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 Bills 5426 and 5427 seek to amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow microbrewers to provide samples of their beer at farmers markets. The bills are tie-barred together, meaning neither can take effect …More
Mississippi’s new law, H.B. 801 authorizes package retailers to sample product and hold tasting/sampling events.
Passing both New Hampshire legislative chambers, 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.
With both New Hampshire legislative chambers agreeing to a conference report, House Bill 1415 seeks to establish a commission to review and consider alcoholic beverage manufacturing processes and retail sales at manufacturing facilities.
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
Passing the California Assembly and amended in Senate committee, 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 …More
New Hampshire’s Governor has signed into law, House Bill 1217 which amends the definition of “wholesale distributor” to allow purchases of beverages from nano brewery licensees.
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
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
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
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are the newest members of the the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus. There are now 28 Senate Caucus members, representing 22 states. The Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus …More
On Thursday, May 8, brewery and state brewers guild representatives from 49 states assembled in Washington, D.C. for the annual hill climb organized by the Brewers Association.
The Brewers Association Board of Directors recently sent a message to members regarding the three-tier system and franchise law reform.
During a visit to Revolution Brewing in Chicago, U.S. Senator Kirk discussed the Small BREW Act
Senator Charles Schumer recently stopped by Saranac, a small brewery in New York, to discuss the FDA's proposed ruling on spent grain and the effect it could have on local breweries and farmers.