It remains unclear why Ohio lawmakers opted this week to kill a proposal that would have bumped up the legal limit of alcohol in beer from 12 percent to 18 percent. I left messages for two senators and one representative who served on the conference committee that removed the language from the state budget bill. None returned my calls. Staff members said they don't know. Theories range from lobbying by big brewers such as Anheuser-Busch to objections by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. John Najeway, president of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association and co-owner of Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron, said he's not sure about the specific reason. But he doubts that Anheuser-Busch, which owns craft brewer Goose Island, would be opposed. To read my story in today's Akron Beacon Journal, click here.