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

MT Tax Increase Proposal Dies

Dying in committee, Senate Bill 328 sought to increase the tax rate on the sale of beer, wine, liquor and hard cider.

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Production Cap Increased in Montana

Signed by the Governor, H.B. 541 changes the definition of “small brewery” to allow annual production up to 60,000 barrels (from the current 10,000) and would include the production of all affiliated companies and beer …More

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Montana Sampling Provision Stalls

Stalled in committee, H.B. 603 seeks to expand the hours small breweries and micro distilleries are allowed to provide samples until 10 p.m.

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Montana Tax Reporting Bill Fails

Withdrawn from consideration, House Bill 483 sought to require breweries to install flow meters to measure beer produced and sold for the purpose of tax reporting.

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MT Bill Seeks Production Cap Increase

H.B. 541 changes the definition of “small brewery” to allow annual production up to 60,000 barrels (from the current 10,000) and would include the production of all affiliated companies and beer purchased from any other …More

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Montana Production Cap Bill Does Not Advance

Failing to advance from committee, House Bill 336 sought to increase the number of barrels (from 10,000 to 60,000) a brewery may produce to qualify as a small brewery and require that the production of …More

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