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

Nano Sampling Bill Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, 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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Wide-Ranging Alcohol Bill Moves in NC

Passing initial committee consideration, House Bill 536, seeks to revise numerous provisions of the state’s alcoholic beverage control laws. Proposed changes affecting the craft beer industry include: allowing breweries to produce private label brands for …More

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OK Charitable Collab Bill Becomes Law

Becoming law with the Governor’s signature, 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 …More

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Sampling Bill Signed by Oklahoma Governor

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 813 authorizes the holder to provide certain amounts of alcohol free of charge to customers for consumption on the holder’s premises.

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Farm Brewery Changes Become Law in Oregon

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 287 authorizes a farm brewery to be established as a permitted use on land zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use provided the farm brewery: produces …More

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Beer-to-Go Bill on Governor’s Desk

Awaiting the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1545, reauthorizing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) , also: provides for the ability of production breweries to sell a case equivalent amount of beer for off-premises consumption; removes …More

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Retail Cooler Lease Extension Approved in MO

Signed into law, Senate Bill 197 would extend the expiration of the statutory language giving brewers the ability to lease to retailers portable refrigeration units to January 1, 2026.

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Montana Tasting Room Hours Bill Dies

Dying in committee, H.B. 185 sought to extend the hours for small breweries to serve beer at a sample room to between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

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Alcohol Advisory Group Nixed in MT

A proposal to create the Alcohol Advisory Council, charged with studying and reporting on all aspects of alcohol in the state, failed to advance from committee.

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