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.
Signed into law, Senate Bill 310 establishes a tenant brewer license authorizing the holder to enter into a partnership with a beverage manufacture to produce or package beer or specialty beer.
Becoming law with the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1415 establishes a commission to review and consider alcoholic beverage manufacturing processes and retail sales at manufacturing facilities.
Governor Cuomo has announced the formation of New York Craft Brewer Workgroup to deliver recommendations on furthering the growth of the state’s craft beer industry.
The New York Liquor Authority has released guidance providing ingredient standards for New York State labelled beer and beer produced by farm breweries. Accompanying advisories address distilleries and cideries.
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a modified final order with Phusion Projects, LLC regarding the malt beverage Four Loko. The original 2013 order required Phusion Projects to file applications with the Alcohol and Tobacco …More
Passing the Senate and amended in the Assembly, Senate Bill 1235 seeks to expand an exemption from provisions of the California Retail Food Code (CRFC) premises set aside for a beer tasting facility that currently …More
The Brewers Association and Congressman Peter DeFazio recently arranged a tour and tasting at Port City Brewing Company for members of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide a better understanding of the handling and …More
The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has made available a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding sugar content statements on alcohol beverage labels and in advertisements. The FAQs articulate, for the first time, …More
The Tax and Trade Bureau has developed the Label Generator Tool, a new resource to assist industry members in determining what changes can be made to approved labels without submitting a new certificate of label …More
Omnibus liquor legislation has been signed into law by the Governor. Among many provisions, Senate Bill 2336 allows those holding small brewer licenses to refill any growler with malt liquor for off-sale at the request …More
Amended in the Senate prior to passage, A.B. 1928 has been returned to the Assembly for action. The bill seeks to prohibit a beer manufacturer or a beer and wine wholesaler from offering, funding, producing, …More
Amended twice in the Senate following Assembly passage, Assembly Bill 2609 would permit the removal and use of home brewed beer or homemade wine in connection with a bona fide competition or judging or a …More
Passing both chambers of the legislature, House Bill 299 would allow for the sale and consumption of beer, wine and liquor at movie theaters, including consumption within the theater during a movie showing.
Signed into law, S.B. 161 expands the definition of “hard cider” to include a beverage derived primarily from pears, or pear concentrate and water, containing at least one-half of 1% and less than 7% of …More
Gaining initial committee approval, House Bill 7410 seeks to eliminate the requirement that sampling events may not be promoted 1 except on the licensed premises.