Ohio legislator wants to allow stronger beer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Legislation in the Ohio House would allow
production and sale of beer with higher alcohol content in the state.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that House Bill 391 would increase the
maximum percentage from 12 to 21 percent. Democratic Rep. Dan Ramos
has been promoting the measure, saying Ohio brewers need to be able to
use the higher alcohol content to compete with beer in other states.
The higher-alcohol beer couldn't have caffeine or other stimulants in
Ramos has bipartisan support from 20 co-sponsors in his latest effort
to increase the beer's punch.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he hopes legislators will look
at how raising the alcohol percentage could impact drunk driving.
Ohio's craft brewing business is growing, from 58 breweries in Ohio in
2012 to 90.


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