As a drinker, this makes no difference to me, it is a fine beer, and if it is brewed at Adnams, they are a fine brewery, and I will continue to enjoy it when I see it. Result. If it is a good beer most beer drinkers will have no issue with who brews it, just that they like the end product.
However, 'Tim the Ticker' has a slightly different view. I often drink beers and have no idea who actually brews them. I take it from the pump clip, and accept that information at face value. I do not usually have the chance to scrabble about in a pub cellar to check on the cask to verify the information, and even then, that is not always a definitive answer to the brewer or the beer. If I do find a beer has been brewed at somewhere other than the brewery I assume then I do feel somewhat cheated.
I possess a GOBBS guide, and thanks to Alan's dedication, I can often trace a beer I have drunk through that, but not always, and it is a time consuming project.
Would it not be better, and fairer for everyone, for the pump clip to show where the actual beer was brewed to save anyone any confusion ? Those in the know can read a 'Steel City' pump clip and know exactly where their beer has come from. Why do other breweries not follow their example ? As I have said, it will make no difference to the many drinkers who just drink the beer because they want to, whoever may brew it, but to those of us who are 'anoraks' it makes a real difference. And if the brewery has nothing to hide, why should they not be transparent. It will not make a good beer less good, just because it is brewed somewhere else.