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.
H.B. 136 proposes numerous changes to retail sales by microbreweries and to distribution and shipping of malt beverages. It would also require microbreweries to report and pay taxes on wholesale sales made directly to …More
Assembly Bill 2130 requires Division of Travel and Tourism to advertise and promote tours of breweries in the state.
The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 (H.B. 518) provides for: no limits for Class 5 or Class 7 brewery taproom sales; no limits for take-home sales; no limits on production of beer; no tour …More
Senate Bill 956 establishes the Maryland Beer and Brewery Promotion Program in the Department of Commerce.
H.B. 1015/S.B. 839 would raise the barrel cap to 300,000 for breweries eligible to hold a limited beer wholesalers license and repeal the limitation on the number of barrels eligible for self-distribution.
House Bill 1052 seeks to place limits on sales, sampling, and contract brewing for Class 5 breweries.
S.B. 1017 would raise the cap for on-premises sales to 25,000 barrels.
Senate Bill 1043 seeks to exempt from franchise law brewers under 300,000 barrels annual production and provides for a fifteen day termination notification process.
Passing the full Senate, S.B. 439 would rename the Grape and Wine Industry Council as the Michigan Craft Beverage Council; decrease the membership of the Council and revise the term limits of its members; require …More
Reported from Senate committee, House Bill 5175 would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to exempt from growler labeling requirements a brewpub, micro brewer, or brewer.
The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has posted further information of interest to brewers as part of the continuing effort to provide guidance concerning the reduced excise tax rates. The new information concerns eligibility to …More
Passing the Senate, S.B. 1 allows package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores, and certain restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m. Companion H.B. 1051has passed …More
Two sections of Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) that were dropped from the 2017 federal tax reform law were subsequently added to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which was signed into …More
Among other provisions, House Bill 1281 seeks to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages every day and prohibit the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission from regulating the sale of beer, wine, and liquor based on …More
The Kentucky Beer Wholesalers Association (KBWA) has sued the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in Circuit Court over an advisory opinion issued with respect to a microbrewery’s ability to ship and deliver malt …More