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

Iowa Alcohol Law Overhaul Signed by Governor

Signed by the Governor, House File 607 contains the final recommendations from a working group spearheaded by the State Alcoholic Beverages Division and appointed by the Governor to review and suggest changes to state liquor …More

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Iowa Alcohol Law Overhaul Moves t Senate

Receiving favorable Senate committee action following House passage, House File 607 contains the final recommendations from a working group spearheaded by the State Alcoholic Beverages Division and appointed by the Governor to review and suggest …More

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Iowa Alcohol Law Overhaul Introduced

House File 521 contains the final recommendations from a working group spearheaded by the State Alcoholic Beverages Division and appointed by the Governor to review and suggest changes to state liquor laws. Among various …More

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Alcohol Law Changes Proposed in Iowa

Final recommendations from a working group spearheaded by the State Alcoholic Beverages Division and appointed by the Governor to review and suggest changes to state liquor laws has been released, simplifying the brewery permitting process …More

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Iowa Bill Would Change Legal Drinking Age

S.B. 361 seeks to change the definition of “legal age” for purposes of the possession consumption, supplying, purchase, or sale of wine or beer to nineteen years of age or more.

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Powdered Alcohol Bill Passes Senate in Iowa

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 123 would prohibit a person or club holding a liquor control license or retail wine or beer permit, or their agents or employees, from selling, giving, possessing, or supplying for …More

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Iowa Bill Would Make Powdered Alcohol Sale Illegal

Senate Bill 123 would prohibit a person or club holding a liquor control license or retail wine or beer permit, or their agents or employees, from selling, giving, possessing, or supplying for human consumption powdered …More

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Iowa Growler Sales Privilege Considered

House Bill 358 seeks to allow the holder of a special class “A” permit to manufacture beer and a class “C” liquor control license for the same location, to manufacture and sell beer at retail …More

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