Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, microbrewery The Boston Beer Company (NYSE:SAM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Boston Beer's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Boston Beer facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Boston, Mass. (1984)

Market Cap

$321.1 million

Industry

Brewers

TTM Revenue

$386.8 million

Management

Founder/Chairman James Koch
President/CEO Martin Roper

Major Brands

Sam Adams, Twisted Tea, HardCore Cider

Return on Equity (average, last three years)

14.4%

Competitors

Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP)
Diageo (NYSE:DEO)

CAPS members bullish on SAM also bullish on

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CAPS members bearish on SAM also bearish on

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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 831 of the 878 members who have rated Boston Beer -- some 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include kstoltz and Grimsooth.

In late January, kstoltz "tapped" Boston Beer as a cool way to defend against the downturn:

Fuel costs have been declining, and so has the price of hops. Given the lowered costs, I expect their earnings to be good, and justify their seemingly high P/E. The product should do well particularly in a recessionary period. Add to that the company's fundamentals are strong, they have zero debt, and the price has fallen considerably from their high.

In a pitch from last month, Grimsooth handcrafted a bull pitch of his own:

A small company that produces a luxury good that some would consider a staple. The product line is expanding, as is distribution. [Boston Beer]'s beers aren't one offs or clones of other beers, but compete against the legions of clones giving them an edge over larger companies. Other microbreweries don't have nearly the distribution, and certainly not the marketing of [Boston Beer], give thier new plant time to churn out product and watch the rewards.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Diageo and Johnson & Johnson are Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Apple and FedEx are selections of Stock Advisor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.