Ohio House changes what you can drink and where you can drink it

COLUMBUS (WDTN) –  The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that makes changes to how and what people can drink in the state.

The bill allows people to enjoy alcoholic beverages in open containers in open air markets such as 2nd Street Market in Dayton.

5-18-hb37-billThe bill also eliminates the maximum permitted alcohol content of beer and establishes labeling requirements for beer containing higher alcohol content.  The current limit of alcohol by volume, or ABV, is 12-percent for beer.

Ohio Representative Niraj Antani praised the measure saying, “This is a good bill that will help small businesses and create more places for entertainment in Dayton to create a more attractive place to live in Ohio.”

2 NEWS recently spoke with local brewers on this issue. Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan have no limits on the alcohol content of craft beers and because of that Toxic Brew Company Owner Shane Juhl says breweries like his and other are missing out on customers.

The bill is now headed to Governor John Kasich’s desk for signature into law.

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