The Ohio media have made a big hoopla this week over a proposal to increase the legal alcohol limit for beer in the state from 12 percent to 18 percent. (My local story has yet to run in the Akron Beacon Journal so look for that soon.) But there's another beer-related provision in the proposed state budget that has escaped attention. It would allow production breweries to open tasting rooms without purchasing a separate, costly state license. Right now, breweries are permitted to sell their beer to go. But people are forbidden to drink the beer at the brewery unless the business has purchased an additional $3,906 license. That has really stifled the ability of production breweries from opening tasting rooms. (Brewpubs are a different animal.) Given the high cost of a brewing license, brewers have argued for years that customers should be able to drink their beer at the brewery without paying for another license. That issue was one of the reasons for the creation of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association a few years ago. The change would be a great help to production brewers such as Thirsty Dog Brewing and Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron. "There are so many laws left from Prohibition and one by one we need to look at them," said John Najeway, co-owner of Thirsty Dog and president of the state association.