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

Delaware Raises Alcohol Excise Taxes

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 241 increases the tax rate on alcohol beverages, with the beer rate rising to $8.15/barrel from the current is $4.85/barrel.

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Connecticut Craft Beer Bill Signed into Law

Signed into law, House Bill 5928 establishes a farm brewery manufacturer permit, which allows for, among other things, the manufacture, storage, bottling, and wholesale distribution and sale of beer manufactured at any place or premises …More

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ME Governor Signs Tasting Event Sales Bill

Signed into law, House Bill 1056 allows the sale of wine, spirits and malt liquor manufactured in Maine for off-premises consumption at taste-testing events and the sale of spirits manufactured in Maine at farmers’ markets. …More

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Cross Tier Ownership Rules Clarified in Maine

Signed into law under emergency status “to avoid unintended consequences that could imperil operations by breweries during premium tourism season,” House Bill 1133 clarifies that for a person who is licensed to manufacture liquor in …More

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MI Blood Alcohol Content Bill Passes Committee

Passing committee, House Bill 4548 would extend, for five more years—until October 1, 2023—the provision within the Michigan Vehicle Code establishing 0.08 BAC as the per se level for drunk driving. On October 1, …More

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Sampling Bill Before the Michigan Governor

Before the Governor for action, House Bill 4559 would allow a licensed wholesaler or manufacturer of alcoholic liquor to give samples of beer or wine to an employee of the wholesaler under certain conditions, and …More

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Michigan Craft Beverage Council Bill Intro’d

Tied legislation H.B. 4667 and H.B. 4668 seek to rename the Grape and Wine Industry Council as the “Michigan Craft Beverage Council,” makes changes to the council’s membership, and allows money received by the Michigan …More

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New Jersey Taproom Bill Moves

Passing committee, Assembly Bill 4602 provides that consumers would not be required to take a brewery tour in order to purchase beverages for onsite consumption. Additionally, consumers would be allowed to purchase, or be provided …More

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NJ Distributor Fined

Distributor Hunterdon Brewing Co. has reached a settlement with the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control for alleged trade practice violations, including selling draft systems at below market price and concealment of those charges.

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Industry Organizations Weigh In on Aluminum Investigation

The Brewers Association (BA), Beer Institute (BI), and American Beverage Association (ABA) have submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce concerning the investigation into the possible effects on national security of imported aluminum. The …More

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NY Brewpub Barrelage Cap Increase on Tap

Passing the Assembly, A.B. 6404 seeks to increase the number of barrels that a restaurant brewer (brew-pub) may produce to sell at retail or wholesale from the current 250 barrels to 2,000 barrels.

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