JD Malone The Columbus Dispatch
A pair of northeast Ohio lawmakers want to give the state‘s craft-beer producers a few consumer-friendly gifts.
House Bill 509, which is awaiting referral to committee, would create an inexpensive license for farmers markets to allow up to four craft breweries per market to sell samples and packaged beer. The bill would also direct the Ohio Department of Agriculture to come up with an Ohio Proud certification for craft beer.
The Ohio Proud program allows food items made in the state with at least 50 percent Ohio ingredients content to carry the Ohio Proud logo. That designation would create some incentive to use Ohio-grown barley, processed malt, yeast and hops. Water, which makes up the vast majority of a beer‘s contents, wouldn‘t count toward the 50 percent requirement.