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

Idaho Tasting Room Changes Advance

Amended in the Senate after passing the House, H.B. 597 seeks to bring breweries into alignment with wineries by allowing minors in tasting rooms.

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Self-Distribution Clarified

Signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 184 clarifies that the self-distribution privilege afforded small brewers (those brewing less than 30,000 barrels annually) applies only to beer which is produced by the small brewer, …More

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Distributors Raise Three-Tier Concerns in Idaho

In the wake of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (ABI) purchase of Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing Co. which operates a brewpub in the state of Idaho, the Idaho Beer & Wine Distributors Association has petitioned the state …More

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