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State Rep Wants Higher Alcohol Limit for Ohio Beers

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A state lawmaker wants to allow Ohio's brewers to give their beer a little more kick.

State Representative Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) has introduced a bill that would raise the maximum alcohol limit in Ohio beers from 12 percent to 21 percent.

Ramos believes the current limit prevents already successful Ohio-based brewers from expanding the reach of their products.

"We're at a competitive disadvantage in one of the few industries that survived and thrived in the recession," Ramos said.

The representative thinks the passage of House Bill 391 would result in new breweries and accompanying jobs in the Buckeye State.

"Ohio and some neighboring states are called the Munich of the Midwest," he said. "We have good water and good farms here to produce grains."
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