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.
House Bill 348 defines and prohibits the consumption, purchase, possession, or sale of powdered alcohol.
H.B. 167 would repeal the Deposit Beverage Container Program.
Senate Bill 3 seeks to prohibit manufacturers and out-of-state shippers from requiring wholesalers to pay for alcoholic liquor upon delivery and to give wholesalers in good standing a reasonable amount of time to pay for …More
House Bill 5770 seeks to require breweries and wineries that are open to the public and have alcoholic liquor available for purchase to also offer nonalcoholic drinks for purchase.
H.B. 6453 would allow cider manufacturers to conduct on-site tastings.
House Bill 6541 establishes a craft alcoholic liquor distiller permit.
S.B. 1113 would authorize microbrewery beer festival licenses that allow sampling and sales for both on and off premise consumption.
Senate Bill 1030 seeks to allow microbrewery licensees to keep certain retail privileges currently revoked if they exceed the 40,000 barrel annual limit for the license. Such licensees that exceed the 40,000 barrel cap …More
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin was in attendance for the unveiling and grand opening of Heavy Seas Beer’s recently expanded brewery. The Senator is an advocate for small brewers in Maryland and across the country and …More
Small brewer excise tax recalibration legislation, the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act), has been introduced in the 114th U.S. Congress which convened on January 6, 2015. On January 8 H.R. …More
Senate Bill 281 requires that, for a brewery to qualify as a microbrewery, the entire brewing process of the beer must occur in Indiana. Changes the amount of the barrels of beer that a microbrewery …More
S.B. 276 seeks to increase the number of barrels of beer that a small brewer may manufacture to not more than 90,000 (instead of not more than 30,000) in a calendar year for sale or …More
Senate Bill 142 requires a $0.10 refundable deposit on each beverage (including beer) container beginning in 2016.
H.B. 1053 seeks to allow a microbrewery and a farm winery that occupy the same building to sell by the glass the microbrewery’s beer and the farm winery’s wine from the same service bar, without …More
Senate Bill 186 authorizes the sale of malt beverages packaged in individual containers of 32, 64 or 128 ounces by certain license holders if they are filled at the point of sale and have an …More