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

Credit Extension Proposed in KY

House Bill 133 seeks to permit brewers and distributors to extend credit to retail licensees on the purchase of malt beverages for a period not to exceed 30 days from the date of invoice.

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Kentucky Alcohol Reform Legislation Becomes Law

Among a host of provisions, Senate Bill 11 seeks to increase the annual production limit for microbreweries from 25,000 barrels to 50,000 barrels and would authorize microbreweries to sell their products by the drink or …More

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Kentucky Alcohol Reform Legislation Advances

Among a host of provisions, Senate Bill 11 seeks to increase the annual production limit for microbreweries from 25,000 barrels to 50,000 barrels and would authorize microbreweries to sell their products by the drink or …More

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Kentucky Alcohol Reform Legislation Introduced

Among a host of provisions, Senate Bill 11 seeks to increase the annual production limit for microbreweries from 25,000 barrels to 50,000 barrels and would authorize microbreweries to sell their products by the drink or …More

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Production Limit Proposal Introduced in Kentucky

House Bill 253 increases increase the annual production limit for microbreweries from 25,000 barrels to 50,000 barrels and would authorize microbreweries to sell their products by the drink or package at fairs, festivals, and similar …More

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Anti-Branch Bill Becomes Law

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 168 prohibits an entity from holding two different types of licenses (e.g. brewery and distributor).

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Anti-Branch Bill on Kentucky Governor’s Desk

Awaiting the Governor’s signature, House Bill 168 seeks to prohibit an entity from holding two different types of licenses (e.g. brewery and distributor). The introduction of this legislation is a direct result of the recent …More

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Branch prohibition Bill Introduced

House Bill 168 seeks to prohibit an entity from holding two different types of licenses (e.g. brewery and distributor). The introduction of this legislation is a direct result of the recent acquisition of a second …More

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Favorable Ruling for ABI in Kentucky Branch Acquisition

A Franklin County circuit court judge has ruled that the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) must issue Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI) a distributor’s license for the Budweiser of Owensboro distributorship. ABI’s application was previously …More

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