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

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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Sunday Sales Legislation Proposed in Indiana

Senate Bill 16 seeks to create a supplemental dealer’s permit allowing for the sale of alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday. Additionally allows the holder of a package liquor store permit, farm winery permit, or …More

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Brewery Food Requirement Becomes Law in Indiana

Becoming law with the Governor’s signature, H.B. 1311 would require brewers that are permitted to sell beer by the glass to make food available for consumption on the brewery premises. Additionally provides that the holder …More

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Indiana Microbrewery On-Site Sales

Passing committee, H.B. 1053 seeks to allow a microbrewery and a farm winery that occupy the same building to sell by the glass the microbrewery’s beer and the farm winery’s wine from the same service …More

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