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

Crowler Bill Drops in Texas

House Bill 908 would allow retailers to sell draft beer for off-premise consumption in securely sealed containers that are either reusable or single-use, i.e. crowlers.

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Home-Grown Virginia Tax Incentive Advances

Under House consideration after Senate passage, Senate Bill 798 provides an income tax subtraction, for purposes of computing Virginia adjusted gross income, for the income attributable to the sale of crops grown by a farmer …More

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Tastings Spending Cap Increase Dies in VA

Dying in committee, Senate Bill 1357 sought to increase the amount allowed to be spent on the purchase of alcoholic beverages used in a tasting conducted by manufacturers, wine and beer wholesalers, and authorized representatives …More

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VA Advertising Item Value Cap Increase Fails

Failing to pass committee, Senate Bill 1358 sought to provide that point of sale advertising materials provided by a manufacturer or its authorized vendor or a wholesale wine and beer licensee to a retail licensee …More

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Adjacent Location Bill Advances in WY

Under Senate consideration after being amended in the House, House Bill 96 authorizes holders of a microbrewery permit to dispense malt beverages in areas adjacent to its site.

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Tax Break Considered for NY Tastings

S.B. 3387 would exempt certain item used at tastings from the compensating use tax held by a licensed brewery, farm brewery, cider producer, farm cidery, distillery or farm distillery.

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Additional Sales Ability Proposed in NY

Senate Bill 2481 would add sales for on premise consumption to already existing abilities to offer tastings and off premise consumption sales of New York state labelled beer manufactured by a licensed brewer or licensed …More

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ND Beer Transfer Bill Fails

Failing to pass the Senate, S.B. 2137 sought to allow brewpubs and brewer taproom license holders the ability to transfer beer between other brewpubs and taprooms under common ownership.

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