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

Small Brewers Take to the Hill

Over two hundred brewers, brewery owners, and state guild representatives left their home states and traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual hill climb. This event took place in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference …More

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OK On-Site Sales Expanded

Passing the Senate, S.B. 411 authorizes the sale and sampling of beer at licensed breweries between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.

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NV Bill Seeks to Limit On-Site Sales

A.B. 431 seeks to limit a person who operates a brew pub to two locations, increases the number of barrels of malt beverages that such a person may manufacture during a calendar year to 20,000 …More

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NY Bill Looks to Increase On-Site Sales

Companions Assembly Bill 6404 and Senate Bill 5173 seek to increase to 2,000 the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer (brew-pub) may produce to sell at retail or wholesale. The current limit is 250 …More

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New Compliance Measures Proposed in NC

House Bill 480 seeks to require the ABC commission and the department of revenue to certify on an annual basis that brewery and distillery permit holders are compliant with state tax requirements and to require …More

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Retail Locations Increase under OR Bill

House Bill 2160 would allow brewery-public house licensees to sell their products for consumption or retail sales at two locations, rather than the one that is currently allowed by law.

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Bottle Bill ProvisionBecomes Law in Oregon

Signed into law, House Bill 2746 requires payment of refund value of 10 cents for certain beverage containers on and after April 1, 2017, regardless of refund value indicated on beverage container.

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Tax Increase on Tap in OK

Passing initial committee consideration, H.B. 1686 increases the excise tax rate on alcoholic beverages and exempts them from sales tax. The excise tax on each barrel of beer would increase from $12.50 to $45.00.

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SC Charitable Donation Bill Passes Senate

Passed by the Senate, S.B. 114 allows suppliers or wholesalers of beer, wine and liquor to donate these products to a non-profit organization for sale and on-premises consumption at a special non-profit event for which …More

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