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.
Assembly Bill 2016 authorizes restricted breweries to annually sell up to 1,000 barrels of beer to in-State and out-of-state retailers.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued initial guidance concerning reduced alcohol excise tax rates which became effective on January 1, 2018. The changes to the tax rates were included in …More
A.B. 2068 seeks to remove the requirement that limited brewery licensees provide a tour when selling beer to consumers.
The Texas Court of Appeals for the Third District issued an opinion reversing a lower court’s determination that a statute prohibiting self-distributing brewers from selling the distribution rights to their products was unconstitutional under the …More
A.B. 1133 imposes $0.25 surcharge on alcoholic beverages to be dedicated to Alcohol Education, Rehabilitation and Enforcement Fund.
A Mississippi trial court has issued a series of orders dismissing a substantial number of the claims brought in Rex Distributing Company v. Anheuser-Busch et al. which involves the sale of a distributor, AB-InBev’s redirect …More
S.B. 513 allows for the consumption of food on limited brewery premises.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued initial guidance concerning reduced alcohol excise tax rates, which became effective on January 1, 2018. The changes to the tax rates were included in the Tax …More
This new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could impact small and independent breweries. Here's what brewers should know, including information on excise and corporate tax rates, equipment expensing, and health insurance.
For several years, the Brewers Association (BA) has pushed for full funding for the primary federal regulatory agency responsible for the brewing industry—the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The BA has not …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 55 in the U.S. Senate and 301 in the U.S. House of Representatives. …More
The European Commission has informed AB InBev of its preliminary view that the company has abused its dominant position on the Belgian beer market by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler and Leffe beers from …More
Companions H.B. 775 and S.B. 822 seek a tied-house exemption allowing a manufacturer or importer of malt beverages and a vendor to enter into a written agreement for brand naming rights, including the right to …More
Comptroller Peter Franchot announced a legislative proposal that would reform the laws and regulations governing the state’s craft breweries. The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 proposes to: remove all limits on beer production, …More
House Bill 1578 seeks to allow brew pub licensees to sell beer to on-premises licensees owned by the same person.