Ya know, after reading the posts again, it makes me wonder: What constitutes a 'premium' beer? I mean, just because a brewery is big, does that mean they can't produce a quality beer? I think not. Some of my favorite beers (Augustiner Helles, Franziskaner, Guinness, etc) are produced by very large brewerys. So, I don't think the size of a brewery necessarily means that it can't produce a good beer. Besides, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! If you like BUD, drink it. If you like 1664, drink it! I personally started homebrewing in order to try to replicate German lagers made by quite large brewerys that I can't buy here in the states, at least not fresh or at a reasonable price. The day I can replicate Augustiner Helles is the day that I will feel accomplished as a homebrewer, and Augustiner, as I said, is one of the Munich 'big six'. Still, it's what I strive to achieve!