Ohio ABV limit to remain 12 Percent

Written by on June 29, 2011 in News - 8 Comments

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.

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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

8 Comments on "Ohio ABV limit to remain 12 Percent"

  1. George Adams June 29, 2011 at 9:02 AM · Reply

    The Ohio Gov is terrible. Did Columbus Commons have a liquor license?

    • Cheryl Harrison June 29, 2011 at 9:08 AM · Reply

      They were able to serve alcohol in designated areas with temporary permits for specific events, which they will still be able to do. They never had a permanent license, though

  2. Ryan June 29, 2011 at 9:41 AM · Reply

    boo i say! booooooo!!!

  3. Ray Weaver June 29, 2011 at 9:43 AM · Reply

    How misguided are our elected ones to worry about them selling alcohol sbd matching our Neighbors ABV limit but they’ll pass a bill to allow guns in bars when people can’t control owning them outside of bars as it is? Either go to 0% and be “no tolerance” or make it a reasonable limit. Damn our government officials need to get their craniums out of each others rectal cavities.

    • Cheryl Harrison June 29, 2011 at 9:50 AM · Reply

      They need some damn policy consistency. Restricting alcohol content, but permitting guns in bars? Those are conflicting ideologies. I don’t get it.

  4. Drew June 30, 2011 at 9:31 AM · Reply

    This must be about the abortion bill passing. Now that it is basically illegal to get one, they don’t want people drinking high octane beer and getting knocked up.

    Oh well, I guess my tax dollars will have to go to Kentucky and Indiana for a few more years. I hate the law makers in this state. It won’t be long before the only legal fun to be had will take place in Sunday School.

    • Cheryl Harrison June 30, 2011 at 9:33 AM · Reply

      I spit out my morning coffee when I finished that first sentence. Thanks for that, ha.

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