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.
Amended prior to passing he House to remove provisions relating to increasing the barrel cap under which self-distribution and no cause termination of distributors are effective, House Bill 500 retains provisions relating to the sale …More
H.B. 642 seeks to increase the number of additional retail locations to ten where a brewery may sell its malt beverages and to authorize a brewery to sell its malt beverages at the brewery regardless …More
Passing the House, 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 …More
Signed by the Governor, 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.
Awaiting the Governor’s consideration, 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.
Signed by the Governor, S.B. 142 increases the annual amount of beer a manufacturer can provide a retailer for sampling purposes from 9 gallons to 18 gallons.
Passing both chambers of the legislature, 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 …More
Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 210 authorizes the holder of a Class 8 Farm Brewery license to sell or serve any type of food (instead of only specified types of food) if the license …More
Passing the Senate and initial House committee consideration, Senate Bill 275 would allow breweries to sell liquor by the drink for on-premises consumption and for brewpubs to begin distributing beer through the wholesale tier.
Awaiting gubernatorial action, House Bill 1283 seeks to make the following changes to the sampling and sale of beer by a Class 5 brewery: Beer that is sampled and sold on-site or at a brewery …More
Passing the House, House Bill 3287 seeks to change the premises at which the combined annual production of ale and beer by a brewer’s permit holder and a manufacturer’s license holder, respectively, must not exceed …More
Comptroller Peter Franchot announced the creation of a statewide “Reform on Tap” task force that will conduct a comprehensive review of the laws governing Maryland’s alcohol industry.
H.B. 494 seeks to allow manufacturers of beer and wine to offer consumer cash rebate coupons. Currently, only manufacturers of intoxicating liquor other than beer or wine can offer such coupons. The bill specifies that …More
Dying in committee, Senate Bill 328 sought to increase the tax rate on the sale of beer, wine, liquor and hard cider.
Signed by the Governor, H.B. 541 changes the definition of “small brewery” to allow annual production up to 60,000 barrels (from the current 10,000) and would include the production of all affiliated companies and beer …More