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

NH Nano Bill Passes House

Amended prior to House passage, House Bill 1578 allows nano brewery licensees to distribute samples at a wine manufacturer’s facility for an annual fee.

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On-Premise Sales Bill Gets NH Senate Nod

Passing the Senate, S.B. 418 allows beverage manufacturers and nano breweries to sell one sample per label and two pints per person for consumption on premises with a maximum of 48 ounces per person.

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Contract Beer Storage Bill Advances in NH

Now under consideration by the Senate, House Bill 1720 allows a beverage manufacturer in a contract brewing arrangement to store beverages produced by the contract brewer at its facility.

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NH Labeling Change Becomes Law

Signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 99 provides that federal label approval shall not be required for beverages sold exclusively in the state by a beverage vendor, beverage manufacturer, nano brewery, or brew …More

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NH Farmer Market Sales Tax Studied

Under consideration by a House-Senate conference committee, H.B. 161 requires beverage manufacturer licensees to pay the beer tax on beverages sold at farmers’ markets.

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