Small Brewer Grassroots Activism

Support Your Local Brewery Program

Support Your Local Brewery (SYLB) is a grassroots activist program managed by the Brewers Association (BA). Membership is made up of small brewers and committed beer enthusiasts from all 50 states with the mission – assist brewers in achieving and sustaining fair market access and equitable legislative and regulatory treatment.

Beer Activists respond to email SYLB Action Alerts whenever a state or federal government affairs involvement opportunity arises by contacting their elected officials. Since its inception, SYLB Beer Activists have answered the call on a variety of issues ranging from tax increase threats and small brewer access to market challenges, to a host of issues aimed at protecting and enhancing the availability of small and independent brewery beer in the marketplace.

SYLB, State Guilds and Local Breweries

The Brewers Association actively works in support of, and in concert with, State Brewer Guilds on legislative and regulatory issues. Through SYLB the BA brings the voice of individual beer drinkers and brewers to bear on issues impacting craft beer consumers and the craft beer industry.

How you can help

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  • Stay up-to-date on your state’s current issues. You can find a list of recent activity in your state in Current Issues or below.
  •  If you learn about an emerging issue, contact your state guild. Make sure they know and ask how you can help.
  • Brewers – Tell your supporters to sign up on CraftBeer.com to become SYLB Beer Activists.

Current Issues

NC Self-Distribution and Franchise Addressed

Receiving favorable consideration in the House, H.B. 383 would allow brewery permittees that sell fewer than 100,000 barrels of malt beverages produced by the brewery each year to self-distribute up to 50,000 barrels of malt …More

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OK Charitable Collab Bill Amended

Passing House committee with amendments, S.B. 936 creates a Charitable Collaboration Brewer License. The license authorizes a licensee to sell beer to beer distributers, qualified persons out of the state, serve limited and free samples …More

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ABV LegislationSigned by Utah Governor

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 132 changes the definition of beer to increase the ABW from 3.2% to 4.0% (4% ABV to 5% ABV) and increases the barrel tax .30 cents to $13.10/barrel.

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Bond Change Gets Thumbs Up from IL House

Passing the House, H.B. 2577 would exclude manufacturers and importing distributors that in the preceding year had less than $50,000 of tax liability from a requirement that they file a specified bond with the Department …More

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Nano Sampling Bill Advances in NH

Receiving favorable Senate consideration, House Bill 597 seeks to allow nano brewery licensees to distribute samples at a wine manufacturer’s facility and wine manufacturer licensees to distribute samples at a nano brewery.

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Brew Pub Production Abilities Move in Illinois

Amended in the House prior to passage, House Bill 3610 provides that brew pubs wholly owned and operated by the same licensee may combine each location’s production limit of 155,000 gallons of beer per year …More

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Off Sales at State Fair Amended in IN

Amended in both chambers of the legislature, H.B. 1518 provides, among many provisions, that a holder of a permit for the State Fairgrounds may, if the permit holder is a small brewery, farm winery, or …More

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Direct Sales Bill Intro’d in Iowa

H.B. 572 seeks to authorize persons holding class “A” or special class “A” permits that manufacture beer to sell up to a total of 100 barrels per year of the beer it manufactures to retail …More

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Sales Reciprocity Bill Fails in New Mexico

Dying in committee, H.B. 603 sought to expand the sales reciprocity among licensed manufacturers of craft alcohol to include licensed craft distillers, thereby providing the right for small brewers, winegrowers and craft distillers to sell …More

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Maine Labling Legislation Proposed

Senate Bill 66 requires that all malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products imported to, exported from or sold in Maine bear a label approved by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and …More

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Excise Tax Increase Advanced in ME

House Bill 793, for the purpose of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and suicides, increases the excise taxes imposed on spirits, malt liquor, fortified wines and hard cider and the sales tax imposed on …More

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