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

Maryland Reform on Tap Act Introduced

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

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Self-Distribution Bill Introduced in MD

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.

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Maryland Franchise Changes Proposed

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.

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MI Craft Beverage Council Bill Advances

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

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MI Growler Labeling Bill Passes Committee

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.

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Sunday Sales on Tap in Indiana

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

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IN Looks at Cold Beer Sales

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

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