Small Brewer Grassroots Activism

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

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  • 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.

Current Issues

New York Cuts Red Tape for Craft Brewers

As part of the second Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit held earlier this year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an agreement with legislative leaders on a measure that will continue the state’s support of …More

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Optional Alcohol Facts Labeling Guidance

The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has released additional information on the use of optional alcohol facts statements. TTB Information on Optional Alcohol Facts Statements

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TTB Loosens Formula Requirements

As a result of a petition filed by the Brewers Association in 2006 and continuing calls for recognition of commonly used ingredients and processes in brewing, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) …More

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Small BREW Act Continues to Gain Support

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

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