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

Lousiana Successor Provisions Become Law

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 255 provides that a successor (defined as a person who replaces a supplier, importer, broker, or wholesaler with regard to the right to manufacture, sell, distribute, broker, or import …More

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Beer Tax Increase Passes in Louisiana

In an effort to close a significant budget shortfall, the Governor and legislature worked together to pass multiple tax increases, including on alcohol. The barrel rate for beer increased from the current $10.00 to $12.50.

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On-Site Sales Bill Becomes Law in Louisiana

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 232 authorizes manufacturers for low and high alcoholic content beverages and brewers for low alcoholic content beverages to sell certain quantities of these beverages at the facility where they are …More

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On-Site Sales Bill on Louisiana Governor’s Desk

Awaiting gubernatorial action, H.B. 232 seeks to authorize manufacturers for low and high alcoholic content beverages and brewers for low alcoholic content beverages to sell certain quantities of these beverages at the facility where they …More

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