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

AR Small Brewery Operations Bill Signed into Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 659 clarifies the law regarding the scope of small brewery operations, allows transportation of in-house products between commonly owned small breweries and breweries that own small breweries and creates …More

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Cross Tier Ownership Addressed in AR Law

Signed into law, H.B. 2046 limits the issuance of permits for microbrewery-restaurants and small breweries with common ownership of certain other alcoholic beverage permittees.

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Arkansas Tax Rebate Clarification Proposed

Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 417 modifies the provisions of an existing tax rebate for beer and malt manufacturers. Under existing law, an entity must prove that it produced less than 25,000 barrels …More

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AR Bill Addresses Brewery Operations

House Bill 2277 seeks to clarify the law regarding the scope of small brewery operations, allow transportation of in-house products between commonly owned small breweries and breweries that own small breweries and create small brewery …More

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Arkansas Tax Rebate Clarification Proposed

Passing the Senate and under House consideration, S.B. 417 modifies the provisions of an existing tax rebate for beer and malt manufacturers. Under existing law, an entity must prove that it produced less than 25,000 …More

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Production Limit Increased in AR

Signed into law, House Bill 1272 increases the production limit of a microbrewery from 20,000 to 45,000 barrels, allows the transportation of beer between no more than three commonly owned facilities and allows the operation …More

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