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

Wide-ranging Alcohol Legislation Advances in DC

Sent to the Mayor for consideration, the Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2018 would, among many provisions, allow manufacturers who make beer, wine or spirits to create collaboration products with other manufacturers of …More

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New Prop 65 Warnings in California

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) adopted new Proposition 65 warning regulations effective August 30, 2018. Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”) is a California law that requires brewers and other manufacturers doing business …More

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California Glassware Bill Vetoed

Vetoed by the Governor, A.B. 2573 sought to allow a licensed beer manufacturer, without direct or indirect charge, to give up to five cases of retail advertising glassware to an on-sale retail licensee, per licensed …More

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TTB Issues Beer Transfer Guidance

The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published TTB Procedure 2018-1 Transfer of Beer Between Breweries Not of the Same Ownership providing brewers with guidance regarding the transfer of beer, without payment of tax, from one …More

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PA Releases Tax Guidance for On-Premise Sales

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued Sales and Use Tax Bulletin 2018-02 concerning taxation on the sale of malt or brewed beverages by manufacturers.

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Farm market Sales Bill Advances in MA

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 2627 would allow cities and towns to grant special licenses to allow brewers to sell malt beverages in sealed containers for off-premise consumption at farmers markets and provide 2 ounce …More

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CA Issues Cannabis on Licensed Premises Guidance

The state of California issued guidance addressing what activities related to cannabis are permissible on or in premises licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to manufacture or sell alcoholic beverages.

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Supplier Match and Redirect Provision Under Attack in Nevada

Nevada distributor Bonanza is suing MillerCoors over the latter’s attempt to redirect the sale of Bonanza’s distribution rights to a Coors distributor. Bonanza claims that MillerCoors’ contractual right to match and redirect such a sale …More

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Wine Sales in Breweries OK’d in Oklahoma

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 1338 allows small brewer licensees to purchase wine in retail containers from the holder of a wholesaler license and to sell, offer for sale and possess wine for on-premises …More

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Licensing Fee Drops in Rhode Island

Signed into law by the Governor, H.B. 7092 reduces the alcoholic beverage manufacturing and wholesale licensing fee from three thousand dollars ($3,000) to five hundred dollars ($500).

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Iowa Tied House Study Issued

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has released the Alcoholic Beverage Control Study, ordered by the Iowa legislature. The study focuses on Iowa’s tied house laws, in particular prohibitions on cross-tier ownership interests in the …More

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