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.
Withdrawn from consideration, H.B. 1052 sought, among a variety of provisions, to reduce the number of barrels a Class 5 brewery could sell for on-site consumption from 2,000 to 500 (although this restriction would not …More
A federal district court in Texas issued an opinion in Deep Ellum Brewing, LLC, et al. v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, upholding Texas’ prohibition on sales of beer by brewers to consumers for off-premises consumption.
Passing the Senate, S.B. 956 establishes the Maryland Beer and Brewery Promotion Program and Fund to provide grants to eligible applicants designed to promote Maryland beer, assist Maryland breweries, and educate the public about brewing …More
Signed by the Governor, H.B. 303 exempts tasting rooms from a law prohibiting manufacturers from selling alcohol between 9 PM Saturday and 2 AM Monday.
Rereferred to committee, S.B. 136 seeks to restore contract rights to craft brewers.
Becoming law without the Governor’s approval, H.B. 414 would create a new nonprofit special events retail license and allows manufacturers to donate up to 31 gallons of beer and up to two cases of table …More
Passing the Senate, S.B. 418 allows beverage manufacturers and nano breweries to sell one sample per label and two pints per person for consumption on premises with a maximum of 48 ounces per person.
Amended in committee, A.B. 2573 would authorize a beer manufacturer, as defined, to furnish, give, rent, loan, or sell advertising specialties to an on-sale retail licensee, subject to specified conditions. The bill would prohibit an …More
Senate Bill 1283 seeks to authorize a brewpub-restaurant licensee to label, bottle, package, or refill any container with beer produced on the licensed premises, to sell beer produced by the licensee for consumption off the …More
House Bill 5036 would, among various provisions, remove the nine liter off premise sales limit currently imposed on farm breweries.
Signed into law, House Bill 961 seeks to provide that a vendor may accept glassware from a distributor, at no charge, subject to the following conditions: the distributor received the glassware at no direct or …More
As Federal Affairs Manager Katie Marisic recently reported, U.S. legislators are stopping by local breweries to show their support. The visits continued last week with Sen. Blumenthal’s trip to Thomas Hooker Brewing Company in Connecticut. Curt …More
The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has posted further information of interest to brewers as part of the continuing effort to provide guidance concerning the recently reduced excise tax rates. The new information follows and …More
Failing to advance from committee, S.B. 801 sought to create an Office of Alcohol Beverages Enforcement and a new permit for resort manufacturers.
Signed into law, House Bill 422 / Senate Bill 306 permit brewery licensees to sell at retail the brands of beer that the brewery owns at premises described in the brewery license for on-premises consumption …More