My opinion: No doubt that more alcohol in beer could help producers increase sales. However, many are concerned that this will make it easier to unwillingly become drunk. Some even claim that a mere two beers with 21% alcohol can cause a person to exceed the legal limit of 0.08% BAC. It would be interesting to see if anyone does a study on this in the near future, because right now I think it is difficult knowing if this is actually true. If it is, though, they'll have to change the saying from "don't drink and drive" to "don't drink then drive." I really would like to hear what you think about this, given the amount of drunk driving that already occurs in our country. Please comment, if possible.
Beer-alcohol proposed increase to 21 percent in Ohio draws mixed reviews
You think these fellows on April 7, 1933, could have foreshadowed double-digit alcohol percentage in beer? A proposal aims to hike the percentage in Ohio from a maximum of 12 percent to 21 percent. (Associated Press)
Craft-brewing proponents in Ohio are giving mixed reviews to Rep. Dan Ramos' proposal to raise the alcohol limit on beer made and sold in Ohio to 21 percent.
Ramos (D-Lorain) reintroduced the bi-partisan supported proposal this week.
Akron brewer Najeway said the current 12 percent limit "hasn't hindered us. But it would be nice to have the ability" to make higher-alcohol beers, depending on the style being brewed.
"Obviously there's a bunch we make that you can push the limit on – barleywines and bourbon-barrel beers. You have to work to keep them down (in alcohol)."