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

Kansas Contract Brewing Bill Clears Senate

Amended in and passed by the Senate House Bill 2470 would allow microbreweries within the state of Kansas to contract with other microbreweries for production and packaging of beer and hard cider.

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Direct Manufacturer Sales Limited in KS Bill

House Bill 2731 would allow individuals with a beneficial interest in the manufacture of alcoholic liquor to hold a drinking establishment or caterer license pursuant to the Kansas Liquor Control Act provided no alcoholic liquor …More

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Kansas Bill Provides for Contract Brewing

House Bill 2470 would allow microbreweries within the state of Kansas to contract with other microbreweries for production and packaging of beer and hard cider.

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Growler Sales Clarified in KS

H.B. 2475 would authorize the current practice of a microbrewery refilling 32 to 64 ounce containers with beer manufactured by the microbrewery then sealing and labeling the container which is sold to consumers for off-premise …More

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Contract Brewing Provisions Considred in Kansas

HB 2411 would allow a microbrewery to contract with one or more microbreweries for the purpose of manufacturing beer or hard cider on the behalf of those microbreweries. A microbrewery would be allowed to have …More

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Kansas Considers Expanded Sales for Manufacturers

H.B. 2141 would allow the issuance of a drinking establishment or caterer license to a person that also has a beneficial interest in an alcohol manufacturer’s license. The bill would require that any alcoholic liquor …More

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Barrel Cap Increase Approved in Kansas

Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 326 increases the amount of beer that can be manufactured with a microbrewery license, allowing production between 100 and 60,000 barrels of domestic beer in a calendar year …More

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Barrel Cap Increase Advances in Kansas

Amended in the House following Senate passage, S.B. 326 would increase the amount of beer that could be manufactured with a microbrewery license, allowing production of between 100 and 60,000 barrels of domestic beer in …More

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Cider Production Bill Moves in Kansas

Passing the Senate in amended form, S.B. 277 seeks to allow a microbrewery to manufacture and distribute not more than 100,000 gallons of hard cider. Under current law, microbreweries may manufacture only beer.

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