont have a beer in mind already.