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.
The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has handed down a decision absolving wholesaler August A. Busch & Co. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of brewer Anheuser-Busch) from a charge of violating the prohibition on giving a …More
House Resolution 884, introduced by the Congressional House Small Brewers Caucus chairs Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Richard Neal (D-MA) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC), expresses appreciation for the goals of American Craft Beer …More
S.B. 969 seeks to prohibit the use, possession, and sale of marijuana-infused beer, wine, mixed wine drink, mixed spirit drink, or spirits.
The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to support the small and independent brewers of Louisiana and the community of beer drinkers. Please read the following information provided by the Louisiana …More
Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) visited Standing Stone Brewing Co. of Ashland, OR on March 30 for a brewery tour and conversation about small farm producer issues. Walden is a fan of small and independent brewers …More
Amended prior to House passage, House Bill 1578 allows nano brewery licensees to distribute samples at a wine manufacturer’s facility for an annual fee.
Failing to pass committee, S.B. 2251 seeks to reduce the alcoholic beverage manufacturing and wholesale licensing fee from $3,000 to $500.
Signed into law, Senate Bill 173 raises the production cap on microbreweries to 30,000 barrels under which a manufacturer may maintain on-site sales rights. Additionally, a licensed microbrewery may self-distribute 1,500 barrels annually, may hold …More
Failing to pass committee, House Bill 345 seeks to delay the effective date of the reduction of the blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05 until December 30, 2019.
Under Senate consideration following House passage, H.B. 710 would create an exception to the beer franchise law for certificate of approval holders and manufacturers of malt beverages that manufacture or distribute not more than 50,000 …More
Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 695 creates an internet beer retailer license, which would authorize persons located within or outside the Commonwealth to sell and ship beer in closed containers to persons in the …More
Signed into law, H.B. 2517 requires the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) to adopt, by rule, a schedule of penalties applicable to a licensed alcohol manufacturer who has committed a regulatory violation as part of …More
Signed by the Governor, 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 …More
Failing to clear committee, The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 (H.B. 518) sought to provide for: no limits for Class 5 or Class 7 brewery taproom sales; no limits for take-home sales; no limits …More
Since the October 2016 Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) acquisition of SABMiller, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been working with ABI on approval of the Proposed Final Judgment (PFJ) and has now clarified the “best efforts” …More