Ohio craft brewers are hoping a new state law signed Wednesday will help boost beer tourism and bring breweries more in line with wineries. The law allows production breweries to open tasting rooms and sell their beer by the glass without buying a second, costly permit. That requirement — a $3,906 annual commitment — had deterred many small production breweries from opening their facilities to the public. With many new breweries ready to start making beer in Ohio within the next year, the change is being hailed a boon to the industry. "It's a great day for Ohio microbreweries and the Ohio craft brewing industry because it allows microbreweries to showcase their products in a relaxed setting and put us on par with the wineries," said Chris Verich, owner and manager of brewing operations at Ohio Brewing Co. in Akron. To read the full story in today's Akron Beacon Journal, click here.