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

BA Files Comments on TTB Regulatory Reform

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

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Maryland Alcohol Task Force Releases Report

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

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Keg Tag Law Repealed in MI

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 372 repeals keg tagging and registration requirements originally put in place in 2011.

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Menu Labeling

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

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