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.
The Brewers Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) have reached an agreement to fund public hop breeding for the purpose of developing and releasing disease resistant aroma hop cultivars …More
Pursuant to several Executive Orders signed by the President concerning regulatory reform and the reduction of regulatory burdens, the Department of the Treasury issued a request for information regarding its regulations. The request covers …More
The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued Industry Circular 2017-4 addressing its policy on the voluntary recall of certain mislabeled or adulterated alcohol beverages from the marketplace.
The United States Postal Service Shipping Equity Act (H.R. 4024), sponsored by Representative Jackie Speier (CA-14), would authorize the shipping of alcohol through the mail.
The Brewers Association (BA) has filed an amicus brief in federal District Court, asserting that: 1) The Proposed Final Judgment (PFJ) relating to Anheuser-Busch InBev’s acquisition of SAB Miller does not adequately protect the public …More
In a case brought by Mark Anthony Brewing against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) challenging the TABC’s refusal to approve the labels for Mark Anthony’s T.G.I. Friday’s branded flavored malt beverages based on Texas’ …More
Signed by the Governor, 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 are immediately adjacent to each other and which …More
Comptroller Peter Franchot released the report Maryland Craft Beer: A World Without Limits detailing the findings of his Reform on Tap Task Force which has concluded its six-month fact-finding investigation into the brewing, distribution and …More
Signed into law, Senate Bill 357 amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow a manufacturer that sold direct to a retailer or a wholesaler to refund to a retailer the amount the retailer paid …More
Signed by the Governor, S.B. 372 repeals keg tagging and registration requirements originally put in place in 2011.
House Bill 1489 would allow specialty wine and beer stores to be included on business directional signs on state highways.
Passing the legislature, House Bill 1035 seeks to extend the existing mixed beverage gross receipts tax of 13.5% to low-point beer.
Signed into law, House Bill 542, among many provisions, exempts kegs used to contain malt or brewed beverages from Pennsylvania’s 6% sales and use tax.
The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S.236/H.R.747) was reintroduced in both chambers of the 115th Congress. Sponsors total 55 in the U.S. Senate and 298 in the U.S. House of Representatives. …More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance Menu Labeling: Supplemental Guidance for Industry addressing comments the agency received on the May 2017 interim final rule (IFR) extending the compliance date for the …More