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 1157 authorizes alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers to enter into sponsorship agreements with certain alcohol retail licensees.
H.B. 1132 seeks to lower the legal drinking age for on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages to eighteen for certain active duty members of the military.
House Bill 1308 seeks to levy on all alcoholic beverages an excise tax imposed at a rate of twenty-five cents per standard serving.
H.B. 1294 seeks to impose an additional tax of fifty-three cents per gallon on malt beverages.
Passing committee, Assembly Bill 2196 seeks to revise certain licensee filing requirements for alcoholic beverage price lists and remove the requirement that limited brewery and distillery licensees provide a tour when selling certain alcoholic beverages …More
Among various provisions, Senate Bill 169 seeks to raise the annual barrelage cap on microbreweries to 30,000 barrels. Additionally, a licensed microbrewery: may sell on the licensed premises alcoholic beverages produced by the licensee for …More
A.B. 2230 makes brewery tours optional for limited breweries, while still allowing on-site sales. The bill additionally allows a licensee to offer, or offer for sale, snack food.
Senate Bill 173 raises the production cap from 5,000 to 12,000 barrels under which a manufacturer may maintain on-site sales rights and allows up to three other retail locations. Self-distribution, however, would remain illegal.
Assembly Bill 2271 allows special occasion events that promote agricultural tourism to be conducted at breweries located on preserved farmland under certain circumstances.
S.B. 101 seeks to prohibit discriminatory malt beverage pricing between suppliers and wholesalers.
A.B. 2505 would require entertainment facilities to provide calorie information for food and beverage items offered for sale, subject to the same requirements that currently apply to chain restaurants. The bill would define “entertainment facility” …More
S.B. 1594 and companion H.B. 2597 seek to increase the number of barrels a manufacturer that operates as a retailer may sell from not more than 25,000 to not more than 40,000 annually.
House Bill 258 prohibits the use of scanbacks and instant malt liquor coupons.
A.B. 6404 would expand the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer (brew-pub) may produce to sell at retail or wholesale from 250 to 2,000 barrels.
Senate Bill 1827 requires the commissioner of taxation and finance to allow distillers and brewers to file their taxes electronically.