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.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 2203 sponsored by California Craft Brewers Association, that will make it illegal for any person to obliterate, mutilate or mark out the manufacturers name on a metal keg without …More
A new permit is now available to District breweries that will allow customers to purchase and drink the brewery’s beer while visiting the facility.
Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 3042 removes the requirement that a class 14 brewpub licensee manufacture not more than thirty thousand barrels of malt beverages and creates a new license (class 18) for …More
Signed by the Governor, House Bill 7133 (the annual budget legislation) contains provisions reducing the excise tax imposed on all beverages manufactured, rectified, blended or reduced for sale in the state from $3.30 to $3.00 …More
Signed into law, 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, sponsoring, promoting, furnishing, or …More
Signed into law, House Bill 299 allows for the sale and consumption of beer, wine and liquor at movie theaters, including consumption within the theater during a movie showing.
Signed by the Governor, House Bill 1304 specifies that beer brewed for personal or family use to be distributed at an organized event with a general admission fee at which the beer is available without …More
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
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