Pretty interesting development, though probably not all that surprising.
In any case, it won't have any affect on homebrewers, most of whom won't (and shouldn't) give a flip about it..
So as mildly interesting as these developments in the industry may be, it's not the end of the world. As I suspect is the case with quite a few people in the forums, I rarely buy any commercial beer in general anyway (big brewer or small) since frankly, with very few exceptions I find most of those products lacking. They are a last resort .
The best thing for the better small brewers of the world though may just be that day when all
the giants finally do merge (which is getting close, apparently).
Such a mega-giant corporate beer entity could
be a boon to small breweries everywhere by serving as an impetus for some of the average BMC drinkers to re-think their allegiances and perhaps decide to stick it to the big foreign corporate owners by trying something new, something made in the states with pride ...something even made locally
Then again, the American culture at large has in the last 30-40 years certainly not been known for choosing quality
over a cheap deal on foreign goods.
After all, Sam Walton built an empire on that sad fact.