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.
Vetoed by the Governor, A.B. 2573 sought to allow a licensed beer manufacturer, without direct or indirect charge, to give up to five cases of retail advertising glassware to an on-sale retail licensee, per licensed …More
As a result of a trade practice investigation into possible tied house violations by Illinois distributor Skokie Valley Beverage Company, the Tax and Trade Bureau found the company lacked a valid basic permit to operate …More
At the end of 2017, Congress passed legislation that lowered the FET for breweries. Over half a year later, how are breweries using the extra money?
The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published TTB Procedure 2018-1 Transfer of Beer Between Breweries Not of the Same Ownership providing brewers with guidance regarding the transfer of beer, without payment of tax, from one …More
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued Sales and Use Tax Bulletin 2018-02 concerning taxation on the sale of malt or brewed beverages by manufacturers.
Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 2627 would allow cities and towns to grant special licenses to allow brewers to sell malt beverages in sealed containers for off-premise consumption at farmers markets and provide 2 ounce …More
The state of California issued guidance addressing what activities related to cannabis are permissible on or in premises licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to manufacture or sell alcoholic beverages.
Nevada distributor Bonanza is suing MillerCoors over the latter’s attempt to redirect the sale of Bonanza’s distribution rights to a Coors distributor. Bonanza claims that MillerCoors’ contractual right to match and redirect such a sale …More
Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 1338 allows small brewer licensees to purchase wine in retail containers from the holder of a wholesaler license and to sell, offer for sale and possess wine for on-premises …More
Signed into law by the Governor, H.B. 7092 reduces the alcoholic beverage manufacturing and wholesale licensing fee from three thousand dollars ($3,000) to five hundred dollars ($500).
Signed by the Governor, House Bill 3972 allows for the tasting of malt liquor that is brewed by a customer or employee at a brew on premises store if the malt liquor is not sold …More
Passing the Assembly, A.B. 2015 would allow consumption of food on limited brewery premises.
Passing committee, Senate Bill 1909 requires the Division of Travel and Tourism to advertise and promote tours of breweries in the State.
S.B. 2753 seeks to allow dogs in sampling and tasting areas of breweries.
The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution honoring the 40th year of the American Homebrewers Association and the man who founded it, Charlie Papazian. With this resolution, Congress is celebrating the long history of innovation …More