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.
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The Brewers Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) have reached an agreement to fund public hop breeding for the purpose of developing and releasing disease resistant aroma hop cultivars …More
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The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued Industry Circular 2017-4 addressing its policy on the voluntary recall of certain mislabeled or adulterated alcohol beverages from the marketplace.
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The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S. 236), legislation championed by the Brewers Association, that would lower federal excise taxes for small and independent craft brewers recently added its 51st and 52nd co-sponsors …More
You may have noticed that the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. is almost always a hub of activity, even when it seems that not a lot is getting done. Most recently, the “Big Six” (Treasury Secretary …More
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The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed extending the compliance dates by approximately 1.5 years for the final rules providing updated nutrition information on food labels and defining a single serve container. …More
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H.R. 3350, the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act, would establish a database of nondramatic musical works and sound recordings to help entities that wish to publicly perform such works and recordings to identify …More
The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S.236/H.R.747) was reintroduced in both chambers of the 115th Congress. Sponsors total 48 in the U.S. Senate and 262 in the U.S. House of Representatives. …More
Following a similar investigation in Florida two months ago, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) conducted a joint operation with investigators from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission targeting alleged “pay to play” …More