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

On-Premise Sales Clarified in IL

Awaiting a full Senate vote, S.B. 1588 provides that the authorization for on-premise sales at breweries shall not permit the sale of beer manufactured on the licensed premises (i) bearing the name of another brewer, …More

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IL Looks to Expand Special Use Permits

Passing initial committee consideration, H.B. 2743 authorizes a class 1 brewer, class 2 brewer, or a craft distiller to obtain a special use permit license.

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Self-Distribution Clarified in IL

Senate Bill 1588 provides that a self-distribution exemption granted to a class 1 brewer shall not permit the self-distribution of beer manufactured on the licensed premises bearing the name of another manufacturer of beer not …More

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Illinois Licensing and Social Media Bill Signed

Signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 3237 allows a manufacturer, distributor, or importing distributor to furnish free social media advertising to a person having a retail license if the social media advertisement does …More

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Illinois Bill Proposes Changes to Brewery Licenses

Passing both legislative chambers on before the Governor for action, House Bill 3237 allows a manufacturer, distributor, or importing distributor to furnish free social media advertising to a person having a retail license if the …More

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U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock Visits Destihl Brewery

DESTIHL, a small, yet rapidly growing brewery in central Illinois, recently hosted U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock for a tour of the facility. Brewery CEO and Brewmaster Matt Potts lead the tour and discussed the challenges associated with running …More

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New Illinois Law Amends Definition of Beer

Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 3103 amends the Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act. Includes within the definition of the term “beer” all beverages brewed or fermented wholly or in part from malt products.

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