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

ME Governor Signs Tasting Event Sales Bill

Signed into law, House Bill 1056 allows the sale of wine, spirits and malt liquor manufactured in Maine for off-premises consumption at taste-testing events and the sale of spirits manufactured in Maine at farmers’ markets. …More

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Cross Tier Ownership Rules Clarified in Maine

Signed into law under emergency status “to avoid unintended consequences that could imperil operations by breweries during premium tourism season,” House Bill 1133 clarifies that for a person who is licensed to manufacture liquor in …More

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Off-Premise Sales Bill Stalls in Maine

Dying in the Senate, House Bill 1049 consolidates into one paragraph the provisions that govern the sale of a manufacturer’s product for off-premises consumption to non-licensees from the licensed manufacturer’s facility. It also repeals and …More

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ME Tasting Event Sales Bill Moves to Governor

Passing both legislative chambers, House Bill 1056 allows the sale of wine, spirits and malt liquor manufactured in Maine for off-premises consumption at taste-testing events and the sale of spirits manufactured in Maine at farmers’ …More

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Transfer Bill Signed in Maine

Signed into law, Senate Bill 194 permits a manufacturer who manufactures liquor at multiple licensed locations to transport the manufacturer’s own product between those locations, as is allowed under federal law.

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Sampling Provision Approved in Maine

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 142 increases the annual amount of beer a manufacturer can provide a retailer for sampling purposes from 9 gallons to 18 gallons.

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Off-Premise Sales Addressed in ME Bill

House Bill 1049 consolidates into one paragraph the provisions that govern the sale of a manufacturer’s product for off-premises consumption to non-licensees from the licensed manufacturer’s facility. It also repeals and replaces in a separate …More

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Off-Premise Permit Revision Signed into Law

Signed into law, Senate Bill 129 clarifies existing law that permits a person that is licensed to manufacture malt liquor, wine or spirits at a facility in the State to sell the product that person …More

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Beer Transfer Bill Intro’ed in Maine

Senate Bill 194 seeks to permit a manufacturer with multiple licensed locations to transport the manufacturer’s own product between those locations, as is allowed under federal law.

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Maine Off-Premises Sales Clarified

Senate Bill 129 clarifies existing law that permits a person that is licensed to manufacture malt liquor, wine or spirits at a facility in the State to sell the product that person produces from the …More

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ME Bill Elimintaes Minimum Stock Requirement

House Bill 388 amends current law allows a person licensed for retail sale of wine or malt liquor for off-premises consumption to conduct tastings on the licensee’s premises if the licensee stocks at least 125 …More

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Relaxation of Retail Rules Fails in Maine

After passing the House, Senate Bill 563 has died in the Senate. The bill sought to allow a manufacturer with a retail license to also sell its products for consumption off the premises of …More

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Maine Sampling Bill Becomes Law

Becoming law without the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 562 authorizes any person licensed as a manufacturer of malt liquor or wine to give a retail licensee samples of malt liquor and wine.

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Sales and Transfer Abilities Bill Fails in Maine

Failing to advance from committee, S.B. 563 sought to allow a manufacturer of spirits, wine or malt liquor with a retail license to sell its products for off premises consumption without the licensed premises being …More

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