Pulling in Stone Brewing to Columbus would not only bolster the economy here by millions, but it could also change the mindset of “Who would go to Columbus?” (e.g. the Democratic National Convention.) But there’s a reason why the city has been scouted out as a site for Stone Brewing, but Ohio alcohol by volume limits could be hindering the city’s potential. State rep Dan Ramos who has been attempting to change the cap from 12 percent was told by Stone co-founder and CEO Greg Koch that the brewery wants to create beers at over 14 percent, according to WOSU. If the recipe was right, they would brew it…but maybe not in Columbus. “The support of craft breweries in Ohio via appropriate legislation is definitely part of our decision criteria,” the owner wrote in his letter to the state rep.
Previously August 11, 2014
Could Stone Brewing looking at Cbus change ABV limits?
Ohio has the special distinction of having a cap for ABV limits in beer at just 12 percent alcohol by volume, and if Stone Brewing brings its new brewery to Columbus it would have to abide by that law. State Rep. Dan Ramos has been a staunch opponent of that limitation with hopes to lift the cap to 21 percent, and according to Columbus Business First, and he hopes that the possibility of the brewery will serve to change law makers’ minds. “I hope it can be a wake-up call,” he said, the paper reported. “It would be a shame to see this outdated regulation be a reason for anyone to decide to not expand in Ohio.” While most breweries don’t traditionally brew high ABV beers except for special occasions or specific one-time releases, those one-time releases couldn’t be made here in Ohio.
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