Ohio Beer

Today in 1803, Ohio became the 17th state.


Ohio Breweries

Ohio Brewery Guides

Guild: Ohio Craft Brewers Association [no website]

State Agency: Division of Liquor Control


  • Capital: Columbus
  • Largest Cities: Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron
  • Population: 11,353,140; 7th
  • Area: 44828 sq.mi., 34th
  • Nickname: Buckeye State
  • Statehood: 17th, March 1, 1803


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 60
  • Rank: 9th
  • Beer Production: 8,671,658
  • Production Rank: 7th
  • Beer Per Capita: 23.4 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 36.3%
  • Cans: 54%
  • Kegs: 9%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.18 ($0.16/gal. in Cuyahoga County)
  • Per Case: $0.41
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $5.56
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $5.58

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $1,555,415,429
  • Direct Impact: $3,566,617,431
  • Supplier Impact: $2,629,997,648
  • Induced Economic Impact: $1,569,465,065
  • Total Impact: $7,766,080,145

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 5:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
    Off Premises: 5:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes, under 21% abv
  • Notes: 12% ABV cap on beer. 21% ABV cap on wine. The Division of Liquor Control does not operate retail outlets; it appoints private businesses to act as its agents and sell its products in exchange for a commission. Normal proof spirits (>21% ABV) are sold only in a limited number of agent stores. Many retail outlets sell diluted spirits (diluted by water to 21% ABV) under a more readily obtained permit.

    No intoxicating liquor shall be handled by any person under twenty-one years of age, except that a person eighteen years of age or older employed by a permit holder may handle or sell beer or intoxicating liquor in sealed containers in connection with wholesale or retail sales, and any person nineteen years of age or older employed by a permit holder may handle intoxicating liquor in open containers when acting in the capacity of a server in a hotel, restaurant, club, or night club.

    Alcohol can be sold/given to people under the age of eighteen if given by a physician in the regular line of his practice or given for established religious purposes, or the underage person is accompanied by a parent, spouse who is not an underage person, or legal guardian.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. Brian Frazier says

    I’m here in Ohio and the list looks more impressive then the beer scene really is. There’s more than a couple brewing companies without physical breweries and other oddities on there. It is infinitely better than it was a decade ago, and it’s still on the upswing, but we’ve got a long way to go to become a great brewing state.

  2. Bikeraggie says

    My parents moved to Ohio a few years ago, and it took my dad about 6 months to realize he had been buying watered down booze. He is only a moderate drinker but still that meant he had been to the local “liquor store” several times without catching on that he was getting ripped off. What a stupid law.

  3. says

    Ohio’s oldest operating brewery, founded in 1843, the Portsmouth Brewing Company is hometown proud and owned and operated by Americans.

    The Portsmouth Brewing Company in Portsmouth, Ohio, is proud to announce their new line of handmade, craftbrewed Bottled Beer, with the debut of the famous Portsmouth Pilsner.

    Whether you are tasting it for the first time, or falling in love all over again, Portsmouth Pilsner satisfies with the crisp and refreshing flavor of the Noble Hop, Czech Saaz, perfectly balanced with the pleasant aftertaste of domestic 2-row malt.

    The PBC brews with only the finest all natural ingredients: filtered water, grain, hops and yeast, with no added chemicals or preservatives.

    Bottled Portsmouth Pilsner can be found at fine local restaurants and bars, and will soon be distributed in 6-packs. Cases, 6-packs and single bottles are now available at the PBC, so take one home today!

    The PBC hopes to expand their bottling line to include the classic Red Bird Ale, the light-bodied brew, Crystal Gold Lager, and the mythic Vulcan Dark Lager along with seasonal brews. So, if you love Red Bird Ale, drink your bottled Portsmouth Pilsner because all of your support will go into the next offering of bottled beer.

    Now on tap at the PBC is Portsmouth Pilsner, Red Bird Ale, Crystal Gold Lager, Vulcan Dark Lager, American Pale Ale and Belgian Orange Tripel. (As of 10 Nov. 2011)

    Support Your Local Brewers!!!

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