Surely this is an inevitable result of the success of Irish microbreweries; one of them was always going to go and I'm sure more will follow. New independent breweries will take their place at the bottom of the ladder.
In the meantime, if this means that FW beers will soon be available in pubs across the country, as opposed to the select few, then I'll be happy, and hopefully it will convert more people to better beer.
If I were campaigning on labels it would be for a list of ingredients.[/quote:3kqwieaz]
Something that craft brewers are glad to do (credit to Rogue for kicking off the practice of listing hop varieties, OG, etc.) and corporate breweries do more reluctantly (Stella Artois has maize, but good luck finding that in writing anywhere).
Another point of distinction that I'm afraid will get lost in the shuffle of corporate-owned craft.