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.
House Bill 1701 seeks to lower the allowable blood alcohol content (BAC) from .08 to .05.
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
Signed by the Governor, 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
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
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
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
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
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
Receiving initial committee consideration, 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
House Bill 2641 and companion Senate Bill 6390 seek to increase the number of domestic wineries and microbreweries that may offer wine or beer samples at qualifying farmers markets from a combination of three at …More
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) toured No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane, Wa. on Friday, July 31. The visit was arranged with the assistance of Jim Koch of Boston Beer Co. The Congresswoman enjoyed a No-Li taster tray and toured No-Li’s …More
Signed by the Governor, S.B. 5662 allows a licensed domestic brewery or microbrewery to provide promotional items to a nonprofit charitable corporation or association.
Signed into law, House Bill 1124 allows licensees permitted to sell beer or wine on tap for on-premises consumption to also serve samples of beer and wine up to a total of four ounces per …More
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
In House committee following full Senate passage, Senate Bill 5662 would allow a licensed domestic brewery or microbrewery to provide branded promotional items, which are of nominal value, to certain nonprofit charitable corporations and associations.