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Glassware Amendment Fails in Ohio

Failing to advance from committee, a proposed amendment to House Bill 522 provides for the doubling the amount of branded glassware that a manufacturer may provide annually to a retailer from two to four cases and caps the total number …Read More

Ohio Proud Craft Beer Bill Introduced

House Bill 509 would allow the sale of beer under specified circumstances at a farmers market and authorize the Department of Agriculture to promote the use of Ohio-produced agricultural goods grown for inclusion in beer or cider through a promotional …Read More

Ohio Sampling Bill Signed by Governor

Signed into law by the Governor, H.B. 444 allows certain liquor permit holders to provide, in any 24-hour period, up to four free tasting samples of beer, wine, and spirituous liquor to a person who is 21 or older and …Read More

Ohio Sampling Bill Clears House

Passing the House, House Bill 444 allows certain permittees to provide up to four tasting samples (free of charge) of beer, wine, or spirituous liquor, in any 24-hour period of time. The bill also increases the legally permitted alcohol …Read More

Ohio Sampling Bill Clears House

Passing the House, House Bill 444 allows certain permittees to provide up to four tasting samples (free of charge) of beer, wine, or spirituous liquor, in any 24-hour period of time. The bill also increases the legally permitted alcohol …Read More

Ohio ABV Increase Legislation Signed

Signed by the Governor, House Bill 37, among other provisions, eliminates the maximum permitted alcohol content of beer (currently 12% alcohol by volume) and would authorize the Liquor Control Commission to adopt rules requiring the label on every package, bottle, …Read More

Sampling Bill Advances in Ohio

Reported from committee, House Bill 444 allows certain permittees to provide up to four tasting samples (free of charge) of beer, wine, or spirituous liquor, in any 24-hour period of time. The bill also increases the legally permitted alcohol …Read More

ABV Increase Legislation Moving in Ohio

Passing the Senate, House Bill 37, among other provisions, eliminates the maximum permitted alcohol content of beer (currently 12% alcohol by volume) and would authorize the Liquor Control Commission to adopt rules requiring the label on every package, bottle, and …Read More

Coolers for Retailers Would be Allowed Under Proposed Ohio Law

Senate Bill 255 would allow any manufacturer of beer to provide not more than two branded refrigerated coolers to a liquor permit holder that sells beer for off-premises consumption if certain criteria apply. Read More

Bill Would Increase ABV Limit for Ohio Breweries

House Bill 68 would allow beer manufacturers to produce beer containing not more than 21% alcohol by volume and prohibit the inclusion of caffeine or other stimulants in beer containing more than 12% alcohol by volume. Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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