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.
Representative Thompson from Pennsylvania is the latest co-sponsor of HR 4278.
Michigan Representative Hoekstra is the latest co-sponsor of HR4278.
Michigan Representative Schauer the latest to co-sponsor HR 4278.
Colorado Representative Jared Polis becomes 22nd co-sponsor of HR4278.
Georgia Representative John Barrow is the latest to support small brewers, co-sponsoring HR 4278.
Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind is the latest to cosponsor HR4278, in support of small brewers.
Washington Representative McDermott latest to cosponsor bill to help small brewers.
Colorado Representative Markey is the latest to support small brewers; co-sponsor HR 4278.
The current small brewers graduated excise Tax reduction bill, HR4278, that has dropped in the House of Representatives recently needs co-sponsors. Please contact your State Representatives.
Wintery Blast in Washington D.C. postpones Small Brewers Caucus Meeting.
The Brewers Association supports H.R. 4278, a bill to create a graduated beer excise tax rate of $3.50 and $16 for America's small brewers.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration ("FDA") recently implemented the Reportable Food Registry ("RFR").
Update: On January 25, 2008, the Brewers Association (BA) submitted comments on Notice 73
The House Small Brewers Caucus, now composed of 49 Members of Congress, held an educational meeting
As released, the President's proposed Fiscal Year 2010 Budget contained provisions authorizing