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.
House Bill 2696 would allow brewer license holders to also have an ownership interest in a business with an on-sale license.
House Bill 1078 and Senate Bill 1279 seek to raise the barrelage production cap on breweries able to engage in sales of growlers and other types of vessels from 20,000 to 250,000 barrels. Additionally, …More
H.B. 2482 would expand packaging of malt liquor for off-sale by a brew pub or small brewer.
House Bill 2487 allows the issuance of a wine license to brewer taprooms.
Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 1238 further provides for small brewer growler sales, taproom licensing and brewpub sales at the State Fair.
House Bill 1014 would allow a brewer or malt liquor wholesaler to extend credit or lend money to a retailer for a period of 30 days, or until the next subsequent delivery, whichever period of time is …More
Senate Bill 623 authorizes Sunday sales of growlers by small brewers.
House Bill 70 and House Bill 121 seek to allow small brewers to sell growlers on Sundays.
Senate Bill 373 further defines the retail sales abilities of brewpubs and small breweries, including the sale of growlers.
Omnibus liquor legislation has been signed into law by the Governor. Among many provisions, Senate Bill 2336 allows those holding small brewer licenses to refill any growler with malt liquor for off-sale at the request …More
Congressman Paulsen recently paid a visit to Lucid Brewing to discuss their small business and the Small BREW Act, a Federal excise recalibration for small breweries.
Castle Danger Brewery owners, Clint and Jamie MacFarlane, recently hosted Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. The group discussed S. 917, a federal excise tax recalibration for small brewers.