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

Allowable Returns Addressed in Michigan

Passing the legislature, Senate Bill 357 amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow a manufacturer that sold direct to a retailer or a wholesaler to refund to a retailer the amount the retailer paid …More

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PA Brewer Tax Credits in Proposed Budget

Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal contains $5 million in tax credits to brewers providing a maximum annual credit of $200,000 for capital improvement expenditures made after June 30, 2017.

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PA Expands Retail Distributor Sales Privileges

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 1196 allows for, among many provisions, distributor license holders to sell malt beverages in any amount for off-premises consumption, including growlers, and the shipment of beer from manufacturers to …More

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PA Malt Beverage Tax Credit

According to the Brewers of Pennsylvania, a recently enacted revenue package contained a Malt Beverage Tax Credit (not to exceed $5 million annually) on any capital expenditure that expands brewery operations.

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Privitization Lite Signed by PA Governor

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 1690 provides for substantive reforms to the state’s liquor sales system. Short of full privatization, the bill would allow for expanded grocery and restaurant sales while maintaining existing …More

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Privatization Bill Amended in Pennsylvania Senate

Stripped of its privatization provisions in the Senate after passing the House, House Bill 1690 now provides for, among many provisions, expanded wine and liquor permits for restaurant-hotel licensees, the creation of the Pennsylvania Malt …More

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Privatization Bill Vetoed in Penn.

Vetoed by the Governor, House Bill 466 sought to privatize the sale of wine and spirits, allowing grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and beer distributors to sell wine and liquor for off premise consumption.

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