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

GA Sunday Sales Legislation

Senate Bill 17 seeks to allow governing authorities of counties and municipalities to authorize sales of alcoholic beverages during a certain time on Sundays.

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On-Site Brewery Sales Proposd in Georgia

Senate Bill 85 would allow breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of the beer they manufacture to consumers for both on and off premise consumption (the latter limited to 288 ounces per person, per …More

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Direct Sales to Retail Proposed in Georgia

House Bill 606 provides that retail dealers may purchase up to 15 percent of their inventory of beer and wine directly from wineries and breweries without utilizing a wholesale dealer.

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Distribution Changes Proposed in Georgia

H.B. 1159 provides that a brewer licensed in the state may sell at wholesale up to 5,000 barrels annually of malt beverages manufactured on its licensed premises. Any such sales must be made only to …More

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Georgia Brewery Tour Regulations Released

The Department of Revenue has released proposed regulations that would restore the ability of breweries (and distilleries) to vary tour admission fees based on the amount and quality of alcohol included in free tastings and …More

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Agreement Reached on Tours in Georgia

An agreement has been reached by interested parties and legislators to restore the ability breweries had to offer facility tours at various price points (which included differences in the volume or market value of alcohol …More

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Brewery Tour Parameters Changed in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Revenue (DoR) has altered its interpretation of provisions in Senate Bill 63 (effective July 1) governing tours offered by brewers. Initially, DoR ruled that brewers could offer a variety of …More

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Three Tier Exception Proposed

House Bill 606 provides that retail dealers may purchase up to 15 percent of their inventory of beer and wine directly from wineries and breweries without utilizing a wholesale dealer.

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Bill Would Provide Brewery On-Site Sales

Senate Bill 174 provides for the operation of company stores by distillers and brewers at which the public can purchase limited quantities of the beverages produced by such distillers and brewers under limited conditions.

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