Rep. Blessing Announces Passage Of Legislation Allowing Increase In Distillery Production
House Bill 351 allows distilleries to serve liquor in single serving portions
 
 

Today, State Representative Louis W Blessing III (R-Colerain) announced that the Ohio House passed legislation allowing Ohio craft distilleries to increase its manufacturing limit from 10 thousand gallons to 100 thousand gallons annually.


The legislation also allows distilleries to obtain a permit allowing them to serve their distilled liquor, and other alcoholic beverages, by the glass to be consumed on the facility’s premises. House Bill 351 would also allow the distillery to serve food at its location.


“I want to congratulate the bill sponsors on the work they did on this bill,” said Blessing. “House Bill 351 is a bill that makes sense for this growing industry as it will help grow businesses and help existing businesses thrive.”


If passed by the Ohio Senate, craft distilleries could apply for an A-1-A permit that is currently offered exclusively for the craft beer and wine industry and is commonly referred to as the “brewpub license.” By obtaining this permit, Ohio distillers will be able to operate more like a bar, attracting consumers who are interested in enjoying the microdistillery’s product on site.


The current 10,000 gallon production cap is lower than any of Ohio’s boarder states and is tied for the lowest production cap in the country. Many microdistilleries reach this maximum and are forced to choose between limiting production or applying for a more expensive permit. Either option hinders a business’s profits.


House Bill 351 is sponsored by State Representatives Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) and Anthony DeVitis (R-Green), and now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


 

 
 
 
  
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