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
- 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.
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Signed by the Governor, H.B. 161 requires beverage manufacturer licensees to pay the beer tax on beverages sold at farmers’ markets.
Signed by the Governor, S.B. 2481 adds on premise consumption sales to that of off premise sales and the conducting of tastings of New York state labelled beer manufactured by a licensed brewer or licensed …More
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin the process of giving New York State the Malting Barley Endorsement (M.B.E.), a federal insurance option available only to a …More
Signed by the Governor, H.B. 2299 adds a laboratory certified by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and trade Bureau (TTB) to the list of approved labs for ABV testing of samples of alcohol beverages.
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The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S.236/H.R.747) was reintroduced in both chambers of the 115th Congress. Sponsors total 47 in the U.S. Senate and 253 in the U.S. House of Representatives. …More
The Brewers Association submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration focused on non-menu options for making calorie and nutrient data available, emphasizing the widespread availability of smart phones since the time the requirement was …More
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Amended in committee and advanced to the Senate floor for a vote, A.B. 997 allows a licensed winegrower and a licensed beer manufacturer that holds a small beer manufacturer’s license, whose licensed premises of production …More
Amended in Senate committee and sent to the floor for a vote, A.B. 711 authorizes a beer manufacturer to provide consumers free or discounted rides through taxicabs, transportation network companies, or any other ride service, …More
Signed into law, House Bill 315 provides that charitable donations of both high and low alcohol content beverages are liable for the payment of excise taxes.
Voted out of committee, House Bill 212 concerns allowable malt beverage sales by pub breweries.
Signed by the Governor, House Bill 4559 allows a licensed wholesaler or manufacturer of alcoholic liquor to give samples of beer or wine to an employee of the wholesaler under certain conditions, and would clarify …More