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

Ohio Sampling Bill Signed by Governor

Signed into law by the Governor, H.B. 444 allows certain liquor permit holders to provide, in any 24-hour period, up to four free tasting samples of beer, wine, and spirituous liquor to a person who …More

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Ohio Sampling Bill Clears House

Passing the House, House Bill 444 allows certain permittees to provide up to four tasting samples (free of charge) of beer, wine, or spirituous liquor, in any 24-hour period of time. The bill also …More

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Ohio Sampling Bill Clears House

Passing the House, House Bill 444 allows certain permittees to provide up to four tasting samples (free of charge) of beer, wine, or spirituous liquor, in any 24-hour period of time. The bill also …More

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Ohio ABV Increase Legislation Signed

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 37, among other provisions, eliminates the maximum permitted alcohol content of beer (currently 12% alcohol by volume) and would authorize the Liquor Control Commission to adopt rules requiring the …More

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Sampling Bill Advances in Ohio

Reported from committee, House Bill 444 allows certain permittees to provide up to four tasting samples (free of charge) of beer, wine, or spirituous liquor, in any 24-hour period of time. The bill also …More

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ABV Increase Legislation Moving in Ohio

Passing the Senate, House Bill 37, among other provisions, eliminates the maximum permitted alcohol content of beer (currently 12% alcohol by volume) and would authorize the Liquor Control Commission to adopt rules requiring the label …More

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Bill Would Increase ABV Limit for Ohio Breweries

House Bill 68 would allow beer manufacturers to produce beer containing not more than 21% alcohol by volume and prohibit the inclusion of caffeine or other stimulants in beer containing more than 12% alcohol by …More

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Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Advances

Receiving favorable floor consideration in the House, House Bill 594 seeks to prohibit the sale or offering for sale for human consumption of powdered or crystalline alcohol.

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Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Advances

Receiving favorable committee consideration, House Bill 594 seeks to prohibit the sale or offering for sale for human consumption of powdered or crystalline alcohol.

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