Nice article. It is not all true, I don't see local breweries closing down (we have 5 just around here), but I guess it is about the whole picture. The brewery he is talking about first, the "Päffgen", is highly recommended. It is really like in the old days.

http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/travel/20beer.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&