If you were eager to try new brews after we told you that Ohio may be raising the ABV limit from 12% to 18%, well, sorry to be a buzzkill, but the budget bill that included this provision has been revised, and ABV is O-U-T. Many of the states surrounding Ohio either have no limit or a significantly higher one: Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania have no limit; Indiana limits beer to 21% ABV.
The revisions also remove approval for the Columbus Commons seasonal alcohol permit, which seems like a big blow for the recently opened community park. They can continue to serve alcohol, but they will have to apply for temporary permits for each occasion, and there are limits on the number of temporary permits an organization can obtain in a year.
According to the Dispatch, the bill was approved by the Senate yesterday and is expected to be approved by the House today. Gov. Kasich plans to sign the two-year, $55.8 billion budget Thursday so it can take effect Friday.