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

CA Brewpub Provisions Advance

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 1283 authorizes a brewpub-restaurant licensee to label, bottle, package, or refill any container with beer produced on their licensed premises and may, at the licensed premises, sell beer produced and …More

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California Glassware Bill Passes Assembly

Passing the Assembly, A.B. 2573 would allow a licensed beer manufacturer, without direct or indirect charge, to give up to five cases of retail advertising glassware to an on-sale retail licensee, per licensed location, each …More

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CA Brewpub Provisions Amended

Amended in committee, Senate Bill 1283 authorizes a brewpub-restaurant licensee to: label, bottle, package, or refill any container with beer produced on their licensed premises and may, at the licensed premises, sell beer produced and …More

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California Glassware Bill Amended

Further amended in committee, A.B. 2573 would allow a retailer to accept up to 10 cases of glassware provided at no cost from beer manufacturers per year. No beer manufacturer may give more than 5 …More

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CA Expanded Retail Giveaways Bill Amended

Amended in committee, A.B. 2573 would authorize a beer manufacturer, as defined, to furnish, give, rent, loan, or sell advertising specialties to an on-sale retail licensee, subject to specified conditions. The bill would prohibit an …More

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Alcohol Licensees Could Share Space in CA

Assembly Bill 1890 would allow a licensed craft distiller, licensed winegrower, and licensed beer manufacturer, in any combination, to share a common licensed area in which the consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted if the …More

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CA Issues Advisory on Cannabis and Alcohol

California Alcoholic Beverage Control has issued an advisory on cannabis and alcoholic beverages regarding what activities are permissible on or in premises licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to manufacture or sell alcoholic …More

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Free Ride Bill Signed by CA Governor

Signed by the Governor, A.B. 711 authorizes a beer manufacturer to provide consumers free or discounted rides through taxicabs, transportation network companies, or any other ride service, and clarifies that a beer or wine wholesaler …More

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Free Ride Bill Advances to CA Senate Floor

Amended in Senate committee and sent to the floor for a vote, A.B. 711 authorizes a beer manufacturer to provide consumers free or discounted rides through taxicabs, transportation network companies, or any other ride service, …More

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Free Ride Bill Amended in CA Senate

Amended in Senate committee after passing the Assembly, A.B. 711 authorizes a beer manufacturer to provide consumers free or discounted rides through taxicabs, transportation network companies, or any other ride service, and clarifies that a …More

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