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

Keg Tag Law Repealed in MI

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 372 repeals keg tagging and registration requirements originally put in place in 2011.

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PA Beer Gets Boost

Governor Tom Wolf has announced the launch of the PA Preferred Brews initiative, a branding program dedicated specifically for beers brewed in Pennsylvania using agricultural commodities grown in the state. The goal of the …More

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Sampling Bill Signed by Michigan Governor

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 4559 allows a licensed wholesaler or manufacturer of alcoholic liquor to give samples of beer or wine to an employee of the wholesaler under certain conditions, and would clarify …More

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MI Blood Alcohol Content Bill Passes Committee

Passing committee, House Bill 4548 would extend, for five more years—until October 1, 2023—the provision within the Michigan Vehicle Code establishing 0.08 BAC as the per se level for drunk driving. On October 1, …More

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Sampling Bill Before the Michigan Governor

Before the Governor for action, House Bill 4559 would allow a licensed wholesaler or manufacturer of alcoholic liquor to give samples of beer or wine to an employee of the wholesaler under certain conditions, and …More

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Michigan Craft Beverage Council Bill Intro’d

Tied legislation H.B. 4667 and H.B. 4668 seek to rename the Grape and Wine Industry Council as the “Michigan Craft Beverage Council,” makes changes to the council’s membership, and allows money received by the Michigan …More

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MI Growler Sales Expanded

Approved by the Governor, S.B. 973 amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to expand the kinds of businesses that are legally allowed to fill beer growlers. Specifically, it would allow a person holding both a …More

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Retail Beer Delivery Addressed in New MI Law

Signed into law, a substitute bill for Senate Bill 1088 addresses issues relating to retailers using third party services via internet or mobile application to facilitate the sale and delivery of beer and wine to …More

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Michigan Looks to Expand Growler Privileges

On the Governor’s desk, S.B. 973 would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to expand the kinds of businesses that are legally allowed to fill beer growlers. Specifically, it would allow a person holding both …More

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Michigan Looks to Expand Growler Privileges

Passing the Senate, S.B. 973 would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to expand the kinds of businesses that are legally allowed to fill beer growlers. Specifically, it would allow a person holding both a …More

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MI Bill Addresses Internet Sales to Consumers

Following Senate passage, a House committee has approved a substitute bill for Senate Bill 1088 which addresses issues relating to retailers to use third party services via internet or mobile application to facilitate the sale …More

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