Legislation in the Ohio House would allow production and sale of
beer with higher alcohol content in the state.
House Bill 391 would increase the maximum percentage from 12 to 21
percent. Democratic Rep. Dan Ramos has been promoting the measure, saying Ohio
brewers need to be able to use the higher alcohol content to compete with beer
in other states. The higher-alcohol beer couldn't have caffeine or other
stimulants in it.
Ramos has bipartisan support from 20 co-sponsors in his latest
effort to increase the beer's punch.
Twelve percent of anything doesn't sound like much. However,
in Ohio, it's a large percentage for beer, capping the amount of alcohol
allowed in your favorite pint.
House Bill 391
is out to change that number from 12 to 21 percent.
it's a good thing overall for the entire industry, especially with independent
breweries such as this popping up. It brings a lot of good things to our
city," said Chris Anthony, who lives in Anderson Twp.
are popping up everywhere. In 2012, there were 58 of them in
Ohio. That number now sits at 90. Rhinegeist in Over-the-Rhine is one
of them, opening their doors in 2013.
be brewing beers other states would be envious of and want to come get, and
beer tourism is an evolving industry here as more breweries pop up," said
Bryant Goulding of Rhinegeist.
But, upping the
alcohol by volume, or ABV, is also upping some concerns over things like
serving size, drinking and driving and high-risk drinking.
encourage or promote or in some way make it easier for folks to binge drink or
participate in heavy drinking?" asks Mary Haag of the Coalition for a Drug-Free
The plan is
aimed at economic growth in an already growing industry.
moved to Montana from Ohio about 10 years ago. He's seen great support
for the brewing community there, and is hoping the same happens here through
"A lot of
people were backing the local job industry, supporting local people in
Missoula, creating jobs," Schieman told FOX19.
Fewer than 10
states limit ABV in beer, according to an article published on the Ohio House
of Representatives website. Of the state bordering Ohio, only West Virginia has a cap on beer, also at 12
The bill is on
its way to a House committee for review.
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