Beer tastings at farmers' markets? This newly introduced bill celebrates Ohio's craft beer scene

CLEVELAND - From all corners of the state, Ohio's beer scene is constantly evolving and surprising its most loyal following. Now, there is a new bill being introduced to celebrate Ohio's milestones in an industry that had a statewide economic impact of $2.67 billion in 2016.

State representatives Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick) and Martin J. Sweeney (D-Cleveland) are introducing House Bill 509 that would celebrate the state's mark on the craft beer industry by certifying to breweries that use Ohio-grown ingredients.

“This legislation not only supports Ohio barley growers, hop and fruit farmers, maltsters and craft brewers, but also consumers who want to know that what they are drinking was grown right here in the Buckeye State," said Hambley in a news release.

Ohio is fourth in the nation in craft beer production, according to the Ohio Craft Brewers Association.

The bill would also welcome craft brewers to sell 1-ounce tastings and a limited amount of finished product for off-site consumption such as farmers' markets.

Legislators visited Butcher and The Brewer, Market Garden, Haus Malts, West Branch Malts and Barn Talk Hops.

House Bill 509 is currently awaiting referral to a committee.

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