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

Sunday Sales Passes in Indiana

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 1 allows package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores, and certain restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m.

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Indiana Looks to Loosen On-Site Sales Ability

Passing the House and under Senate consideration, House Bill 1419, would, in part, allow a manufacturer of two types of alcoholic beverages, which has both production facilities in one building, to serve alcohol from both …More

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Sunday Sales on Tap in Indiana

Passing the Senate, S.B. 1 allows package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores, and certain restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m. Companion H.B. 1051has passed …More

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IN Looks at Cold Beer Sales

Among other provisions, House Bill 1281 seeks to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages every day and prohibit the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission from regulating the sale of beer, wine, and liquor based on …More

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Indiana Considers Cold Beer Sales

Among various provisions, Senate Bill 273 would allow a grocery store (which includes a convenience store) or drug store to sell cold beer.

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Local Beverage Tax Propsed in IN

H.B. 1129 authorizes a municipal legislative body to impose by ordinance a municipal food and beverage tax which may not exceed 1% of the gross retail income received from retail food and beverage transactions.

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Cider Privileges Signed into Law in IN

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 1496 provides that, with certain exceptions, after May 14, 2017, a restaurant may not sell carryout unless at least 60% of its gross retail income from alcoholic beverage sales …More

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Cider Privileges Considered in IN

Passing the House and amended in Senate committee, House Bill 1496 seeks to allow a small brewer to manufacture and sell hard cider to the same extent as beer.

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IN Bill Would Expand Brewers’ Rights

H.B. 1231 would allow a small brewer to sell the brewery’s beer for carryout at a farmers’ market; package the brewery’s beer in a building separate from the brewery; transfer beer to another brewer; employ …More

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Off-Premises Sales Bill Advances in Indiana

Passing both chambers of the legislature, S.B. 169 allows certain restaurants to sell beer for off-premises consumption if the permit holder also has a permit for a microbrewery that is adjacent to or at the …More

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Off-Premises Sales Bill Advances

Passing the Senate, S.B.169 allows certain restaurants to sell beer for off-premises consumption if the permit holder also has a permit for a microbrewery that is adjacent to or at the same location as the …More

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