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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced final guidance regarding the labeling of beers made without malted barley or without hops, which fall under FDA jurisdiction.
Brewers Association (BA) staff traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to engage lawmakers, Congressional staff and regulators on a variety of issues and in a number of venues. Anchored on the annual Taste of the …More
Small brewer excise tax recalibration legislation, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act) registered significant bipartisan support in both chambers of the 113th U.S. Congress. H.R. 494 was introduced on February …More
Draft legislation has been requested that seeks to revise franchise laws related to beer and wine distributors.
In the aftermath of a Franklin County circuit court ruling that the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) must issue Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI) a distributor’s license for the Budweiser of Owensboro distributorship, the Director …More
House Bill 668 would allow certain permit holders, including manufacturers of beer, to sell and ship beer and wine on behalf of a different class of permit holder to consumers residing in the state.
In the wake of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (ABI) purchase of Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing Co. which operates a brewpub in the state of Idaho, the Idaho Beer & Wine Distributors Association has petitioned the state …More
The Institute for Justice has filed suit in a Texas District Court on behalf of three small brewers claiming that it is unconstitutional for the state to force them to give distributors their territorial distribution …More
Receiving favorable floor consideration in the House, House Bill 594 seeks to prohibit the sale or offering for sale for human consumption of powdered or crystalline alcohol.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines. The menu labeling final …More
On December 15, the Brewers Association (BA) submitted a second round of comments on the federal Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule concerning the regulation of spent grain used for animal feed as part of …More
Signed into law, House Bill 1148 provides a license for certain businesses to allow patrons to manufacture malt beverages and wines on the licensed premises for personal use.
Small Brewer Excise Tax Legislation Continues to Gains Support As Closing of 113th Congress Approaches
Small brewer excise tax recalibration legislation, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act) continues to gain support in both chambers of the 113th U.S. Congress. H.R. 494 was introduced on February …More
Receiving favorable committee consideration, House Bill 594 seeks to prohibit the sale or offering for sale for human consumption of powdered or crystalline alcohol.
The Pacific Legal Foundation, self-described as a national free-enterprise legal organization, has filed suit on behalf of a restaurant challenging the state’s ban on 64-ounce “growler” containers.