Say goodbye to Ohio's ABV limit for beer.



Ohio Gov. John Kasich today (May 31) signed House Bill 37, which does away with the 12 percent cap. The new law -- designed to help grow the state's booming craft beer industry -- also allows open container districts and sets new labeling requirements for high-alcohol brews.



The state noted the approval, along with a slew of other bills that were signed by the governor, in a news release.



Ohio brewers now will be able to make beers with higher alcohol and retailers will be able to sell the higher alcohol brews. The bill goes into effect in 90 days, the governor's office said.



Craft beer fans and brewers have been clamoring for years to have the state change the ABV limit. Proponents argued that the limit hampers creativity of brewers and pushes beer drinkers outside Ohio to purchase the high-alcohol and high-priced beers.



Mary MacDonald, executive director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, praised the governor and state lawmakers "for removing the ABV limit and giving our brewers more leeway to continue creatively practicing their craft. Our breweries and brewpubs directly employ nearly 2,500 people and this bill will enable them to continue to grow, reinvest and bring even more into this exciting industry."



Many breweries, including Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron, have been working on special high-alcohol beers to celebrate the change.



Thirsty Dog is working on a Belgian-style strong ale at 14 percent and a barrel-aged English barley wine that will clock in at 16 percent, co-owner John Najeway said.