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

Small Brewer Tax Reform Reaches Major Milestone

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

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How U.S. Tax Reform Could Impact Small Brewers

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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Distributor Appeal of Massachusetts ABC Fine Fails

Distributor Craft Brewers Guild’s (CBG) appeal of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission’s (ABCC) fine in the wake of the ABCC’s finding that CBG violated state rules against offering inducements to retailers has been denied. …More

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PA Beer Gets Boost

Governor Tom Wolf has announced the launch of the PA Preferred Brews initiative, a branding program dedicated specifically for beers brewed in Pennsylvania using agricultural commodities grown in the state. The goal of the …More

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Allowable Returns Addressed in Michigan

Passing the legislature, Senate Bill 357 amends the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow a manufacturer that sold direct to a retailer or a wholesaler to refund to a retailer the amount the retailer paid …More

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Brewpub Rights Expand Under WI Distillpub Bill

A.B. 492 and companion S.B. 418 create a distillpub permit authorizing the manufacture, rectification, and sale of intoxicating liquor. Additionally, if a brewpub also holds a distillpub permit in the same name, the brewpub …More

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TTB Conducts Trade Practice Investigation in Illinois

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

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