High-alcohol beer is now legal in Ohio: What you need to know

Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 3:01 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - House Bill 37, which allows craft brewers to make beer greater than 12 percent alcohol by volume, goes into effect today.

Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law on May 31. It is intended to help further stimulate Ohio's already growing craft beer industry.

Before HB37, Ohio law had a limit on the percent of alcohol by volume allowed in beer, wine and cider, but not other liquor. A number of other states, including nearby Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan, have no limits on the alcohol content of beer.

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association says that Ohio ranks fourth among states in craft beer production and has an economic impact of $2.16 billion in the state. They estimate that there could be more than 200 craft breweries in Ohio by the end of 2016.

The new law requires that beer with greater than 12 percent alcohol by volume be labeled with the percentage of alcohol by volume and the words "high alcohol beer."

Akron brewery Hoppin' Frog plans to celebrate the day with Keith Faber, Republican president of the Ohio Senate and one of the bill's co-sponsors, introducing their new imperial stout T.O.R.I.S. The Tyrant, which contains 13.8 percent alcohol.

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