July 24, 2016

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State budget proposal would allow beer with more buzz

COLUMBUS — A change proposed for the two-year state budget would allow Ohioans to buy boozier beer, up to 18 percent alcohol.

The current limit is 12 percent.

State Senate Majority Leader Jimmy Stewart told The Columbus Dispatch that some of the state’s smaller breweries would be very excited about making some limited-time products with higher alcohol content.

The newspaper reported Stewart offered the amendment after talking to the owners of a brew pub in his southeast Ohio district.

The beer proposal is among a long list of budget changes unveiled today in the Republican-led Senate.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services cautioned that underage drinkers — who are typically binge drinkers — get in trouble faster when alcohol contents are higher.