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

Municipal Beer Tax Proposed in WV

H.B. 2985 would grant authority to municipalities to impose taxes on beer and nonintoxicating beer and on purchases of beer and nonintoxicating beer outside corporate limits of municipalities for the benefit of counties and municipalities.

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Sampling Expansion Considered in West Virginia

House Bill 2563 would allow licensed brewpubs and certain retail licensees to serve complimentary samples of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer manufactured in the State of West Virginia.

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WV Considers ABV Increase

H.B. 3074 seeks to increase the volume of alcohol that nonintoxicating beer and nonintoxicating craft beer may contain from twelve to eighteen percent.

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Tax Increase Proposed in West Virginia

As a means to provide funding for substance abuse services, House Bill 2633 would, among other measures, double the tax on non-intoxicating beer to $11.00/barrel with half earmarked for the Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery …More

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Brewery Retail Expanded with WV Senate Bill

Senate Bill 251 changes residency requirements for brewer and distributor licenses for residents of the state and authorizes combined licenses for brewers and brewpubs. Additionally, the bill: changes growler requirements and increases the daily number …More

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Sampling and Growler Sales Considered in West Virginia

Approved by the Governor, Senate Bill 273 permits licensed brewers and resident brewers to conduct non-intoxicating beer sampling and growler sales for off-premises consumption. Additionally, the brewpub bonding requirements are removed.

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Sampling and Growler Sales Considered in West Virginia

Passing both legislative chambers, Senate Bill 273 permits licensed brewers and resident brewers to conduct non-intoxicating beer sampling and growler sales for off-premises consumption. Additionally, the brewpub bonding requirements are removed.

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