Ohio legislators are fixing a quirk in the state law that has prevented Rust Belt Brewing Co. in Youngstown from selling growlers at its tasting room.
The Mid-Biennium Review budget bill approved by both the state House and Senate includes a provision that will allow Rust Belt — which operates a tasting room at a separate location from its production brewery — to sell its beer in growlers to-go at its Tap House.
Well, technically Rust Belt always has been able to sell growlers.
“He just wasn’t allowed to put his beer in it,” said Mary MacDonald, executive director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association.
“The good folks at Rust Belt Brewing Co. have been a key contributor to the continued revitalization of downtown Youngstown,” Hagan said in a prepared statement. “Rust Belt Brewing Co. has become a staple in Youngstown, representing the pride our region has for both our past and our present. Now, even more residents can enjoy beer from Rust Belt, and they can do so in their comfort of their own homes.”
While the amendment fixes one quirk for Rust Belt, another remains. Breweries such as Fat Head’s and Christian Moerlein operate brewpubs and separate production breweries where they bottle — and, in some cases, can — their beers. But they aren’t permitted to sell their packaged beer to-go at their brewpubs.
MacDonald said the association is still working on that issue.