Alcohol manufacturers in Ohio reach all-time high

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– Breweries and wineries are thriving in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Commerce said there are 576 alcohol manufacturing licenses currently in the state, which is almost double the amount from five years ago.

“These businesses produce high quality, world-class products made right here in Ohio, many with locally sourced ingredients,” Commerce Director Jacqueline T. Williams said in a news release on Friday.  “They benefit the state by offering the kind of products Ohio consumers want and contributing to job creation and economic growth.”

In 2015, the department issued new licenses to 29 craft breweries, 21 wineries and four micro distilleries.

According to the Department of Commerce, permits for alcohol manufacturing brings in more than $40.2 million this year, with more than $13 million going to local law enforcement agencies.