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

NM Excise Tax Increase Proposed

Senate Bill 314 seeks to raise excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, with the rate for beer increasing from 41 cents/gallon to $3.08/gallon for breweries that produce more than fifteen thousand barrels a year.

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New Mexico Growler Sales Expansion Signed

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 163 would permit liquor license holders with package rights (rights to sell by the bottle for off-premise consumption) to fill and sell growlers of beer.

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New Mexico Growler Sales Expansion Advances

Passing both legislative chambers, Senate Bill 163 would permit liquor license holders with package rights (rights to sell by the bottle for off-premise consumption) to fill and sell growlers of beer.

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New Mexico Growler Sales Expansion Amended

Amended in committee to remove references to wine and cider, Senate Bill 163 would permit liquor license holders with package rights (rights to sell by the bottle for off-premise consumption) to fill and sell growlers …More

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New Mexico Governor Allows Alt Prop Bill to Die

After passing both legislative chambers, S.B. 471 has failed to become law through inaction on the Governor’s part. The bill would have allowed alternating proprietorships to be established so that manufacturing facilities and equipment of …More

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Growler Bill Signed into Law in New Mexico

Signed into law, House Bill 243, among other provisions, clarifies that small brewers may fill growlers for sale for off-site consumption, allows craft distillers and small brewers to have three offsite premises, just as winegrowers …More

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NM Bill Would Allow Alternating Proprietorships

S.B. 471 would allow alternating proprietorships to be established so that manufacturing facilities and equipment of a small brewer licensee may be used by another small brewer licensee to produce beer.

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