18% abv Beer in Ohio
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- June 1, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm #86796
Beer buzz would get a big boost from GOP bill
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
BY ALAN JOHNSON
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Ohioans could buy beer with a whopping 18 percent alcohol content under a provision in the state budget proposed yesterday by Senate Republicans.
After holding the line on alcohol content in beer for 69 years, lawmakers might be poised to increase it for the second time in a decade. The limit was increased in 2002 to 12 percent from 6 percent, where it had been since the end of Prohibition in 1933.June 1, 2011 1:40 pm at 1:40 pm #446720
Dan Ramos (D) Lorain has been working on legislation to increase the maximum ABV to 21%.
Why did the Ohioan cross the border?June 1, 2011 3:05 pm at 3:05 pm #446721
To get higher abv Beer of course, but the good news is now they can cross back!
You and Scotty kicking around any ideas on beers?
How about a TIPA :PJune 1, 2011 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm #446722
Dogfish Head 120 Minute would be nice in Ohio.June 1, 2011 3:16 pm at 3:16 pm #446723
This is proof that tinybeerjesus wants me to finally get this…
swoon.June 1, 2011 3:21 pm at 3:21 pm #446724
That is a mini bottle of beer..June 1, 2011 3:24 pm at 3:24 pm #446725
Maybe it’s the world’s biggest glass…June 1, 2011 6:01 pm at 6:01 pm #446726
I am 100% behind this. Less people spending their dollars outside the state on an industry that is exploding across the U.S. I’ll be sending some emails.June 1, 2011 7:23 pm at 7:23 pm #446727
“exploding” seems hyperbole. Nevertheless, the only reason I see (aside from the adulterations that often creates such high ABV) to limit ABV in beer is the perception of beer’s alcohol equivalency that is taught to many young consumers:
1 glass of wine = 1 shot of whisky = 1 bottle of beer
There is a potential danger relying on this dated formula, but benefits :) may outweigh the risks.
It still won’t keep some from crossing the border to places like PA where there is a lower beer tax ($0.08 per gallon making it the 4th lowest in the country).June 1, 2011 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #446728
I’d say “exploding” isn’t hyperbole at all. In the past 30 years, the number of craft brewers in the US has gone from fewer than 100 to 1,759. I’d say that’s pretty serious growth. I don’t have numbers on how many of those are making high ABV offerings, but I’d say there’s a pretty respectable number. I’d much rather spend my money on that tasty stuff inside my own borders if I can instead of having to haul it back with me when I leave the state.
And as for that equation, well I can’t do basic math sober, so… ;)June 2, 2011 2:55 pm at 2:55 pm #446729
If exploding refers to microbreweries, I agree. But, the context was ABV and craft brew, which doesn’t really mean anything other than >6 million barrels a year, which is a lot and buy comparison is much larger than microbreweries of >15,000. These brews have nothing to do with 18%abv per se since the abv is all about specific gravity, and that varies by the style, recipe, and brewer.
I am less concerned about ABV since most underage drinkers like it cheap, and these higher alcohol brews are not cheap (although, unless the law states it, there won’t be much to keep breweries from cranking out the equivalent of Mad Dog beer, fortified with corn sugar to boost ABV).June 2, 2011 3:04 pm at 3:04 pm #446730
I like how on the news last night they stressed that the 18% beer would be really expensive, like $30 for a 12oz bottle I think the CBC interviewee said – very much to imply this new law isn’t going to start cranking out 18% 40’s in the hood so no one should really be “alarmed.”June 2, 2011 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #446732
LOL @ SNARF for watching tv news !!!June 2, 2011 3:21 pm at 3:21 pm #446733
lol, but it’s on before jeopardy!June 2, 2011 3:30 pm at 3:30 pm #446734
I’d rather have 3 good 6% beers
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