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

WA Regulators Issue Violation to ABI

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board issued AB-InBev a notice of violation and accompanying $150,000 fine as the result of an investigation that showed the brewer paid an exclusive promotional fee to two Seattle …More

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Education Exception at RetailAdvances in Washington

Passing the House and under Senate consideration, House Bill 2342 would allow domestic breweries, microbreweries, and beer certificate-of-approval holders to perform personal services to beer and/or wine specialty shop licensees (e.g. services to inform, educate, …More

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WA Private Tasting Allowance Passes Legislature

Passing both legislative chambers, House Bill 2605 would authorize the Liquor and Cannabis Board to issue a special permit to a beer manufacturer allowing the manufacturer to conduct a private tasting and sales event involving …More

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Education Exception at Retail Proposed in Washington

House Bill 2342 would allow domestic breweries, microbreweries, and beer certificate-of-approval holders to perform personal services to beer and/or wine specialty shop licensees (e.g. services to inform, educate, or enhance customers’ knowledge or experience of …More

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Washington Cider ABV Increase Proposed

H.B. 2581 increases the maximum alcohol content of cider from not more than 7 percent alcohol by volume to not more than 8.5 percent alcohol by volume, to mirror a recent increase of the maximum …More

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Non-Profit Tied House Exception in WA

House Bill 1768 provides an exemption to the tied-house law to allow domestic breweries and microbreweries to provide branded promotional items of nominal value to nonprofit organizations. The items must be used in a manner …More

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Washington Bill Would Regulate Powdered Alcohol

Now under House consideration, Senate Bill 5292 provides that current laws on the use, possession, purchase, and sale of liquor apply to powdered alcohol. Persons under age 21 cannot possess or consume powdered alcohol. Exemptions …More

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