The push for high-alcohol beer in Ohio continues.
State Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, re-introduced legislation last week that would permit brewers to produce and sell beer containing up to 21 percent alcohol by volume.
The current limit is 12 percent.
“With other higher-proof options already available on Ohio’s store shelves, often at a cheaper cost to the consumer, this archaic government regulation just doesn’t make sense,” Ramos said in a prepared statement. “It needlessly holds back Ohio brewers from having the freedom to experiment with new products, a restriction not faced by brewers in neighboring states.”
The bill calls for a one-year delay period to allow in-state businesses to create high-alcohol brews to compete with out-of-state breweries that already sell similar products.
Nationally, fewer than 10 states limit the ABV in beer, Ramos said. Of Ohio’s neighboring states, only West Virginia has a set maximum.
Ohio last raised the limit in 2002, from 6 percent to 12 percent.
The legislation was first introduced in 2011.
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, will hold a special five-course “Barrel Aged Beer Dinner” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13.
The dinner will feature Barrel Aged Outta Kilter Scotch Red as a welcoming beer, and then Barrel Aged BORIS Van Wink Imperial Stout with French onion soup, Barrel Aged Frosted Frog Christmas Ale with chicken satay salad, Barrel Aged Naked Evil Belgian Barley Wine with smoked salmon, Barrel Aged DORIS Double Imperial Stout with osso bucco, and Barrel Aged Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale with lemon berry tort.
Tickets are $100, with tax and tip included. Reservations can be made at the brewery or by calling 234-525-3764.
Teens and alcohol
Alcohol use by teens is continuing a two-decade decline, a new study says.
The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study reports that alcohol use fell 0.8, 1.9 and 2.3 percentage points for eighth-, 10th and 12th-graders over the last year.
“All three grades are now at the lowest point that they have been at least since the mid-1990s, and likely longer,” researchers said.
To read the full study, which also details drug use, go to www.monitoringthefuture.org.
Fat Head’s Brewery will release Hop JuJu Imperial IPA, which won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, in bottles starting in February.
The brewery also announced that Oompa Loompa Chocolate Cream Stout, made with Belgian dark chocolate and Madagascar vanilla beans, will be released next month on draft and in six-packs.
And in March, Sunshine Daydream Session Ale will join Head Hunter IPA and Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale in year-round production.