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

Department of Justice Clears ABI-SAB Merger

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it has agreed to a settlement with Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) that will permit ABI to proceed with its acquisition of SABMiller. According to DOJ, the settlement requires ABI to …More

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Excise to Double Under Alaska Proposal

Among a host of tax increases, S.B. 5002 proposes to double the excise tax on malt beverages to a rate of $2.14/gallon and the small brewer rate to seventy cents/gallon on the first sixty thousand …More

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Expanded CA Coupon Prohibition Advances

Passed by the Senate, Senate Bill 1032 seeks to modify an existing provision of law that prohibits beer manufacturers and wholesalers from offering, funding, producing, sponsoring, promoting, furnishing, or redeeming certain consumer coupons by expanding …More

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Federal GMO Labeling Bill Becomes Law

Senate Bill 764, containing provisions to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard, has been signed by the President. Along with preempting individual states or other local jurisdictions from instituting their own labeling …More

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Lousiana Successor Provisions Become Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 255 provides that a successor (defined as a person who replaces a supplier, importer, broker, or wholesaler with regard to the right to manufacture, sell, distribute, broker, or import …More

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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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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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