Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, craft brewer 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 (1984)

Market Cap

$1.1 billion

Industry

Brewers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$471.9 million

Management

CEO Martin Roper (since 2001)

CFO William Urich (since 2003)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

20.5%

Cash/Debt

$45.3 million / $0

Competitors

Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD)

Molson Coors (NYSE: TAP)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,338 members who have rated Boston Beer believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Borbality and All-Star TMF1000, who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community.

A couple of months ago, Borbality tapped Boston Beer as a tasty opportunity:

[T]here are a lot of great microbreweries (Sierra Nevada) that will make it hard to grow as fast as it has been. However, I do think the old days of crappy fizzy yellow beer are going away and SAM will gain along with the micro-microbrewers.

Over the next five years, in fact, Boston Beer is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 22.7% annually. That's faster than beer giants Anheuser-Busch (14.3%) and Molson (10.0%), as well as other alcohol plays like Diageo (NYSE: DEO) (9.1%).

CAPS All-Star TMF1000 elaborates on the bull case:

SAM sells a premium beer much like Starbucks sells a premium coffee. In tough times, people can buy cheaper alternatives. If that happens we are likely to see a cheaper stock price. But if the economy continues to improve and if oil prices go down, SAM should continue to do well.

I think there is a strong trend away from the usual light beers that Miller, BUD and Coors makes to a heartier beer that is made by Boston Beer. Much like drinking the much stronger Starbucks coffee, once you had it for a while it is hard to go back to weaker brews. I think this is true of coffee or beer.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Boston Beer and Starbucks are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks, and the Fool owns shares of both. Molson Coors is an Inside Value choice. Diageo is an Income Investor choice, and the Fool owns shares of it. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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