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
- 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.
Passing the House and under Senate consideration, House Bill 1070 seeks to revise and repeal a broad range of provisions pertaining to alcoholic beverages.
House Bill 1157 authorizes alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers to enter into sponsorship agreements with certain alcohol retail licensees.
H.B. 1132 seeks to lower the legal drinking age for on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages to eighteen for certain active duty members of the military.
House Bill 1308 seeks to levy on all alcoholic beverages an excise tax imposed at a rate of twenty-five cents per standard serving.
H.B. 1294 seeks to impose an additional tax of fifty-three cents per gallon on malt beverages.
Among various provisions, Senate Bill 169 seeks to raise the annual barrelage cap on microbreweries to 30,000 barrels. Additionally, a licensed microbrewery: may sell on the licensed premises alcoholic beverages produced by the licensee for …More
Senate Bill 173 raises the production cap from 5,000 to 12,000 barrels under which a manufacturer may maintain on-site sales rights and allows up to three other retail locations. Self-distribution, however, would remain illegal.
S.B. 101 seeks to prohibit discriminatory malt beverage pricing between suppliers and wholesalers.
The South Dakota Craft Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the small and independent brewers of South Dakota and the community of beer drinkers. Please read the following information provided by …More
House Bill 1070 seeks to revise and repeal a broad range of provisions pertaining to alcoholic beverages.
Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 68 expands the ability to provide samples of alcohol beverages on retail premises.
Becoming law with the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1107 further defines cider to specify the definition includes pears.
Tabled in the Senate following House passage, House Bill 1002 seeks to direct funding to the Department of Revenue to upgrade the electronic tax collection technology for submitting reports and remitting taxes related to alcoholic …More
Signed into law by the Governor, House Bill 1004 would authorize the direct sale of distilled spirits from artisan distillers to retailers and wholesalers.
House Bill 1004 would authorize the direct sale of distilled spirits from artisan distillers to retailers and wholesalers.