New Ohio Law Cuts Fees for Craft Brewers

A new state law in Ohio will cut start-up costs for microbreweries and make it easier for craft distilleries and brewers to sell to the public.

The law allows small breweries to serve samples and to sell their brews from tasting rooms without buying a $3,900 special permit.

It also allows more small-batch distilleries to open in Ohio and to offer samples of their craft spirits from their own tasting rooms.

The legislation known as House Bill 243 sailed through both the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate with unanimous support and was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in late December.

It is scheduled to take effect March 22.