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

PA Malt Beverage Tax Credit

According to the Brewers of Pennsylvania, a recently enacted revenue package contained a Malt Beverage Tax Credit (not to exceed $5 million annually) on any capital expenditure that expands brewery operations.

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VT Governor Signs Alcohol Law Overhaul Bill

Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 250, among many provisions, mandates technical amendments to Title 7 to improve its clarity, and to identify substantive amendments that may be necessary to remove out-of-date or obsolete …More

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DE Farmer’s Market Beer Sales Bill Stalls

Failing to pass the Senate, House Bill 228 sought to allow holders of a “Farmer’s Market Permit or Agricultural Themed Event Permit” to conduct tastings and sell craft beer, mead, distilled spirits, and wine in …More

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MA Franchise Task Force on Fast Track

Legislation to create a task force of brewers, distributors and political appointees to work out differences on franchise law reform, specifically when and how a brewer can exit a distribution arrangement, has cleared the Senate. …More

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Missouri Cooler Bill Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 919 allows a brewer to lease portable refrigeration units to retail licensees at a value equal to the cost of the unit to the brewer. A brewer may also …More

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NH 3 Tier Study Commission Established

Signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 197 establishes a commission to study the separation of alcoholic beverage producers, distributors, and retailers, commonly referred to as the 3-tier system.

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NY Homebrew Bill Continues to Move

Passing the Assembly and returned to the Senate, S.B. 1227 authorizes the operation of home beer makers centers, home cider makers centers and home wine makers centers under the jurisdiction of the state liquor authority …More

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Farm Brewery Sales Expansion

Passing both legislative chambers, S.B. 5707 seeks to authorize farm brewery licensees to sell wine and spirits manufactured by the licensee or a licensed farm winery or distillery.

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New York City Tax Credit Advances

Passing both legislative chambers, Assembly Bill 1719 provides for a beer production business tax credit for small brewers that produce 60 million or fewer gallons of beer in New York City. The tax credit consists …More

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NY Electronic Tax Filing Bill Studied

Reported from committee and referred to another, Senate Bill 6313 would require the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to allow distillers and brewers to file their taxes electronically.

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