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

Taproom Hours Bill Signed in Alabama

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 303 exempts tasting rooms from a law prohibiting manufacturers from selling alcohol between 9 PM Saturday and 2 AM Monday.

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AL Beer Donation Bill Becomes Law

Becoming law without the Governor’s approval, H.B. 414 would create a new nonprofit special events retail license and allows manufacturers to donate up to 31 gallons of beer and up to two cases of table …More

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Taproom Hours Bill Advances in Alabama

Passing the House, H.B. 303 would eliminate a provision in current law that requires breweries to close their tap rooms between the hours of 9 PM on Saturday and 2 AM the following Monday.

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AL Beer Donation Bill Passes House

Passing the House, H.B. 414 would create a new nonprofit special events retail license and allows manufacturers to donate up to 31 gallons of beer and up to two cases of table wine to a …More

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Alabama On-Premises Sales Measure Advances

Passing initial House committee consideration following Senate passage, substitute for S.B. 234 removes the requirement that manufacturers obtain the name, address and other personal demographic information for sales made on the premises.

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Cross-Tier Ownership Passes Alabama Senate

Amended and passing the Senate, Senate Bill 343 seeks to allow family members of a licensed manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, or retailer of alcoholic beverages that have reached the age of majority and are not an …More

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Cross-Tier Ownership Proposed in Alabama

Senate Bill 343 would allow family members of a licensed distributor or wholesaler of alcoholic beverages that have reached the age of majority and are not an officer, director, employee, or stockholder of such licensed …More

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