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

Hawaii Growler Sales Proposed

Carrying over from the previous session, S.B. 221 would allow a restaurant licensee to sell malt beverages manufactured on the restaurant premises in brewery-sealed kegs and growlers and defines “growler” as a glass or metal …More

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Hawaii Tax Bill Remains Active in the Senate

House Bill 718 has been deferred in committee, while its companion Senate Bill 759 remains active in the Senate. The bills seek to reduce the per gallon tax rate to twenty-seven cents on beer sold …More

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Hawaii Growler Bills Derailed

Each bill being deferred at the committee level, House Bill 217 and Senate Bill 221 sought to permit the liquor commission to allow a restaurant licensee to sell malt beverages manufactured on the restaurant premises …More

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Hawaii Bill Defines Growler and Addresses Sales

Companions House Bill 217 and Senate Bill 221 permit the liquor commission to allow a restaurant licensee to sell malt beverages manufactured on the restaurant premises in brewery-sealed kegs and growlers and define “growler” as …More

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Off-Premise Sales Considered in Hawaii

Senate Bill 1151 and House Bill 770 authorize brewpubs and small craft producer pubs with a liquor license to sell for off-premises consumption malt beverages purchased from another liquor licensee and authorizes restaurants and retail …More

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Bills Seek to Reduce Hawaii Beer Tax

Companion legislation House Bill 718 and Senate Bill 759 seek to reduce the per gallon tax rate to twenty-seven cents on beer sold in barrels for the first 60,000 barrels of annual production.

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