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.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced the publication of a final rule instituting a flat $1,000 penal sum for the brewer’s bond for brewers whose excise tax liability is reasonably expected …More
Receiving the Governor’s approval, A.B. 2004 allows a beer manufacturer to sell packaged beer at a farmers market (with certain restrictions) and allows for wine to be served at a private event held on the …More
Bill Draft Request (BDR) 455 revises provisions governing state licenses required for liquor importers, wholesale dealers of wines and liquors, wholesale dealers of beer, wine makers, instructional wine-making facilities, breweries, brew pubs and craft distilleries …More
Assembly Resolution 164 urges New Jersey residents to purchase beer, wine, and spirits made in New Jersey and support this State’s beer, wine, and spirits industries.
The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has issued new guidelines today that will allow unlicensed websites and smartphone applications to provide alcohol services in the District.
Assembly Joint Resolution 80 designates second full week in May of each year as “New Jersey Beer, Wine and Spirits Week” and Wednesday of that week as “New Jersey Restaurant Day.”
Signed into law by the Governor, A.B. 2010 imposes a maximum of six duplicate beer manufacturers licenses with retail privileges (not to include production), up to two of which may also include a bona fide …More
The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a Proposed Rule Supplement guidance document which clarifies information concerning the handling of spent grain. Breweries that sell less than $2.5 million in animal feed will …More
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced a further expansion to the list of changes that may be made to approved labels without requiring those labels be resubmitted to TTB for review.
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 5 …More
Santa Fe Brewing Company President and Owner Brian Lock recently hosted Senator Martin Heinrich on a tour of the brewing facility. Representatives from the New Mexico Brewers Guild were also in attendance. During the tour the group discussed Santa Fe …More
Although the Food and Drug Administration has yet to reissue a revised proposed regulation concerning the handling of spent grains, the agency has posted an FAQ on the issue.
The Brewers Association has joined its industry partners in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee chairs and ranking members asking for Congress to fully fund the Administration’s request …More
The federal Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has announced it will consider waiving late filing, payment, or deposit penalties of excise taxes administered by the Bureau on a case-by-case basis for businesses affected by the …More
The Tax and Trade Bureau has developed a new online tutorial to assist those using Permits Online to apply for the type of permit, notification, or notice needed to start a TTB-regulated business or amend …More