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

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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Wisconsin Brewers Need Your Support Today

The Wisconsin Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the state’s small and independent brewers and the community of beer drinkers. Please read the following information provided by the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. The …More

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Help Delaware Craft Brewers Oppose the Beer Tax Increase

The Delaware Brewers Guild is asking you to contact your State Representative TODAY and ask them to oppose House Bill 241. Please read the following information provided by the Delaware Brewers Guild. The Delaware Brewers Guild is asking …More

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NY Bill would Expand Sales Ability

Passing the Senate, S.B. 2481 adds on premise consumption sales to that of off premise sales and the conducting of tastings of New York state labelled beer manufactured by a licensed brewer or licensed farm …More

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Sampling and Sales Bill Passes NY Senate

Under Assembly consideration following Senate passage, S.B. 4399 relates to permits for brewers, manufacturers, and importers to serve small samples of their beer or malt beverages at certain events, and to sell such beverages for …More

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NY Farm Brewery Sales Considered

Senate Bill 5853 would expand the privileges of farm breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries to allow for the sales of “farm brewed” alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption.

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Oregon Retail Locations Bill Signed

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 2160 would allow brewery-public house licensees to sell their products for consumption or retail sales at two locations, rather than the one that is currently allowed by law.

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On-Site Sales Restrictions Enacted in Texas

Becoming law in the absence of a Gubernatorial veto, House Bill 3287 changes the law that governs taproom sales by manufacturing breweries to consumers for on-premises consumption (up to 5,000 barrels), the primary change being …More

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