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
- 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.
The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 (H.B. 518) provides for: no limits for Class 5 or Class 7 brewery taproom sales; no limits for take-home sales; no limits on production of beer; no tour …More
Senate Bill 956 establishes the Maryland Beer and Brewery Promotion Program in the Department of Commerce.
H.B. 1015/S.B. 839 would raise the barrel cap to 300,000 for breweries eligible to hold a limited beer wholesalers license and repeal the limitation on the number of barrels eligible for self-distribution.
House Bill 1052 seeks to place limits on sales, sampling, and contract brewing for Class 5 breweries.
S.B. 1017 would raise the cap for on-premises sales to 25,000 barrels.
Senate Bill 1043 seeks to exempt from franchise law brewers under 300,000 barrels annual production and provides for a fifteen day termination notification process.
House Bill 66 seeks to reduce from 9% to 6% the rate of the sales and use tax applied to certain sales of alcoholic beverages.
Comptroller Peter Franchot announced a legislative proposal that would reform the laws and regulations governing the state’s craft breweries. The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 proposes to: remove all limits on beer production, …More
Comptroller Peter Franchot released the report Maryland Craft Beer: A World Without Limits detailing the findings of his Reform on Tap Task Force which has concluded its six-month fact-finding investigation into the brewing, distribution and …More
Signed by the Governor, H.B. 464 alters the national family beer and wine exhibition permit to be a national beer, wine, and liquor exhibition permit that may be issued to a bona fide national alcohol …More
Becoming law without the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1283 makes the following changes to the sampling and sale of beer by a Class 5 brewery: Beer that is sampled and sold on-site or at a …More
Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 210 authorizes the holder of a Class 8 Farm Brewery license to sell or serve any type of food (instead of only specified types of food) if the license …More
Awaiting gubernatorial action, House Bill 1283 seeks to make the following changes to the sampling and sale of beer by a Class 5 brewery: Beer that is sampled and sold on-site or at a brewery …More
Comptroller Peter Franchot announced the creation of a statewide “Reform on Tap” task force that will conduct a comprehensive review of the laws governing Maryland’s alcohol industry.
Passing the House and under Senate consideration, House Bill 1283 seeks to makes the following changes to the sampling and sale of beer by a Class 5 brewery: Beer that is sampled and sold on-site …More