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

NJ Distributor Fined

Distributor Hunterdon Brewing Co. has reached a settlement with the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control for alleged trade practice violations, including selling draft systems at below market price and concealment of those charges.

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New Jersey Taproom Bill Moves

Passing committee, Assembly Bill 4602 provides that consumers would not be required to take a brewery tour in order to purchase beverages for onsite consumption. Additionally, consumers would be allowed to purchase, or be provided …More

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NJ Senate Amends Farm Market sales Bill

Senate Bill 1334, allowing the holder of a limited or restricted brewery license to sell beer in growlers at a seasonal farm market, was amended and reported from committee. The amendments establish that only …More

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NJ Bill Would Ease Farm Market Permitting

Passing initial committee consideration, Assembly Bill 4118 seeks to authorize the issuance of annual permits to sell alcoholic beverages at seasonal farm market, thereby eliminating redundant one day permit applications and issuances by providing for …More

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NJ Container Deposit Bill Amended

Passing committee with amendments, A.B. 2281, the “Smart Container Act,” would require a 10-cent deposit on all plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans (other than refillable containers) less than 24 oz. and a 20-cent …More

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NJ Container Deposit Bill Introduced

A.B. 2281, the “Smart Container Act,” would require a 10-cent deposit on all plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans (other than refillable containers) less than 24 oz. and a 20-cent deposit on such beverage …More

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Direct to Retail Sales in NJ

A.B. 1951 authorizes restricted breweries to annually sell up to 1,000 barrels of beer to in-state and out-of-state retailers.

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