Lawmakers Push to Allow Higher ABV in Beer


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Your favorite Ohio brewery may soon be able to create more concoctions — and at a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) — than ever before.

There’s a new push to allow brewers in Ohio to produce and sell beer containing up to 21 percent ABV.

State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) re-introduced the legislation on Monday.

Current Ohio law caps the ABV to 12 percent.  It was last raised in 2002, from 6 percent to 12 percent.

Fewer than 10 states limit the ABV in beer.

“It is time Ohio abandons unnecessary regulations that put us at a competitive disadvantage with other states and do whatever we can to encourage the further growth of these businesses,” said Ramos.

Along Ohio’s borders, only West Virginia has a maximum ABV.

“With other higher-proof options already available on Ohio’s store shelves, often at a cheaper cost to the consumer, this archaic government regulation just doesn’t make sense,” said Ramos. “It needlessly holds back Ohio brewers from having the freedom to experiment with new products, a restriction not faced by brewers in neighboring states.”

The legislation was first introduced in 2011 and now has support from 20-cosponsors.

The bill will receive a number and be referred to a standing House committee for further consideration.

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