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.
Following a Brewers Association inquiry seeking clarification on “country of origin” keg markings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection supplied information that it has ruled that all stainless steel beer kegs imported into the United States, …More
H.R. 3350, the Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act, would establish a database of nondramatic musical works and sound recordings to help entities that wish to publicly perform such works and recordings to identify …More
An action brought before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging Craft Brew Alliance’s Kona beers misrepresent their geographic origin will continue following a judge’s decision related to a Motion to …More
On the Governor’s desk for action, A.B. 997 allows a licensed winegrower and a licensed beer manufacturer that holds a small beer manufacturer’s license, whose licensed premises of production are immediately adjacent to each other …More
Signed by the Governor, A.B. 711 authorizes a beer manufacturer to provide consumers free or discounted rides through taxicabs, transportation network companies, or any other ride service, and clarifies that a beer or wine wholesaler …More
Sam and Diane. Ross and Rachel. Dwayne and Whitley. Chuck and Blair. Congress and…tax reform? Like many of the great shipped couples throughout television history, Congress has been openly flirting with comprehensive tax reform for …More
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin the process of giving New York State the Malting Barley Endorsement (M.B.E.), a federal insurance option available only to a …More
Signed by the Governor, H.B. 2299 adds a laboratory certified by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and trade Bureau (TTB) to the list of approved labs for ABV testing of samples of alcohol beverages.
A legislative proposal has been unveiled that its lead sponsor believes will start the discussion on how to improve the three-tier system. Among a variety of provisions, the proposal, dubbed Cheers Wisconsin!, would increase the …More
The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S.236/H.R.747) was reintroduced in both chambers of the 115th Congress. Sponsors total 47 in the U.S. Senate and 253 in the U.S. House of Representatives. …More
The Brewers Association submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration focused on non-menu options for making calorie and nutrient data available, emphasizing the widespread availability of smart phones since the time the requirement was …More
Plaintiff Mountain Crest SRL, LLC, owners of Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe, WI, has brought suit in U.S. District Court against Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors Brewing Co. alleging those companies conspired to restrain plaintiff’s …More
Amended in committee and advanced to the Senate floor for a vote, A.B. 997 allows a licensed winegrower and a licensed beer manufacturer that holds a small beer manufacturer’s license, whose licensed premises of production …More
Amended in Senate committee and sent to the floor for a vote, A.B. 711 authorizes a beer manufacturer to provide consumers free or discounted rides through taxicabs, transportation network companies, or any other ride service, …More
Signed into law, House Bill 315 provides that charitable donations of both high and low alcohol content beverages are liable for the payment of excise taxes.