Personally I don't get all the hub bub about this or any of the others that have "sold out"
Everyone said the same thing here in Chicago when Goose Island sold out but yet they are still brewing great beer and people are still buying barrels of it! In addition the sheer power they now have has allowed them to do some really great things in their distribution and barrel aging program as well.
There are so many new breweries opening all over the country right now and there will be more that prove successful and eventually decide to sell as well.
I get the whole small, local, kindred spirit thing but just because an owner seeks greener pastures doesn't mean they're selling out. No one ever really knows the whole story that determines the reasons.
If the beer is good, I'll drink it and I'll buy it. Do those that state they will never buy it again do it simply out of principal since its now owned by a multinational company? Personally if these types of things mean that I can now buy beer here that prior I couldn't get, and the beer is the same, I'm winning, not losing as a consumer.
How would people feel if Sierra Nevada or Anchor or Boulevard or Boston Beer were the big boy buying them or someone else, would it still be considered selling out?