Cocktail Class

Jesus Hernandez, master distiller for Olmeca Altos tequila, leads a recent training session for staff of The Top in Columbus.

Senate OKs Bill To Remove Beer ABV Cap

Published: 06/07/2016

COLUMBUS — The sky could be the limit for Ohio beer consumers thanks to legislation approved last month by the  General Assembly.

The Senate voted 32-0 to eliminate the maximum permitted alcohol content of beer, which currently is 12 percent alcohol by volume. The change was part of an amendment to House Bill 37, which creates exemptions to the state’s open container laws for alcohol purchases made in certain markets.

Ohio Brewers Win 6 Beer Cup Medals

Published: 06/07/2016

BOULDER, Colo. — Six medals, including three golds, were awarded to five Ohio breweries during the 2016 World Beer Cup.

The biannual competition, sponsored by the Brewers Association, featured 6,596 beers from 1,907 breweries representing 55 countries. Entries increased 38.5 percent from the 2014 event.

Fat Head’s Brewery of Middleburg Heights won two medals, including a gold for its Hop JuJu Imperial IPA; it also received a bronze medal for Midnight Moonlight, an American-style black ale.

Commission Doles Out Hefty Fines

Published: 06/07/2016

COLUMBUS — Underage sales recently proved costly for a Columbus permit holder, while the Ohio Liquor Control Commission hit another licensee in the wallet for food stamp violations.

ORA Study: Cleveland Wage Hike Would Cost Jobs

Published: 06/07/2016

CLEVELAND — A study released by the Ohio Restaurant Association shows that a proposal to increase Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15 per hour would eliminate more than 2,500 jobs, more than half of which are held by women.

The study, authored by Dr. William Even of Miami University and Dr. David Macpherson of Trinity University in Texas, outlined the negative impact of a proposal to increase the minimum wage by 85 percent, from the current $8.10 to $15 per hour.

Avoid Common Mistakes From Summertime Sales

Published: 06/10/2016

Warmer weather often means a boost in sales for tavern owners in Ohio. With summertime comes open patios, bar crawls, outdoor charity events and the like. With the higher volume of patrons enjoying beverages outside of the building, business owners face heightened risk of mistakes that can result in steep penalties and even jeopardize their liquor permits.

Understanding The Function Of The Liquor Control

Published: 06/07/2016

When you have liquor-related questions, the first challenge is knowing who to pick up the phone and call.