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.
Among several provisions, Senate Bill 353 seeks to allow growler licensees to sell growlers to patrons without quantity restrictions.
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.
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.
H.B. 3074 seeks to increase the volume of alcohol that nonintoxicating beer and nonintoxicating craft beer may contain from twelve to eighteen percent.
House Bill 4701 provides for a doubling of the current barrel tax on non-intoxicating beer to $11.00.
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
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
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.
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.
S.B. 297 removes the limitation on how much non-intoxicating beer may be sold to consumers for consumption off the premises and authorizes licensees to sell growlers.
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.
Senate Bill 290 allows production breweries the same growler sales privileges (up to two a day per customer) as brewpubs.
Senate Bill 98 seeks to increase the barrel tax imposed on non-intoxicating beer by twenty-five percent on each barrel manufactured in the state for sale within the state, whether contained or sold in barrels, bottles …More
Congressman Allan Mollohan of West Virginia recently signed on in support of HR 4278. Total sponsorship for the Bill has reached 108.