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

At Rest Provisions Proposed in VA

House Bill 820 requires that before any wine or beer may be delivered to a retail licensee for resale, such wine or beer must first be delivered to the licensed premises of a wine or …More

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Charitable Event Donations Relaxed by VA Bill

S.B. 756 provides that any brewery licensee may donate beer that it has manufactured and any (i) mixed beverage special events licensee or (ii) banquet licensee that is a charitable nonprofit corporation or association that …More

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VA Looks at Expandinf Retail Locations

H.B. 547 provides that brewery licensees may sell at retail the brands of beer that the brewery owns not only at its own premises but also at a maximum of five additional retail establishments of …More

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Home-Grown Tax Break Dies in Virginia

Dying in House committee, Senate Bill 798 sought to provide an income tax subtraction, for purposes of computing Virginia adjusted gross income, for the income attributable to the sale of crops grown by a farmer …More

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VA OK’s Single Original Metal Can Sales

Signed into law by the Governor, Senate Bill 1469 provides for a single original metal can in the list of allowable disposable containers that a beer licensee, a wine and beer licensee, and certain mixed …More

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Home-Grown Virginia Tax Incentive Advances

Under House consideration after Senate passage, Senate Bill 798 provides an income tax subtraction, for purposes of computing Virginia adjusted gross income, for the income attributable to the sale of crops grown by a farmer …More

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Tastings Spending Cap Increase Dies in VA

Dying in committee, Senate Bill 1357 sought to increase the amount allowed to be spent on the purchase of alcoholic beverages used in a tasting conducted by manufacturers, wine and beer wholesalers, and authorized representatives …More

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VA Advertising Item Value Cap Increase Fails

Failing to pass committee, Senate Bill 1358 sought to provide that point of sale advertising materials provided by a manufacturer or its authorized vendor or a wholesale wine and beer licensee to a retail licensee …More

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Virginia Sales Tax Exemption Bill Becomes Law

Signed into law, House Bill 859 provides sales and use tax exemption for machinery, tools, equipment and materials used by licensed brewers in the production of beer and materials such as labels and boxes for …More

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