Wholesaler Of The Year

Andy Phillips (right), president of Southeast Beverage Co. in Athens, accepts the 2016 Ohio Tavern News "Wholesaler of the Year" award from OTN Account Manager Max Eckenwiler during the 82nd annual fall convention of the Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio on Sept. 12 in Columbus.

Ohio Beer Wholesalers Add $2.4B To Economy

Published: 09/20/2016

WASHINGTON — Ohio beer distributors employ more than 4,600 people and contribute more than $2 billion to the economy, according to a report by the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

According to the economic impact report “America’s Beer Distributors: Fueling Jobs, Generating Economic Growth & Delivering Value to Local Communities,” Ohio beer distributors directly employ 4,663 people who earn $362 million in wages and salaries. Ohio beer distributors add $2.4 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product.

High-ABV Beers Coming To Ohio

Published: 09/20/2016

COLUMBUS — With the recent lifting of the cap on the alcohol content for beer, several brewers have announced plans to “go big” in Ohio.

Boston Beer Co. said this month it will make its Utopias available in Ohio by mid-October, while UK craft brewer BrewDog announced its 55 percent ABV The End of History will be the first beer brewed at its Columbus brewery.

Effective on Aug. 31, House Bill 37 eliminated Ohio’s 12 percent maximum permitted alcohol content for beer, opening the door for brewers to make high-ABV beers available in the state.

Cincy Bar On Playboy 'Best' List

Published: 09/20/2016

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (PRNewswire) — A Cincinnati bar recently was named to Playboy’s 50 Best New Bars in America list for 2016.

The Overlook Lounge in Cincinnati was one of 10 Midwest bars named to the list, compiled from nominations from Playboy.com readers, bartenders, writers and industry insiders.

Loan Approved For Pickerington Craft Brewery

Published: 09/20/2016

LANCASTER — The Fairfield County Commissioners recently approved a six-figure loan for a local entrepreneur to open a brewery in Pickerington.

Keith Jackson was approved for a $100,000 loan based on the recommendation of the Fairfield County Revolving Loan Fund Committee. The loan will be used to open Combustion Brewery and Taproom in 2017.

ORA To Host Overtime 'Town Hall'

Published: 09/20/2016

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Restaurant Association, along with the law firm of Dickinson Wright, is hosting a “town hall” Sept. 27 in New Albany designed to help business owners navigate a new federal overtime rule.

Labor attorney Sara H. Jodka from Dickinson Wright will lead the meeting with a presentation explaining the overtime rule changes, what businesses need to do to comply by the deadline, and will answer attendees’ questions during a Q&A.

Other speakers will include ORA Director of Government Affairs Joe Rosato and ORA CEO and President John Barker.

Major Brewers Agree To Voluntary Disclosure Initiative

Published: 09/20/2016

WASHINGTON — The Beer Institute recently unveiled a new initiative encouraging its member companies to display specific consumer information on products, packaging or websites.

Under the Brewers’ Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, beer companies will voluntarily include a serving facts statement on their products, as well as disclose ingredients on either the label or secondary packaging via a list of ingredients, a reference to a website with the information or through a QR code.

Sazerac Acquires Last Drop Distillers

Published: 09/20/2016

NEW ORLEANS — The Sazerac Co. has acquired The Last Drop Distillers Limited, which discovers and bottles exclusive spirits from around the world.