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

OK On-Site Sales Expanded

Passing the Senate, S.B. 411 authorizes the sale and sampling of beer at licensed breweries between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.

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Tax Increase on Tap in OK

Passing initial committee consideration, H.B. 1686 increases the excise tax rate on alcoholic beverages and exempts them from sales tax. The excise tax on each barrel of beer would increase from $12.50 to $45.00.

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Oklahoma Ballot Question on Beer Sales OK’ed

Voters approved State Question 792, allowing grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer and wine, effective on October 1, 2018. The Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma is planning to challenge of the constitutionality …More

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Oklahoma AG Clears Way for Expanded On-Premise Sales

The Oklahoma Attorney General has clarified a provision of the previously enacted S.B. 424 in an opinion which clears the way for craft brewers to sell high-point beer for both on- and off-premises consumption.

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Alcohol Bill Agreed in OK Conference

Agreed in conference committee, Senate Joint Resolution 68 would establish a ballot initiative that would affect issues related to common ownership between the manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing tiers, the operation of brewery-owned branches …More

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OK Branch Bill in Conference Committee

Passing the House in an amended version, Senate Joint Resolution 68 has been sent to a House-Senate conference committee to work out the differences. Among other provisions, SJR 68 would prohibit any common ownership …More

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OK Branch Bill Gains Initial House Approval

Gaining approval from the House Rules Committee, Senate Joint Resolution 68, among other provisions, would prohibit any common ownership between the manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing tiers. The bill stipulates that a brewery may, following adoption …More

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OK Branch Bill Passes Senate

Passing the Senate, Senate Joint Resolution 68, among other provisions, would prohibit any common ownership between the manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing tiers. The bill stipulates that a brewery may, following adoption of this provision, maintain …More

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On-Site Sales Bill Falters in Oklahoma

After passing both chambers in different versions, a conference committee was unable to agree on a final bill. S.B. 424 would authorize a brewer to sell beer produced by the brewer to consumers on …More

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