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

Sunday Sales Expanded in NY

The Governor has signed legislation which, among other provisions, expands the permissible hours that alcohol may be sold on Sundays to start at 10:00 AM rather than noon.

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Oklahoma AG Clears Way for Expanded On-Premise Sales

The Oklahoma Attorney General has clarified a provision of the previously enacted S.B. 424 in an opinion which clears the way for craft brewers to sell high-point beer for both on- and off-premises consumption.

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Expanded CA Coupon Prohibition Becomes Law

Approved by the Governor, Senate Bill 1032 modifies 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 the type …More

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California Homebrew Bill Sent to Governor

Awaiting action by the Governor, A.B. 2172 would permit the removal and use of home brewed beer in connection with a club meeting or home brewed beer competition held on the premises of an authorized …More

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Michigan Excise Tax Increase Proposed

House Bill 5873 seeks to raise the per barrel excise tax rate from $6.30 to $21.70, with the additional revenue used to fund substance use disorder treatment.

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NH Three Tier Studt Commission Approved

Signed 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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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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