Brew Buffs Bummed Budget Bumps Boozier Beer Bill

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CINCINNATI -- Beer buffs say the state will miss out on sales and
potential tax revenue because a proposal to let Ohioans buy
higher-alcohol beers was dropped from the state budget.

The owner of a home-brewing supply store in Dayton says people who
want craft beers with more buzz will have to go to other states.

Mike Schwartz tells the Dayton Daily News he doesn't understand why
the alcohol content in beer is more limited when he can sell a rum
that's more than 75 percent alcohol.

The state budget's House and Senate writers didn't give a reason for
removing an amendment that would have allowed the sale of beer that's
up to 18 percent alcohol. The limit now stands at 12 percent.

Lawmakers nailed down the budget details on Monday.

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