Agree on the marketing vs beer thing. I tried PBR for the first time recently. I ended up staring at the can and thinking, so what gives? I guess what you are paying for is the marketing, its sort of a fee to assuage the guilt of hipsters who want to drink cheap beer, but want to still feel good about themselves, like there is something really "authentic" or ironically blue collar about PBR. I personally have no misgivings about this, and would feel comfortable drinking a much less stylish cheap beer were I so inclined to abuse the ol' liver, so the extra expense is wasted for me.
New owners do sound a little trashy, but I don't feel sorry for the old owners. Business is business, get over your whininess and get another job, build up another beer brand.